Nuisance: Sun 7/24: Driving south on I-95 towards my New Jersey delegation hotel. Bring it.

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Nuisance: Sun 24: Controversy and confusion about Monday’s private meeting with Bernie Sanders and his entire DNC delegation.

Confusion and controversy about Bernie Sanders speaking to his delegation. Fear that going could cause delegates to miss the opening gavel, and therefore being taken advantage of in the same fashion as happened at the Nevada state Democratic convention.

(The “expected start time” in Nevada was 10 AM, but the first vote actually happened at 9:30 AM, before many Bernie Sanders delegates were in the room. This resulted in, among other things, “Roberta’s rules” being implemented, which resulted in many decisions being made against Bernie delegates throughout the convention.)

Originally the conference time (“delegate event”) was at 2 o’clock in Center City, and opening gavel is at the Wells Fargo Center at 3 o’clock in South Philly. I am from Philadelphia. It is simply not possible to get 1,900 delegates from the center of town (the “Convention Center” is at 11th and Arch–which is not where the DNC proper is held) to the Wells Fargo Center in a single hour. And this assumes that Bernie Sanders does not speak at all during this 2 o’clock event.

It turns out that the opening gavel was changed to 4 o’clock. Despite this, there was still skepticism part of some delegates. Ultimately, the delegate event changed to 12:30, which alleviated most of the concerns.

California delegate Melissa and I discuss this during the private delegation speech on Monday:

(In the original video, this is at the 5min:30sec mark.)

A fellow delegate, Kitty Snyder from Pennsylvania, confirmed that Jeff Weaver personally told her and others a couple hours ago, in person, right after finishing this live stream at the Convention Center–that the of opening gavel time for Monday was changed to 4 PM, and that we should indeed go to the 2 PM meeting with Bernie Sanders.

The official Campaign texts also confirm this:

In this video, Adryenn Ashley, my partner from Citizens’ Media TV, knows Nina Turner personally, and she confirmed this to be true. Delegates should indeed go to the 2 PM meeting.

I must say, this would’ve been a whole lot less stressful, if our concerns were simply addressed as they came up, and not deleted and ignored by the campaign.

UPDATE (8/26/2016): Mr. Sanchez privately contacted me and stated that it was not his intention to be rude or inconsiderate. Rather, it was just a case of being overwhelmed by the concerns of many hundreds of delegates and given only limited information to work with,

From: (This link is private except to group members.)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/OfficialBernieSandersNationalDelegates/permalink/1618823795098970/

Followup, from: (This link is private except to group members.)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/OfficialBernieSandersNationalDelegates/permalink/1619280231719993/

Nuisance: Sun 7/24: I’m quoted in the Burlington County Times (NJ): Clinton “is threatening me with Trump rather than trying to earn my vote, and I will not let myself be held hostage to that.”

“Everyone wants to vote their conscience, but I find you also have to balance reality,” Creter said.

Other Sanders’ delegates were more reluctant.

“I am not strictly ‘Bernie or Bust,’ but I feel very strongly that (Clinton) is threatening me with Trump rather than trying to earn my vote, and I will not let myself be held hostage to that,” said Jeff Epstein, a Maple Shade resident who ran for Burlington County surrogate in Sanders’ column during New Jersey’s June primary.

Like Creter, this is Epstein’s first time participating in the convention as a delegate. He said he plans to share his experiences and the behind-the-scenes action via social media.

“I am very excited to go and broadcast the truth as much as I can. It’s hard to say that I am excited. This feels like a crossroads,” he said. “I want to go and make sure that whatever happens, the public knows that it happens.”

Original link, behind a pay wall.

Full article text:

2016 Democratic National Convention

NJ Democrats ready to rally in Philadelphia
By David Levinsky, staff writer Jul 24, 2016
Anne Creter is accustomed to standing on the outside of major political events.

The Riverton resident has a long history of attending protests and demonstrations in Washington and other locations, including the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

This year’s DNC convention at the Wells Fargo Center will be much different for the local peace advocate, as she’ll be one of New Jersey’s 142 delegates who will vote for the party’s presidential nominee during this week’s convention in Philadelphia.

There’s just one tiny hitch. While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to be formally nominated as the party’s standard-bearer, Creter is an avowed supporter of Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who challenged Clinton in a surprisingly close Democratic primary.

Winning over Sanders’ fans is at the top of Clinton’s to-do list for the four-day convention, which is expected to attract thousands of Democratic delegates, press, visitors and entertainers to Burlington County’s backyard neighbor, the City of Brotherly Love.

Clinton is expected to formally accept the nomination on Thursday night, closing out the convention.

The stakes are high for Clinton, who held just a 3 percent lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump in the most recent Monmouth University poll of registered voters nationally, and a 7 percent edge in 10 key swing states.

That poll was taken before last week’s Republican National Convention, which featured nearly nonstop Clinton criticism and chants of “Lock her up!” from the partisan GOP crowds.

Sharon Schulman, executive director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, said Clinton needs to generate similar spirit, as well as party unity. Sanders’ supporters will be key for the latter objective.

“Her goal is to pick up some of those voters who were for Bernie Sanders and unify the party,” Schulman said. “Because when all is said and done, this election may turn out to be a true turnout election between the two parties.”

Winning over Sanders’ supporters could prove challenging.

Some, like Creter, enter the convention fairly open-minded, and hopeful that Clinton and the party will adopt some of the reforms Sanders’ championed, such as opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed free-trade agreement between the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and several other countries in Asia and South America.

Expansion of Medicare and climate change are also big issues.

“It’s not that I’m necessarily against Hillary; I just love Bernie better,” Creter said Thursday, citing the senator’s longtime support for creating a Department of Peacebuilding within the federal government.

“Our goal is to promote and advance Bernie’s political revolution at and after the convention,” she said.

Creter said she hopes the party will find a way to unify around Clinton, although she admitted it may be difficult for many who back Sanders.

“Everyone wants to vote their conscience, but I find you also have to balance reality,” Creter said.

Other Sanders’ delegates were more reluctant.

“I am not strictly ‘Bernie or Bust,’ but I feel very strongly that (Clinton) is threatening me with Trump rather than trying to earn my vote, and I will not let myself be held hostage to that,” said Jeff Epstein, a Maple Shade resident who ran for Burlington County surrogate in Sanders’ column during New Jersey’s June primary.

Like Creter, this is Epstein’s first time participating in the convention as a delegate. He said he plans to share his experiences and the behind-the-scenes action via social media.

“I am very excited to go and broadcast the truth as much as I can. It’s hard to say that I am excited. This feels like a crossroads,” he said. “I want to go and make sure that whatever happens, the public knows that it happens.”

Another Burlington County delegate, Assemblyman Troy Singleton, of Palmyra, was more optimistic that Clinton will be able to unify and rally Democrats.

“We have the most qualified candidate, bar none,” he said last week.

A delegate in 2012 during the DNC in North Carolina, Singleton said this year’s convention has more of a historic vibe, as party members look forward to officially making Clinton the first woman presidential nominee.

“I liken it to 2008 when Barack Obama was nominated. We have the chance to make history,” he said.

Burlington County will be well-represented at the milestone, as the state delegation includes seven residents.

In addition to Singleton, Creter and Epstein, the county will be represented by Democratic Party Chairman Joe Andl, of Maple Shade; Mansfield resident Sherryl Gordon; New Jersey Education Association President Wendell Steinhauer, of Lumberton; and Bordentown resident Catherine Majewski.

Other New Jersey delegates include the likes of Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and Reps. Donald Norcross, Bonnie Watson-Coleman and Assemblyman John Wisniewski.

Booker, who was among the three finalists considered for Clinton’s vice-president pick, will address the entire convention during the week.

While the nation’s attention will likely be focused on Clinton and her contest against Trump, many of the New Jersey delegates will also have their eyes on another political race: the upcoming 2017 gubernatorial election to replace Gov. Chris Christie.

While over a year away, jockeying among potential Democratic candidates has already begun, and the so-called shadow campaigning is expected to surge at the convention.

Among the Democrats believed to already be jockeying for the party’s nomination are Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Philip Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and ambassador to Germany. Each has sponsored one of the delegation breakfasts, where delegates gather before the day’s events.

Sweeney is also hosting a Sunday night convention kickoff event on the Battleship New Jersey in Camden.

“They’ll be looking for backers, both financially and politically,” Schulman said about the Democrats vying to become New Jersey’s next governor.

Singleton said talk of next year’s governor’s race is inevitable, but he hopes New Jersey Democrats are able to keep their focus on Clinton and the task of helping her win the presidency.

“I know (the governor’s race) will be on some people’s minds, but the issue in front of us is so important that we can’t afford to have it take a back seat,” he said.

There will be plenty to do besides politicking, too, including afternoon and evening receptions and viewing parties at the New Jersey delegation’s hotel at the Philadelphia Renaissance Airport Hotel, as well as scores of parties and events across the city.

One of the biggest events will be an invitation-only concert Thursday at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden featuring Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The concert was organized and sponsored by George Norcross III, chairman of Cooper University Hospital and a member of the Democratic National Committee, and Susan McCue, former chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, as a thank-you to Democratic Party volunteers and supporters.

There will also be a food truck festival Monday afternoon at 3rd and Arch streets in the Old City section of the city, as well as receptions, cocktail hours and viewing parties hosted by lobbying firms, special interest groups and celebrities throughout the week.

Some of the events are invite-only, but many are open to the public and offer the chance to meet and socialize with elected officials, delegates, campaign volunteers and political wonks.

Singleton, for one, hopes to find time to enjoy some of the festivities.

“I’m hopeful I can let down my hair a bit and meet with folks from across the country that you don’t get to see,” he said. “I really look forward to meeting and speaking with my fellow delegates.”

Creter said she hopes to find some time away from the convention hall in South Philadelphia. She said finding the time and choosing the events is challenging.

“I’m a bit overwhelmed,” she said. “There’s so many things going on at the same time.”

Staff writer Brian Woods contributed to this story.