Thanks to Dean are well deserved, delegate says
Editor’s Note: Local Democrat stalwart Deb Marquez is a delegate at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Boston. She’s calling in with daily reports of her impressions.The pace Democratic delegates keep make them appreciate their candidates, said local Democratic stalwart Deb Marquez.
Marquez is a delegate at this week’s Democratic National Convention. The highlight Tuesday was Howard Dean, who received a two-minute standing ovation, longer than Bill Clinton’s the night before.”Many of those people had supported Dr. Dean as the candidate and it was gratifying to see the party thank him,” said Marquez. “I think he deserved that. Many of those primary candidates should be thanked. They helped move the party’s message forward in a way that would not have been possible without them.”Breakfast Tuesday was with presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich, who was remarkably charming, especially at 5:30 a.m., Marquez said. “He has a charming, heartfelt way of expressing himself – very sincere,” said Marquez. “He talked about working for positive change through the ‘expressive diversity that is the strength of our party,’ being able to have discussions and debate about our differences.
“It’s refreshing. Hearing him talk to his supporters and bring them into the fold was beautiful,” she said. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, was at breakfast Tuesday, which was held in the original “Cheers” bar. Cliff and Norm were not present.DeGette is sponsoring a bill to expand stem cell research, attempting to override President Bush’s executive order limiting such research. DeGette has more than 240 congressional sponsors so far.”Her youngest child has diabetes, so she has a personal interest in any research that can help find cures for these diseases,” said Marquez.
Marquez was wandering around Boston looking for stamps and postcards when she wandered into the Constitution’s birthplace, Faneuil Hall, where much of the Constitution was drafted. People were standing on soapboxes, exercising the fight to free speech, she said.Among those attending the various conferences on national and global problems was Amy Goodman, a radio commentator for Democracy Now. Goodman has taken dead aim at the media in her new book, “The Exception to the Rule.” In it, she discusses “the war profiteers and the media that love them.””She sums it up in three words, ‘Military, media, monopoly,'” said Marquez. “She said the media must become journalists again and people need to understand that the people own the airwaves. She’s right.”