Hillary Clinton may not have that much control over her own delegates, who are still whipped up into a frenzy over what they view as slights from the Obama campaign.
Clinton delegate and Los Angeles women’s lawyer Gloria Allred grabbed a napkin from the tables at the California delegation breakfast this morning and wore it as a gag to protest not being allowed to speak at the breakfast.
“I was not elected to be a potted plant,” Allred said through her gag, holding up DNC rules that say delegates must vote as they are elected. Californnia has 204 delegates pledged to Hillary Clinton, versus 166 for Obama.
Clinton delegate Julie Wong of Los Gatos was handing out white wrist bands to rally solidarity at the convention tonight when Clinton speaks. Hillary supporters have a march planned for today, which coincides with the anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.
Allred said Clinton herself “doesn’t have the legal power” to tell her own delegates how to vote. “She can do it, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it,” Allred said.
Polls show that a significant — and increasing — proportion of Senator Clinton’s supporters are refusing to back Senator Obama, who, they feel, has shown little respect to either her or those who supported her in the Democratic primaries. By some counts she received 18 million votes in a result that was a virtual tie.
Senator Clinton is trying desperately to quash rumours of a continued feud with team Obama, knowing her own political future will be damaged if she is accused of wrecking the convention.