Defazio Won't Attend DNC, Protesting Superdelegates

Jul 11, 2016
Originally published on July 10, 2016 9:18 am

Later this month, Democrats will gather in Philadelphia to formally nominate their presidential candidate. Oregon congressman Peter DeFazio is a superdelegate—he’s free to support any candidate. But, DeFazio will not attend the Democratic National Convention.

Representative DeFazio says party elites created superdelegates decades ago because they feared losing power over the presidential nominating process.

DeFazio: “I do not support the whole concept of superdelegates. I think they should be abolished, so I will not be attending.”

Superdelegates include all Democratic members of Congress and sitting governors, other elected officials, and party leaders.

Unlike pledged delegates who are bound to vote for the winner of a caucus or primary, superdelegates can endorse whichever candidate they want.

DeFazio: “I obviously will be supporting the democratic nominee who at this point is going to be Hillary Clinton, so I will be strongly supporting her. But I’m not making an endorsement as a superdelegate because, again, I don’t think we should have superdelegates.”  

The Democratic National Convention is July 25th-28th in Philadelphia.

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