Enough is enough. I would like to clear up the patently false statements being made about an interpretation of the Democratic Party's rules regarding delegates eligible to sign papers for a candidate wishing to participate in the state convention after caucuses have been held.
An actual "change" in the rules DID NOT take place. Questions arose earlier this week as to who could be included in the delegate pool eligible to sign support papers for a potential candidate. Our rules say ANY delegate ELECTED to attend the convention may sign these papers. What must be remembered is that ALL delegates are ELECTED. Below is the interpretation by our chief legal counsel.
Legal Counsel Opinion Regarding the 2006 Massachusetts Democratic Convention Rules Section II, A3
“It is the intent and purpose of the rules to provide for an orderly and inclusive process by which all the elements and viewpoints of the Massachusetts Democratic Party may find expression. Accordingly, the word “elected” as referenced in the rules includes all those chosen or designated as eligible to serve as delegates to the convention and is not intended to be used to discriminate against or otherwise exclude from participation in the process of nomination those delegates who were not chosen at caucus events but who otherwise qualify as delegates by virtue of their election by other means."
James Roosevelt, Chief Legal Counsel
The Massachusetts Democratic Party
The Democratic Party has always been proud to be the Party of inclusion. Not allowing all delegates to sign papers is essentially creating a second class of delegates. Why would we want to turn to one of our minority, disabled, or youth add-on delegates and say, "sorry, you weren't elected at caucuses so you can't participate in this process."? It's not right.
Speculate all you want about why the ruling was made the way it was. But you have the truth and legal ruling in your hands.
Now can we please get back to winning this governor's race?