Clinton Supporter Chides Evans for Flip-Flop
Updated: 2:41 p.m.
Political activist Peter Rosenstein has sent a scathing letter to D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) for announcing support for Sen. Barack Obama though he was elected to be a delegate for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
"I just think that the problem with Evans is that just two weeks ago he had pledged to be a Clinton delegate," Rosenstein said in an interview today. "He made a pledge to be a Clinton delegate. Once you make a pledge like that, people should be able to trust you."
Obama won overwhelmingly in the District presidential primary in February, beating Clinton 3 to 1. Evans endorsed Obama on Saturday during a cookout to announce his reelection bid.
As a pledged delegate, Evans must still cast his vote in Denver for Clinton as a representative of the small percentage of District voters who supported her.
But Evans said he believed it was important for him to show his support for the candidate the District supported most.
"What I'm trying to do is bring unity to the party so we can get behind the likely nominee, which is Barack Obama," Evans said today.
Here's an excerpt from the Rosenstein's letter...
I guess knowing your record I shouldn't have been surprised at your announcement regarding Obama.
Who you support for President is your own business. Clearly your constituents didn't care. But I would assume you would now step down as a delegate as you obviously got elected just recently under false pretenses. You were elected as a pledged Hillary delegate only two weeks ago. You knew what your district vote was and you made a choice. There is something to be said for loyalty and for occasionally putting it above ones own personal interests which you seem unable to do.
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