To the editor:
I am watching both conventions with great interest. I was stunned on the second day of the Democratic Convention to see a controversial effort by the convention chair to pass on a vote to add the name of God and Jerusalem to the Democratic National Platform. Previous platforms noted that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.
The chair was clearly shocked when verbal “yays” and “nays” were clearly equal in the voice vote. A two-thirds majority is required to pass on a vote. The chair said, “Let’s try this one more time.” A repeat of equal “yays” and “nays” followed. The chair was speechless! A woman whispered into the chair’s ear, “You need to give them what they want.” The chair asked for a third voice vote, with the same embarrassing results.
Ignoring the embarrassing situation, the chair sided with the “Yays” and moved on despite loud boos.
The writer is a former Westport town administrator.