Guam Congresswoman and chair of Guam’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention Madeleine Bordallo had the national spotlight this week, as votes were tallied for the party’s national ticket.
Bordallo spoke later about dissent by Sanders supporters, many of whom walked out of the Wells Fargo Convention Center in protest after Sanders conceded Clinton’s nomination. That followed release of hacked e-mails earlier in the week that showed party officials favoring Clinton, and forced the party chair’s resignation.
But the convention has now made history, nominating the first woman to lead a national party ticket for president. But Guam residents won’t be able to vote for her.
Bordallo points out the Democratic platform calls for islanders to be able to vote for president. It also addresses veterans and healthcare issues in the islands.
Meantime, Bordallo says a change in convention rules that she spearheaded years ago, elevates the territories from last place in the nomination roll call to their place in alphabetical order—sparing the islands from near irrelevance after a candidate’s already secured the nomination.