2008 Pelz to Clinton Delegates: “Get on Board”
posted by August 26 at 10:05 AMon
Yesterday afternoon I ran into Dwight Pelz, chair of the Washington State Democrats, on the 100 level of the Pepsi Center. (Which, by the way, is just like any large basketball arena, ringed with concession stands peddling awful-for-you food. A bit funny to have all this high-minded rhetoric inside and hot dogs and DiGiorno’s pizza outside.)
Pelz filled me in on details of the Washington State delegation party that’s scheduled for tonight. It has a lot of competition, including a Death Cab for Cutie/Gov. Gregoire bash that’s a little more centrally located. Plus, I highly doubt it will top the partying I’ve been doing with the New Mexico delegation—that state’s official delegation party on Sunday (not to be confused with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s pool party last night) featured a literal smoke-filled room at the seemingly 100-years-old Brown Palace Hotel, with an open bar and cigars being handed out and a rotund lobbyist in a seersucker suit daintily smoking a big one while rubbing elbows with a Sikh man who was the escort for Antonella Barba, of American Idol semi-fame. She’s concerned about the youth vote, she told me. But one of us in the Stranger delegation will try to attend the Washington bash. Hope it can compare.
Back to Pelz:
He said his main job this week is to keep the Washington delegates happy and in line. To that end, he had pretty tough words for the state’s Clinton delegates.
This is the week that Hillary delegates finish their expression of support for her and get on board for Barack Obama. And I really mean that.
He sounded a little fed up with all the teeth-gnashing from the Clinton crew, but we parted ways before I could get him to tell me what exactly he meant by “I really mean that.”
Congressman Jim McDermott struck a similar tone when I spoke to him yesterday. I’ll post his message to the Washington Clinton delegation a little later on today.