Yes, Florida has been punished again for holding its primary early. A true embarassment for us because Tampa will be hosting the RNC in August. Although many of us saw this coming for quite sometime, my concern now is what will Rick Scott do in the future. Will he hold on to Charlie Crist's mission to give Florida a voice in the primaries? Or will he later retract the primary back to Super Tuesday in the future to prevent another mess in 2016? It is quite possible that a retraction could occur, especially after what Scott did with changing the elections laws in the state this past year.
Although the sanctions sound pretty bad, it could have been A LOT WORSE. And yes, rumors were swirling for a while (if I can recall correctly) about the possibility of the RNC moving the convention out of Florida (and possibly maybe to Arizona, among other states). Thankfully this did not happen, but the ramifications are still pretty serious and embarassing for Florida. And all thanks to rules that the parties refuse to change.
Below is the article snippet from the Tampa Bay Times.
Second-class hotel rooms. A poor view on the Republican National Convention floor in Tampa. A loss of VIP passes.
Florida Republicans had to swallow these penalties Wednesday when the Republican National Committee's rules panel approved the punishments because the state bucked the party by holding an early primary on Jan. 31.
Florida already lost half of its 100 delegates — the people who technically cast votes for the party nominee at the convention.
Adding insult to the injury: The convention will be held in Tampa this August, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.