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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

James Yee Is a 9th CD Obama Delegate

posted by on May 20 at 14:10 PM

Further south on Saturday, Washington’s 9th congressional district selected James Yee (the former GITMO chaplain who was accused of spying for terrorists and later cleared) to be an Obama delegate to the national convention. According to the Olympian,

Yee now lives with his wife and daughter in Olympia, south of Fort Lewis, where he was assigned before and after his ordeal.

The experience left him as “living proof that civil liberties have been eroded since 9/11,” Yee told The Olympian newspaper on Monday.

He said that during the gathering Saturday, “I came out and basically reiterated that Sen. Obama is really the only candidate that consistently campaigns on rejecting torture without exception, on closing Guantanamo Bay, restoring habeas (corpus) and adhering to the Geneva Conventions.”

Via Avi Zenilman at Ben Smith’s blog.

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Nice. Any word on who the other delegates are from the 9th?

Posted by Mike of Renton | May 20, 2008 2:16 PM

Article says: "Others chosen at the gathering were Zach Smith, a former supporter of ex-Sen. John Edwards who is now pledged to Clinton, and Natalie Stevens, an alternate pledged to Obama." But the 9th has 5 total, so that isn't everybody.

Posted by annie | May 20, 2008 2:22 PM

but WHO is the last CYLON?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!?

Posted by BSG | May 20, 2008 2:31 PM

Barbara Bush!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 20, 2008 2:44 PM

Thanks Annie, I found it here.

Posted by Mike of Renton | May 20, 2008 2:59 PM

and meanwhile 9th cd congressman democrat brian baird still supports the surge?

Dear Mr. Lee: please announce you will run against Rep. Baird and knock some sense into him.

It's pretty useless to have a 9th CD delegate supporting Obama if the 9th CD Congressman isn't going to vote for withdrawing the troops.

Posted by PC | May 20, 2008 3:03 PM

Great. Wait until Bill and Rush start using this as further "proof" Obama is a Muslim.

Posted by D. | May 20, 2008 3:04 PM


Posted by Trevor | May 20, 2008 3:11 PM

@6 Baird is from the 3rd CD. Adam Smith (Obama's state campaign chair) is the Rep from the 9th.

Posted by Mike of Renton | May 20, 2008 3:28 PM

Bravo. Considering the 7th CD elected a national delegation that includes an Iraqi American, an Iranian American, a Jewish woman, and an 18-yr-old high school student, it's going to be quite an interesting convention.

Makes me even prouder to be a Democrat.

(@7--so we should worry what Bill and Rush say and elect our delegates accordingly? methinks not.)

Posted by Andy Niable | May 20, 2008 3:52 PM

Gee Annie, why did you feel like you had to wander all the way to Virginia to find out about Yee? You could have read it right here on Sunday night.

Not that I'm patting myself on the back or anything. I got it from Emmett O'Connell and the Thurston County Democrats.

Posted by N in Seattle | May 20, 2008 4:03 PM

@10 - yeah, but the Clinton male delegate is gay.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 20, 2008 4:20 PM

There's a fairly extensive but not complete list of delegates here:

Posted by Cascadian | May 20, 2008 4:25 PM

@12: We have teh gays! At least one, anyway.

Posted by annie | May 20, 2008 4:25 PM

Annie @ 14:

From the 7th? At least two gay delegates.

Posted by ivan | May 20, 2008 4:29 PM

@15 Being conservative b/c some people didn't mention sexual orientation in their campaign materials. But yes.

Posted by annie | May 20, 2008 5:08 PM

@14 - so we have 2 total or is it 2 Obama and 1 Clinton? Dang, I hate close races.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 20, 2008 5:11 PM

OK, I'll come right out and guess 3 (L,G-O; G-C) total from the 7th, but I could be wrong.

Posted by annie | May 20, 2008 5:30 PM

Personally, I don't normally care (not being gay), so the only way I find out is if I'm at an event where their partner/spouse is ... or they announce it at some point.

One should never trust gaydar ... or you'd think most GOP electeds were gay.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 20, 2008 5:51 PM


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