Young Democrats <3 Roy Cooper

Judging from the Twitter frenzy from last night, it looks like the Young Dems of North Carolina have gone all in for Roy. And he's not even a candidate yet!


When you look... who one of his top advisors/consultant is - they are all foaming at the mouth to get a piece of the action ($$$).

Beware the "Politico-Industrial Complex"!

I hope YD officers are not using their positions to endorse candidates at this early date. There will undoubtedly be more than one candidate, and therefore it's a violation of the NCDP Plan of Organization to favor one Dem over another.

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting

When running for office

attacking the young activists in your party is probably not a good tactic. Not to mention it makes you sound whiny.

As for Chris's assertions, I don't think the rule he is citing exists. Chris, can you cite the rule that prohibits officers in an auxiliary from individually endorsing a candidate?

I believe the rule is that the Young Democrats as a body cannot endorse in a primary. But I may be wrong. If so, please let me know what rule you refer to.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Partly right

Nothing in the POO governs State Auxiliaries except that they have to recharter under certain guidelines at SEC meetings every two years. One of those guidelines involves a removal process for any county chapter that does wrong, but there's nothing in the Plan of Organization that says YD officers can't endorse. Also, though many a mustachioed man has threatened to bring myself and other YDs before the Council of Review based on absurd or fabricated charges, no auxiliary group is subject to the jurisdiction of the Council of Review.

That being said, seeing as the AG is arguably the highest-ranking Democrat in the state of North Carolina (along with Senator Hagan and Secretary Marshall), why would he not be invited to speak on a Young Democrats call? Senator Hagan has joined us on our monthly executive committee calls, as have many other state elected officials. 50 YDs were obviously excited to hear from AG Cooper, even though he spent most of his time answering questions on the Department of Justice, DENR, and bills passed by the NCGA. Only one of our members asked a question about a possible gubernatorial run.

I for one am excited that our elected officials take out the time to engage with youth voters and thank us for what we're doing, which is what the AG did. Democrats of all ages who follow YDNC on Facebook and Twitter got the invitation to be on the call. While there are definitely individual members who are excited about the AG's potential candidacy, most are excited about the prospect of defeating Gov. McCrory.

And believe me, if I endorse someone, there's going to be an e-mail, a press release, and a social media barrage about it - not some ephemeral false inference.

Yes it is sad...

...that nothing in the NCDP POO governs State Auxiliaries.

And yes it is interesting that no auxiliary group is subject to the Council of Review.

Maybe if a group wants to be an auxiliary of the NCDP and have their leaders get a seat at the table as a member of the State Executive Committee or Council, they should have to follow the same rules that folks who are elected directly to the State Executive Committee, or who have membership on the SECommittee or Council (like the District Chairs).

What would prevent an auxiliary from taking actions that threaten the Democratic Party they are an auxiliary of? This is something we should seriously consider the next time that we vote on rechartering auxiliaries.

And thanks for making my point for me!

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting

Young activists

I don't worry about how I sound. Never have. Won't start now.

Good for you James

And you always sound just fine to me!

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Roy Cooper is a Jim Crawford-William Brisson style "Democrat"

That is, not worth wasting the label of Democrat on at all.

Want someone who will sell out Democratic principles in a heartbeat? Call Roy Cooper.

Want someone to ally with Republicans and vote against Democratic control of the legislature? Find Roy Cooper.

The fact that "Democratic" groups, consultants and donors fall over themselves for people like Roy Cooper is precisely why the party structure repels me.

They either don't know Cooper's history or worse, know it and don't care.


You are making a lot of charges against Cooper

Care to back them up with facts?

I don't like all these folks pushing Cooper as if to eliminate other candidates so early, but I also don't like folks making unsubstantiated claims against folks.

Where is your proof that Cooper will sell out Democratic principles?

Where is your proof that Cooper will ally with Republicans and vote against Democratic control of the Legislature?

Tell us what there is in Cooper's history that makes you write this.

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting

Thanks for proving my point

The fact that you don't know about Cooper's history -- anywhere from his ally-with-GOP antics in the NC House in the late 80s to his finally choosing to personally argue a wildly anti-progressive case to argue at the US Supreme Court in 2011 (which he lost) -- shows that you fall into the first category.