• Luke Heslip, Political Director

MCYDs attend CA Democratic Convention

Over a weekend of little sleep and much commotion, a sizable delegation of MCYDs attended the 2016 California Democratic Convention in San Jose where a heated Senate primary to succeed Barbara Boxer dominated the proceedings.

Our club had the honor of encountering and hearing speak several notable party leaders, including Senator Boxer (who we ran into outside of a bathroom) and keynote speaker Vice President Joe Biden.

The Senate candidates, California District Attorney Kamala Harris and Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, both made their cases of why they should represent California in the upper chamber of Congress. Sanchez touted her 20 year tenure in the House, while Harris flaunted her record of representing the people of California in court. Harris appeared to command stronger appeal than Sanchez along with a significant fundraising edge, which the state party responded to with a resounding endorsement, awarding Harris more than 75 percent of the delegates.

The California Young Democrats also endorsed Harris, with only a few dissenting delegates, as well as rubber stamped some pieces of state legislation including Assemblyman Marc Levine’s Disclose Act, which would require all political ads to list their three largest contributors.

Also featured at the convention was a workshop to become a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in July as well numerous caucuses, like the Woman's and Environmental caucuses.

Candidates and elected officials centered their speeches on the upcoming election, warning Democrats of the potential of a Trump presidency and urging them to rally behind a unifying Democratic message and to turn out to the polls in November.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom was unable to attend the convention, the first he has missed in a decade, due to the birth of his son Dutch on Saturday. However, Newsom prepared a short video for the convention expressing his party solidarity and joy as a father.

Biden’s more than one hour long keynote speech laid out the Obama Administration's vision for rebuilding the middle class and the direction they hope Washington will take after this election, notably keeping the White House and retaking the Senate. Biden jovially dismissed calls for him to run for the Presidency saying the party already has two fine candidates.

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