Video: Another 'Oops' for Villaraigosa at the DNC?
When it comes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and awkward moments at the mic at the Democratic National Convention, is our civic leader's theme song "Oops, I did it Again"? While he bungled an intro Tuesday night, he may have bungled a delegate vote Wednesday.
Last night while on stage at the high-profile political event, L.A.'s leader once again had all eyes on him as he attempted to measure the ayes and nos in a vote on changing the official party platform to restore a reference to God and a mention of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Acting in his capacity as the DNC Chairman, Villaraigosa was tasked with measuring the verbal votes to approve the amendment. Unfortunately, this put Villaraigosa in a very uncomfortable position, since, upon asking for the initial vote on the matter, the ayes and nos were heard at just about the same level. So asked again. And again, it wasn't clear which camp was louder. After getting a whisper of encouragement from a woman next to him on the podium ("You've got to rule, and then you've got to let them do what they're gonna do,") he asked a third time. Then he ruled the ayes had it, which was followed by several boos.
L.A. Now reports that there were delegates who definitely didn't get the sense that two-thirds of the crowd had shouted "aye" in approval:
“I think it failed,” [said Don Kershner, a delegate from Idaho]. “They shouldn’t have messed with it. It’s clearly a dividing subject. We don’t want to drive a wedge into the party.”
While not necessarily a flub in his more typical easygoing speaking, this could very well be a flub on Villaraigosa's part to push through the approval of the amendment without its appropriate approval from the delegates.
Here's the video from C-SPAN: