The coveted hotel assignments for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa are out, and Florida will be sent to the convention’s version of Siberia.
The Republican National Committee had vowed to give Florida lower priority for hotels as part of the punishment for state legislative leaders setting the presidential primary in January in violation of party rules. On Monday, the RNC Committee on Arrangements announced that the Florida delegation will be at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, nearly 32 miles from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
“I’m p—ed off,’’ said Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry. “We’re one of the most important swing states, if not the most important swing state, and our activists and our donors are going to be punished for something they had nothing to do with.”