You'll Never Guess what I Got Lassoed Into Tonight ...

I know people were expecting a Draft Brad post from me tonight, but I was off being elected temporary chair of the Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County. Let’s say 6 am on that one, ok?

Anyway, I had a great time at our first MCYD meeting of the year, hosted in beautiful HD-100 by State Representative Tricia Cotham. Zack Hawkins (President-Elect, YDNC) and Melissa Price (VP-Elect, YDNC) came down from Wake County to help with the meeting, and 5 colleges in Mecklenburg County (Davidson, Queens, CPCC, UNCC, and Smith) were represented. We’re putting together an organization that’s going to get Dems elected across the county.

Rep. Cotham was a great host, and I suppose this is a good opportunity to clear up some misconceptions that were spread around the time of her election. What wasn’t reported was that Rep. Cotham, quite aware of Jim Black’s legal peril, had been working to win the seat since before any of the other candidates had entered the race. As an educator at East Meck High School, she spent most of her day in the district, and touched the lives of more kids (many of whom are now of voting age) than any other elected official in the district. There were no decisions about her race made in smoky back rooms; she simply worked the hardest to win, gave the most impressive presentation at the debate, and organized the most precincts (something that’s going to help candidates like Larry Kissell in 2008). And at events like Saturday’s WFW rally, she’s shown that she’s the real deal.

You’ll be happy to know that Rep. Cotham and the Young Dems are going to work together to pass some great legislation over the coming months. Keep a look out, because we’re going to do our best to get real changes passed in areas like education.

So, any suggestions for a new (acting) President?

Comments

So...

So far we have you as potential head of Meck YDs, a friend of the Kissell campaign looking to be 3rd vice of the party, and someone SD likes running for chair.

Meck might actually pull its weight in 08!

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

Well, not to mention ...

Instead of the political plutonium of the Black campaign, we're going to have a vigorous effort from Cotham's camp ... and with Chairman Roberts running a strong campaign, possibly Brad Miller for Senate, and possibly Richard Moore for Governor, we could have 5x coverage in critical precincts. Don't be hating on Mecklenburg County!

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Congratulations, Sam

I know you've got lots of hard work ahead of you - but you'll be great.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Awesome

Way to go, Sam! Now I'm glad I front-paged that Miller post for you . . .

:)

Just remember us little people when you get to be all rich and famous at the top of the political haystack.

Hey, it wasn't for me! ;-)

How many times do I have to say that?

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Sam,

here's the problem for this point and for Rep. Cotham

There were no decisions about her race made in smoky back rooms; she simply worked the hardest to win, gave the most impressive presentation at the debate, and organized the most precincts

Rep. Cotham gives her political experience (in an interview on television) as registering people to vote at age 11 and working on Harvey Gantt's campaign - both/all of which was done with her parents. If that's all it takes, that would make both of my children and my nephew experienced enough for public office.

If you want to tout the fact that she stackedorganized the precincts in a district in which she didn't yet live, it begs a big fat question: Why did she wait to get soooo involved in the party until there was something in it for her? Hmmmm? These precincts have needed organizing for a long time. Where has she been? And, will those precincts remain organized for 2008 or was it a rush job just to get folks in to vote for her? Only time will tell.

It would have been best if Cotham had simply put her head down and done her job and left the "misperceptions" alone. Many of us who were unhappy with how it was handled never said anything about back room deals. I would hazard a guess that most of us aren't stupid. It would be best for you and Rep. Cotham if you didn't try to tell us we are by dismissing our concerns with the "I/she worked harder" shtick. The more this fire is stoked, the bigger it will get. My advice - having lived on this earth twice as long as you and almost twice as long as Rep. Cotham - is to drop it. Eventually, the rest of us will too as she proves herself.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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You know her experience is much greater than that

And I called up one of my family members who used to be a big Democratic donor to make sure, but the stuff she did for Harvey was before her parents were big money people. And since then she's worked on many campaigns and as an intern in the Senate ... not to mention the considerable "politics" one has to deal with in CMS. CMS jobs are some of the hardest in the state, and anyone in CMS who can work through it and win teacher of the year gets my respect.

The only person in the race with more political "experience" wasn't going to win ... and if the other candidates were more politically savvy, they would have been getting their supporters elected precinct chairs and vice chairs instead of going to a forum with signs that didn't go over well. You ask "Where has she been?" when her opus is one of the more admirable ones, when she's worked with the party for a long time, and when you could ask the same of any other of the candidates when it came to organizing the precincts. Furthermore, I'm sure you'd agree that both the 18-35 demographic and the educator demographic are underrepresented in the NCGA.

You yourself responded to people who said that this was a "party decision" or a decision by "party elders." This post wasn't directed at you, and I'm surprised that you would accuse me of basically being a sock puppet. Any member of BlueNC that's talked to me about it online knows I've held these opinions for awhile, and that I think that Rep. Cotham or Mr. Bonaparte would have done a good job, but Tricia Cotham won. Part of my new job is supporting young Democrats, and I happen to believe in doing that.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

No, I don't know that Sam.

I'm quoting the Rep. herself. If she had better creds than that she should have touted them.

All I know, is that until now she hasn't been involved in Young Dems, until now she hasn't been involved in organizing precincts, until now she hasn't run for office. Now that there's something in it for her, she's gotten busy.(What was it I said about stoking the fire?)

Working on political campaigns qualifies you to work on campaigns.

Being a mom is political, Sam. Every job is political. I can think of quite a few that are more political than CMS.

You're the one who touted how hard she worked on organizing the precincts. Stacking the precincts isn't rocket science, so the other candidates were out maneuvered. In other words, the other candidates didn't get involved at an artificially high level just to benefit themselves.

I didn't accuse you of being a sock puppet. I advised you to avoid the temptation to correct the "misperceptions" surrounding Cotham's appointment. Apparently, you decided against following my advice.

Whether your post was directed at me or not, I expressed my doubts and displeasure with this appointment on the front page of this site, it was only natural for me to respond to your comments.



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Experience NOT important

We need to be carefull not to start to assume that a person needs "political experience" to serve in office. Doesn't the community service of being a teacher in a public high school count for something?

It's worth reminding folks that most of House District 100 is in the 8th Congressional District. I for one am very happy that the residents of that area think that a teacher who has never run for office before is qualified to serve in the State House of Representatives.

Hopefully they will also think that a school teacher who was never involved in politics before 2006 is qualified to serve in the US Congress!

Here's hoping that in 2008 the residents of that area will elect two school teachers who have never held elective office before!

Let the slogan for 2008 be Tricia Cotham for the State House, and Larry Kissell for the US House!!

Cotham is already in the state house

Larry has plenty of life experience. :)

I'm just quoting what Cotham gives as her political experience or involvement. I didn't mean to imply that it doesn't make her qualified to serve, just pointing out her sudden interest in organizing precincts only when it would benefit her - not when the party needed it done months/years earlier. As I said, time will tell if the precincts were really organized in a way that will benefit all candidates down the road, or if they were organized for selection day only.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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This is what the Observer said

March 16, 2007:

Tricia Cotham

Age: 28.

Occupation: Assistant principal of instruction, East Mecklenburg High School. Former social studies teacher.

Status: Single.

In Charlotte since: 1989, born in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Education: Providence High, 1997; UNC Charlotte, 2001; UNC Chapel Hill, master's in school administration, 2006. Studied a semester at the University of Havana in Cuba.

Home: Since March 1, lives in Sardis Forest townhouse in District 100. Was living in Mint Hill.

Earliest political experience: In sixth grade, worked for Democrat Harvey Gantt's U.S. Senate campaign.

Top priorities: Economic development, crime, transportation and education.

Emphasis mine. You don't suddenly trust netwrok editing, do you? You was active in the YDs after that, in addition to being active in other campaigns. I had to respond because someone might get the wrong impression from what you wrote.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Pick me

I worked on Harvey Gantt's campaign AND I was in Charlotte last week. :)

Emily was going door to door

at three. Katie was five. That means what exactly?

You don't suddenly trust netwrok editing, do you? You was active in the YDs after that, in addition to being active in other campaigns

I have no idea what you are trying to say, Sam. I don't think anyone will get the wrong idea based on what I'm saying. Not sure they will understand you, though.



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D'oh

That was supposed to read:

You don't suddenly trust netwrok editing, do you? She was active in the YDs after that, in addition to being active in other campaigns.

Brain fart.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Young Dems

I just went and looked, and I don't think any of the statewide young dem officers post here. Does anyone know differently? And, they have no MySpace page, nor a Facebook page. Shouldn't our "young" dems be doing more online outreach?

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Robert P., You are wrong...

Robert P.,
You are wrong... we do have a YD website, FaceBook, MySpace, and an e-newsletter that goes out monthly with a 4,000+ distribution list. I think we actually lead the way with technological outreach in comparison to any other progressive organizations in NC.
As the outgoing president, I can say that we have worked hard to become more savvy in this regard. I have posted once or twice on BlueNC, but we tend to devote our organizational time to working with other young adults, lobbying, etc, than to blog. I check in time to time but dont contribute too much other than to read a few posts every now and again. BlueNC is a good resource for political/govt news.
To Sam, congratulations, I know that you have the energy to take the organization in directions that it has not gone for some time. I am willing to help in anyway I can, being one county north of you.
For those of you that do not know, Zack Hawkins (Durham) will be sworn in later this month as the new head of YDNC, as I did not seek re-election after two terms. He will be great and is as committed to substantive efforts, rather than networking and socializing, as I am.
Tony

Tony

Would you be willing to provide links? It would be nice to promote those sites at appropriate times.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Excellent.

For some reason they just didn't come up when I searched the sites for "Young Dems NC"

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me