PRESS RELEASE from the Michigan Democratic Party

May 8, 2008

Contact: Liz Kerr

Michigan Democratic Party to Present Delegate Appeal to DNC

LANSING—The executive committee of the Michigan Democratic Party yesterday overwhelmingly approved the proposal set forth by the Delegate Working Group of Senator Carl Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick, Debbie Dingell, and Ron Gettelfinger.

The proposal allocates Michigan's 128 elected delegates 69 Clinton, 59 Obama. This splits the difference between the January 15th results supported by the Clinton Campaign, which would create a delegates allocation of 73-55, and the 50-50 split supported by the Obama campaign, which would create a 64-64 allocation of the delegates.

"This resolution meets the main criteria that we set forth for a resolution. It is a negotiated solution that recognizes the results of the January 15th primary while taking into consideration that Obama's name was not on the ballot. This proposal seats a full Michigan delegation and gives all delegates the same voting power," said Mark
Brewer, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. "This is a good step toward a solution that unites Democrats and ensures that our state will not face a McCain presidency and four more years of the failed Bush trade and economic policies that have devastated our state."

This proposal will be filed as a formal appeal to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee. Joel Ferguson has agreed to support this plan and will withdraw his original appeal.

In addition to approving the above proposal, the MDP also moved its State Central Committee Meeting previously scheduled for May 17 to June 14. A location has not yet been determined.