Clinton Confidante Urges Md. Support for Obama
DENVER - In the pages of today's Post, we told you about the continued hard feelings some Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters in Maryland's delegation harbor toward the Barack Obama campaign. In particular, Montgomery County delegate Mary Boergers remains frustrated. The story apparently ruffled some feathers among the delegates, who gathered this morning for a delegation breakfast at the Denver Renaissance hotel, where the group is based.
Boergers said delegate Carolyn Howard, who had supported Clinton but is now backing Obama, came up to her and asked to speak with her in private. Though they were not able to do so immediately, the pair, who are longtime friends, agreed to get together.
Other delegates were alarmed when Ann Lewis, a longtime Clinton confidante who lives in Maryland, showed up at the breakfast to give the delegation a pep talk. Rumors circulated that Lewis had been dispatched to calm the waters, though other delegates said that her appearance was scheduled well before today's story.
Lewis urged the group to get behind Obama and made note that Republican John McCain has selectively used clips of Clinton's criticisms of Obama during the primary to try to stoke continued animosity between the Democratic camps.
"She noted John McCain was not using Hillary's clips on health care, on Iraq, on all the things she was so diametrically opposed to John McCain over," Boergers said.
Boergers said she was excited about Clinton's speech this evening, even if she's still skeptical about Obama.
-- David Nakamura
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