Blogging While Blue will be posting from the Democratic Convention this week in Charlotte

The Democratic National Convention is off to a successful start already.

As a former mayor, I am thrilled to see that the Democratic National Committee has recognized the importance of mayors during this convention. According to Virginia Mayer of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, eight mayors (Nutter, Menino, Emanuel, Castro, Booker, Rybak, Foxx and Villaragosa) are slated to speak during this years’ convention, San Antonio’s Julian Castro will provide tonight’s keynote address. Yesterday, as co-chair of the Credentials Committee, I was there when he received a standing ovation from the nearly 200 members who applauded this impressive honor.

It is also obvious that there are more mayors than ever on the convention program, as Party officials highlight the diversity of the delegates attending. According to DNC records, there are 5,556 delegates and 407 alternates and 50% are women and there are100 more Hispanic and Latino delegates attending this convention from the last convention.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was exuberant last night during the opening of the convention with a hugely successful public cultural street festival that attracted tens of thousands of people, families, young people and students to museums, street fairs and music stages. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is chair of the convention and a mayor (Castro) serving as keynote is unprecedented according to Nancy Pelosi who spoke today at the United States Conference of Mayors luncheon, which is led by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Dozens of mayors are present at this convention and active in their states efforts to support President Obama’s campaign.

To win this election Democrats have to be strong in cities, and win in metropolitan counties. It looks like the Party has that message and is demonstrating it through their strong support of mayors.

Tuesday Democratic Convention Schedule

5-6 p.m.
Call to Order: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair, Democratic National Committee
Invocation: His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit
Presentation of Colors: Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard
Pledge of Allegiance: 3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School, Concord, N.C.
National Anthem: Amber Riley, singer/songwriter and “Glee” actress
Stephen J. Kerrigan, CEO, Democratic National Convention Committee
Welcome video
Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs
Bishop Vashti McKenzie, first woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, Texas
Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs
Kamala D. Harris, attorney general of California
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
Appointment of Convention Officers
Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, chair, Democratic National Convention Committee
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland
Andrew Tobias, treasurer, Democratic National Committee
Alice Germond, secretary, Democratic National Committee
Roll Call for Attendance
6-7 p.m.
Platform Committee Remarks
Rep. Barbara Lee of California
Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy (Ret.), first woman to reach rank of three-star general in the U.S. Army
Platform Video and Remarks
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory A. Booker
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue
American Hero Video: Education
American Voices: Ryan Case
Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union
Rep. Charles Gonzalez of Texas, chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez of New York
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
Doug Stern of Cincinnati, firefighter
U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine of Virginia
7-8 p.m.
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony R. Foxx
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada
An Economy Built to Last video: Education
Women of the U.S. House
Former President Jimmy Carter video
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Kennedy family tribute video
Joe Kennedy III, candidate for the U.S. House from Massachusetts
Live performance: singer/songwriter Ledisi
Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
8-9 p.m.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado
Stronger Together video: Reproductive Choice
American Voices: Maria Ciano
Nancy Keenan, president, National Abortion Rights Action League-Pro-Choice America
Progress for People video: American Veterans
American Voices: Nate Davis
Tammy Duckworth, candidate for the U.S. House from Illinois
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee
Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina
Progress for People video: Health Care
American Voices: Stacey Lihn
Rep. Xavier Becerra of California
9-10 p.m.
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Kal Penn, actor/producer, former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-Ng, brother of Mrs. Obama and sister of President Obama
Stronger Together video: Equal Pay
Lilly Ledbetter, women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
10-11 p.m.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
Joaquin Castro, candidate for U.S. House from Texas
Keynote address: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
Michelle Obama video
Elaine Brye
First lady Michelle Obama
Benediction: Jena Lee Nardella, founder and executive director of Blood:Water Mission


  1. Phil Lunney says:

    Please suggest to every woman at the Convention to make one call to a friend (and everyone pass it on). Women control the 2012 election, a call from a woman to another woman will have a much greater effect than a robocall or a call from a guy like me.
    Everyone call a friend and ask them to vote.