Antonio Villaraigosa on Principles & Values


Reinsert "God" into DNC platform despite vote against it

Villaraigosa found himself in an awkward position as part of his high-profile role as chairman of the DNC when he was forced to call for three votes in an effort to invoke God in the party platform.

There was some dispute whether the vote passed, infuriating some delegates. "I, uh, I guess I'll do that one more time," Villaraigosa said after a second vote of delegates resulted in equally loud "ayes" and "nos." [An equal vote would mean the measure was rejected].

"You've got to rule, and then you've got to let them do what they're gonna do," a woman standing to his left could be heard saying. After a third attempt, Villaraigosa declared that the amendments had passed. "In the opinion of the chair, two-thirds have voted in the affirmative," he said, drawing large boos and shouts of objections.

Republicans had criticized Democrats for removing a reference to "God-given potential" from the 2012 platform. It was reinserted.

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2012 Democratic National Convention , Sep 6, 2012

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