Note: This was cross-posted at Georgia Unfiltered.
During the 2004 Presidential primaries, I was an avid Howard Dean supporter even to the point of traveling to Columbia, South Carolina twice to campaign for him prior to the South Carolina primary.
After John Kerry defeated Howard Dean, I’ll admit that I was extremely upset and even considered voting for George W. Bush or not voting at all just so that I could say after the election…”See, I told you so. We should’ve nominated Howard Dean because he would’ve beaten Bush in November.” But then, my mother had a talk with me and appealed to my logical side.
She said, “Andre, don’t you remember what you told me? The ultimate goal is to get Bush out of office. I liked Dean too, but I’m voting for Kerry in November because we’ve got to stop Bush.”
Today, I’m going to appeal to the logic of Cathy Cox and her supporters.
I understand how it feels to give your heart and soul to a candidate only to have that candidate lose, but now is not the time to allow your anger to take down the entire Democratic ticket.
We Georgia Democrats need to unite behind Mark Taylor and the rest of the Democratic ticket because that’s the only way we’re going to beat Sonny Perdue in November.
Immediately after John Kerry wrapped up the Democratic nomination for President, the Democratic National Committee had a “unity” dinner fundraiser where all of the former Democratic presidential candidates, including Howard Dean, endorsed Kerry and encouraged all of their supporters to do what they could in getting him elected President.
I’m suggesting that Cathy Cox, Bill Bolton, and Mac McCarley do the same.
Endorse Mark Taylor and encourage your supporters to work hard to get a Democrat elected Governor.
We had a primary and Mark Taylor is our Democratic gubernatorial nominee.
On Sept. 16th, we’ll have the opportunity to put our best face forward at the Georgia Democratic State Convention. I’m hopeful that Cathy Cox will be one of the speakers and that on Sept. 16th, she’ll announce her support for the “Big Guy” and bring some unity to the Democratic community.