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Scheiber, Noam
August 2004
New Republic;8/9/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 6, p11
Examines motivations of state and local officials who view party conventions as an opportunity to improve their prospects. 2004 Democratic national convention, which gave officials the chance to size up likely rivals, connect with potential donors, and talk to party leaders; Illinois Senate candidate Barack Obama, whose public profile grew substantially after his speech at the convention; Tom O'Malley, the mayor of Baltimore (Md.) and a likely future candidate for statewide office, who also made a speech at the convention.


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