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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — This election year has proven quite unpredictable and Monday was no exception.
After a weekend of making headlines, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz finally made a public appearance Monday morning to a mix of boos and cheers.
It quickly turned disastrous.
“Please be quiet so Debbie can speak,” an aide is heard saying.
The breakfast for Florida’s delegates became ground zero for Bernie Sanders supporters angry over the trove of emails that confirmed Democratic National Convention staffers conspired against them during primary season.
“We know that the voices in this room…that are standing up and being disruptive, we know that that’s not the Florida that we know. The Florida that we know is united,” said Wasserman Schultz.
Wasserman Schultz was clearly uncomfortable. The room was far from the unity Democrats are looking for during their convention week. She rushed off the stage and out the door under the protection of Philadelphia Police.
South Florida Bernie Sanders delegates are not necessarily in full revolt but they are not willing to just tow the party line.
“In November, I will be voting for a Democrat candidate. There is no way I will not vote for a Democratic candidate. I just want Bernie to have a fair shot at being that candidate,” said Sanders Delegate Allan Nichols.
“We are Democrats. We want to be supportive. We want to be united. But if you do not allow us to have anything to be united about we are not going to just fall in line as they keep saying over and over again,” said Bruce Jacobs, a Miami Delegate for Sanders.
Miami’s Former Mayor, a Clinton delegate, shrugged it all off as sore losers.
“In an election there is a winner and a loser and the loser has to get over the fact that the game is over and we need to move on. And I think that’s what you are experiencing right now,” said former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.
Meanwhile, former Florida Senator Bob Graham thinks Sanders may just have a chance.
“This is exactly what it was like in 1960s in the convention where Jack Kennedy was nominated. He was not the leading candidate. He was not at that point very popular among large groups of people. But the more they got to know him, the more they liked him, respected him and elected him in a very close election in 1960,” said Graham.
Last week, we learned Sanders campaign was footing the bill for many of their delegates to go to the convention. It didn’t seem clear at the time why they would do that but if something is going to happen, you want your supporters there. Sanders will take the convention stage Monday night.
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