2008 7th CD Caucus
posted by May 19 at 12:49 PMon
Saturday was the final Seattle-area caucus, charged with choosing pledged delegates for Obama and Clinton to send to the Democratic National Convention.
After The Stranger reported that the rowdy 43rd District Dems had voted to skip the pledge of allegiance in their legislative district caucus, the 7th CD organizers made sure to start the proceedings with the pledge—the possibility of voting for changes in the agenda was deemed impossible until that vital business had taken place.
A significant number of Obama delegates elected from their LD caucus (remember, these people had to show up and be elected at their precinct caucuses, then show up and get elected again at their legislative district caucuses two months later) failed to show up at this last and most vital round of elections. (It was, admittedly, a very sunny day; and the caucus lasted from about 9 am to 6 pm.) A few Clinton delegates ditched too, but all of their possible delegate slots were eventually filled by alternates. Obama, in contrast, was unable to seat a delegate in two available slots. But the margins weren’t big enough to cause a change in the final distribution of national delegates: seven for Obama (four women and three men) and two for Clinton (one woman and one man).
Despite the numbers being quite favorable for the Obama women (and the fact that lots more women than men who had submitted declarations of candidacy apparently decided at the last minute not to run), I failed to make it through to the second ballot. That’s what you get for putting together the most comprehensive guide to the Seattle International Film Festival when you’re supposed to be campaigning. Oh well.
Here are the 7th CD’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention (thanks, conscientious updater of the 36th District Dems page!):
Hillary Clinton Delegates
David Kunselman (43rd District)
Elizabeth Willmott (46th District)
Barack Obama Delegates
Majid Al-Bahadli (43rd District)
Nicolas Bordner (34th District)
Jayron Finan (46th District)
Jennifer Hauseman (43rd District)
Helen Howell (11th District)
Suzan Levine (36th District)
Chris Porter (34th District)
Barack Obama Alternate
David Valdez (43rd District)
I don’t know about the HRC delegates, but that Obama slate is pretty diverse. There are black people, gays, a 17-year-old high school senior, an Iraqi-American man, and an Iranian-American woman… no older people, though.
Also at the caucus, I had the chance to speak briefly with David McDonald, a member of that rapidly shrinking species of uncommitted superdelegates. He also sits on the DNC Rules and ByLaws Committee, which originally voted to deny Michigan and Florida their delegates, and which is meeting again at the end of this month. McDonald thinks that The New York Times has judged the situation correctly. Thirteen Rules Committee members have committed to supporting Clinton, and are likely to side with her in the dispute; only eight have committed to Obama. Seven more are officially uncommitted, though Donna Brazile’s public statements make her seem like a likely Obama vote, and three more may be inclined to support him. McDonald claims he’s one of the three really, truly uncommitted Rules Committee members. He may very well cast the deciding vote on whether to seat Florida and Michigan. Pretty fancy.