Most of New York's 281 delegates are politicians or former politicians. Most - but not all. This afternoon, I ran into Awilda Cordero, a South Bronx community activist. Cordero (pictured) was soaking up the atmosphere in the glamorous Pepsi Center, where Clinton will speak tonight.
It's her first time as a delegate. "I'm excited, I've already cried three or four times," she said. "I can't wait for Obama to be nominated and hopefully go on to win the election."
Cordero is the founder of Emergency Rights, a non-profit on 149th Street. The organization provides assistance and financial support to families dealing with tragedy. Cordero's best known for representing the family members of Nixmary Brown, a seven-year-old Brooklyn girl who was brutally murdered by her stepfather in 2006. She also helped raise money for relatives of the nine children and one adult who perished in the fire on Woodycrest Avenue in March 2007.
This afternoon, Cordero, decked out in Obama-friendly attire, was all smiles - a fresh, friendly face in a sea of suited pols. But she does have one thing in common with her fellow Bronx delegates: a propensity for bad press. Last year, the Daily News reported that Cordero had never filed a single financial document detailing her charity work.