Farley-Bouvier: Discord subdued during first day at Demcoratic convention
PHILADELPHIA — The boos aimed at presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee outside the convention hall were not evident on the floor Monday, according to state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, who is floor whip for Clinton delegates from Massachusetts.
The local representative said she received a number of texts from people wondering whether there was sharp discord on the convention floor on the first day of the party's national convention. News reports had shown supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the streets outside the convention booing at the mention of Clinton's name in the wake of stolen and leaked emails that suggested the DNC was biased against Sanders during the primary campaign.
The incident and subsequent uproar led to the resignation of Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Democratic National Committee chairwoman.
"That hasn't been in here," Farley-Bouvier said Monday evening during a phone interview. "Inside, there has been nothing. But it is loud."
"One thing the day has been is very, very busy," she said, referring to numerous convention floor votes on the party's platform and on party rules, which included a compromise on the so-called primary superdelegates, which Sanders supporters wanted to eliminate.
The delegates of both candidates "definitely came together on what was called the unity vote," she said. "That went over very well."
The compromise called for reducing the number of superdelegates in future primary contests and for a commission to decide how to accomplish that.
The superdelegates are major political figures in Massachusetts and Democratic Party leaders who are automatically selected for the convention separately from primaries or caucus votes. Clinton won an overwhelming majority of those delegates.
Farley-Bouvier said later Monday that the keynote speech by Sanders was met "a with thunderous and sustained welcome" and his progressive message was consistent with those of his campaign for the nomination. But Sanders also "really emphasized how much he and Clinton agree," she said, adding that "the entire [Massachusetts] delegation was enthusiastic in their support, ending with a chant of 'He's with her!'"
"Massachusetts was well represented in the speaking program," Farley-Bouvier said. "We had [Rep.] Joe Kennedy III, [Boston] Mayor Marty Walsh and Senator [Elizabeth] Warren."
She added, "Today, the Clinton campaign is focused on good communication with their own delegates and especially the Sanders delegates."
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