Jonathan Martin, NY Times national political correspondent, told CNN that Bernie won’t be satisfied with symbolic platform committee spots, he wants a say in Hillary’s presidential appointments.
May 23, 2016
Top Bernie Sanders supporters Dr. Cornel West and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will be among those on the Democratic Party's important Platform Drafting Committee after the Vermont senator won a key concession as he looks to leave his mark on the party's platform.By Ben Kamisar
The roster of the drafting committee, released by the Democratic National Committee on Monday, reflects the party's agreement that Sanders would have five supporters on the committee, compared to six for Hillary Clinton.
Sanders previously panned DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who appoints all of the committee members, for failing to include enough of his supporters on an initial list. But the latest statement notes that Wasserman Schultz allocated the campaign's seats "proportionally according to the current vote tally."
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By Chris Cillizza May 26The big questions left in the Democratic presidential race are when Bernie Sanders will exit the contest and, relatedly, what he will extract by way of concessions from Hillary Clinton for doing so. Sanders has been relatively quiet about specific asks to date. But, in an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Thursday, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver seemed to suggest that getting rid of current Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz might be a necessary precursor to making peace between the rival campaigns.The Bernie Sanders campaign has filed an official challenge to the credentials of Gov. Daniel Malloy and Barney Frank to serve as chair and co-chair of key committees at the Democratic convention because they are, "aggressive attack surrogates for Clinton."
May 28, 2016
And just today ….
Jim Roosevelt and Lorraine Miller, co-chairs of the Rules and Bylaws Committee, dismissed a request to remove Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank as co-chairmen of the convention's platform and rules committees, respectively.
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Sanders says he wants Clinton to pick a hardline progressive running mateVermont Bernie Sanders warned democratic rival Hillary Clinton that her pick for running mate will be critical to winning over his supporters going into the general election.During an interview to air Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sanders said told Chuck Todd that Clinton needs "a candidate who can excite working families, excite young people, bring them into the political process and create a large voter turnout."
The Democratic Party has been very kind and inclusive to Bernie Sanders who is new to the party and remains officially an Independent in the Senate. When the primaries end in the District of Columbia on June 14, Bernie Sanders will become an also-ran. He has said he would support Hillary's candidacy. We can hope he will do so with the kind of grace and fervor with which Hillary supported the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008.