State Republican Chairwoman Karen Floyd says the state of Florida should pay for not playing by national party rules. Floyd has asked the national GOP to pull their 2012 national convention out of Tampa if state leaders insist on having their presidential primary before South Carolina’s.
The national party agreed on an order for the primaries and Florida is going rogue with its own plans for a January 2012 contest, making it the first in the South, a distinction enjoyed by South Carolina.
In a letter she sent to the RNC, Floyd says,
As conservatives, we believe in the rule of law, and that rules are made to be followed. To that end, I am sure we all appreciate our state Party counterparts in Florida advocating for the RNC rules being obeyed. But what is disconcerting is the apparent recalcitrance of Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature, which is in effect thumbing its nose at the RNC – and feels emboldened to do so because of the 2012 convention location.
As a guest on affiliate WVOC Thursday, the state Republican chairwoman explained, “We’ve been playing nice for a little bit and I just said, “This is it.”
WVOC’s Keven Cohen asked Haley if the convention could truly be taken away from the Florida party.
“It absolutely can,” says Floyd.
Floyd’s challenge has gotten national coverage. But the CNN’s Peter Hamby reports, the Florida House Speaker’s retort was,” I look forward to meeting the delegates from South Carolina in Tampa next summer.”