Dems Behind Closed Doors Till 1:30 a.m., With Still No Consensus

By Greg Wallace

May 31, 2008 3:08am

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace report: Democrats went behind closed doors until 1:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, but they did not reach their goal of developing a unified proposal regarding Michigan and Florida. 

Twenty-eight of the 30 members of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee were joined by DNC Chairman Howard Dean for the marathon dinner meeting that took place in a hotel ballroom at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

"It was a full discussion; we’ll see what happens," said Hillary Clinton adviser Harold Ickes. "And I think there was some agreement on some issues and still some disagreement on others."

The key sticking point is how to allocate delegates in Michigan where Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., took his name off of the ballot.

There appears to be more agreement on how to proceed with Florida.

The most likely scenario is for the Sunshine State’s entire delegation to be seated — each member with 1/2 vote.

The exhausted DNC members are scheduled to reconvene publicly at 9:30 a.m. ET. They will hear from the presidential campaigns, state party officials and party members challenging the DNC’s decision to strip Florida and Michigan of all delegates.

"There will probably be a little, sort of, tussling. But we’re Democrats, you know we sort of do that," said Allan Katz, an Obama supporter and committee member from Florida.

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