In a year when the acrimonious Democratic presidential primary battle is likely to continue all the way to the July convention, being a party superdelegate sounds like way more fun than it is. Just ask Shawn Bagley. It was 2 a.m. when the insistent ring of his cell phone woke the Salinas man from a sound sleep. Fearing the worst, he staggered through the house and picked up the phone, only to find a nasty message from a supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, angered that the Democratic National Committee member was supporting Hillary Clinton for the nomination. “Now I know what it feels like to be targeted,” Bagley said. “Since December, I’ve probably had more than 300 calls, Facebook messages, tweets and emails — almost all of them from Bernie’s people.” The messages aren’t often pleasant. “Has your vote been bought?” one asked. “Keep in mind you’re currently pledged to a criminal,” said another. “Do you not respect democracy?” asked a third. Bagley’s story can be repeated throughout California and the nation, as Sanders supporters, few if any of them officially connected to the campaign, push hard to persuade the officially unpledged superdelegates to pull back from supporting Clinton… Read full this story
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