Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the primary in the state of Oregon on Tuesday of this week and soon after the results came in, he picked up a few additional superdelegates. Even as these superdelegates declared support for Bernie they made it clear that they weren’t all that fond of the undemocratic system that has been such a hotbed item during this grueling primary season.
Larry Taylor, One of the Oregon superdelgates that now sides with Sanders told Associated Press, “Every Democrat I have talked to finds the unpledged delegate system offensive,” said Taylor. He’s a superdelegate by default because of his political position in Oregon, not by choice. Taylor goes on to say, “I don’t think my vote … should invalidate the vote of thousands of voters,”.
Taylor made his decision after the Oregon results came in, joining Sen. Jeff Merkley who endorsed Sanders a few months ago.
Also declaring on Tuesday was Lupita Maurer who came out after the win and made no bones about who she wanted to support. She told AP on Wednesday, “I believe I have to represent the majority of voters in Oregon, and so I will vote for him at the convention”. Maurer, a dual US-Mexican citizen, added: “I am from Mexico City, and to me he has done an outstanding job of standing up for the Latino community.”
I am honored to stand with Senator Merkley and my friend Larry Taylor and vote for Senator Sanders at the Democratic National Convention
— Lupita Maurer (@lupitam) May 18, 2016
Maurer was not shy when talking about what she thinks of the superdelegate system though. Said Maurer, “It’s outdated,” she continues, “We should just get rid of the delegate system completely.”
Other superdelegates are starting to become more vocal about the system that was put in place as somewhat of a fail-safe method to prevent outsiders from taking control of the Democratic party but it’s been grossly misused by Clinton’s campaign. That has led some superdelegates themselves to question it.
According to the Associated Press article, Rep Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, is unhappy with this system. DeFazio, a superdelegate by virtue of his position as a congressman, is staying out of the fray for now.
“Generally, I do not weigh in on contested primaries, and as long as the race for the Democratic nomination continues, I have no plans to do otherwise,” DeFazio said in a statement Wednesday.
“I find the role of superdelegates undemocratic and they should not be a part of the nominating system,” DeFazio said. “Instead, I would prefer to let the voters determine the results of presidential primary.”