PRESS RELEASE from the Michigan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2008
Contact: Liz Kerr
Party to Present Delegate Appeal to DNC
LANSING—The executive committee of the Michigan Democratic Party
yesterday overwhelmingly approved the proposal set forth by the
Delegate Working Group of Senator Carl Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn
Cheeks-Kilpatrick, Debbie Dingell, and Ron Gettelfinger.
The proposal allocates Michigan's 128 elected delegates 69 Clinton, 59
Obama. This splits the difference between the January 15th results
supported by the Clinton Campaign, which would create a delegates
allocation of 73-55, and the 50-50 split supported by the Obama
campaign, which would create a 64-64 allocation of the delegates.
"This resolution meets the main criteria that we set forth for a
resolution. It is a negotiated solution that recognizes the results of
the January 15th primary while taking into consideration that Obama's
name was not on the ballot. This proposal seats a full Michigan
delegation and gives all delegates the same voting power," said Mark
Brewer, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. "This is a good step
toward a solution that unites Democrats and ensures that our state will
not face a McCain presidency and four more years of the failed Bush
trade and economic policies that have devastated our state."
This proposal will be filed as a formal appeal to the DNC Rules and
Bylaws Committee. Joel Ferguson has agreed to support this plan and
will withdraw his original appeal.
In addition to approving the above proposal, the MDP also moved its
State Central Committee Meeting previously scheduled for May 17 to June
14. A location has not yet been determined.