At the Democratic convention four years ago, her spirited speech helped unite the party behind Barack Obama. And four years from now, many Democrats hope she’ll be the White House nominee delegates rally around.
But as for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte – Hillary Clinton won’t be coming.
This year, she’s secretary of State. And as the country’s chief diplomat, she’s expected to stay above all things partisan.
But various federal statutes and the State Department’s ethical guidelines will keep Secretary Clinton in Washington.
“Given her current position, she will not be attending, consistent with her not engaging in any political activity whatsoever,” Philippe Reines, spokesman for the Secretary of State, told the Observer in an email Friday.
It’ll be the first time in decades Clinton will miss a Democratic National Convention, Reines added – “possibly all the way back to ’68 in Chicago.”
And Clinton isn’t the only Cabinet member expected to skip the Charlotte gathering. Federal statute also precludes the attorney general and the secretary of Defense from attending political gatherings, including national party conventions, Reines said.
“I can’t think of one (of those office-holders) from the modern era who has attended,” he said.