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Topic - Harold Ickes
The 30 members of the Democratic Party panel deciding the fate of Florida and Michigan's delegates to the nominating convention are being inundated with letters - and messages written on oranges - from party faithful eager for a resolution favorable to their presidential candidate or state.
As presidential candidates from both major political parties jostle to improve their polling positions, Round 2 in the crucial money primary will be approaching its zenith throughout this weekend. When the second quarter ends today, the financial spinning will enter high gear. In the next few days, in advance of their official filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in mid-July, candidates will begin revealing how much money they raised during the April-June period.
Mr. Ickes said the stripping of Florida and Michigan's delegates at the time served its purpose since the move was a "very strong signal" about "very severe consequences " that discouraged any other states from breaking the rules, but, "It is now time as practical political people" to honor the votes.
The campaign's preference is that both delegations should be seated along with all of their delegates, who should all get a full vote, he said.