I’m not too happy about this!
From Karl’s live blogging on Burnt Orange Report:
I’m not quite sure what to make of this, but a text message just went out to Obama delegates that had signed up to get updates during the convention (we’ve been getting them regularly in the last 2 days). The last one reads…
Congratulations Obama DNC Superdelegate Betty Richie on re-election as super-delegate. Chairman Boyd Richie (Barack Obama Superdelegate) is up next!
There haven’t been any other updates about other Obama superdelegates who were re-elected to the DNC (John Patrick, Senfronia Thompson, etc) and none of those positions would have switched regardless of who was elected to the DNC today. Only the chair and vice-chair theoretically would be ‘changeable’ superdelegate votes (which is irrelevant now since we are in a unity convention).
Ron Kirk is now giving a nominating speech for Boyd Richie
Also from a county chair in correspondence to David Van Os:
Dave: yeh, I was gettng pretty mad at the obama campaign. It was sending runners down to each county to the obama part of the delegation and telling them how to vote. …. The Hillary people in my county supported you 100%. I got half the obama people to support you but the other half followed orders.
What the obama campaign missed was that you were the populist, liberal person on that stage and they should have voted for you. Richie is not a populist liberal, and he had been a hillary supporter untill just before the convention and switched to get the obama campaign support.
Doesn’t Obama understand that he will get no help from Boyd Richie in his campaign because Richie has again declared this to be a rebuilding year so he is only targeting a few, select races? This is why Richie declared for Obama before the convention–to ensure his re-election.
David wrote Boyd the following letter:
June 10, 2008
Boyd L. Richie
P.O. Box 390
Graham, TX 76450-0390
Congratulations on your re-election as Texas Democratic Party Chair.
I want to let you know that I am ready, willing, able, and eager to help the Texas Democratic Party stump for, push, and motivate voters to win Texas for our ticket.
I have two daughters whom I want to grow up to be free citizens, not indentured servants to the banks, oil companies, eternal war, and Bushite police state.
Looking at the electoral-college math, if we carry Texas our ticket is assured the White House. If we don’t, John Bush III McCain remains in play. Despite all the usual punditry predictions about our state, nothing is absolute in politics. Time and time again voters have defied predictions. So much is at stake that we owe it to ourselves and to our posterity to give it all we’ve got. If we don’t give it all we’ve got to make the maximum effort, we may always wonder what might have been if we had tried. If we put in maximum effort but still fall a little short of carrying our state, it may well be enough to put Rick Noriega in the Senate. And surely it will be enough to put a Democratic majority in the Texas House.
I know you agree with all the above. I am ready to answer your call to play any role, to do anything, to go anywhere, to help make it happen. Just let me know what you would like for me to do.
David Van Os
cc: Texas Democratic Party office