Mikul­ski leads nom­i­na­tion of Clin­ton at Demo­cratic con­ven­tion

The Enquire-Gazette - - News - By JESS NOCERA and AN­DREA CWIEKA

PHILADEL­PHIA — Sen. Bar­bara Mikul­ski (D-Md.) last Tues­day for­mally nom­i­nated Hil­lary Clin­ton as the first fe­male pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of a ma­jor party, declar­ing that the for­mer sec­re­tary of state would “fight for the macro is­sues and those mac­a­roni and cheese is­sues.”

“She wants to break the bar­ri­ers to op­por­tu­ni­ties so you won’t have bar­ri­ers,” Mikul­ski told the con­ven­tion. “She will run for you. She will fight for you.”

Mikul­ski, fol­lowed by U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), was the first to nom­i­nate Clin­ton and in­tro­duce the con­ven­tion night’s theme of “break­ing bar­ri­ers.” Mikul­ski is the long­est-serv­ing woman in U.S. Se­nate his­tory.

“... It was the Found­ing Moth­ers who said, ‘Do not for­get the ladies or they will fo­ment a rev­o­lu­tion!’ They started the job, but we’re go­ing to keep it go­ing,” the sen­a­tor said.

Legacy ap­peared to be much on Mikul­ski’s mind Tues­day.

“We’ve all come a long way,” Mikul­ski said to a room­ful of Mary­land del­e­gates ear­lier in the day. “Many peo­ple have been there from the be­gin­ning. You all helped me break bar­ri­ers.”

Mary­land del­e­gates were more than happy to have another Mary­lan­der up on the Wells Fargo Cen­ter stage.

“In a way it’s pass­ing her torch onto the first fe­male pres­i­dent of the United States,” said Shelly Het­tle­man, a del­e­gate from Columbia.

Het­tle­man worked on Mikul­ski’s suc­cess­ful Se­nate cam­paign in 1986 and said she has con­sid­ered the sen­a­tor a “role model” ever since.

Mikul­ski is “con­tin­u­ing to be a role model for me now as the first woman in the Se­nate, they [Mikul­ski and Clin­ton] are both just in­cred­i­ble role mod­els for younger women that are elected of­fi­cials,” Het­tle­man said.

Mikul­ski, who served as the chair for Clin­ton’s 2008 cam­paign, has been sup­port­ing women’s rights since her con­gres­sional ca­reer be­gan in 1976 — from fight­ing a sex­ist Se­nate dress code to work­ing for equal pay and bet­ter health­care for women.

Lynn Mor­ri­son Vene­toulis, a del­e­gate from Pikesville, called Mikul­ski “the ul­ti­mate glass ceil­ing-breaker from the state of Mary­land and the U.S. Se­nate.”

“With [Mikul­ski] re­tir­ing, I’m thrilled that she gets this op­por­tu­nity,” Vene­toulis said.

“It is her corner­stone to her legacy,” said Dy­lan Gold­berg, an at-large del­e­gate from Columbia. “I think she is so hon­ored by what it is go­ing to mean to young women across the coun­try and know that she made a ma­jor role in Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pres­i­dency.”

Mikul­ski said she would need the Mary­land del­e­ga­tion’s sup­port when she was an­nounc­ing Clin­ton’s nom­i­na­tion Tues­day morn­ing, and was met with cheers and ap­plause from the del­e­gates.

“It is a big deal, it is a big deal for all of us, no mat­ter who you are,” Gold­berg said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CAP­I­TAL NEWS SER­VICE/HAN­NAH KLARNER

Sen. Bar­bara Mikul­ski, the long­est serv­ing woman in the Se­nate, for­mally nom­i­nated Hil­lary Clin­ton on the sec­ond day of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion.

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