CHARLOTTE – On Monday, the Washington State delegation held a reception at Mac’s Speed Shop, a Southern cuisine restaurant and bar, to celebrate the beginning of the Democratic National Convention. Amid the mingling delegates, sat two of our state representatives: Joe Fitzgibbon of the 34th L.D. and Marko Liias of the 21st L.D. Both are some of the youngest politicians in the Evergreen State’s legislature and both are attending a national convention for the first time. They shared their enthusiasm about reelecting President Barack Obama in 2012.
“[I’m here] because this is a historic election,” Liias said. “I’m a young person and I’m also a gay American, so on both fronts, I’m excited that the President cares about my generation and he cares about my family and protecting our civil rights. So I’m excited to be here to celebrate.”
Liias considered the DNC an opportunity to share an authentic Democratic image while the world watched.
“We get a lot of air time at the convention,” he said. “We can tell our story while people are listening and push back the lies of the Republican Party.”
(President Bill Clinton extended his speech by 23 unscripted minutes to do just that last night.)
Fitzgibbon insisted that he was more excited about Obama in 2012 than he was four years ago.
“Now President Obama has a track record that we could be proud of,” explained Fitzgibbon. “At the time , we were excited about his rhetoric and his ability to make us feel inspired, and now I’m more inspired by the affordable care act than by a great speech at the convention. I’m inspired by the stimulus package that took us out of the recession. I would rather be motivated by the things that he’s actually done.”
After days of speeches recounting the Obama administration’s victories and the POTUS’s address only a few hours away, I’m sure the rest of the Washington delegation feels the same.