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Crashing the party in Denver

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 28, 2008 at 10:28 am | No Comments »
August 28, 2008 10:28 am

Apparently people have been flying into Denver in hopes of getting into Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium for the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

Up until today, the Washington delegation had 100 guest passes, but state party leaders managed to finagle 300 for today’s events, according to Dean Ando, the former Barack Obama classmate who is attending as a delegate.

But it’s still a long-shot, and it sounds like there are folks who made the trip who won’t get in.

For those who do, it should be an experience.

Emotions ran high yesterday when Sen. Hillary Clinton short-circuited the roll call vote and called for Obama’s nomination by acclimation.

“I was prepared for a full roll call,” said Ando, an early Obama backer. “It was so gracious of her.”

When Obama officially became the nation’s first African American presidential candidate from a major party, the group celebrated.

“Our entire Washington delegation is well represented by African Americans,” Ando said. “Emotions were so high. We were crying, hugging each other, high-fiving with (state party chairman) Dwight Pelz.

“I’m so happy for Barack,” Ando said. “But I’m more happy for all the people in my delegation who would dream about this day.”

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