The Democratic candidates for president are not campaigning in Florida. The DNC will not allow the state’s delegates to be seated at the convention – punishing the people of the state for a decision made by the legislature. Nor are the candidates advertising. This means Obama’s word is not getting out.
But the decision by the candidates and the DNC has not slowed Hillary’s supporters. The unions are out beating the bushes for votes, according to AP’s labor reporter as posted on WOKV’s site.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is mailing its 110,000 members in Florida as well as its retirees urging them to vote for Clinton. In addition, the Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union, is working its 250,000 members for Clinton as well.
This effort is ongoing despite a national Democratic ban on candidates campaigning in Florida for its Jan. 29 primary. Clinton, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards have not appeared in the state since August and aren’t advertising there.
The national party stripped the state of its convention delegates and told candidates not to appear in the state after Florida Democrats decided to hold the primary earlier than party rules allow.
But unions are not bound by Democratic Party rules.
So, Hillary wins Florida. Florida has lots of minority voters. What will be their reaction to Hillary’s win, especially if the DNC relents and allows the Florida delegates into the convention? Will it be viewed as the fix many African-Americans fear? What will it to to voting in November?