Pia Gallegos

Under pressure from grassroots Democrats and after months of discussion, on June 27, 2018, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to propose to the full DNC to no longer have superdelegates voting on the first presidential nominating ballot at a national convention. (There has never been more than one ballot since 1952.) The rules change would ensure that delegates elected by voters in primaries and caucuses select the Democratic Party presidential nominee.

In response, a band of DNC superdelegates is staging a revolt against the plan to reduce their influence in the presidential nominating process, mounting a campaign to block the measure when the full DNC meets in Chicago on August 23-25, 2018. They wish to retain their leverage over who will be the presidential nominee.

Even though the RBC vote was nearly unanimous, the DNC could easily defeat the proposal in Chicago. Few Democrats in Congress have expressed support for a no-superdelegates vote on first ballot. While not many Democrats in Congress are on the DNC, their opposition could be quite influential. Christine Pelosi, a DNC member from California and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, states: “This is a very deeply held position for people who have served the party for years. I wouldn’t be surprised if what happens at this committee in Washington might not be changed again, either in Washington or Chicago.”

Corporate Democrats and strategists are beginning to openly state their plans to undercut the surging progressive momentum. Last week a real estate billionaire brought together about 250 Democratic insiders from key swing states to strategize on how to undercut the progressive swing within the party.

The success of the RBC vote is a result of grassroots pressure mounting since 2016. But that pressure needs to increase.

Email your DNC representatives of the DPNM to make sure they support the RBC reforms, and encourage them to lobby DNC members of other states.

Also, email your New Mexico Democratic Congressional representatives, and ask them to take a position against their power to vote as an unpledged delegate.

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