Md. del­e­gates feel uni­fied af­ter Clin­ton’s his­toric DNC speech

Cecil Whig - - & - By AN­DREA CWIEKA AND JESS NO­CERA

Cap­i­tal News Ser­vice

— Mary­land del­e­gates for both Bernie San­ders and Hil­lary Clin­ton said they felt op­ti­mistic and united com­ing out of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion that closed Thurs­day night.

Af­ter a nom­i­na­tion ac­cep­tance speech from Clin­ton that made her the first wo­man to head a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party’s ticket, many from the Mary­land del­e­ga­tion emerged from the bal­loons and con­fetti say­ing they felt up­lifted.

Mary­land Sen. Ben Cardin had only one word to say on Twit­ter: “Wow.”

“I’m over­whelmed to have wit­nessed his­tory — both for what was achieved by Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton and by the idea of what’s now pos­si­ble for my 11-month-old niece, Kaylee, and for what she could want to achieve,” said Dylan Gold­berg, a Mary­land del­e­gate from Columbia.

That sen­ti­ment was shared among par­ti­sans for Clin­ton’s former ri­val.

“How the demo­cratic process works...when some­one loses is to ac­cept it and be­come a team player,” said Mary­land del­e­gate Dar­ius Bax­ter, a San­ders sup­porter from Ac­co­keek. “I came in on Mon­day with an open mind and a clear heart and tonight re­ally so­lid­i­fied it. ‘I Am With Her’ for now,” he said, us­ing a Clin­ton cam­paign slo­gan that was fre­quently used in

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con­ven­tion speeches.

Mary­land del­e­gate San­dra Fal­well, a San­ders sup­porter from Clin­ton, who par­tic­i­pated in one of the me­dia tent sit-ins dur­ing the con­ven­tion, said she felt “guard­edly op­ti­mistic” and could see her­self vot­ing for the former sec­re­tary of state in Novem­ber.

“Some of the Bernie peo­ple who say they just can’t vote for her are go­ing to write in car­toon char­ac­ters,” Fal­well said via text mes­sage. “One per­son said he was go­ing to write in his wife. This kind of ac­tion is just wasted votes.”

For Clin­ton sup­port­ers, Thurs­day night was an over­whelm­ing fi­nale to an emo­tion­filled week in Philadelphia.

The Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee touched on many of Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump’s at­tacks dur­ing the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion last week and sought to re­fute them. She crit­i­cized his call to build a wall along the Mex­i­can bor­der and cas­ti­gated him for his at­tempts to fo­ment fear in the Amer­i­can elec­torate.

“She de­fined the dif­fer­ence be­tween a se­ri­ous pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and Don­ald Trump,” said Marie Duffield, a Mary­land del­e­gate from Hunt­ing­town.

Clin­ton’s nom­i­na­tion rep­re­sents a mile­stone, es­pe­cially for women, del­e­gates said.

“It was deeply mov­ing for me be­cause I have waited for this day many years,” said Mary­land del­e­gate Su­san Esser­man, a Bethesda res­i­dent. “I think she has great po­ten­tial to unify the coun­try and do the good she was talk­ing about.”

Vot­ers can­not waste their votes or not vote in the up­com­ing elec­tion, Esser­man said.

“I’ve heard some great pres­i­den­tial can­di­date speeches and that had to be one of the best I’ve heard,” said Cather­ine Pugh, the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for Bal­ti­more mayor.

“Let’s go win,” Pugh said. “I’m ex­cited!”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CNS/HAN­NAH KLARNER

Hil­lary Clin­ton be­came the first wo­man to ac­cept a ma­jor party’s nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent on Thurs­day at the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CNS/HAN­NAH KLARNER

Bal­loons drop on the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion floor af­ter Hil­lary Clin­ton’s ac­cep­tance speech Thurs­day.

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