Central Texas delegates describe chaos at DNC breakfast

Posted at 1:21 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 19:25:26-04

Central Texas delegates said day two of the Democratic National Convention started out in an interesting way Tuesday morning.

Frank Carlson, the SD 24 Clinton delegate from Bell County, said a debate started during breakfast between the Clinton supporters and the Sanders supporters. Carlson said a Sanders supporter took the stage and condemned Clinton being the presumptive nominee. 

"It got loud. The Hillary people were shouting at the Bernie people, the Bernie people were shouting back. It didn't get physical, it was just very vocal," Carlson said.

Mary Duty, McLennan County Democratic Party Chair, was also at the breakfast Tuesday morning. 

"It was supposed to be a time of reconciliation, and it just disintegrated into a real serious shouting match," Duty said.

One Central Texas Sanders delegate said the Sanders delegates were presenting a statement to the Clinton supporters, but that statement wasn't part of the plan. 

"That wasn't in the statement that we all agreed on as an entire delegation," Sitina Gutierrez, an at large Bernie Sanders delegate, said.

According to the Associated Press, Russell Lytle is the delegate who made the comment. Lytle later released a hand-signed statement saying that in a moment of ``passion,'' he voiced thoughts that did not reflect his intention of ``promoting productive dialogue.''

Lytle also said he had voluntarily withdrawn his convention credentials, a largely symbolic move that had little practical effect on his standing as a delegate.

The delegates said they are hoping they will find some form of unity by election day.

Delegates were also reflecting on Monday night's events, including Michelle Obama's speech.

"She was unbelievable," Duty said. "People were crying in the stands. It was very very powerful."

"There was a whole lot of energy during her speech," Gutierrez said. "She had a pretty positive message going so she got a positive response."

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