Tampa, Florida -- Even though half of Florida's 99 delegates have been stripped of their voting rights as a penalty for the state moving up its primary, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday that they will all get to sit on the convention floor.
The decision to give guest passes to the 49 non-voting delegates was the right move according to both the Governor and chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Party.
"If you think about it, all of our delegates should be seated. We're the biggest swing state in the country. We were the first big state primary win for Mitt Romney. This election's going to be very important to our country, so absolutely all of our delegates should be seated," Governor Rick Scott said on Tuesday.
"Certainly reasonable minds prevailed because we want to reward the hard workers but we also want to win Florida," added HCRP Chair Art Wood.
However, the news on Tuesday was not all good for the Sunshine State. Priebus said the Florida delegates will not be given front row seats either on the convention floor or in the lower Times Forum bowl. The Tampa Bay Times says the state will also lose 160 guest passes.
"They're going to be hit with about 90 percent of every penalty that we can deliver so they're not going to get all their VIP passes," Priebus said. "Probably only going to get about half of their guest passes, [they're] not going to be in the front row or the front of the floor so you know what, they've suffered quite a bit but, at this point, we need to come together and win Florida."
Florida moved up its primary to January despite breaking party rules against such a move.