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Historic nomination a lifetime in the waiting for one PA delegate

Allegheny County's Angie Gialloreta reflects on seeing the first woman to make a major party ticket for presidency.
Democratic delegate Angie Gialloreta helped make history in Philadelphia.Evan Macy

Angie Gialloreta has waited 87 years and has supported Democratic candidates at 10 conventions —but before Tuesday, none of them looked like her.

"We waited a lifetime for a woman," Gialloreta, who made the trek east from Allegheny County, said,"It's an exciting moment, like when a mother has a child. This whole nation will feel the same way."

"Every [convention] has been a memory, every one of my conventions — from President Carter all the way down.​"

But this one, of course, is the most special.

Just before 7 p.m. onthe second night of the Democratic National Convention, a room of devoted Democrats wiped away tears of joy as Hillary Clinton became the official nominee. Another Pennsylvaniadelegate, Norma McCuen, was among them.

"To have a woman here to make history is unbelievable," the first-time delegate said.

Did Gialloreta, back at her first convention in 1976, ever think​ she'd see a woman accept her party's nomination?

"Years ago, no,"she said. "The past 10 years, yes."

Craig Grella, a Bernie Sanders supporter, forgot for a moment about the party's bitter fight to appreciate a once in a lifetime moment.

"It's a pretty amazing achievement that anybody can respect," Pittsburgh's Grella said of Clinton's shattering of the glass ceiling. "That we can break barriers like that, it's something all Democrats can be proud of."

Sandersmania seems tofinallybe winding down a bit as all three members of the Pennsylvaniadelegation agreed they were on the same page and ready to do everything they could to keep the White House.

"[Monday] night we listened to Bernie and he was exceptional,"McCuen said. "He is a man. He consented, in so many words, it made me so proud that he is a Democrat ...He is looking for unity and what's best for the country."

"I definitely think the parties have united," Grella said. "The campaigns have united. They have done a great job working to come together as a party."

 

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