The small-town supervisor of Minerva made her way to the big-time stage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. last week, at one point being on the big-time stage.
“On Wednesday (Sept. 5), I was seated on the podium over the left shoulder of the speakers, so I was right next to President (Bill) Clinton when he gave his speech,” Corey said. “You could see the teleprompter, which camera was on the speaker, everything.”
Corey, who chairs the Essex County Democratic Party, said the chance to go to the national party convention was “fabulous” and “amazing.”
“I thought that the remarks by many of the people were outstanding,” she said. “I couldn’t believe how you would have these great speakers coming up, one right after another.”
Corey said that she had no expectations as this was the first convention she had attended and that her only issue was with the busing system.
“The security perimeters kept changing and the bus system would get confusing,” Corey said.
On the night of Clinton’s speech, Corey was able to get into the convention before the Charlotte Fire Marshall closed the building due to fire codes.
“I did not have assigned seat since I was not a voting delegate, so I had to fend for myself,” Corey said. “I made sure that I got there very early, around 4 p.m. (most major speeches started around 7 p.m.) to make sure I could get inside and have a seat.”
Corey said that she was seated near the European press corps for the final day of the convention, within 100 yards or so of the podium as President Barack Obama accepted the re-election nomination of his party.
Corey said that in four years, she would love to make another trip to support a new Democratic candidate for president of the United States (if Obama is re-elected, he will reach the POTUS two-term limit. If not, then they will also need a new candidate).
“I would be happy to go again,” Corey said. “It was an extraordinary experience.”