Sometime you just got to vent

Today I got an e-mail from " Bold Progressives" telling me I needed to

1. Send them money

2. Sign up to make phone calls and canvas for them.

I get 5 or 6 of these daily but today this one just rubbed me wrong.
So I hit reply.

Please let me know if you think I overreacted.

That is all well and good. I just got home from helping to host a function for Eric Anderson , running in the North Carolina 3rd. against Walter Jones. Would you please let me know what your group is doing to help Eric?

I am a member of the NC State Executive Committee and the 3rd district rep to State party council of review. I am also an elector for the President if he wins North Carolina.

All I have seen in many many years of work on behalf of this party from groups like yours is a good line of bullshit as far as support for candidates that just never seems to get anywhere near my area. I guess what I am saying is what is in it for North Carolina? If you are not bothered to support our people, we sure don't need to send what little resources we have to you.

I am so pissed off with the high handed tactics of OFA in this election I can not hardly stand it. They do what ever they want, do not help local party organizations and when you call them on something they go dark and don't respond. And none of them realize that after Nov 6 they will never see the President's name on a ballot again. Win or lose he is done. And if we could get some help from them on the local level we could help move our whole party forward instead of just one man.

There was a bus tour here last week and we offered to have a high end fundraiser for them but were told that in this part of the cycle that didn't matter but yet I get daily e-mails asking for $5.00 from the campaign, I guess that 5 bucks would go alot further than the $10 or 15 thousand we could have raised at a 2 hour house party that we offered to put on.

By now you think I am some nutcase but let me assure you I am not. I am a 3rd generation political operative who is getting sick of the way we are being manhandled from the top.

Who are the people you are supporting for Congress? Is there even 1 in North Carolina? Or do we not meet your demographics except to ask for money and free labor to make your phone calls.

I hope I am wrong but what does it matter, nobody will reply to this e-mail, but I give you this warning, old line, in the trench North Carolina Democrats are about tired of this crap because we deserve better treatment at the hands of our own kind.

Hugh Wilde

Unlike Harry Truman, I like to put a stamp on it and mail it.

Comments

Sounds reasonable to me

Doesn't seem like over-reaction at all. NC is at risk of having way more serious problems from the state legislature and governor's office than from whether our electoral votes go to Obama or not.

Some thoughts, Hugh

First let me say, aside from some strategic yard sign placements and a few hours volunteering on election day, my party involvement is pretty much limited to what I write here. Which I'd like to think has a (maybe tiny) impact on the soul of the party, if not the volume of voters that turn out.

All that said, I respect and admire you and Mike and Chris and Martha and all the other folks who work tirelessly to keep the party alive locally. And there have been far too many complaints about OFA's approach to party-building for the rest of us to continue to assume it's just bruised egos. I guess I shouldn't roll everybody else into that blanket. I'm guilty of that assumption, and others may be as well.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, James is right: it's not an over-reaction, and those in the upper ranks of the party who may be able to wield some influence over OFA need to understand the long game. If there are resources that could help strengthen local Dem operations, and those resources are not shared, we will never become the party that most of us would like to be a part of. And progress simply won't happen.

Thanks for the recognition

I've been talking to Democrats across the state and the nation, and they all have their complaints about OFA. Many are just too polite and well-bred (or have a better sense of self-preservation than I do) to openly talk about it or complain about it.

I don't think it's possible for people at the upper levels of the Party to wield any influence over OFA. They just bring in too much money! And I think that's EXACTLY the reason why party-building was trashed starting in June 2008: it would be too much competition for whatever Axelrod, Plouffe and Messina decided OFA was going to do in the future. Meaning if we organized 180 precincts in Wake County and used that base to raise funds for the county party, we'd have nearly $250K in the off years and more like $500K in presidential years to play with. We wouldn't need to let the big money donors run the county Party in exchange for the checks in the off years. And we wouldn't need to let OFA come in and tell us what to do every 4 years.

Because you can rest assured that there will be another OFA-type model coming round in June 2016 to tell us small fry "here's how we are gonna do stuff because we know better"!

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

I don't think it is effective party building

When the day after the election in 2008 our OFA rep went to our headquarters and was locked out of all of her accounts.
They came, took what they wanted, packed up, and left town.

Information is power in this business and I expect nothing different this go round.

We have never, to this day, been provided the information that was collected out of our office in 2008.

I thought as a party we were a team, but I guess we are considered the JV and the Varsity doesn't want to play with us.

Even though Cal Cunningham is a friend I supported my old friend Elaine Marshall in the 2010 Senate race and if I had a billion dollars I would never send the DSCC one nickel. They so screwed to pooch on that race. It was not their to get in. And by the time they were done they had burned up a huge amount of Elaine's money that she could never make up against Burr.

I would say there is more than a small chance that people that have worked their asses off on the ground might have a better feel for a race like that than some 24 year old staffer in DC trying to make a name. It is becoming kinda tiring.

You build organization by building from within, and then bring a few people in to fill in the blanks. This wholesale throwing out the baby with the bathwater every 2 or 4 years is crazy.

I am hoping for a renaissance in Party-building after November!

It will be desperately needed. Because our 2010 losses were due directly in part to the tearing-down of Party building starting in June 2008.

And other than the money they bring to the game, there is really nothing in the NCDP POO or the DNC By-Laws which REQUIRE any Party officer to cooperate with the campaigns to the extent that we subordinate ourselves to some 24 YO staffer.

For the 2008 election cycle, the Wake Dems were thinking ahead by at least 12-15 months. Meaning we were doing GOTV and precinct organization planning for 2008 during the summer of 2007. And I have the time-stamped power-point presentations and e-mails to prove it. But it was never about JUST winning one election. It was about keeping the grassroots motivated and working all year long for long-term goals. Just going from election to election trying to win them and set up phone banks might work for Presidential elections, but look at how dumb it is to ignore the long-term work that needs to be done to maintain (or to win back) a Democratic majority in the city councils, school boards, county commissioners, and the NCGA!

God help us if Puppet Pat wins and we have 3 rabid Tea Party lawyers on the SBOE. I've seen the one GOP guy we have here in Wake County stand up before the SBOE and say that opening up the OSEV sites for an extra couple of hours on the last Saturday can't be done safely and will damage election integrity. Then old Bob Cordle says: "You know we did exactly that in 2008 - right?" And the GOP BOE member shuts up - because he's just been "punched" in the solar plexus by facts. With Republicans in the majority, their three SBOE members will be getting their tin-foil hats from the same places that some of the more extreme Legislators and nearly all the Wake County Commissioners are getting them from! ;-)

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

A question and a comment

I take it that Bold Progressives = OFA? If so then I agree with your comments. I have seen a sort of tunnel vision withour local OFA guy. He's a great person and a hard worker but has to do that "they" tell him to do, and that doesn't always coincide with the local party's interests.

then there's my comment about this bit ....

And none of them realize that after Nov 6 they will never see the President's name on a ballot again. Win or lose he is done.

Not necessarily. Imagine President Obama loses a squeaker of an election (perish the thought), and then we get 4 years of incompetance from Rmoney. Hope lives again in 2016.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Bold Progressives

No they are not OFA but their e-mail just lit my fuse. I am sorry but I am beginning to get an attitude with these groups that tell us all they are going to do for us, but never get around to telling you what, when , and where. Just send money, or even better send money and do a bunch of free phone banking for us all over the country, while we ignore your state.

Resources are tight and the only race I saw named was Alan Greyson, who I admire, alot, but who also has enough personal wealth to finance his race out of his own pocket if he wanted to, and with his star power can raise millions on his own.

How about the people in the none targeted races? The dark horse? The person that put themselves out there? Who is funding them?

OFA, in what I have seen, has little to do with advancing the Democratic party, and much to do with advancing 1 man. That is fine,but don't call it party building, and act like you are doing me a favor.

They remind me of the " Borg " on Star Trek , they consume all the resources, and when they are done with you, they leave with a wasteland behind them.

I choose to stand up and say NO.

And as for this

" I've been talking to Democrats across the state and the nation, and they all have their complaints about OFA. Many are just too polite and well-bred (or have a better sense of self-preservation than I do) to openly talk about it or complain about it." Chris

I was here before they came, and I will be here long after they are gone.

Your point?

And other than the money they bring to the game, there is really nothing in the NCDP POO or the DNC By-Laws which REQUIRE any Party officer to cooperate with the campaigns to the extent that we subordinate ourselves to some 24 YO staffer. Chris Telesca

The Golden rule of this game. Whoever has the gold, makes the rules. The problem is the calls are being made by people that have these young staffers, that think we are idiots, and that they have this all figured out. And these staffers guard the gates to the kingdom and the money.

The one size fits all campaign. We know better than you, we have our focus groups, the consultant said, ect, ect, ect.