Area convention delegates ready for Charlotte

The Democratic National Convention begins today in Charlotte, and two Philadelphia area leaders will address the gathering at an as-yet undisclosed times.

Mayor Michael Nutter and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz will be giving convention speeches, but when asked at conference call with reporters yesterday when those addresses are scheduled, Schwartz said that information is confidential.

“The convention has asked us to not give you those details until they’re ready to,” Schwartz said.

Meanwhile, at least two members of the Pennsylvania delegation stayed in town yesterday to attend the city’s annual Labor Day parade.

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Philadelphia U.S. Rep. Bob Brady is a superdelegate, as are all members of Congress. He said he wants to see  President Obama has to correct the public record after the Republican message delivered last week in Tampa. 

“He’s got us on the right track, he needs some cooperation out of congress, which he’s not getting any at all, nothing no votes, whatsoever,” Brady said yesterday. “Four years ago when he got inaugurated that night they said we got to stop him and for four years that’s been what they’ve been trying to do, stop him from getting re-elected. They don’t care they are holding the country hostage, there’s no give and take, that’s ridiculous.”

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers leader and delegate Jerry Jordan said the President just has to give an honest, straight talk.

“I think the American public only wants to know the direction the country is going in the future, they are not interested in the attacks,” Jordan said. “They are not interested in the name calling.”

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