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Democrat Nomination Process Under Siege

- June 20, 2016

THIS WEEKEND, FOUR DEMOCRAT STATE CONVENTIONS VOTED TO REFORM THE RIGGED SUPERDELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS THAT HAS MADE CLINTON THE PRESUMPTIVE DEMOCRAT NOMINEE

California Democrats Voted To Eliminate Superdelegates And Overhaul How The Democrat Party Nominates Its Presidential Candidates, With The Notable Support Of Nancy Pelosi's Daughter

The California Democratic Convention Voted To Eliminate Most Superdelegates And Overhaul The Presidential Nomination System. "The California Democratic Party on Sunday called for a broad overhaul of how the party nominates its presidential candidates, including the elimination of caucuses and most super-delegates." (Seema Mehta, "California Democrats Call For Elimination Of Caucuses, Most Super-Delegates," Los Angeles Times, 6/19/16)

Nancy Pelosi's Daughter, A California Superdelegate, Was Among The Supporters Of The Resolution To Eliminate The Superdelegate System. "Among those supporters of the resolution was the daughter of House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The minority leader endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ahead of the Golden State's primary earlier this month. Clinton has benfitted from the superdelegate system, while Sen. Bernie Sanders has railed against it. 'It's very exciting and healing for our party to be able to make a strong statement that we believe in democracy and that leaders should never trump the will of the voters,' said Christine Pelosi, a California superdelegate." (Jessie Hellmann, "Nancy Pelosi's Daughter Pushing For Elimination Of Superdelegates," The Hill, 6/19/16)

New Hampshire Democrats Overwhelmingly Rejected The Superdelegate System

A Superdelegate Reform Resolution Passed By An Overwhelming Margin At The New Hampshire Democrat State Convention. "The superdelegate reform resolution passed by a vote of 329-83, according to results provided by the NHDP." (John DiStaso, "NH Democrats Pass Resolution Calling For Superdelegate Reform At State Convention," WMUR 9, 6/18/16)

The Resolution Encouraged New Hampshire DNC Members To "Successfully Work To Reform The Delegate Selection Process In A Way That Respects Both New Hampshire Primary Voters And Our Leadership." "The superdelegate reform resolution in the platform encourages 'all New Hampshire members of the Democratic National Committee to use their influence with their colleagues to address the many concerns that have been expressed regarding Unpledged Automatic Delegates (superdelegates) and successfully work to reform the delegate selection process in a manner that respects both New Hampshire primary voters and our leadership in time for the 2020 first-in-the-nation.'" (John DiStaso, "NH Democrats Pass Resolution Calling For Superdelegate Reform At State Convention," WMUR 9, 6/18/16)

Despite Earning Six More Pledged Delegates Than Clinton After Winning New Hampshire, Sanders And Clinton Tied In New Hampshire Total Delegates As Six Superdelegates Backed Clinton. "There were 24 delegates to be allocated out of the New Hampshire Democratic primary, based on the vote statewide and by congressional district. Sanders, obviously, won more of those, 15 to her 9. And yet ... Add in the 'superdelegates' who have already committed to a candidate, and Clinton moves into the delegate lead. Six of the state's eight superdelegates have publicly said they will vote for Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in July. (Two are uncommitted.) That brings the delegate total out of Tuesday night to a 15 to 15 tie. This is what makes Clinton so powerful in the Democratic race - even while she and Sanders battle it out among rank-and-file voters, she has a massive lead among superdelegates. Altogether, she already has 394 delegates and superdelegates to Sanders' 44 - a nearly ninefold lead." (Danielle Kurtzleben, "How Hillary Clinton Might Actually Win In N.H., Even Though She Lost Big," NPR, 2/10/16)

The Nebraska Democrat Convention Also Resoundingly Rejected Superdelegates Over The Weekend And Urged Superdelegates To Vote Based On The Results Of The Nebraska Primary

Nebraska Democrats Voted To Abolish Superdelegates And Urged Current Superdelegates To Base Their Votes On Nebraska's March Presidential Caucus. "Nebraska Democrats have voted to reject the influence of superdelegates on the party's presidential nominating process. A resolution approved Sunday at the party's statewide convention in Kearney urges current superdelegates to base their votes at next month's Democratic National Convention on the results of Nebraska's March 5 presidential caucus." (Zach Pluhacek, "Nebraska Democrats Vote To Abolish Superdelegates," Lincoln Journal Star , 6/20/16)

Sanders Supporters Successfully Pushed The Iowa Democrat Convention To Abolish Superdelegates

In A Victory For Bernie Sanders Supporters, The Iowa State Democratic Convention Voted To Abolish Superdelegates. "Iowa Democrats moved to abolish superdelegates, the officeholders and party leaders who are free to vote at the nominating convention for the candidate of their choosing. It was a victory for Bernie Sanders delegates to the Iowa Democratic Party state convention Saturday. 'We won something,' an elated Sanders supporter said after delegates voted rejected a minority report to the platform that would have put the Iowa convention on record as supporting superdelegates, those unpledged party insiders who are free to vote for the candidate of their choice at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. The platform, as proposed, stated the party opposed superdelegates." (James Q. Lynch And Rod Boshart, "Iowa Democrats Vote To Oppose Superdelegates," The Gazette, 9/19/16)

UPDATE: TWO SANDERS SUPERDELEGATES WERE ABRUPTLY REMOVED FROM THE NEW JERSEY DNC DELEGATION AND REPLACED BY CLINTON BACKERS, HIGHLIGHTING A LACK OF UNITY ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE

New Jersey Democrats Booted Two Pro-Bernie Superdelegates From The DNC

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, A Sanders Superdelegate, Was Booted From The New Jersey Democrat State Committee This Weekend. “Assemblyman John Wisniewski bucked the trend when he endorsed Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. On Saturday, New Jersey Democrats bucked Wisniewski. Without warning Wisniewski, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee at its meeting in East Brunswick voted to boot the assemblyman — a former state Democratic chairman — from the New Jersey delegation of the Democratic National Committee.” (Matt Friedman, “Wisniewski Speaks Out About Being Booted From DNC,” Politico, 6/20/16)

  • Reni Erdos, Another Sanders Superdelegate, Was Also Removed. “The party also voted to remove Reni Erdos, another Sanders supporter and Democratic National Committee member.” (Matt Friedman, “Wisniewski Speaks Out About Being Booted From DNC,” Politico, 6/20/16)

“Wisniewski And Erdos Were Replaced By Two Clinton Supporters.” “Wisniewski and Erdos were replaced by two Clinton supporters: Insurance executive John Graham, a major fundraiser, and former Bergen County Freeholder Bernadette McPherson. ‘It’s an interesting dichotomy between the philosophy of Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton,’ Wisniewski said. ‘They replace somebody who has grassroots support with someone who’s a big fundraiser.’” (Matt Friedman, “Wisniewski Speaks Out About Being Booted From DNC,” Politico, 6/20/16)


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