It was a localized version of the Michigan/Florida debate in Grand Prairie today and once again, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supporters were at odds.
Local Clinton supporters advocated Thursday for unseating ALL of the Democratic delegates from Collin County because their senate district conventions were held on the wrong day.
Officials with the Collin County Democratic Party said they chose to hold the convention a day late because there wasn't a large enough venue in the county available for the scheduled date of Saturday, March 29. Party officials warned at the time that the eligibility of their delegation may be challenged.
A state credentials committee for the Texas Democratic Party was in Grand Prairie holding hearings on over 100 challenges to North Texas delegates who were elected to attend next week's state Democratic convention in Austin.
Delegates at the state convention will vote on how many Obama and Clinton delegates will represent Texas in the national convention in Denver.
Most of the morning was occupied with the charge that all of Collin County's delegates should be deemed ineligible.
The committee agreed to postpone voting on that challenge until more information was available.
Frederick Barrow, an Obama supporter who chaired the Collin County credentials committee, alleged that Clinton supporters were only trying to unseat the delegation because Obama won more delegates from Collin County.
“I believe the party really did all it could and, in a detailed way, examined all of the negatives of changing the date,” Barrow said.
Clinton supporters said state law required that senate district conventions be held on Saturday, March 29.
“What is troubling me...is that it seems to me that this rule is crystal clear,” said Martha Smiley, a Clinton supporter on the state party's credentials committee.
Clinton supporters issued several charges, including that the Collin County Democratic Party didn't properly notify all their delegates of the date change and that they only chose to hold the convention a day later because they wanted a nicer venue than what was available on March 29.
Some Tarrant County delegates could have ended in the same boat, according to Fort Worth Clinton backer Jason Smith.
He told the committee that then-Tarrant County Democratic Chair Art Brender tried to change the date of the convention for Senate District 10 because he was having trouble finding a proper location. State Party Chairman Boyd Richie told him that wasn't allowed, according to Smith. The SD 10 convention was eventually held on March 29 in Will Rogers Coliseum.
“We actually held senate district 10 in a rodeo barn,” Smith said.