Politics

DeGettin Busy

Diana DeGette has laid claim to the unusual distinction of hosting a Democratic National Convention physically located entirely in a single congressional district: Hers. In the past, conventions have overlapped multiple districts, the congresswoman said Wednesday during a roundtable discussion. The 2008 convention, which takes place next August in Denver, will be contained inside the 1st District.

That could make things a little awkward for DeGette if the nominee isn’t Hillary Clinton, who DeGette publicly endorsed Monday, saying she has the most “depth of experience.” But DeGette, who serves on the convention’s executive host committee along with Governor Bill Ritter, Senator Ken Salazar and Mayor John Hickenlooper, said she’s not worried about the potential consequences. “If she’s not [the nominee], I expect I’ll have the same role,” DeGette said about her part in the convention, adding that she respects all of the Democratic candidates and will support 100 percent whoever is nominated.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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