Poll: Should Mayor Gonzalez be Going to the Democratic National Convention?

The elected delegate told Sun-Times Media he would not be making an appearance at the big event, which begins Tuesday.

Heights Mayor and elected delegate David Gonzalez turned heads again, after a Friday Sun-Times story revealed he would not be attending the Democratic National Convention next week.

The convention, which kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Charlotte, NC, is a major election-year event that will feature appearances from political notables, music stars and a speech from President Barack Obama. Most registered Democrats would be thrilled to a attend such an event.

So why isn't Gonzalez going? He told Sun-Times reporter Casey Toner he was too busy with his mayoral duties and his accounting business.

What do you think of Gonzalez's decision to forego the convention? Are you happy to hear he considers his duties in the Heights more important? Are you skeptical of his reasons?

Let us know what you think by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.

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Winston Wolf September 03, 2012 at 11:04 PM
He's not going. And I am sure that when public officials go to the conventions, it is not legal for them to use city/state/federal funds to pay for their trips.
Lucy September 04, 2012 at 11:24 AM
If being a delegate does not matter why were the residents of Chicago Heights asked to sign a petition supporting DG to be a delegate? As far as the comments about other mayors attending. Anyone can go to convention, however not anyone can be a delegate.
Annonymous September 04, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Well, since there is a certain amount of paperwork to become a delegate we must assume that at the time of the primary the mayor intended to go. Now, apparently he has changed his mind. It is, of course, his prerogative to do so but it would seem to be a breach of faith to those who signed is delegate petitions and who voted expecting him to go and represent them. It would seem to me that since he gave his word to those people he should explain to them why he has changed his mind. Since the answer given so far is "family and business" I think we must conclude that those things are more important to him than his duties as a delegate, again setting such priorities is his prerogative. However it seems to me that his prior actions created a covenant of trust with the people who supported him. What has happened that those people now have a different priority than at the time he asked for their support?
Thomas September 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Hello, he was going as an Obama Delegate. Do you see anyone opposing Obama at the Convention? You guys really need to get more educated on poliitics. I am sure there are plenty from South suburbs that will nominate Obama as the Democratic Candidate for President . (Suprise, Suprise) . And those that sign a petition is to have that person resprent them as an OBAMA delegate. An Obama Delegate can only vote for him. No one else. There are alternate delegates that step in to nominate OBAMA . So nothing changes . By the end of the week , OBAMA will be the nominee. DUH
Lucy September 04, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Agree we all knew Obama would be the Dem candidate a year ago so based on your comments the question is why go through the process of having petitions signed/processed to become a delegate.


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