In the Pepsi Center: View From the D.C. Seats
This was the view of Caroline Kennedy from D.C.'s seats.
DENVER -- One of the first questions for delegates at a convention is: Where will they be seated? As a small state--er, city--with few electoral college votes, the District is predictably not high on the list for seating choices. At the Pepsi Center, that meant the city's delegates had to travel up a long escalator to the club level, on the far left of the stage. Seated around the District were the Virgin Islands, Connecticut, Idaho, America Samoa and Rhode Island. (Surprisingly, Maryland's seats were just as bad as the District's.)
The prime real estate on the convention floor, right in front of the stage, went to Illinois and Delaware, home to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, along with key swing states such as Florida, Michigan, Colorado and Ohio, as well as New York, home to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Delegate and former D.C. Council member Arrington Dixon.
The D.C. delegation was ably represented by delegates Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, shadow Sens. Michael Brown and Paul Strauss, Arrington Dixon, Pauline Chapman, Anthony Muhammad, Peter Rosenstein, Jerry Clark and D.C. Wire blogger Jeff Richardson. Also there were D.C. superdelegate Mona Mohib, former Mayor Sharon Pratt, activist John Capozzi, Robert A. Malson, President of the District of Columbia Hospital Association, and John Falcicchio, advisor to Mayor Adrian Fenty.
Fenty and most of the city's elected leaders were back in the District for the first day of school, but D.C. Council members Yvette Alexander and Muriel Bowser showed up near the end of the night, having caught a late flight from Washington. (Fenty and others will come to Denver on Tuesday.)
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