Saturday, March 31, 2018

Why State And County Democratic Party Organizations Hate The DCCC So Much


That means recruiting more Blue Dogs and New Dems for the Republican wing of the Democratic Party-- and blocking progressives

There was a time when I felt I was the only one who hated the DCCC and thought the organization should be abolished. That was a long time ago and I'm not alone any longer. From coast to coast, almost every state Democratic Party organization despises them. Let me share this letter to lunkhead Ben Ray Lujan, Pelosi's unfortunately DCCC chair, from the Executive Committee of the Staten Island Democratic Association, which could virtually come from anywhere in the country. Keep in mind, as you read it, there are 7 Democrats running to replace Republican incumbent Dan Donovan (or felon Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm if he wins the GOP primary.) The DCCC has jumped the gun and endorsed extreme conservative Max Rose, who has been endorsed by both the New Dems and Blue Dogs.
We wish to register deep concern regarding the DCCC Red to Blue candidates' selection program in New York's 11th Congressional District. A damaging primary between Dan Donovan and disgraced felon Michael Grimm will weaken the Republicans, and eight Democrats indicated their desire to campaign for the congressional seat.

SIDA and other Democratic organizations in Staten Island and Brooklyn have hosted events with the candidates since last Spring in order to bring forth the best candidate. We have seen tremendous enthusiasm building. Our belief is that-- as Tip O'Neill often noted-- "All politics is local," and the people of the 11th CD should make the decision as to who will represent them.

There has been so much excitement and energy exhibited by the myriad of candidates, several of whom will qualify to run in the Democratic Primary. This dynamic should have kept this process on the front pages and would assist in a great voter turn-out at the 2018 midterm elections.

The DCCC supported candidates in the 11th CD in the past, some not the best choices on the local level. This year the DCCC jumped the gun by its early first and second round Red to Blue program, intervening in a top-down fashion. The DCCC states that "Inclusion in the Red to Blue list helps candidates stand out to donors. The congressional hopefuls also benefit from guidance and staff resources from the DCCC."

Further, Mr. Chairman, as you have said, "Candidates are our best asset, and we will continue to do everything possible to help them build strong campaign infrastructures, energize the grass-roots, and raise the resources needed to spread their message."

The DCCC's intentions are well-meaning, but the problem is one of timing; you have not allowed the democratic grass-roots process to be expressed on the local level. You have not taken into consideration that so much enthusiasm and energy has been focused on this seat by so many local candidates. Ideas, policies, platforms and specification of qualifications in the search for the best and most-qualified candidate have been compromised as a result. The DCCC's premature endorsement of one candidate has taken much of the oxygen out of the room. This is seen by Democratic and Independent voters as a fait accompli, a decision taken outside the District in an undemocratic fashion.

We are not against any candidate, but rather, we protest the process and timing by which the DCCC has pronounced its judgment from above, instead of allowing input from New York's 11th CD. The procedure you have followed has the effect of dampening enthusiasm for the selection of candidates by the local electorate.

We know your decision has already been taken and won't be reversed by our expression of displeasure. However, we demand that, in the future, the DCCC not pre-emptively attempt to determine the outcome of our local democratic electoral process. The end does not justify the means!

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At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to see local organizations taking on the corruption of the national organization. I now watch for the national organization to strike back in order to maintain their control of candidate selection so as to not impinge on the gravy train to which the national organization has become deeply dependent upon.

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How shitty must the democrap party get before good people just fucking leave?

It would appear that the answer is: infinitely shitty.

Says more about the so-called "good people" than about the shitty party, I think.

They kissed my vote goodbye 20 years ago. I'm sure they don't miss me.

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Procopius said...

I understand the need to be tactful, but I don't for a moment believe the DCCC's intervention to be well-meaning. They are desperate to move the Democratic Party even further to the right. Al From explained it all in his book, The NEW Democrats and the Return to Power, which explained why the conservative Democrats who created the Democratic Leadership Council decided to go for the money, and throw out the New Deal.

At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TY, Pro.

Are we too fucking stupid to realize that a party that "stands" for tolerance, labor, peace and the commons CANNOT simultaneously "stand" for hatreds, corporations, war and privatization/austerity?
A sentient voter should never support a party when it takes mutually exclusive "stands" or welcomes candidates holding mutually exclusive positions.

Are we leftys really that goddamn stupid?

At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree about stupid, 7:36. Lefties are too frightened to stand up for those values because they might lose an election or two. They prefer to select the lesser of two evils and hope that someday a good selection can be made.

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:50, that all adds up to 'stupid'. Fear combined with too lazy to do anything plus the inability to realize that each lesser evil is more evil than the last lesser evil... all adds up to colossal stupidity.


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