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A Clinton Superdelegate in Obama Country

The Democratic Party's superdelegates probably are watching the polls in Pennsylvania more closely than even Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

The District's Democratic Party lists five remaining unpledged superdelegates, but D.C. Wire learned yesterday that the count is off by at least one.

D.C. Superdelegate Mona G. Mohib, who has been listed as undecided by the DC Democratic Party, told D.C. Wire on Monday that she will cast her vote for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. She declined to comment further.

Mohib, who's lived in the District for about 10 years, is an appointed superdelegate, meaning she was picked by the DNC, rather than being elected by local committee members.

The District has 24 superdelegates, including Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, shadow Sens. Paul Strauss and Michael D. Brown and council members Yvette M. Alexander and Harry Thomas Jr. Thomas has gotten a lot of attention recently for his switch from Clinton's camp to Obama's, a move he made based on his constituents.

The other superdelegates are made up of Democratic National Committee members with four elected and the others appointed by the committee, like Mohib.

Mohib, the director of policy and communications for the Democratic Governors Association, would not comment on whether she thought she should follow the will of District voters, who overwhelmingly supported Obama. Mohib is the former director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Labor and a Democratic party mover and shaker.

And there's more news for the District. Anita Bonds, chair of the local committee and a superdelegate, said that the District's number of superdelegates will likely get bigger. She said national party chair Howard Dean "is adding to our lot. Six or seven...I'm not sure yet."

Those people may have already been superdelegates but now live in the District, Bonds said.

Of the current 24, the local committee lists 10 for Obama, 9 for Clinton and 5 undecided. But with Mohib's confirmation that she supports Clinton, the senators are tied for superdelegates.

Others listed as undeclared are Donna Brazile, Larry Cohen, Christine Warnke and Bonds herself.

"I'm one of the organizers of this process. I think it's important that I don't show favoritism one way or the other," she said.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 22, 2008; 7:45 AM ET
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Why does DC get so many Superdelegates???

On one hand they complain about underrepresentation in Congress.

Then as soon as they get a little influence, they are overrepresented.

Keep an eye on these DC people

Posted by: Words | April 22, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

All members of the Democratic National Committee are superdelegates. Most of the members were chosen by the various state organizations, but a few dozen are Members-at-Large, who do not represent a particular state or territory. Since many of these Members-at-Large work in Washington, they live in the area, and are assigned to the DC, Maryland, or Virginia delegations.

So Mihib and maybe a dozen others assigned to the DC delegation, do not represent DC. The DNC ought to do something about the confusion this causes.

You can get more details on the DNC website. The Post should publish a link there more often.

Posted by: Solo Owl | April 22, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Who??? This lady much like the Hillary Dems must be retarded

Posted by: Over this | April 22, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Yes, that's right, the new-style politics. The old-style was "if you're not Right, you're a commie."

The new style is "if you're for Hillary, you're retarded."

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Posted by: Anti-me | April 22, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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