UPDATE: It turns out San Jose Councilmember Pete Constant did attend the Republican National Convention. Check back for more details.
San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra is in Charlotte, North Carolina this week to attend the Democratic National Convention. He is one of almost 6,000 party-nominated delegates.
While he is attending the week-long rally, Kalra will be keeping touch with San Jose Inside. At the end of the week, the councilmember will give us a recap of the events, who he interacted with and his impressions of where the party is headed into the November election.
For those of you who are wondering why we didn’t do the same for last week’s Republican National Convention, there is a simple answer. The lone Republican on the City Council—Pete Constant—has been on the mend from back surgery and did not attend. (There are no indications he would have attended, regardless.) In his place we sent an empty chair.
Below is the statement Kalra’s office released ahead of his trip:
“I am honored to serve as a delegate for President Barack Obama. After a week where we heard speakers filled with vitriol, half-truths and a vision of America that looks to take us backward, I look forward to a gathering with fellow Democrats excited to continue a journey with President Obama that focuses on all of us rather than the wealthy elite and reflects 21st Century values that brings us together.”