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District GOP Delegates: Few, but Influential

MINNEAPOLIS - The small District delegation to the Republican National Convention gathered for a breakfast of danish and fruit this morning at the downtown Minneapolis hotel where members are staying, alongside the North Dakota delegation.

The 35 delegates and alternates include an influential group of Washington insiders including several people who have worked in the White House, on Capitol Hill and K Street. They include Richard Burt, former ambassador to Germany; Ann Korologos, former labor secretary; and Robert McFarlane; former national security advisor.

Betsy Werronen, the District's national committeewoman, called the lopsided District voting for Democrats "very discouraging."

"The reason you do it is to support a two party system," she said.

Asa Hutchinson, a former congressman from Arkansas who once headed the DEA, stopped by to speak to delegates he called "insiders." He told them not to overreact to news that vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's teen daughter is pregnant.

"To me, its not a distraction. It's part of the media examination," he said.

-- Anita Kumar

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 2, 2008; 12:41 PM ET
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