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Diminished Florida Dems ask Republicans to share some clout

Down to just six of Florida's 25 member-delegation, Democrats are asking the new delegation chair, Rep. Cliff Stearns to share his seat at the table.

The delegation has traditionally been run by a co-chair from each party: Stearns' predecessor, Miami Republican Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, co-chaired the delegation with Broward Dem Rep. Alcee Hastings. Stearns, however, an Ocala Republican, has said he'll ask Hastings to be vice chair.

In a letter to Stearns, the Democrats -- including Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson -- say it is their "hope that we may continue the long-standing tradition of a bipartisan, collaborative Florida delegation.

"We expect that the delegation will continue to be led by two co-chairs who will work together to set the agenda for regular delegation meetings on matters of importantce to the people of our state," the six wrote.