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There are a few open superdelegate positions, and the Rhode Island Democratic State Chair gets to fill one:
With the Democratic presidential nomination up for grabs, it may be the most coveted of all 2008 political plums: the one vacant “super delegate” position left among the 32 delegates Rhode Island Democrats will send to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August.Does that make Lynch a super-superdelegate, since he gets to name another one?
The slot is open because Edna O’Neill Mattson, the party’s longtime vice chairwoman, has moved up to become the state’s Democratic National Committeewoman, a position that makes her an automatic super delegate.
Her spot as vice chairwoman of the Democrat State Committee is vacant. Democratic State Chairman William Lynch of Pawtucket has the authority to name a new vice chair, which in the weeks before the March 4 presidential primary, is not a decision he is aching to make.“It has become a headache,” said Lynch in an interview yesterday. “It is like what happens when a governor appoints a judge: you make one person happy and 20 people mad at you.”
The new Rhode Island super delegate must be a woman, according to local party rules, Lynch said, but except for that provision he is free to select anyone he wants. Lynch said he has been in negotiations with top party leaders, but also said yesterday that given the pitched presidential battle between Obama and Clinton, he knows he can’t please everybody.
When asked why he doesn’t appoint somebody neutral in the presidential contest, Lynch said, “I don’t know if there is anybody left who is neutral. Everybody seems to have a candidate at this point.” Including Lynch, who supports Clinton.
“I’d like to get this done before the primary,” said Lynch. “I don’t want to keep getting the phone calls. Everybody has a candidate.
Update: The Rhode Island vacancy was filled last week:
State Rep. Grace Diaz, D-Providence, a leader in the state’s Latino community, will be appointed vice chairwoman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. By virtue of the post, she will also become a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention.We added Diaz to our the endorse list on Feb 18.
Diaz last year made a “personal commitment” to support New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is in a close race with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the nomination.