Saturday, December 09, 2006

FL-13 Update: A Partisan War in the Making

Both sides are preparing for battle as the fight over FL-13 heads toward Congress. Republicans are bracing for the possibility that the now Democrat speaker will refuse to seat the winner of the FL-13 race, Republican Vern Buchanan.

Republicans are warning Dems not to bring the FL-13 fight to Washington, which they say will "poisen (the political) well".
From SP Times:

"If that happens ... forget about any possibility of pretending to be civil," said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami. "That would be an affront to democracy."

Rep. Jeff Miller, a Panhandle Republican, predicted Friday that Democratic
leaders, including incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, would do just

"Nancy Pelosi will not seat Vern Buchanan. I expect that," he said. "I expect the Democrats to try to take that seat."

"Clearly if the speaker and the House Administration Committee do not seat Buchanan it will be a slap in the face to voters in the 13th District," said Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville.

For there part, FL Dems say that niether Buchanan nor Jennings should be sworn-in. This despite test that prove bad ballot design and voter error were to blame for the undervote.

More later.

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