Saturday, August 16, 2008

California Dems need more Invesco tickets

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The largest state in the country can't even get the tickets they need:

The California State Democratic Party's request for 1500 was returned with an offer of only 300 tickets to Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High on Thursday Aug. 28, by the Democratic National Convention Committee.

"They are treating us like Idaho right now," said Bob Mulholland, campaign adviser for the California State Party. "There are 30 million of us in California and we have tens of thousands of volunteers working for Obama."

The Democratic National Convention Committee said it switched the acceptance speech venue to allow more Coloradans to attend.

"Our goal of going to Invesco was to get as many residents of Colorado into the arena to see the speech because this is a battleground state," said Jenny Backus, senior campaign adviser. "Having that event here gives us the opportunity for (Obama) to take that message to them in their own backyards." - Denver Post

Fifty percent of the public seats are going to Colorado residents and another 15 percent are for people from surrounding states, Backus said.

State delegations and state parties were dealt with on a case-by-case basis, said Backus.