Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew and Middletown State Representative Matt Lesser have been elected to leadership posts in the national Democratic Party.
Mayor Drew, elected in 2011, was elected as a
Connecticut delegate to the convention expected to renominate President
Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Lesser, serving his second term, has been named as one of two
Connecticut delegates to the Democratic National Platform Committee. The
committee, co-chaired by Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker and Lt. Gen
Claudia Kennedy (Ret.), will meet in Detroit this week to draft the
Democratic Party's platform for the 2012 elections.
for the first time will likely support equal marriage rights for gays
and lesbians following President Obama's announcement of support earlier
this year. Gay marriage has been legal in Connecticut since 2008. Past
platforms have had major repercussions: a fight over the inclusion of a
civil rights plank in the 1948 Democratic platform led to a walkout of
Southern Democrats and helped start the modern Civil Rights Movement.
Drew and Lesser will attend the Democratic National Convention next month in Charlotte, North Carolina.
is an honor," Lesser said, "but it's also an important job. I will work
to ensure that the platform fights to protect the middle class.
President Obama and Joe Biden will make the middle class the message of
the campaign, and the alternative in Governor Romney is a
man who made his fortune
off-shoring middle class jobs and who even wants to privatize Medicare."
proud to have this opportunity to represent the Democratic Party of
Connecticut," Drew said. "Barack Obama and Joe Biden have been champions
of the middle class in Connecticut and the nation and I look forward to
supporting them at the Convention."
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