Michigan Democrats May Seek State Convention to Seat Delegates

Posted April 4, 2008 at 3:52pm

Michigan Democrats announced Friday that they would not hold a second primary in order to ensure the seating of their delegates at the national convention in August.

Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer said the party is entertaining a host of alternative ideas to get its delegates seated in the fierce presidential contest between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

The most promising is the idea of a state or regional convention that would be similar to a caucus, but involve 20,000 people rather than 2 million Michigan Democratic voters. Brewer added that any new tally would have to reflect the results of the invalidated primary election that took place on Jan. 15.

Brewer said a convention would include some campaigning by the two presidential contenders and an up-or-down vote by participants.

In a conference call with reporters Friday, Brewer also shot down the idea of an actual caucus or mail-in election.

Delegates from Michigan and Florida are fighting to get their delegates seated at the national convention after flouting party rules and holding their primaries earlier than mandated by the national party.