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Houston Democratic Delegation Makes its Presence Felt in Denver

Houston delegates to the Democratic National Convention have arrived in Denver, sort of. They’re staying in a hotel in the farther suburbs and say some of it is related to Texas being such a red state. Some others say it might be because much of the delegation is still staunchly behind Hillary Clinton. Jodi Breisler reports from Denver.


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Out at a delegation breakfast in the suburb of Aurora, Houston residents are decked out in either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama gear.  A few are sporting both—calling for party unity.  Like Steve Flores who supported Clinton, but will now work for Obama.

“Not as many people are divided as it seems to.  Of course the squeaky wheel gets the oil.  And the people that are divided — they squeak a lot louder.  But there are so many that supported Hillary and still do — that know that she asked us to support Obama and that’s what we’ll do.”

Tell that to John Grothues.  The Houston resident sports a chest full of buttons proclaiming his loyalty to the New York Senator.  He says he’s anxious to show Clinton’s Houston support in the Tuesday roll call vote.  He says there are a lot of people who won’t forgive what he says was cheating in Texas’ caucus.

“Not just a few. There are going to be hundreds, maybe thousands of people who would die before they forgive it.  And I don’t think Obama’s campaign really realized it.  Of course, they don’t need Texas to win.  And you know, he’s not going to win Texas.  Maybe they just figure we can cheat here and it won’t hurt us.”

Houstonian Vanessa Edwards Foster says it’s important for the Democratic party to have space for in-house opposition, but they have to get Democrats back together by November.

“What matters most is making sure that come November we are unified and we get out there and we vote up and down and that we remember who’s supporting us and our issues.”

The Texas delegation will have a chance to make their preferences known in Tuesday’s role call vote.  Clinton is set to speak to the convention in the evening and then release her delegates to Obama before the end of the convention.

From Capitol News Connection, Jodi Breisler, KUHF Houston Public Radio.

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