CHARLOTTE (ABC 4 News) - Tuesday, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, something remarkable happened.
It was the first national meeting of LDS Democrats.
Yes, you heard right.
We knew we were in for something unusual the minute we walked in.
The LDS Democrats were wearing buttons which said, "Choose the Left."
There was also a prayer, a Book of Mormon, a hymn and, yes, Mormons who are Democrats.
In what resembled an LDS testimony meeting, LDS Democratic senate candidate Scott Howell said, "Ladies and gentlemen, Democrats, I say to you today, be thou not ashamed of our party. We are who we are."
LDS Democrats say they now number one million across the country.
And for this first national meeting, they can thank Utah Democratic Chairman Jim Dabakis.
He paid thousand dollars in local party money to make it happen.
Earlier Dabakis told ABC 4, "It became obvious that if the Democratic Party of Utah is going to go anywhere, if we're going to win elections, if we're going to change this state, we have to reach out to LDS people."
But the star of the event was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the highest ranking Mormon in the country.
The blunt speaking Nevada senator made it clear he's not voting for fellow Mormon Mitt Romney.
He told the packed room, "Barack Obama I am supporting because he shares my values."
Just before he left, ABC 4 asked Senator Reid if he had any final comment.
ABC 4: "Any message for the people of Utah?"
Reid: "I already gave a message. That's about all I have to say. The only message I have for Utah is be a little more moderate, a little too right-wing for me."
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