So, I get a call from Steve Ross on Friday saying that George Monger had NOT been reappointed to the Shelby County Election Commission by the Democrats in the Shelby County Democratic legislative delegation. Norma Lester, fortunately, was reappointed; in Monger's place was named Anthony Tate, a nice guy as far as I know; however, I knew the technological expertise George Monger had provided the SCEC, as well as being a watchdog that pissed off the Republicans.
Now, campers, that pissed me off, so I sent the following email to my list, after having received one from Joe Weinberg:
First, I from Joe:
I just learned that the Democratic Legislative caucus has not recommended George Monger for reappointment to the Shelby County Election Commission. From my point of view of closely watching the SCEC in action for the last few months, I think this is a terribly unwise decision. The SCEC is dealing with a number of complex issues now, not the least of which is new registration software and new voting machines. George is the only one on the commission who has technology and computer expertise. He has been an invaluable watchdog for Democratic Party interests- indeed for the interests of all voters. I don’t know his successor, but his learning curve will be great and occurring during the transfer going on right now of the information technology function from the SCEC to the County IT Department. So the timing for this change could not be worse. Richard Holden will be unchecked by anyone who can be a technical authority and Mr. Holden clearly is way out of his level of competence when it comes to technology. John Halbert, the head of IT, is an appointee of Mayor Lutrell. I don’t know if he is a neutral technocrat or a partisan advocate. Now we will have no one to challenge his decisions.
Now from ME: Are you serious? What the hell are our folks thinking? Unless George Monger asked NOT to be reappointed, I cannot imagine why he was not. He is very technologically savvy, and if he was a PITA to the GOP on the SCEC, so much the better, they have been nothing but incompetent boobs, and that's assuming POSITIVE intent!
Our Democratic legislators are on this list, and if anyone can explain this action to me and would like me to forward to the list, I will be happy to do so. It better be good.Ok then. I got a call from Rep. Hardaway on Saturday morning, which I appreciated, to give me background on the matter and to make a REALLY good suggestion, which I intend to promote: There will soon be a West Tennessee opening on the STATE Election Commission, as Greg Duckett has decided not to continue, and wouldn't George Monger be a terrific person to have in that slot? Now, I am aware that Van Turner has considered that appointment, and he would be terrific, if this is what he wants to do.
However, who would be a better watchdog for the voter than Monger, who has the time, knowledge, energy and ability to keep the GOP on their toes? If you agree, and I hope that you do, let your Democratic legislators know how you feel:
Senate Democratic Leader, Senator Jim Kyle, 615-741-4167, firstname.lastname@example.org (30)
Senator Ophelia Ford, 615-741-1767, email@example.com (29)
Senator Reginald Tate. 615-741-2509, firstname.lastname@example.org (33)
Representative Joe Towns, Jr., 615-741-2189, email@example.com (84)
Representative Johnnie Turner, 615-741-6954, firstname.lastname@example.org (85)
Representative Barbara Cooper, 615-741-4295, email@example.com (86)
Representative Karen Camper, 615-741-1898, firstname.lastname@example.org (87)
Representative Larry Miller, 615-741-4453, email@example.com (88)
Representative John Deberry 615-741-2239, firstname.lastname@example.org (90)
Speaker Pro Tem Emeritus, Representative Lois Deberry, 615-741-3830, email@example.com (91)
Representative G.A. Hardaway, 615-741-5625, firstname.lastname@example.org (93)
Representative Antonio Parkinson, 615-741-4575, email@example.com (98)
Make the call and email to your legislator, and if you're a Democrat with GOP legislators, let ALL of them know how you feel.
You will be glad you did.