Wisconsin delegate on hunger strike for Sanders

A De Forest delegate to the Democratic National Convention said he’s been on a hunger strike since July 17 to try to get Sen. Bernie Sanders selected as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Rev. John Stanley, a Bernie delegate from the 2nd Congressional District, said he initially intended the hunger strike to last until Sanders was on the ballot for president in November.

“I wanted to make the point that we are here not just to have some big party but we are here because lives are at stake,” Stanley said Tuesday morning.

After a visit from Sanders to the Wisconsin delegation breakfast Tuesday morning, Stanley said he’s not sure how much longer he’ll continue drinking only water as sustenance.

“It’s because of Bernie,” Stanley said. “We spoke with Bernie this morning and he really highly suggested we all vote for Hillary Clinton. I believe he’s trying to do what he believes is right. I’m trying to do what I believe is right and deal with my conscience and with my life.”

Stanley said he’ll re-evaluate the situation after the roll call vote begins Tuesday afternoon.

“I know I’m on hunger strike brain now, so my mind is not all together,” Stanley said. “So I have to carefully think these things through and I don’t know when I’m going to end it yet.”