Following the Clark County Democratic Convention held April 2nd, Bernie Sanders successfully flipped the Nevada caucus loss to a win. Sanders was able to eek out a major victory in the most populous county in Nevada at the convention held at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas.
Megan Messerly a reporter with the Las Vegas Sun reported via twitter the final delegate count for the county.
There was much controversy and debate about the Clark County Democratic Convention, some were calling it a failure in organization and even said it may have been as bad as the Arizona election fraud fiasco.
It started on Friday when delegates selected at all 1022 precincts in Clark County on February 20th were allowed to register early. The first thing to realize is that there are three types:
- Elected delegates: These were elected at the precinct caucuses.
- Alternate delegates: These were also selected and named at the caucuses.
- Unelected Alternate delegates: These are delegates that can take the place of the two previous types of delegates if those delegates fail to show up at the convention.
The qualifications of an unelected alternate is decided by the Clark County DC’s Credential Committee. This committee had four members appointed by Chris Miller who is the Clark County Democratic Party Chair, the four members were two Bernie Sanders delegates, and two Hillary Clinton delegates to ensure impartiality.
Friday night infighting began in full force and both sides were calling foul, and they were trying to get the committee chair Christine Kramer removed.
Angie Sullivan one of the members of the credentials committee said: “We caught the Hillary campaign cheating, we caught the Nevada Democratic Party secretary cheating..When it was apparent Bernie started winning, they really turned up the heat.”
According to Sullivan the CCDP was emailing data to the Hillary Clinton campaign but keeping the Sanders campaign out of the loop, so Sullivan took it into her own hands to copy the email correspondence with CCDP officials and Clinton campaign officials to the Sanders campaign.
Mark E. Elias the attorney for the Clinton campaign made a different claim, and threatened Chris Miller and demanded that she have Christine Kramer removed from the credentials committee for sharing sensitive information belonging to team Clinton with team Sanders.
Kristal Glass, another Sanders delegate on the credentials committee said that Kramer was simply acting as an arbitrator according to party bylaws ensuring that all parties were included in all conversations about the convention.
According to glass:
“It was her job to make sure everything was fair leading up to the Friday night early registration…she [Kramer] CC’d the Sanders campaign about a conversation happening that they weren’t included in, which was against the convention process.”
Glass also alleges that Michelle White who is the political directory for Hillary Clinton’s Nevada campaign was pressing volunteers to register alternates as delegates. She said there were campaign people walking around showing volunteers and saying “They’re approved so go ahead and add them” but in reality, every member had to be approved by the credentials committee – who’s sole purpose that was. Sullivan add that “You don’t change the rules at the 11th hour to favor your candidate”.
When Kramer brought out the party bylaws and reminded the Clinton campaign and CCDP officials, CCDP attempted to remove Kramer as chair by calling an executive session. There’s also rumors of this letter being circulated showing the Clinton campaign trying to remove Kramer:
An attorney for the Sanders campaign let Christine know “They had some meetings about you and they’re going to remove you” according to Glass. “They wanted all the people who came to the caucus as alternates so they could be converted over.”
The following video shows the attempted meeting that was pre-empted by Christine Kramer demanding to be part of a meeting to discuss her actions, so that she could defend herself. Kramer and Sanders supporters in the room pressured them and they cancelled the meeting.
The day of the convention the CCDP called in the police and tried to remove Christine Kramer from the premises. At that time all four members of the credentials committee even the two Hillary Clinton supporters linked arms as a sign of protest and sat in the middle of the convention floor.
According to Sullivan: “They told her she was trespassing, even though she’s the credentials chair and an elected delegate. We stood up to them and said you’re not going to do this.”
The video below shows the final vote count (around the 1:30 mark), and the crowd erupting in excitement at Bernie Sanders coming out ahead. This win means that Bernie Sanders has won all of the caucus states, except Iowa where there was a tie.
Sources: [U.S. Uncut, Heavy]
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