California delegate steps aside after police incident
September 2nd, 2012
06:20 PM ET
3 weeks ago

California delegate steps aside after police incident

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – A California man has agreed to step down from his position as a voting delegate at this week's Democratic National Convention after an incident with police at a local hotel early Sunday morning.

"Earlier this morning, we received reports that indicated two members of the delegation were intoxicated when they arrived at their hotel. Hotel staff noticed that one of the men appeared to be unconscious and immediately called paramedics for assistance. The delegate was taken to a local hospital. He has since recovered and been released," said California Democratic Party spokesman Tenoch Flores in a statement. "Additionally, the other delegate according to several reports, became disruptive with hotel staff and emergency technicians, prompting the hotel to call police. The delegate was not arrested."

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Party officials met with the delegate, whom they declined to identify, and asked him to leave the hotel and not to participate in any convention-related activities. The man agreed and has also apologized to hotel staff, according to the party. His official duties, including casting a vote during Wednesday's expected presidential roll call vote, will be carried out by one of the 46 alternate delegates assigned to the delegation.

The incident took place at The Blake Hotel, one of two sites in Uptown Charlotte being used to house members of the California delegation.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Sounds more like a Bush Republican to me. i know more republican drunks than democrat drunks.

    September 2, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. GOP is Dead

    Wow... a drunk at a convention. Now that's news!

    September 2, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. 1twinsfan

    At least he wasn't throwing peanuts at anyone.

    September 2, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He screwed up and stepped down. If only everyone else would understand that it required.

    September 2, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. A. Mandala

    Shameful. That's one way to embarrass California.

    September 2, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. enuff

    Oh... reporting on intoxicated dem delegates. Because none of the repubs were intoxicated during their convention. Visited strip bars ... threw peanuts at a black camera person while hurling racial insults... but not intoxicated.

    September 2, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. Ed1

    Was Nancy there so the party has started.

    Good luck Charlotte you will need it.

    September 2, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. hate from the left but mostly lies

    These are the wonderful people that run california, folks. If we don't kick out Jerry this year, we are well and truly screwed.

    September 2, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. Bernard obryant

    Ca is a hollywood state and sport few thing it not a policticing state but it in america it pacific choice

    September 3, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    DEMOCRATS – You know the "other side" is going to pick up on EVERYTHING negative we do – Please remain "civil" and do the right thing!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward – And YES, We Know You Built That, We ALL Did!!

    September 3, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  11. bassman

    The only way to sit through the DNC? Sloshed, of course.

    September 3, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |