WASHINGTON–Former 2008 presidential contender Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.)–whose name was on that Jan. 15 Michigan ballot–has concerns about a private-funded re-do. His simple solution to make sure the state gets seated at the Denver convention–just apportion the delegates between Clinton and Obama. That’s tough for Obama to agree to, because he pulled his name from the Michigan ballot.
In case you have not been following this controversy, the Michigan and Florida Democratic results don’t count because the states violated Democratic National Committee rules about only have four states have primary and caucus votes in January.
STATEMENT FROM SENATOR CHRIS DODD ON MICHIGAN DELEGATES
WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, a former candidate for President and former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, released the following statement today on Michigan’s delegates to the Democratic Convention:
“Even though I left my name on the ballot, it is clear that the results of the January 15th primary should not be used to apportion delegates. Many candidates were not on the ballot and many voters who might have voted in the Democratic primary did so in the Republican primary. Now, those voters would not be able to participate in a re-do election.
“For that reason, as well as concerns about private funding and concerns raised by clerks who would have to administer this election, the best outcome is to come to an arrangement where the delegates are apportioned fairly between Senators Obama and Clinton, so the Michigan delegation can participate fully in the Denver convention.”