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Dems fight off anti-Obama delegates
|Last Edited||Imperator Jul 08, 2012 04:28pm|
|Author||CHARLES MAHTESIAN |
|News Date||Sunday, July 8, 2012 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||The Arkansas presidential primary took place nearly two months ago, but it’s still not entirely over. |
The state Democratic Party is fighting to dismiss a federal suit brought by John Wolfe, the Democrat who won 42 percent against President Barack Obama and is demanding his four delegates.
From a Times Picayune report:
The Arkansas Democratic Party is arguing in federal district court in Little Rock that if it awarded John Wolfe Jr. any delegates to the Democratic National Convention based on his 42 percent performance in the state's binding Democratic primary in May, it would risk a challenge to the seating of the whole delegation when President Barack Obama is renominated in Charlotte in September. It is asking the court to dismiss Wolfe's suit against them.
The Arkansas party denied Wolfe delegates because he failed to file a delegate selection plan committing to "assist the Arkansas Democratic Party in meeting demographic representation goals reflected in the Affirmative Action Plan." The state party's goals are that the national convention delegation be 23.7 percent African-America, 9 percent Hispanic, 1.35 percent Native-American, 1.95 percent Asian-American and Pacific Islander, 23.5 percent seniors, 7.8 percent Arkansans with disabilities, 5.8 percent lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, 12.7 percent young Democrats and 7.8 percent veterans.
The suit is about the last thing a southern state Democratic Party needs to be entangled in at the moment. Not only is Wolfe making the party expend its limited resources to defend against the claim, the state party is forced to use the kind of race and identity based argument that has been used to hurt Democrats with white voters across the South.
Perhaps worst of all, it's taking place at a time when many Arkansas Democrats need to be weatherproofing their candidacies for November since the top of the ticket is likely to be a serious drag.