From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 24, 2018
HILLARY CLINTON acknowledged the elephant in the room early in her Keynote Address at the New York State Democratic Convention at Hofstra University yesterday, May 23, 2018.
She said how, yes, she’d been there at Hofstra’s Mack Sports and Exhibition Center before, to face the Republican nominee during their September 2016 Presidential Debate – adding “which I won.” The friendly audience aiming for a Blue Tide in upcoming elections cheered.
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Clinton strongly endorsed Gov. ANDREW CUOMO, who’s running for a third term, and said he and Lt. Gov. KATHY HOCHUL stand up to the president. At the end of Clinton’s speech, Gov. Cuomo – in a surprise appearance – joined her onstage and presented a large bouquet to the former First Lady, Secretary of State and NYS Senator, as delegates applauded, stood, and held up “Thank You Hillary” and “NY ♥ HRC” posters.
Flanking Clinton’s appearance, two incumbents running for re-election won their party’s nomination. State Comptroller TOM DiNAPOLI gave his acceptance speech after winning unanimously. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul – who’s facing challenger NYC Council Member JUMAANE WILLIAMS in the Sept. 13th Democratic Primary – gave her acceptance speech after winning.
During Clinton’s speech, TRUMP was eight miles away in Bethpage, having accepted Rep. PETE KING‘s invitation to lead a roundtable on MS-13 violence in Long Island.
Trump began by mentioning the many hours he’s spent at Bethpage State Park – where, according to a remark he made during his campaign, he used to arrive at 2 am to get in line to play golf at its Black Course.
The second day of the convention, May 24, 2018, former Vice President JOE BIDEN spoke in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who gave his acceptance speech after winning 95% of the delegate votes.
Actress and activist CYNTHIA NIXON, who attended the convention, won less than the 25% of delegates needed to get an automatic spot on the Democratic Primary ballot for governor, and plans to petition to be on it.