The Democratic Party of Georgia held their Chairperson election Saturday in Newnan and DuBose Porter emerged the victor. In his nomination acceptance speech he talked about three Georgias, that which was, that which is, and that which can be. As a former minority leader and a state representative going to back to when the Democratic party ran the State, his election hearkens back to the party’s age of majority.
This election was to fill the unexpired term of the previous chair, Mike Berlon, who was less than competent. So what can we expect in the next 18 months of a Porter administration? Should be all up from here, as the party attempts to rebuild its coffers and support its Senate nominee. It is six months from qualifying. We’ll see what they are able to do regarding candidate recruitment and fundraising, but it is nice to know that it cannot get any worse.
The DPG announced at the meeting that the DPG had 150k in the account, which is much better than when Berlon departed the scene, but much less than what is required to effectively aid candidates or perform the necessary tasks of the DPG. Here’s wishing Porter and his team the best as he attempts to get the ship righted again, as we look ahead to the 2014 elections. Whether Democrats can make the Georgia that will be resemble that which once was remains to be seen.
Here is his statement:
“From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the 250 state committee members who joined together on a holiday weekend for one simple purpose - to move our party in the right direction: FORWARD.
We are ready for the business of turning this state around and speaking truth to power. Declaring with one voice that it is wrong to slash and burn public education funding, furlough teachers and cut days in the classroom for our kids. It is wrong to refuse to expand our Medicaid program at no cost to Georgia for the first three years, when doing so means denying more than 600,000 Georgians healthcare, 38,00 of whom are veterans. And it is wrong to dump toxins into the Ogeechee River and then grant a permit to the company responsible for the largest fishkill in Georgia’s history.