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Press shut out from Howard Dean speech

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is slated to speak to as many 200 people tomorrow at Parrot Jungle in Miami. Sounds like an event you'd expect to be covered in your local newspaper, especially since the Legislature is on the verge of moving up Florida's presidential primary despite warnings from Dean that it will cost the state delegates to the national convention.

But a spokesman for the national committee, Luis Miranda, says the event is closed to the press. Hmmmm. Doesn't the party trust its own national spokesman to put the party's best foot forward? Doesn't the party want Dean want to crow about its presidential prospects? Doesn't closing events to the press lead to negative speculation?


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How about that. Because we're moving up our primary to have a voice in the election the Democratic chair tells the party's presidential candidates that he'll punish them if they step foot in Florida and then, just a few days later, he's going to step foot in Florida?

John, Barack, Hillary, Bill and Gang, come on down! The water is just fine. Afterall, Dr. Dean would not want to disenfranchise voters in Florida, would he?

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