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Redlands Delegates Check in from Democratic Convention in Charlotte

Ronald Hattis of Redlands and Redlands city council candidate Mike Saifie spoke with Redlands-Loma Linda Patch from North Carolina on Thursday Sept. 6.

Redlands physician Ronald Hattis and Redlands city council candidate Mike Saifie checked in Thursday from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

"Tonight is the big night, when Obama gives his acceptance speech," Hattis said, speaking from his room at the Hampton Inn in Charlotte. "We arrived Sunday. The highlights, Michelle's speech was very emotional. It showed the personal side of the president.

"Last night, Bill Clinton's speech was excellent," Hattis said. "In a very folksy, simple way, he explained the inaccuracies the Republicans made at their convention, and he made his arguments about why Obama should be re-elected."

Hattis, a life-long member of the Democratic Party, and Saifie were elected as delegates at a caucus in April in San Bernardino. The caucus represented Democrats in the 31st Congressional District. Three men and three women were elected, and Saifie and Hattis were the only two delegates elected from Redlands, Hattis said.

"It's an exciting experience to be part of a large gathering that's making history," Hattis said."I've noticed the delegates here at the Democratic convention are a much more diverse group then what you saw at the Republican convention in Tampa. They look like America."

The weather in Charlotte has been warm and humid, Hattis said.

"It's very muggy, high humidity," Hattis said. "The weather has been a factor. They've changed the venue for Obama's speech tonight because they're concerned about rain outdoors. It will be indoors at the arena where the rest of the convention is being staged."

Saifie, who is sharing a room with Hattis, dressed in a colorful outfit Wednesday night and he has appeared in Associated Press and Getty photographs from the convention floor.

"I was elected in the same caucus with Ron, I got the highest number of votes," Saifie said. "Name recognition was important. I was a candidate for Redlands city council in 2010 and finished very close. . . .

"The most impressive thing about Charlotte so far is the hospitality of the police and security," Saifie said. "We have the Charlotte P.D., police from Chicago,  Milwaukee, the Secret Service, the Border Patrol and Customs. It's amazing, not the security but the hospitality they are showing.

"The local people are tremendous here in Charlotte. There are flowers, people are clapping, they are happy, they are welcoming us, and everyone is enjoying Charlotte. This nation is built on the foundation unity. We cannot be divided to move the country forward. East or west, north or south, black or white, we have to be together to move the nation forward."

Asked whether there is any concern about the Obama campaign's answer to the Republicans' question "Are you better off now than four years ago?" Hattis responded:

"Clinton and many other speakers have answered that: as a people and a country, we're in much better shape," Hattis said. "As individuals, many of us have, but some for instance, who are still out of work or going through foreclosure have not yet felt the difference, but they should during the second term because things are going in the right direction.

"There's a tremendous feeling of unity here, as Americans," Hattis said. "We care about and want to help each other and not just the top 1 percent.

"We don't reject any group of Americans," Hattis said. We fully embrace and offer an equal role to all. Women, minorities, gays are much accepted and respected and can be leaders. Our delegation looks like California and the whole arena looks like America."

Last week, Redlands attorney Julie Biggs spoke with Redlands-Loma Linda Patch from the in Tampa.

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SBSWZ September 07, 2012 at 05:14 AM
SAFIE - You lied! You came in second to the LAST! Less than 6% of the votes! You lost my vote in your current campaign for City Council... You say: "I was elected in the same caucus with Ron, I got the highest number of votes," Saifie said. "Name recognition was important. I was a candidate for Redlands city council in 2010 and finished very close. . . ." Bob Gardner 8,689 votes 17.50% Jon Harrison 8,110 votes 16.34% Paul W. Foster 7,857 votes 15.83% Pat Gilbreath 7,591 votes 15.29% Nancy Ruth White 6,575 votes 13.25% Doug Pew 5,280 votes 10.64% Mike Saifie 2,903 votes 5.85% <--------- Mike Layne 2,633 votes 5.30% Source: http://www.smartvoter.org/2010/11/02/ca/sbo/race/044/
Paul Preston September 07, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Across America and since the 60s, the typical delegate is synonymous with the community weirdo. Look at their strange hats and ladies with fake birds in their hair. When they are interviewed, they bring up eccentric, unhinged topics instead of intelligent answers to political issues. It would be good to have suitable, intelligent leaders at these events for a change.
SBSWZ September 08, 2012 at 06:19 AM
SAIFIE - You lied! You were second to the LAST! Less than 6% of the votes! And you want to be on Redlands City Council? You say: "I was elected in the same caucus with Ron, I got the highest number of votes," Saifie said. "Name recognition was important. I was a candidate for Redlands city council in 2010 and finished very close. . . ." Bob Gardner 8,689 votes 17.50% Jon Harrison 8,110 votes 16.34% Paul W. Foster 7,857 votes 15.83% Pat Gilbreath 7,591 votes 15.29% Nancy Ruth White 6,575 votes 13.25% Doug Pew 5,280 votes 10.64% Mike Saifie 2,903 votes 5.85% <--------- Mike Layne 2,633 votes 5.30% Source: http://www.smartvoter.org/2010/11/02/ca/sbo/race/044/
Redlands my home September 08, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Saifie u were the top vote getter for delegates certified by CA DNC. We love you and you got mine and all my family votes. May God bless you for the work you are doing for our community and nation.

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