I’ve been a member of the Georgia state Democratic Committee for about three years now and I’ve always been a firm believer in Article II, Section 1 of the Charter of the Democratic Party of Georgia; that the “State Committee shall be the highest authority of the State Party” and “shall have general responsibility for the affairs of the State Party.”
Over the past week, I’ve become more and more annoyed with the new incumbent protection policy instituted by the Democratic Party of Georgia for several reasons; the main one being that this new policy was put in place without seeking the counsel of the “highest authority” of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Even after every major Democratic blogger (many of whom are, like me, members of the state Democratic Committee) in this state expressed their displeasure at the new policy that prohibits access to the voter file for Democratic challengers of Democratic incumbents, the Democratic Party of Georgia has remained noticeably silent on the issue.
It’s a shame really; especially considering the words offered by Georgia Democratic Party Chair Jane Kidd in this morning’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution”
“In Georgia, we’re making grass-roots voter contact our top priority in 2008, and I’m convinced that Sen. Obama shares our dedication to neighbor-to-neighbor contact,” Kidd said.
[Source: 3/6/2008 AJC article “Obama gains 7th Ga. superdelegate”]
I’m really curious about something here; how can one say that “grass-roots voter contact is our top priority in 2008” when the current policy of the Democratic Party of Georgia hampers the ability for Democratic challengers of Democratic incumbents to make the aforementioned “grass-roots voter contact?”
The policy that’s on the books right now is a policy that was not approved by the “highest authority of the State Party” and a policy that does not reflect “our dedication to neighbor-to-neighbor contact.”