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McAuliffe story ingnites debate among Clinton, Obama supporters at Colorado State Convention
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, left, and Colorado Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien, right, take the stage in front of a highly-energetic Democratic State Convention audience May 17 at the World Arena in Colorado Springs. Veterans of the Democratic party said this year’s turnout had doubled since the 2004 State Convention, but the unification of the party is still in question.
Photo by Kim Wille 

McAuliffe story ingnites debate among Clinton, Obama supporters at Colorado State Convention

Mountain counties unite after being snubbed by Boulder at CD2
By Tom Boyd

May 19, 2008 —  My recent report from the Colorado Democratic Convention has sparked debate in RealVail’s open forum. Clinton supporters are backing Terry McAuliffe’s claim that Clinton has the popular vote lead, while Obama supporters are calling for Clinton supporters to back down and unify behind Obama.

Read the comments by clicking HERE, or add your own comments by clicking HERE.

A series of back-and-forth comments have raised ire on both sides of the issue.

“I proudly number myself among the 28% to 40% of Hillary Clinton supporters who would never vote for Obama,” wrote Fred Jones.

“Obama supporters have real, substantial and well-supported reasons for considering (Clinton) the far inferior candidate,” countered Nancy.

Tom from California wrote that, “McAuliffe is such a lying hack – a professional goalpost mover for the Clinton Campaign.”

The debate was sparked after I reported on Terry McAuliffe’s comments at the Democratic State Convention that Clinton was well ahead in the popular vote nationwide. McAuliffe, who is Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, found a way to count the vote in Hillary’s favor by adding Florida and Michigan’s vote, and also subtracting some or all of the caucus states’ vote. He has also repeatedly contradicted himself during the campaign.

This seems of little interest to some Clinton supporters, a few of whom are determined to not vote or vote for McCain in this year’s general election.

This kind of division is likely good news to Republicans, who host a convention of their own May 31 in Broomfield.

Eagle County shunned by District 2, receives no representation at National Convention

Perhaps more irritating to Eagle County Voters is that they received no representation for District 2 at the National Convention.

Seven delegates were named national delegates during the May 10 CD2 assembly, which includes Eagle County. Six of these delegates are from Boulder, one is from Westminster, and one has lived in Colorado only two years.

Furious with a lack of representation, mountain counties unified behind the leadership of Kim Wille, who founded COMOCO (Colorado Mountain Counties) in an effort to ensure that Colorado’s mountain counties have representation at the National Democratic Convention, to be held this August in Denver.

While some national delegates are elected at the Congressional District Assemblies, others are elected at the State Convention.

Wille is among seven COMOCO delegates who are awaiting the results of the May 17 State Convention with hopes that the state’s democrats will elect mountain representatives to the National Convention.

The results are expected sometime today or tomorrow.



Comment on article  1 Comment on "McAuliffe story ingnites debate among Clinton, Obama supporters at Colorado State Convention"


Kim Doyle Wille — May 19, 2008

Great job addressing COMOCO and I appreciate, once again the accurate reporting of events in this venue. I would like to say that COMOCO is moving on to become a more formalized organization with involvement of MANY if not all rural and mountain counties all over this state. We are seeking fair representation in EVERY venue from this point forward and seek to unite the Democrats of Colorado to be inclusive while visionary in their quest to affirm proportionate and fair representation for ALL counties, Congressional Districts, etc. This is a time to work TOGETHER and cease the divisive debates whether it be about fair representation, who is the better candidate, etc. and seek rather to creatively find solutions and genuinely SUPPORT our chosen candidates. Attacks solve nothing. Hearing peoples' stories and 'connecting dots' towards positive change are what will ultimately work. That is all I have to say tonight. One other thing I would like to point out though re: our 'process' in selecting actually TWELVE candidate/delegates for the COCOCO 'slate' is that we involved CD3 and CD2 and listened to each delegate speak as long as they wanted as to why they would be the best representative for their candidate and for their region, unlike the 5 seconds we had to state our name at the CD2 convention. Democracy in action and fair representation is all we ask. Thanks for this great venue. Rock on Rocky Mountains. GO COMOCO! Kim Doyle Wille/Photographer/Obama '08 Delegate/COMOCO Coordinator



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