Democratic National Convention
Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Hyde Park woman for Bradley

Priest says she's not political

By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOS ANGELES — The Democratic National Convention here — where thousands breathe a pure-oxygen atmosphere of politics 24 hours a day — is the last place you would expect to find Margaret Muncie of Hyde Park.

        She is an Episcopal priest who spends her days ministering to the elderly in long-term care and assisted-living homes, more concerned with the spiritual needs of her people than with the politics of the day.

        But she was here Monday on the floor of the Staples Center with delegate credentials.

        “I'm not a very political person,” she said. “I had never been involved in a political campaign before this, never considered myself a political type.”

        But she had always admired former Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey for his intelligence and integrity.

        “I remember a few years ago telling myself that if Bill Bradley ever ran for president, I would volunteer and try to help get him elected,” she said.

        Mr. Bradley lost the Ohio primary to Mr. Gore by a wide margin, but, under Democratic Party rules, he was given some delegates. The Episcopal priest is one of them.

        “This is all new to me,” she said. “Like I say, I've never been political, but I've enjoyed every minute of this so far.”

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