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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

 12:32 PM 

Hulsey asks to speak at convention, party says spots reserved for 'serious' candidates

State Rep. Brett Hulsey today asked the Dem Party and guv rival Mark Burke to allow him to speak at this weekend’s state convention, citing his long record of service with the party.

In a release Hulsey sent the media along with the letter, he also called himself the “real” Dem in the race.

But party spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said speaking roles at convention are “reserved for serious candidates.”

The party’s administrative committee endorsed Burke for the party’s nomination. As part of that decision, Chair Mike Tate said last month Hulsey would not be allowed to address the convention, though he could attend like anyone else so long as he didn’t cause a disruption. 

Baldauff said today the party is united behind Burke, who will address the convention Friday night.

“[W]e won't compromise the convention experience for Democrats who wish to have a serious conversation about our state by shining a spotlight on a non-serious campaign full of press stunts,” Baldauff said.

Burke’s campaign declined comment.

-- By JR Ross


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