Prior to my endorsement about three weeks ago, my phone was ringing constantly. I was getting calls from voters in Wisconsin and across the country who were encouraging me to support this candidate or that candidate. I was getting calls from the campaign staff who just wanted to check in to see how things were going and if I was ready to make an endorsement. And then I was getting calls from the candidates and their surrogates, such as President Clinton and Senator John Kerry.
However, now that I picked the person I intend to vote for at the national convention, all that has stopped. And that isn’t a bad thing by any means. When I was on-air with Anderson in February, he told me that they would “drop me like a hot potato” and they did. But trust me, I‘m not complaining. For me this has been an exciting opportunity along the way to talk to leaders within our party and to learn from some of the best political minds about how the process works.
For me on a very personal level, its good to have had things quiet down for a bit. I needed to get back to my studying for a little bit, so that midterms wouldn’t be too rocky. And I think this just goes to help illustrate the point I have been trying to make all along: super delegates are not party insiders in a backroom. Superdelegates are regular party activists, like myself, who make room for politics in our free time.
We are a diverse group of individuals who care about the party but are also busy being students, working full-time, having a family, etc. Sure, we may have gotten an extra call or two, but in the end, we are activists like yourself who care deeply about the direction of the party and the country.
– Jason Rae, Democratic Superdelegate
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