Florida Democratic state Chairman Charles A. Whitehead has had second thoughts about trying to keep Gary Hart's name off the state's presidential primary ballot.
Whitehead said Friday that he would fight to block Hart from the ballot, but he did a weekend about-face and said he would not stand in the way of a Hart attempt to enter the Florida race.
"At first, I felt a little disappointed and amazed that Senator Hart would try to get back on the ballot," Whitehead said. "But, after giving it some thought, I don't think that I would want to support not putting him on the ballot if we think he's a viable candidate."
"I think that would be as unfair as I think he's been by getting back in the race," Whitehead told CBS radio. "And by unfair, I mean unfair to the Democratic Party and to the candidates out there seeking the nomination."
On Friday, Whitehead called Hart's decision to reenter the race "an absolute disgrace," telling the St. Petersburg Times, "If I have anything to do with it, he's not going to be on the ballot. I have lost all respect that I ever had for him."