Speaker Pelosi: SDs support delegate leader

Madame Speaker: Speaker Pelosi, your continued leadership of the Democratic Party through this challenging primary season is very much appreciated. Thank you for standing up for the right of the people to choose the nominee and stating that superdelegates should respect the will of the voters. Today, March 26, 2008, a group of Senator Hillary Clinton's top donors and fundraisers admonished you for standing up for democracy and, in a veiled threat, implied that they might sever their support of the DCCC should their request not be fulfilled. The signatories of this letter suggest that their wealth and power can alter the course of this nomination process. A record-breaking number of voters and caucus-goers representing all demographics have rejected this top-down type of politics that has plagued our politics and government for far too long. Senator Barack Obama's "bottom-up" grassroots efforts have offered us an alternative to the very type of politics that the aforementioned letter suggests: that the wealth of a chosen few influence the outcome of the primary election. Yet the Obama campaign has shown again and again that the hope of the many has changed the dynamic of wealth-driven politics. Supporters of Senator Obama's campaign have shattered records for donations to a presidential primary--we give not just with our wallets but also with our time, energy, hands, feet, and phone-banking and canvassing skills. The activism we have seen evolve from Senator Obama's campaign has engaged millions of Democratic, Independent, and Republican voters. If superdelegates overturn the will of the people, the Democratic Party, and possibly our country, might never recover. Speaker Pelosi, we respectfully ask for your continued encouragement of superdelegates to support the nominee who has won the most pledged delegates and leads in popular votes. Honoring the will of the people who have exercised their right to vote is the ultimate display of democracy.

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