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One of the best things the DCW team has been able to do during primary season is actually talk to some of the superdelegates. Senate President Kenneth McClintock has been a huge help to us in sorting out the news coming from Puerto Rico this year.
Senator McClintock has been the Senate President since 2005 and before that was the minority leader from 2001-2004. He announced his support of Hillary Clinton in January.
We're also very proud to know that Senator McClintock is an avid reader of our site. He was kind enough to answer some questions for us last month.
How long have you been a member of the DNC? How were you first elected?Thanks Senator McClintock! We look forward to meeting you in August.
I've been a member since 2000, elected by our State Convention.I believe superdelegates have a place in the process. As you've mentioned, they're the ones who remain committed full-time to the party throughout a four-year term, have the institutional memory and truly have the party's interests at heart.
How do you feel about the existence of superdelegates and what do you say to our readers who think that the process is undemocratic.I may stay a couple of days later and take the interstate up to the mountains. During the convention, no way, since it requires 18-hour-a-day commitment.
Do you have plans to do any sightseeing outside of Denver while you're here?The main reason is because, while Barack Obama left the door open in his statement on Puerto Rico to take away individual PR voters chance to directly vote on political status options, Hillary Clinton is committed to federal legislation that will allow each voter to choose among the options. Remember, political status is by far the main issue for over 90% of Puerto Rican voters.
Can you tell me a few words about why you chose to endorse Hillary Clinton?I've only attended eight conventions, and expect to attend my tenth in 2012. Stories? I could write a book!
Have you been to a convention before? If so, do you have any good stories we can pass on to our readers?Late December while doing a Google search and I now check it at least once a day and have recommended it to all my friends, including journalists, as the best, most reliable and up-to-date source.
When did you first start visiting 2008 Democratic Convention Watch and how did you first find it?