PHILADELPHIA — The first order of business for New York State’s Bernie Sanders delegation: find a room.
Delegates supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders planned to meet at 9 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Loews Hotel to plan for the week ahead. That didn’t work out; neither did a 33rd-floor meeting room. So about 60 delegates convened in the hallway.
This is the state of intraparty tensions at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where differences between Sanders and Hillary Clinton have not been papered over despite Sanders’ endorsement. Some Sanders’ delegates and advocates are discussing actions like a potential walkout after Tuesday’s ceremonial roll call.
In the hallway on the 33rd floor, there was limited talk of tactics due to the “lack of privacy” — i.e., the handful of reporters who found their way in. But one attendee aired the rumor that Clinton’s campaign planned to prevent Sanders delegates from sitting next to each other.
Another passed around printouts from the California delegation that delegates could hold aloft during convention procedures — “No,” “Yes,” “Aye,” “Roll call” — should they be silenced. Flyers on the Trans Pacific-Partnership and proposed superdelegate rules circulated the hallway.
Abigail Field, a delegate from Cutchogue, facilitated the meeting Occupy-style and encouraged delegates to choose their battles and act like grown-ups.
The convention is “simply one battle in the fight for the political agenda in this country,” Field said afterward. “It’s important to be heard and respected,” she said.
But most important was leaving the convention “with networks and infrastructure in place for continuing the movement.”