The California delegation to the Democratic National Convention is staying at the Blake Hotel, seen here in 2009. Photo by Matt Johnson/Flickr.
As the Democratic National Convention got rolling, the news being reported about California’s delegation was, well, weird.
Over the weekend a member of the delegation was sent home following a drunken confrontation with emergency workers and the staff at the Blake Hotel, where the delegation is staying. From SFGate:
Some reports say he allegedly claimed to be a member of Congress and a state party official. The hotel staff called police but the man was not arrested.
Later Sunday, California party officials met with the man and “asked him to leave the hotel and not partake in convention activities,” said state party spokesman Tenoch Flores. “The delegate has apologized to hotel staff and earlier today agreed to leave the hotel and forgo official delegation activities in Charlotte.”
Party officials did not identify the delegates involved.
Hotel officials have had more to deal with than complaints from an intoxicated delegation member claiming to be a congressman. On Tuesday the Sacramento Bee reported that some members of the delegation have complained about the accommodations:
Gripes from delegates include the the quality of food at the on-site restaurant, a stalled elevator and damaged or unfinished rooms. One longtime Democratic consultant said the plaster on her room ceiling was still wet when she arrived.
“I was just expecting a little more,” said Horfa Aguilera, a delegate from Roseville.
Rick Gunther, a delegate and president of the Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley, had to ask to be moved to a different room twice. His first room was flooded. The second was missing a shower head.
“I lost my view, but I’m still happy,” he said of the room change. “I took pictures before I left the other one.”
Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, went through five rooms in two days. Issues included scalding water that almost burned his child, cockroaches, a broken lock and a “funny smell,” according to his tweets.
Rachel Binah, who doesn’t carry a cell phone, has been trying for days to get the voicemail in her room set up. She called the site a “pretend hotel.”
As noted by the Bee, state Sen. Ted Lieu has been Tweeting about his problems with the hotel:
So what can we look forward to for the rest of the convention? Will former Gov. Gray Davis complain that his cable is getting browned out?
You can find out in the Storify below from Josh Richman, who covers politics for the Bay Area News Group. Richman will be providing updates on the California delegation as the convention continues.