BREAKING: Clinton's California Delegate Purge

As reported by the AP:

LOS ANGELES--Barack Obama's and Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaigns are purging potential California delegates to ensure that only their loyalists vote at the national convention that will crown one of them as the Democratic presidential nominee.
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Locked in a race with an uncertain outcome, representatives for both camps this week directed the California Democratic Party to remove dozens of names from the lists of more than 2,000 potential delegates. Party caucuses scheduled for Sunday will elect a slate of delegates for each candidate.

Driven by fears that some prospective delegates might be concealing their true allegiances, the campaigns are searching campaign finance data, scouring the Internet and making telephone calls to weed out dubious candidates.

Neither side wants to elect a delegate who might really support their rival, or other candidate.

Most of the cutting was done by Obama. His campaign dropped about 900 potential delegates, compared to about 50 excluded on Clinton's side.

They "want to make sure the people who are running for delegate for their candidate are going to stay true to that candidate," said Roger Salazar, a Democratic operative running as a Clinton delegate. "If they see somebody who is a supporter of the other side, they are going to knock them off" the list.

More than 4,000 delegates from across the country will travel to Denver in August for the Democratic National Convention, where the nominee will be chosen. Slots for 241 delegates divvied up in California's Feb. 5 presidential primary -- 134 for Clinton and 107 for Obama -- will be awarded Sunday.

Some say the notion of Trojan Horse delegates may be overstated.

"Most delegates are legitimate, but with this convention no one is taking any chances," said Steven Maviglio, who's running as a Clinton delegate and is an aide to her national co-chair, state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. "At this point of the game, each campaign wants its delegates to be 100 percent committed."

Suspicions about delegate loyalty have been heightened because the party has no rules guaranteeing they must vote at the convention for the candidate to which they are pledged during elections.

Clinton trails Obama both in the popular vote and in pledged delegates, and has said she will take her fight for the nomination to Denver if necessary. Clinton also has hinted that hopes to persuade some of Obama's delegates to switch sides and back her instead.

"There is no such thing as a pledged delegate," she said last week.

Neither campaign would comment Wednesday.

The delegates at stake in Sunday's caucuses represent a portion of those from California who will attend the convention. Others include 71 superdelegates, who range from members of Congress to former party leaders, and another group of 129 delegates to be chosen in May.

More below the fold....

After receiving about 8 hours worth of criticism, Obama reinstated his delegates, but Clinton has failed to do so.

Will she continue on insisting that her delegates be purged without explanation?  

Now for the snark...

People, these are the hardest working folks for Hillary's campaign.  They gave more than they could afford (unlike Obama's supporters who burn 100 dollar bills instead of fire wood).

I will be protesting this purge outside of NBC's studios in NYC tomorrow at 8AM.  Who is with me???

Tags: California, delegates, Hillary Clinton, Troll, Troll Diary, You people have no sense of humor (all tags)



Re: BREAKING: Clinton's California Delegate Purge
unlike Obama's supporters who burn 100 dollar bills instead of fire wood).

Hah, good one.
by Drewid 2008-04-10 08:57PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Clinton's California Delegate Purge

I am not as well off as many Obama supporters-just one latte a week and 20's instead of firewood.

by mefck 2008-04-10 09:00PM | 0 recs
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But how many Volvo's do you drive?

by maddogg 2008-04-11 05:58AM | 0 recs
Poor thing

Don't worry, once Obama is in office - latte's for EVERYONE! I've heard rumblings that Espresso will be considered a new food group.

by highgrade 2008-04-11 08:36AM | 0 recs
Reinstate the Hillary 50!

by Kobi 2008-04-10 09:06PM | 0 recs
Good try

but no cigar.

The Obama campaign reversed itself due to bad publicity, not because of some moral principle.  

Why did Obama purge 900 of his supporters in the first place?

by myiq2xu 2008-04-10 09:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Good try

That's not what this diary is about.  It's about the 50 purged Clinton delegates who were given NO EXPLANATION.

We won't be distracted!

by mefck 2008-04-10 09:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Good try

And you said "cigar".  You more witty than I gave you credit for.

by mefck 2008-04-10 09:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Good try

To make Soylent Green because Reverend Rezko is starving?  Is that what's next?

by fogiv 2008-04-10 09:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Good try

To provide the people on this website with their daily allowance of fake outrage?  

by rfahey22 2008-04-10 09:32PM | 0 recs
he purged them

because they were not his main donors.  Do they really think their contributions compared to the donations of someone who bundled tens of thousands?

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-04-11 06:50AM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Clinton's California Delegate Purge

Count me in for the protest.  This travesty cannot stand!


by fogiv 2008-04-10 09:24PM | 0 recs
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"Why did Obama purge 900 of his supporters in the first place?"

Probably had something to do with Hillary's public statement that she will try to poach as many Obama delegates as possible.

But of course, she thereby invited Obama to try poaching hers, which is why she purged her own.

Nothing but the most loyal.

by Kobi 2008-04-10 09:26PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Clinton's California Delegate Purge

Are we not the Democratic Party?  Every person who is a possible nominee for every pledged delegate position must be be able to campaign (?) to go to Denver!

Wait, what was this about again?  Freedom!!!

by rfahey22 2008-04-10 09:30PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Clinton's California Delegate Purge

What is she afraid of?  Could it be her Colombian adventures might be giving her delegates buyers remorse?

I thought she was a progressive.  Turns out she's just another slick Arkansas politician.


by Mostly 2008-04-11 02:10AM | 0 recs

Turnabout is fair play.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-11 05:07AM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Clinton's California Delegate Purge

By the way, this diary should be on the wrecked list.  I'll bring the kossacks here if I have to.

by Mostly 2008-04-11 05:47AM | 0 recs
Obama purged more than 50 percent

he can't take back the fact that he did it.  It was old politics usual.  

Hillary purged less than 10 percent.  Get over it. They will both try to get delegates to switch sides at the convention.  You are certainly not gaining any respect for Obama supporters with your Waco TX like denial of reality.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-04-11 06:48AM | 0 recs


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