Lanny! Today

From Jake Tapper

The “Florida unity” group, which included Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, a Clinton supporter, Rep. Bob Wexler, D-Florida, am Obama supporter, and Florida Democratic National Committee member Jon Ausman of Tallahassee, who filed a challenge to the DNC’s decision to not recognize any of Florida’s delegates.

They seemed to come around the idea that for now the DNC would agree to seat Florida’s entire 211-member delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August, though all the delegates — pledged and superdelegates — would have their vote count as half a delegate. The move would net Clinton 19 pledged delegates. Participants seemed to agree that the door was open to the eventual Democratic nominee seating them at full strength if he or she so chose.

Clinton campaign surrogate Lanny Davis stood outside the circle and interrupted, raising his voice in protest that the Clinton campaign had agreed to anything less than a 100% seating of the delegates at 100% of their strength.

Nelson noted that he was speaking “on behalf of the voters of Florida,” not on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

“They’re misrepresenting our stance,” Davis said repeatedly.

Then Arthenia L. Joyner, Clinton’s designated Florida representative, approached the circle.

“The campaign is only for 100%,” Joyner said.

Davis and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, a fiery supporter of Sen. Clinton’s, exchanged some heated words with Ausman after the Florida DNC member suggested they had no business speaking.

Davis took issue with some from the Florida unity group saying the Obama campaign’s concession was “generous” since Clinton would net 19 delegates.

“That is not generous when they take away 50%,” Davis said. “That is spin!”

What’s wrong with netting 19 delegates? “It’s 19 less than the people of Florida voted,” Davis said.

This was more than Florida DNC member Ausman could apparently take. “I can say they’re being generous,” Ausman said of the Obama campaign, “and I’m the one who filed the petition.”

“Are you a paid staff member for Clinton?” Ausman asked Davis.

“Actually I’m just a friend,” said Davis.

“Are you a designated representative of the Clinton campaign?” Ausman, who may be a foot taller than Davis, asked.

“I am not,” Davis said.

“Why don’t you let the designated representative speak for Clinton and you be silent?” Ausman said, more a statement than a question. “Are you from Florida?”

“Why don’t you go about your business?” Jones asked Ausman.

“As a matter of fact I will not be silent,” Davis said, “you’re not going to silence me.”