Sunday, May 18, 2008

Obama delegates get campaign briefing

This evening, Chris Farrell dropped into a local gathering of Obama delegates and briefed us on our role in the upcoming Wyoming Democrats state convention. To sum up: attend the convention and cast your vote for Sen. Barack Obama.

The tally of confirmed delegates, thus far, is 189 for Obama and 121 for Clinton. In Laramie County, we are sending 34 for Obama and 21 for Clinton. We have the largest slate of delegates in Wyoming. The second largest is Natrona County with 42 total delegates, split evenly between the two remaining candidates.

At the meeting, Farrell handed out call sheets of Obama delegates, and we volunteered to make calls to encourage their attendance in Jackson. I volunteered to make calls to Torrington, Sundance, Hulett, Riverton, Arapahoe, Glenrock, Douglas, Saratoga and Rawlins. These will be friendly voices at the other end, unlike some of the curt and sometimes hostile voices we encountered when making calls leading up the March 8 Wyoming primary and the recent primary in Pennsylvania (still calls to make in Montana). All of us are hoping that a late-spring blizzard does not disrupt the delegate flow to Teton County.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the action gets underway Friday at 6 p.m. with a reception. This will be followed by an 8 p.m. reception in Rafferty's Bar at Snow King to boost the campaign of Kathryn Sessions for national committeewoman. The business of the convention gets going at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Before arriving in Wyoming, Farrell was the regional director for the Obama campaign in northeastern Indiana. He'll be in the state through the convention and then it's off to somewhere else.

If you need info about "Wyoming for Obama," call Farrell at 319-371-8180. Or go to the web site at

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