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DNC keeping secrets from Florida

The Democratic National Committee has reviewed an appeal calling for Florida's delegates to be seated at the convention but won't make its recommendation public. Nor has it scheduled an open meeting for the rules committee to discuss it.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Alcee Hastings are tired of waiting.

"It would be inconsistent with the DNC's commitment to openness to keep actions on this appeal under a cloak of secrecy,” Nelson and Hastings said in a letter to DNC officials dated April 3 but made public today.

DNC member Jon Ausman of Tallahassee, who filed the appeal, said his calls go unreturned.

"They may not hear this appeal until 2012 -- that's the way they're acting,'' he said. "Frankly, they wouldn't treat their dog this way. I don't know why they're treating Florida less.''

The letter to the DNC is here: Download nelsonhastings_letter_to_rbc_chairs0001.pdf

Update: DNC spokeswoman Stacie Paxton had this to say  "Under the process, staff had two weeks to make their recommendation to the Rules and Bylaws co-chairs, which they have done. The co-chairs are now reviewing the recommendation, when they decide how to proceed, it will be made public."