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Idaho Delegates Digest DNC Email Revelation

Delegates crowd the stage at the Democratic National Convention, many carrying signs that say "Love Trumps Hate." (Chrystal Allen)
Delegates crowd the stage at the Democratic National Convention, many carrying signs that say "Love Trumps Hate." (Chrystal Allen)
July 26, 2016

BOISE, Idaho - Many of Idaho's delegates to the Democratic National Convention are still calling for unity, despite the dust up that has now claimed the job of party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. This weekend Wikileaks published emails showing some staffers at the Democratic National Committee discussed ways to sway voters against Senator Bernie Sanders in the primaries. Eighteen delegates from Idaho are pledged to Bernie Sanders, five to Hillary Clinton and four remain unpledged.

Chrystal Allen, a delegate, precinct captain from Boise, and supporter of Bernie Sanders, said she was disappointed but not surprised at the revelations. But, she said she'll put aside her differences in order to defeat Donald Trump.

"We all care about maintaining women's rights, and access to college and making sure that everybody's paid a fair and living wage and I think all of those things are under threat if Donald Trump wins," she said.

Allen said it would have been an unnecessary distraction, had Wasserman Schultz taken the stage on day one of the convention.

Delegate Jesse Maldonado, a city councilor from Lewiston, and 2nd vice chair of the Idaho Democratic Party is a Hillary Clinton supporter who is glad the DNC chair stepped down so quickly.

"I think that she made a mistake and I'm happy that she took responsibility," Maldonado said. "We're headed for a great convention regardless."

National polls now show Trump ahead of the former first lady. Maldonado said Clinton supporters are genuinely reaching out to the Sanders camp because, as the Clinton-Kaine slogan goes: the party is definitely stronger together.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - ID