Sen. Bernie Sanders and his boosters are intensifying their courtship of convention delegates who could determine the winner of the Democratic nomination this year, prompting some party leaders and supporters of frontrunner Hillary Clinton to claim harassment.
Among those efforts is a web site created last week under the name “superdelegatehitlist.com,” providing phone numbers and addresses for superdelegates and encouraging users to submit further contact information, presumably to help advocates pressure them. Site creator Spencer Thayer, a Chicago activist, described the goal this way in a Twitter message: “So who wants to help start of a new website aimed at harassing Democratic Superdelegates?”
Longtime DNC member and superdelegate Bob Mulholland wrote a letter to Sanders last week excoriating the candidate for failing to call out his supporters for their “bullying” of superdelegates.
Mulholland said he has not received any threats directly but has fielded complaints from other delegates, who said they have received harassing emails, Facebook postings and phone calls — including one to a woman at 10:30 p.m. and another that a 12-year-old child picked up.