Georgia Democratic Party Chair Mike Berlon got himself into a kerfuffle by saying he’s trying to clear the field on the Democratic side of the U.S. Senate race.
“We no longer can afford to have these party primaries where we take six or seven Democrats and run them against each other and there’s nothing left but smoke and ruin in the end,” he said. “This time around, we’ve worked very hard to make sure that when the decision is made, these two candidates talk to each other and clear the field so we can move forward.”
As you might imagine this drew objection from a number of Democrats.
As a former County Chairman for the GOP I understand the desire to avoid primaries. During my tenure Bob Barr moved to Duluth to challenge John Linder for Congress. It was a bruising affair that took a long time for our local Party to move past. That being said, primaries are a valuable and necessary way for the public to pick their leaders.
I’ve always objected to Party Chairman at any level getting involved in primaries. Voters pick the nominees for their respective Parties and it’s the job of the Party to get those people elected. Voters shouldn’t cede their role in that process to Party insiders – ever.
I realize Mr. Berlon might be loathe to take advice from a Republican, but he’d be better off backing away from this and let Congressman Barrow and Michelle Nunn work this out on their own.