So tonight I received a message from Andrew Bates at the Facebook group Stop Liddy Dole 2008. The message was sent in support of David Young to be our next party chair. I happen not to support David for multiple reasons; his views on collective bargaining, workers rights and verified voting are questionable at best and I don't feel the sitting chair of the NCDP and Governor should crown anyone the new chair. That is the State Executive Committee voting body's job. I also did not feel it was appropriate to use the Dole group to send out his message and I happened to be an administrator for the group. So as I had access to send my own message I sent the following:
I just received a message from this group asking for support for David Young. I will say this...we have worked very hard to turn this state blue. All that work will go to waste if we knight David Young at the upcoming SEC meeting this weekend.
I am sorry, but I can not and will not support a candidate who has been on the record as against collective bargaining(the unions) and verified voting(because we know that's not important to our Democracy). The opposition in Young's past to these and other Democratic Party core principals is disconcerting and sure to repeat itself in the future.
The Unions have given the NCDP and Democratic Candidates $2 million in contributions in 2008 and would be sorely missed, not only as a contributor financially, but we lose the foot soldiers in the Unions who go door to door to help spread the word about our candidates. I can almost be certain that if the Unions leave our side, they are not coming back and I nor any of you can afford that risk.
We have progressed as a state and as a party in North Carolina. Young does not represent progression, he is regression. We need to move our party forward and keep our train rolling down the track we are on.
I will not ask you to support any of the other candidates, but I will ask that you do your homework before Saturday. Our Democratic Party and it's ideals are at risk. All the hard work we have done as a party and as individuals is at risk. That risk is David Young.
Turns out, that was not appreciated much by Young's folks and I have now been removed as an administrator. I guess that is a sign of things to come. Disappointing at best. Censorship of dissenting views is concerning to me within our party, as I thought we just voted out the party that does that.