Democrats Abroad Pledge Support to Reelect Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Leaders of Democrats Abroad, headed by newly elected Chairwoman Sally McNulty, saw President Clinton Friday and pledged support for his re-election in 1996.
``We’re committed to him, and to winning back a majority in both houses of Congress,″ said Tom Fina, the group’s representative in Washington.
Democrats Abroad is organized like a state political committee, representing American citizens living or working in other countries. Its delegation cast its nine votes for Clinton _ out of his total of 3,372 _ at the Democratic convention that nominated him in 1992.
Fina said in an interview that the committee’s meeting in Washington concentrated on how to make sure that as many Americans abroad as possible send in absentee ballots. The ballots are counted in the state where the voter last lived.
Fina estimated that there will be 3 million potential voters outside U.S. borders on Election Day, enough to swing the balance in some states where voting is close.
Mrs. McNulty, a public relations representative in London, comes from California. She won the chairmanship, in a 29-23 vote held in Washington Thursday. Committees from 26 countries were represented. Her opponent was Richard Gittleman, an American attorney who practices in Brussels.
The meeting was held in connection with a Democratic National Committee session.
Republicans Abroad, which has committees in 74 countries, were also meeting in Washington and were also planning elections. The group did not have votes in the 1992 Republican convention.