Florida Senate President and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Haridopolos wants South Carolina and Iowa Republicans to chill out about punishing Florida for having an early primary:
"It continues to amaze me that Republican leaders in other states feel threatened by Florida in next year’s presidential preference primary. I have said all along that Florida does not want to jump the traditional early states of New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina or Nevada. We simply want to go fifth.
As the ultimate swing state with a population reflective of the country’s demographics, Florida should have a significant role as early in the nominating process as possible. Vice President Biden said last week that the President Obama’s fortunes for reelection rest on Florida. That should be our total focus.
Idle threats by other states are not productive. Unified Republicans will gather in Tampa in August 2012 to select the person who will replace Barrack Obama as President of the United States."