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Chelsea’s Dream Date – A Super Delegate

From ABC News:

College Junior Breakfasts With Chelsea Clinton

21-Year-Old Wisconsin Super Delegate Gets Face Time With Former First Daughter

By KAREN TRAVERS

Feb. 11, 2008 — Jason Rae is a typical junior in college.

He spends several hours a day in class at Marquette University in Wisconsin where he is majoring in history and political science. He is closely following the Marquette basketball team and has the Golden Eagles’ schedule memorized.

But not many 21-year-olds start their Monday with a personal breakfast with Chelsea Clinton, as Rae did this morning at the student union at the nearby University of Milwaukee.

Rae got the one-on-one treatment from the former — and possibly future — first daughter because he is a Democratic National Committee member from Wisconsin and thus a “super delegate,” one of the 796 free agents who can back any candidate in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Rae may be a typical college junior but he is certainly not the typical DNC super delegate.

He is only 21 years old — he has never voted in a presidential election because he turned 18 after Election Day in 2004

Rae said he and Chelsea Clinton talked about electability and mobilizing young people to get involved in politics. He said she spoke about what states her mother can carry in the general election and what demographics favor her candidacy. The two talked about how the campaign’s operations were going in the states and what she is seeing on the ground.

The breakfast lasted about 30 minutes. Rae said he had to hustle back to campus and get to his afternoon classes.

Rae was elected as a DNC member at the Wisconsin state party convention in June 2004. He was 17 years old at the time but there are no party rules that say a DNC member has to be of voting age. Rae ran against and defeated the president of the state firefighters’ union and a state legislator.

Rae has been called on his cell phone by former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who tried to woo him to the Clinton side and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who was pushing for Rae to endorse Obama

Former President Clinton called Rae on his cell phone, Jan. 25, the night before the South Carolina primary.

Rae was about to head out to dinner with friends when his phone rang and the screen said, “Number withheld.” The voice on the other end said: “Please hold for the former president” and then a familiar voice said “Hey Jason, it’s Bill here.”

“I started to think, is this real? I am a junior in college and Bill Clinton is talking to me?” Rae said as he recalled the phone call.

Clinton talked about Hillary Clinton’s electability and gave Rae an update on how things were looking on the ground in South Carolina. He then regaled Rae with stories about his travels to Wisconsin as president and the cities he visited during that time.

Rae received a call from Kerry, Feb. 1, the Friday before the critical Super Tuesday showdown. Kerry, too, talked about electability and also asked Rae about college life in general and even the weather.

Rae said he is getting a steady stream of calls from campaign staff and surrogates, including Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

But Rae said he is focusing on which candidate can win in November.

“Both have good positions, but it’s about who can win,” he said.

Mind you, this is not “pimping.” No way.

Mr. Rae’s Wikipedia entry is also quite hilarious:

Jason Rae

Jason Rae (born November 25, 1986) is a Democratic National Committee notable, from the state of Wisconsin whose vote counts 10,000 times more than average hard-working, blue-collar citizens. Rae is the youngest person ever elected to the DNC, has never voted in a presidential election, and wonders what it would be like to have intercourse with a woman

While in high school, Rae was appointed to serve as a United States Senate Page…

Though, to be fair, “pimping” in the conventional sense of the word probably doesn’t enter into it.

From the Marquette Tribune:

MUSG recommends partner benefits

Domestic partner benefits and Reserve Fund spending highlighted a jam-packed legislative session for Marquette Student Government Thursday night – the last of College of Business Administration senior Dan Calandriello’s tenure as MUSG president.

Recommendation 12, which passed in a 18-3 vote with three abstentions, calls for the university to offer domestic partner benefits, including health insurance and pension, to partners of administration and staff members who are in “committed homosexual relationships or committed heterosexual relationships for those unmarried.”

Thirteen members of the Gay/Straight Alliance attended the meeting, including GSA President and College of Communication senior Jess Cushion, who spoke before the Senate…

The recommendation became a heated debate when College of Business Administration senator and sophomore Scott Seramur asked the author of the bill, College of Arts & Sciences senator and sophomore Jason Rae, if he believed this would bring more gay faculty members to Marquette who would “impose their homosexuality upon the students.”

Rae said the remark was an “invalid and baseless claim that tends to continue stereotypes of hatred.”

The purpose of the legislation, according to Rae, is to focus on how to make Marquette a better institution academically by providing benefits that will bring well-respected professors to Marquette who may not come otherwise.

“I believe the recommendation fits into Marquette’s motto of cura personalis or, care for the whole person, because cura personalis is about the deep respect for each individual person and the idea of accepting all people,” Rae said…

NTTAWWT.

By the way, here is a clip from MSNBC via YouTube featuring our young bravo:

To think that the President of the republic may be selected by the likes of he.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, February 11th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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