Minnesota represented at DNC by U student delegate

Editor’s note: Some of the claims made by Charles Carlson included in this article were later found to be untrue. Several months after this story was printed, Carlson admitted he had lied about officiating tennis in the Beijing Olympics, and had also lied about growing up in England and having a personal connection to the Clintons. Hillary Clinton never shared her crème brulee torte with him. Carlson grew up in the United StatesâÄînot in England. Carlson claims he was a communications director for Hillary ClintonâÄôs presidential campaign, but The Minnesota Daily has been unable to independently verify this. See a Daily article about Carlson on March 2 for details about these inaccuracies. He was a Beijing Olympics tennis official and is a University graduate student, GLBT rights advocate and director of operations at a Minneapolis architecture firm. Is there anything Charles Carlson doesnâÄôt do? The question was posed to the 22-year-old last week at the Democratic National Convention. As an at-large delegate, he represented Minnesota and was allowed to pick either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. He pledged to support Clinton. He said his favorite part of the convention was casting his vote for Clinton, but he does support Obama âÄî albeit âÄúunenthusiastically.âÄù A number of specific policy issues, as well as a personal connection to the Clintons, had cemented his support for Hillary. âÄúObamaâÄôs policies seem less clear and not as inclusive or appropriate as Sen. ClintonâÄôs,âÄù he said. CarlsonâÄôs personal connection to the Clintons dates back to his childhood. He grew up in England, where his father spent time working for the Foreign Service Institute. At age 10, Hillary Clinton gave him her share of the crème brulee torte he liked so much during a dinner. This past fall, he worked as a communications director for her presidential campaign. Carlson described running for national delegate as a difficult process. He ran against people with more money and experience, including state Sen. D. Scott Dibble and Minneapolis City Councilman Gary Schiff. As a delegate to the DNC, Carlson voted on and put forth resolutions for the party platform, which he said is âÄúa huge deal, because every candidate in the country who declares Democrat runs on this platform.âÄù His proposed resolutions supported increases in Pell Grants and GLBT tax equity. Delegates also have a say in which items get priority in the next legislative session. He pushed for inclusion of transgender people in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and tried to make sure that health care for young adults was part of the conversation about universal health care. Politics is only one of the places Carlson directs his attention. HeâÄôll return to the University this semester to take classes in communications and pursue an MBA at the Carlson School of Management. In addition to working for the Inland Office for TomorrowâÄôs Architecture , he works for the nonprofit organization Quorum , the Twin Cities GLBTA Chamber of Commerce. Quorum Executive Director Sam McClure describes Carlson as exceptionally bright, diligent and passionate. âÄúThe appetite with which he goes after life … itâÄôs obvious heâÄôll be successful in whatever he chooses to do,âÄù he said. Judy Grundstrom , principal and founder of IOTA, said that in addition to bringing organization and left brain skills to the office, Carlson has an ability to connect with people and bring them together, applying his political networking sensibility to the business world. Friend and co-worker Adam Robbins, administrative director at Quorum, echoed that sentiment, and said Carlson has been a great resource for many people because of his ability to put people in touch with each other. Robbins said he thinks Carlson âÄúhas the potential to do a lot of good in this world,âÄù and added heâÄôd like to see him in politics, âÄúleading the charge for better things.âÄù