Mayor Vince Gray and local Democratic Party leader Anita Bonds are concerned that Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton won’t get to preach the gospel of “citizenship rights” for District residents at this year’s Democratic convention in Charlotte.
Gray and Bonds sent a letter to Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, asking that Norton be given an evening speaking slot during the convention, just like she’s had in years past.
“We request that you follow the precedents of past conventions by offering time for Congresswoman Norton to express our Party’s support for the rights of District of Columbia citizens,” the pair said in a letter sent earlier this month.
A spokesman for the mayor says the the DNC hasn’t been forthcoming about its plans with Norton, hence the letter. A representative of the DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As far as LL can tell, there’s still room for speakers at the convention. The DNC announced several prominent female speakers today, in an apparent attempt to deepen the gender gap between the two parties. The move comes days after Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin made ridiculously dumb comments about abortions and “legitimate rape.” Keeping Norton off the podium seems like a missed opportunity for the DNC, as one of her talking points would doubtlessly be about the continued effort of congressional Republicans to limit the District’s ability to spend its own money funding abortions for poor women.
The mayor’s letter:
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