Henry Butler’s View From The DNC Floor – First Night

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The opening night of the DNC was everything I expected and more. Since Mrs. Clinton is from New York our delegates have front row  seats. I was sitting right next to actress  Rosie Perez and legendary  congressman Charlie Rangel.

The energy in the room was high from the moment I got there, which was at 4 p.m. You could also feel the tension in the air, not knowing  how Senator Sanders delegates and supporters would behave.

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte with DNC Delegate Henry Butler.
On the Democratic National Convention floor with Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte.

The Hillary Clinton New York delegation was not about to let our nominee be over shadowed by Senator Sanders supporters. At every opportunity we screamed  her name from the top of our lungs. For every speaker that spoke, Senator Sanders supporters tried to interrupt except for First Lady Michelle Obama.

Among the speakers, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker gave a great inspiring speech. It’s obvious he was auditioning for 2024.

Assemblyman Walter Mosley and me make sure that Bed-Stuy/Fort Greene is in the house at the DNC.
Assemblyman Walter Mosley and me make sure that Bed-Stuy/Fort Greene is in the house at the DNC.

I actually got into a conversation with three Senator Sanders supporters who all appeared over 50. I asked them at this point in the process what are you looking for out of Mrs. Clinton. Their response was a political revolution and to make the party more progressive.

We had a good friendly debate but we could not come eye to eye on anything. I’m curious to see how the Sanders supporters will behave  tonight now that the Senator has  spoken at the convention. Looking forward to day two of the DNC.

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