Sunday, April 18, 2010

Winograd Pulls Harman's Endorsement at Democratic Party Convention

Congressional Candidate Marcy Winograd (CA/36) and a team of a hundred volunteers collected almost 500 delegate signatures in a few hours at the California Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles Saturday to once again pull the endorsement of incumbent Jane Harman. The Party bylaws require only 300 signatures to pull the endorsement from the consent calendar of the convention.
 
Winograd and Harman met on the dais of the Progressive Caucus. The two debated war, health care and the Middle East. Harman fled the room after the conversation turned to Israeli settlements, with Winograd urging her opponent to call for a settlement freeze.  Harman was able to fend off the challenge by Winograd and her supporters to keep the party endorsement. The vote was 599 to uphold Harman endorsement, 417 for Winograd.

Winograd also appeared at the Arab American Democratic Caucus meeting where many candidates stopped by to speak to the caucus members. Surprisingly, some emphasized that they are Zionists before speaking about justice to Palestinians!  That's like saying "I'm a Nazi" when addressing a group of Holocaust survivors!  On a positive note, the caucus meeting was well-attended contrary to previous years.. I look forward for a larger participation of Arab-American Democrats at next year's convention.

Candidates who attended include Marcy Winograd for Congress, Ferial Masry for Assembly, Phu Nguyen for Assembly, Melissa Fox for Assembly among others. Congressman Mike Honda and State Controller John Chiang also attended.

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