Live at the NYS Dem Convention–Day 2

Dateline: May 26, Rye Brook, NY
1:30 p.m.

So, I’m sitting here in the convention hall. June O’Neill, Executive Committee Chair, is trying to get the crowd ginned up. Everybody is waiting to find out who the Lt. Governor designee is going to be. That’s the first item on the afternoon agenda. Conflicting rumors abound. Even the folks staffing the credentials table (usually they’re most in the know) were arguing about which rumor was true.

According to the schedule, the Lt. Gov. was supposed to be picked at 12:50 p.m. It’s 45 minutes past that, and the unfocused speechifying by O’Neill, usually a pithy speaker, suggests to me that she has been sent out to stall. And suddenly, in the middle of rambling on, she stopped, said “Thank you” and shut up.

1:50 p.m.

Okay, they switched the order. They are going to make the Comptroller designation first. Duffy for Lt. Gov. signs appear under every chair in the hall. Bob Duffy is the Mayor of Rochester (there’s a video of him up top), and there has been a whole lot of talk from the podium about how upstate New York matters, too. I’m guessing that someone finally woke up and realized that no matter how important Nassau and Suffolk are to the outcome, you can’t have the entire ticket come from downstate.

2:30 p.m.

Duffy is being put into nomination.

4:45 p.m.

After three nominating speeches per candidate for Attorney General (with five of them, it took 4-evah), they begin the roll call. The rigging of the roll call to make the agreed-upon outcome occur is not even subtle. Entire counties are mysteriously absent from the hall and do not vote. It looks like all or most of Rice’s votes have been allowed to be cast, with a significant amount for Schneiderman and a sprinkling for DiNallo.

We are about 80 percent of the way through the first roll call. I am assuming that the outcome of the first ballot will make it seem like Rice has overwhelming support. This is meant either to impress the MSM or discourage the supporters of the other AG candidates. A husband of an attendee, who’s a regular non-political person, is sitting behind me. He’s appalled by the brazen cynicism of the roll call.

7:06 p.m.

Totals from the first roll call:

Rice: 36.102%

Schneiderman: 27.454%

Brodsky: 26.99%

Coffey: 1.737%

DiNallo: 7.704%

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