Are the MassDems trying to fix up Gabrieli’s spot at the Convention? Mass Marrier has the scoop. According to Sec. of State Candidate John Bonifaz, the party is trying to bend the rules by trying to include unelected delegates in a potential Gab500:
“I have no issue if people want to play by the rules. Party rules allow for a previously undeclared candidateâs name to be placed before the convention for statewide office provided that a petition for such purpose is signed by at least 500 of the âelected convention delegates.â But, here, we have party insiders trying to subvert the process just after the completion of the statewide caucuses. This kind of action should be opposed by anyone who believes in fairness and transparency in our primary election process.
“Last night, members of the Democratic State Committee supporting this move tried to mask it as merely an âopinionâ interpreting the existing rule. That dog wonât hunt. The phrase, âelected convention delegates,â by the literal meaning of those words, refers only to those delegates elected to the state partyâs convention at the caucuses. It does not refer to ex-officio members, such as members of the Democratic State Committee, who are non-elected designated delegates. I urge the Democratic Partyâs rules committee to come clean and reverse this action. The integrity of our election process must be protected.”
Is this for real? MM can’t find any backup, and I can’t even find Bonifaz’s original press release.
UPDATE: OK, just got the press release; it’s real.
Anyone want to cite chapter and verse here?