Letter to the Editor: Donna Brazile
Donna Brazile, the political strategist and D.C. superdelegate, called in to take issue with today's Page One story about the disconnect between the superdelegates and local D.C. delegates to next week's Democratic National Convention. A former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Brazile has remained active in local city affairs even as she's risen to the highest ranks of national political circles. (The Post had attempted to contact her ahead of time for the story, but she was on vacation and unable to be reached.)
This morning, Brazile left this telephone message for the Post:
"The people you played gotcha with? The shadow senators and shadow represenatives would not even be superdelegates had it not been for the support I got from Minyon Moore and Harold Ickes. So while it's nice to play gotcha--and God knows you can't play gotcha with me; I was Eleanor's chief of staff for 10 years and know a lot more about that delegation than anybody will ever know. And hell yeah I'm glad I am a [big] shot even though I'm not all that big. But we got the damn superdelegates in that category because of those people. It would have been nice to be a little kinder and not [make it] look like we're a bunch of out-of-touch, don't-care District residents who pay some of the highest taxes in the country, because we do. And those unions you mentioned have given Eleanor Holmes Norton broad support for her statehood effort and have helped the D.C. statehood people raise money. And when the state party couldn't come up with funds ... it was me who called those unions and asked for resources.
"I wish I was in town to set the record straight. It was insulting to read that and I'm going to tell my colleagues when I see them in Denver not to be so arrogant and not push the supers away because those supers have been very supportive of D.C. politics the last 25 years I've been involved."
David A Nakamura
August 21, 2008; 2:02 PM ET
Categories: 2008 Presidential Race
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