What Happened When I Took My Hillary-Supporting 88-Year-Old Grandmother in CA to Visit a Bernie Campaign Office

My grandmother Florence Rosen is a Hillary Clinton supporter and Los Angeles resident, who plans to vote in the California primary today. Her biggest reason for supporting Clinton is, ironically, Clinton's rapport with Republicans and the Los Angeles Times' observation that Clinton would be the better Democratic candidate to work across the aisle.


Rosen isn't too concerned with Clinton's voting record as senator.

"People change," she said, when I asked her about Hillary Clinton's Iraq war vote.

Last month, Johnie's restaurant, a once defunct restaurant in L.A.'s Miracle Mile district, reopened as a Team Bernie L.A. campaign office called Bernie's. Inside Bernie's, volunteers gave information to new canvassers, called voters and sold Bernie merchandise. My grandmother was impressed.

"It's like this place is alive now," she remarked upon entering.

Bernie's was bustling and much of the team was too focused on the upcoming California primary to even consider the possibility of Sanders not getting the nomination.

"Right now we are focused on getting him elected, hell or high water," Chris Schellinger, a Team Bernie LA volunteer and local actor told me.

"We got this," insisted another volunteer, Dezi Duran.

Others said they'd support Clinton just to stop Trump.

"It's going to be really painful. If it's a matter of Trump could get it, I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and do it," Julia Vest, a poll worker, said.

My grandmother isn't ruling out the possibility of a Sanders presidency. "You never know," Rosen said.

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