CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ana Mascenik, who retired after a 34 year career as a teacher and principal in Perth Amboy and is seeking election to the City Council, is attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she will cast her vote as a delegate to nominate President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden for re-election in Wednesday’s formal roll call.
Mascenik said the Democratic event strikes a sharp contrast to the lackluster Republican National Convention.
“George Bush and Dick Cheney both skipped their party’s national convention last week in Tampa, but Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney was so bland that people cannot help but be reminded that he wants to restore the same policies that brought the global economy crashing down,” Mascenik said. “We are talking about what the president is doing. Our goal is to energize our base, as well as get the message out.”
“Our role is to cast that vote for the president and make sure everyone knows we’ve got his back, and he’s got ours,” Mascenik said. “Obama ended the war in Iraq, killed bin Laden, saved the auto industry, stopped the unemployment explosion and passed historic laws on health care, Wall Street reform and environmental protection.”
Mascenik said she is also working to bring the message back home: “On Thursday night, we will be having a very big ‘watch party’ at campaign headquarters at 364 State Street in Perth Amboy,” Mascenik said. “I am going to be here with Barack Obama but my heart is in Perth Amboy and I will be calling in to share in the local celebration.”