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The Michigan Democratic party has gotten behind last weeks proposal from U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and DNC member Debbie Dingell:
The state party’s executive committee voted today to ask the national party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee to approve the 69-59 delegate split when it meets May 31. The plan would shrink Clinton’s delegate edge in Michigan from 18 to 10 and allow the state’s 157 delegates and superdelegates to be seated at the convention.Not clear why the Florida challenge would be withdrawn...
The state’s Democratic leaders also pushed back the date of the party’s State Central Committee meeting from May 17 to June 14 to give the rules committee time to act. The party is to pick 45 pledged delegates and two superdelegates at that meeting. It chose 83 pledged delegates last month at district conventions.
A separate plan submitted to the rules committee by Democratic National Committee members Joel Ferguson of Michigan and Jon Ausman of Florida, both superdelegates, apparently will be withdrawn now that the Michigan executive committee has settled on the 69-59 plan. Under their proposal, delegates would have been allocated based on the primary election results, but have had only half a vote each. The superdelegates would have had full voting rights.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of the decision, “It is clear results in January won’t be used to allocate delegates, and we agree with that decision. We have been talking with Michigan leaders about this proposal and will continue to do so.”Again, I think the Obama campaign would be smart to come out in full favor of this plan.
One issue will certainly be that the 55 Uncommitted delegates will lose all representation as Uncommitted delegates. Sure, it was mostly Obama voters, but Edwards was still in the race, and some local organizations may want Uncommitted delegates at the convention.
Also, note the move of the State Central Committee meeting from May 17 to June 14 . So the 19 state-wide Uncommitted delegates, as well as Michigan's 2 add-ons, will not be resolved until the middle of June.
Thursday update: The Clinton campaign is opposing the deal.