Sharing and kindness on display as DFL chairman leads the way

DENVER — As the week goes on, delegations become more and more like family, meaning some little spats — but also little kindnesses.

On Wednesday, for example, Brian Melendez, chairman of the DFL, urged the 88 delegates to share their main-floor passes at the Pepsi Center with the 12 alternates who are here. Alternates are seated throughout the upper balconies of the arena, far from the action.

To set an example, Melendez, a superdelegate, gave up his floor pass to Tori Hill of Eden Prairie, so that she could not just move from the balcony but also could cast a historic vote for Barack Obama during the convention’s roll call.

The little spats, by the way, typically involve delegates who get upset with their peers who are not necessarily showing up for ALL of the speeches. — Doug Grow

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