Thursday, April 10, 2008

OBAMA CAMPAIGN BACKTRACKS IN DELEGATE TIFF

WBBM, IL A Carpentersville village trustee who got into hot water for a comment that some interpreted as racist says she is NOT resigning as a delegate for Barack Obama after all. Ben Labolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, says that, on Monday, Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski told the campaign she would step down as a delegate for the Senator at the Democratic National Convention.

That came after Carpentersville police issued Ramirez Sliwinski a $75 disorderly conduct ticket for calling some African-African neighborhood children "monkeys" as they were climbing a tree. Carpentersville Mayor Bill Sarto says he talked with Ramirez Sliwinski today and she told him she has no intention of resigning as an Obama delegate. . . Mayor Sarto says the whole thing is a tempest in a teapot and the Obama campaign says it's her choice whether to remain as a delegate. Sarto tells Newsradio 780 he also he wishes police in his town had not given Ramirez-Sliwinski the $75 disorderly conduct ticket for referring to African-American boys as "monkeys" as she ordered them out of a tree near her home. Sarto said Ramirez-Sliwinski is definitely not a racist. He says she has never once uttered a racial slur in the three years he's worked closely with her. Ramirez-Sliwinski is a Carpentersville village trustee. Sarto said "I hear parents every day refer to their kids as 'little monkeys.'". . . He said the Obama campaign was wrong to ask her to step down as a duly elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Sarto noted Carpentersville is 40 percent Hispanic and that Hispanics are not Obama's strongest bloc. While they are in a heated campaign for delegates, it would behoove Obama to hold on to the support of his delegates, and not alienate any group of delegates,” Sarto said.

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