HUFFINGTON POST
03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Michigan Democrats Staying Quiet On Primary Options

As Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) made headlines Thursday for floating the possibility of a Democratic primary do-over, Michigan's Democrats are approaching the topic with similar gravity but lighter steps.

Both Michigan and Florida bumped their Democratic primaries forward this year, and both suffered the wrath of the Democratic National Committee, which stripped them of their nominating convention delegates. Nelson responded Thursday with a letter to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, asking that either Florida's delegates be reinstated or the national party fund another primary election. If neither request is met, Nelson warned, the Democrats would run a greater risk of losing the state in November's presidential race.

But while Nelson has gone public, some of Michigan's congressional leaders are waiting quietly to play their hands.

"One way or another, we've got to get Michigan and Florida voters represented," said Cullen Schwarz, spokesman for Michigan Democratic Rep. Sander Levin. "But you've also got to do it in a way that's fair to both candidates."

Click here to continue reading Mike Lillis' piece at the Michigan Messenger.

Want more on the Michigan primary situation? Read Dan Treul's "Michigan Superdelegates Tense As March 4 Primaries Near."