I got Faison's letter in the mail yesterday - got to the end of the letter - it sounds like he doesn't have a clue what worked and what didn't work in the 2010 election or in our state since the 2008 election cycle. It doesn't sound like someone running for office - it sounds like he's applying for a job at some big, soul-less corporation and doesn't want to stand out or make waves. Too bad - the NC Democratic Party needs someone to come on board and take names and kick some (ok, many) asses!
It sounds like one of Obama's "listening tours" - designed to give the appearance that they gave a damn but nothing really changed (for the good) as a result because there really is no way to know if: 1) they really were listening; and 2) there was no way to measure whether or not they did what they said they would do or hold them accountable if they didn't act in the way we wanted them to.
This "listening" business is BS. Haven't you been listening to the base of the Party over the last two years? If not - why not?
I want to know what each of these candidates is going to do besides "listen" to us - because they both promise to do that. So what? Do they promise to actually do what we want them to do as NCDP Chair? They promise to listen to the activists - so what?
* Will they do what the activists want, or what the elected public leaders and their corporate donors and consultants want?
* Did Bev ask Faison to run, or is she endorsing him? If so, does that mean that she runs the Party through him?
* Will Faison or Parker let Scott Falmlen or other consultants run the Party from behind the scenes, or will they hire a real ED who knows how to do the paperwork?
* Will Faison or Parker let consultants work for the party, the candidates/campaigns, and for 527 groups and still claim there is no coordination between them?
* What, if any, role in any aspect of the state party will Faison or Parker let OFA have? Given that Obama might have a primary challenger in 2012, is it appropriate for a state party chair (or even a county party Chair or the DNC Chair) to let what we all know is the President's (Re-) Election Campaign run the Democratic Party or have such a strong say in what we do and how we do it?
We got some rules - they are called the DNC By-Laws and the NCDP Plan Of Organization. Nowhere in those rules do I see anything about the President or the Governor or the highest elected Democratic official having any more of a say in who gets elected Chair of the Party except for whatever votes they are able to cast. Other than that - the DNC Chair gets elected by the vote of the DNC delegates.
The NCDP Chair gets elected by the votes of the SEC. The County Party Chair gets elected by the votes of the county convention delegates (or the CEC members when we are voting someplace other than the convention). I am a precinct chair and I get elected by the votes of the delegates to my precinct - and they have to be registered Democrats living in my precinct. Now so far no one from outside my precinct has taken an interest in who gets elected as precinct chair, but I can tell you this - try coming to my precinct (where I have lived for over 30 years) and telling my neighbors who they should vote for because it will make your job as an elected official easier (meaning you won't have to deal with me as an elected officer of the Wake County Democratic Party) - and you see what happens!
Now I hear this garbage about how "that's the way it's always been", and I have to ask some folks out there - do we always have to do things the way they have always been done - especially if there are rules or laws that say otherwise? I would ask African American Democrats how you would feel about being relegated to second-class status (sitting on the back of the bus) because "that's always the way we've done it", or female Democrats being told you can't go to college or get a decent job or be paid the same wage as a man doing the same job because "you're a woman and that's always the way we've done it here"?
No - they wouldn't like hearing that garbage and I don't either - especially when the laws or rules say otherwise. We fought hard to get the laws passed and we expect our leaders to follow them. We don't like it when rich people or corporations try and control the country by buying off politicians which the majority of Americans (according to surveys) are against and by-pass those rules.
So I for one am not buying any of the "I'm listening" business of any of the candidates. If you are so out of touch with what has happened with the Democratic Party over the last two years watching the NCDP "drivers" steer the party "bus" towards the cliff while the lug nuts were coming off and the engine was smoking - while loyal activist Dems were pulling the cord and pointing out the problems before being ejected from the bus as troublemakers - then you don't deserve to be elected Chair.
Let's hear right now what you think went wrong - because I am not buying that whole "I'm listening" business. It doesn't impress me. Saying that you will listen doesn't mean that you will understand or act in a way that is acceptable to the people who will vote for you.
Tell me what you have heard so far over the last two years with how the Party has been (mis)managed, and tell us what you would do differently - and we'll judge how well (or poorly) we feel you have listened and observed. Reading about your skill sets doesn't impress me. I am not hiring a lawyer - I am trying to size up someone who I hope will be a fighter and a leader for our Party.