The Democratic State Convention gets underway this morning in Rye, NY and our guy tells me this AM the gathering is a room full of suits and "not your father's Democratic Party."
Ted Ford is a delegate and says the party has lurched to the right too far for his "progressive" views. In a phone call this AM, Ted tells me there is nothing but social functions at the tightly scripted affair. Ted says he is taking advantage of all the receptions he can.
Even a possible floor fight over the attorney general nomination has been short circuited by a deal to allow all five candidates in a primary....That move is expected to benefit the Andrew Cuomo choice for AG, who is Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice. As the only woman in the field andhaving the backing of the gubernatorial nominee, she is thought to have the edge.
Ted attended a breakfast today for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. A woman is trying to get her name in nomination to oppose Gillibrand, but Ted says the delegates, whom he describes as a room full of sheep, are reluctant to buck the leadership and go off script.
In short....nobody is going rogue in Rye this week. Ted is going to try and call the HOTLINE today at noon on AM-1240.