03 August 2004

Florida GOP keeps its delegate list secret

Larry Wheeler - Gannett News Service - Aug 3, 2004

WASHINGTON -- GOP officials in Florida are refusing to release the names of state delegates to their party's national convention in New York later this month, saying some delegates have expressed concerns about privacy and security.

"We have nothing to hide or shadow or keep from anyone," Florida GOP spokesman Joseph Agostini said.

The state will identify a few delegates as official representatives to speak for the group, Agostini said.

Florida will send 112 delegates to the national convention to be held from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Madison Square Garden.

GOP officials in other states have published the names of their delegates and in some cases have provided delegates' phone numbers and home addresses.

The secrecy took some Florida Republican delegates by surprise.


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