Barbara Lee to present platform at convention

Rep. Barbara Lee, along with Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, have been tapped to present the party’s platform to the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in Charlotte, N.C.

Barbara Lee (Dec-2010)This is the first time that Lee, D-Oakland, has been asked to speak at a Democratic National Convention, and it won’t be lost on anyone that one of the House’s most outspoken liberals is helping to present the party’s statement of core values.

“As a member of the Democratic platform drafting committee, I’m excited about presenting the 2012 platform,” Lee said Friday. “It is a strong document that clearly illustrates the contrasts between our party and the party of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and sets out the vision of how under the leadership of President Obama we can and must move America Forward.”

Lee won’t be the only California presence at the convention’s podium: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the convention’s chair, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris also is scheduled to speak.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    The dimmiecrats could not have picked a better person than Bobbie Lee. She personifies the finest dimmiecrat principles.

    It was a no brainer.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    It’s very unlikely Baba Lee will get any TV exposure outside the Bay. KPFA might not even carry it.

  • Bruce R, Peterson, Lafayette

    Barbara Lee for President. She was anti war. Who else ever was? Will she be allowed to say anything anti war? Now the soldiers of the puppet government the U.S. installed, are killing our troops. Will Barbara Lee actually try to put anything sensible into the Dem’s platform?

  • Elwood

    “Will Barbara Lee actually try to put anything sensible into the Dem’s platform?”

    Highly unlikely.

  • JohnW

    Certainly nothing so sensible as the abortion/”personhood” plank in the Republican platform, embracing the ever popular Todd Aikin “no exceptions” position. GOP platform chairman (emphasis on “man”), Governor “Ultrasound” McDonnell of Virginia defended it on the Sunday morning shows by noting that the same provision has been in the GOP platform for 30 years. Aren’t traditions wonderful?

  • Elwood

    What the hell is a platform anyway? The only time you ever hear anything about one is before the convention, and then as soon as the convention is over it disappears like a stone in the Marianas trench.

  • JohnW

    Re 6

    That’s all very true. Unless, of course, the party spices up the platform with something that the other side can make some noise with to either fire up their own base or to gain support among swing voters. They can’t win votes with a platform, but they can lose votes.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Elwood is right. Nobody gives a flyin rat tail about platforms in the real world.