National GOP reconsidering punishing Florida for early primary

While states like Connecticut agreed to push back their presidential primaries at the request of the two major parties – and paid for it with abysmal turnout – Florida went its own way and held a January vote.

National GOP officials initially punished the Sunshine State by taking away half of Florida’s delegates to the convention. That was the punishment Connecticut officials cited as a major reason for moving the state’s primary from early February to last week.

Now the Tampa Bay Times reports in a story published Sunday that penalty may be reversed.

If that’s the case, it appears from a story today at that Florida is getting off easy, leaving those states that played by the rules to wonder why they bothered.

Brian Lockhart