Editor's Note: Middletown Patch is checking in with state Rep. Matthew Lesser, D-100, and Middletown Mayor Dan Drew daily as they take part in the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., through Thursday.
Lesser: Today's been a whirlwind of meetings and events. Malloy will be speaking in a few minutes. All week, he has been hammering home the dangers of the Ryan-Romney plan which would devastate Connecticut's seniors. He's working to do his part to re-elect the President. And of course we are looking forward to hearing Bill Clinton making the pocketbook case for Barack Obama a little bit later on.
Tuesday afternoon, Lesser told us:
The delegation raced over from dinner to catch Rep. Rosa DeLauro who was up early. It was great to see her recognized this way, and to see a bill she has championed — the Paycheck Fairness Act — get top billing all night long.
Later, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick fired up the crowd, women's rights crusader Lily Ledbetter gave a remarkable speech and San Antonio mayor Julian Castro established a national presence in his keynote speech. However, the standout was clearly the speech given by first lady Michele Obama.
She spoke quietly but powerfully in a way that made delegates listen all the more intently. She talked about President Obama and the values and love that undergird everything he does.
I serve on the Party's platform committee and am proud that the Democratic platform was approved yesterday by acclamation. It reaffirms our belief that America prospers when we're all in it together. Republicans are running from their platform but ours reflects the main stream values of the American people: protecting social security and medicare, investing in education and clean energy and ensuring that all Americans have the same rights regardless of their gender, their race or who they love.