Bernie’s Movie Stars Call Press Conference, Media Swarms

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Reporters awaiting the arrival of Susan Sarandon and other actors.

By Thomas Klodowsky

PHILADELPHIA- Dozens of reporters jockeyed for position, crowding around an empty stage.

Actors Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover and Rosario Dawson had called an early evening press conference to once again highlight efforts within the Democratic Party leadership to defeat Senator Bernie Sanders, which were exposed in recently leaked emails.

“These are two sides that, frankly, are having a very difficult time communicating with each other,” said Gasland director Josh Fox of lingering tensions between supporters of Sanders and Clinton.

The media event was also called in support of Nina Turner, a former Ohio senator, who said she was scheduled to speak at the convention on Tuesday night before being ousted from the stage.  The decision for her ejection is reportedly due to her refusal to support Clinton.

“We stand with her, and we stand in opposition to anybody bringing any harm or any disrespect to her,” said Sanders activist YahNé Ndgo.

It was unclear what — if any — impact the press event would have on the larger convention, other than to once again raise the question of whether the most passionate Democratic Party activists will be able to reconcile before the general election in November.

 

New Jersey DNC Delegate Q&A: Kelvin Ganges

Ganges, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, said she needs to make a strong case for herself to undecided voters.

The week before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, RowanU DNC News staff interviewed members of the New Jersey delegation to hear their views on the convention, the upcoming election, and local issues facing New Jersey residents. 

Kelvin Ganges, Chief of Staff for Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes

Interviewed by Thomas Klodowsky

Q: Did you support Bernie or Hillary during the primary? How do you feel about the result?

A: My support from the start was for Hillary Clinton.

Q: Do you believe the DNC matters to the people of New Jersey?

A: I certainly do.

Q: What is the biggest issue facing New Jersey residents this election year? What concern do hear most often from voters or residents?

A: From a national perspective, obviously we need to deal with the issues of jobs, education, homeland security, infrastructure, and the list could go on and on. In New Jersey, there are the issues of our pension system, how we fund public school systems, the whole issue of job creation, and economic development.

Q: If you had a few minutes of face time with Hillary Clinton, what would you want to tell her?

A: I would tell her to spend more time talking about the kind of leader she would be for America. I think there’s been too much emphasis on what Trump is not, and that’s easy to do because Trump is not qualified to be president, so it’s easy to identify what he’s not.  She needs to communicate to those that have not made up their minds to vote for her or those that she needs to persuade to vote for her. She’s gotta make the case.

Q: If a delegate from another state asks you for a where they should go in Philadelphia or New Jersey, what is one location you would suggest they visit?

A: Depending on what you want to spend, Capitol Grill.  I think that’s a great place for a meal, but it might be a little pricey. Or any place on South Street.