Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Let's talk about what we can do to help take control away from the GOP

A lot of people look at the Tennessee Democratic Party and ask, why aren't they doing more to turn the electoral tide back in our direction.  First, of all, they really don't know how, because they have been the party of power for so long that they have no clue how to raise money other than to stick out their hands at lobbyists.

When the GOP is in control and the lobbyists don't need you anymore, and you really don't know how to do grassroots organizing, because you really haven't had to do so, you get kind of lost.  Chip Forrester tried, but never really got anything going, though he had a good staff.  Roy Herron has dedicated staff, but isn't really raising money these days, other than to sell tickets for Jackson Day.

So, what do we do?  Well, start by getting involved in your County Party, if possible.  If you look up your county and see there is no real party apparatus there, contact the County Chairs Association to see how you can get involved in your county.

In Shelby County, we have a good young chair in Bryan Carson, and he is building an organization and if you live here, he could use your help.  Come out on August 27 to Spaghetti Warehouse from 7-9 PM and meet the Executive Committee.  Yes, there will be a $20 donation, because they are going to need big bucks to run their August and November GET OUT THE VOTE drives in 2014.

I am going to have more later about the countywide races.  I hope to see you on August 27.


sbanbury said...

Personally, I'm going to spend next year creating as much illuminating comedy and spectacle as I can around the idiocy emanating from the far right. If some good candidates step up, they may take advantage of it. I can't afford $20 for a spaghetti dinner :-(

Unknown said...

I'll support the Democrats when they support me. In 04--06 it was Democrats who controlled the Legislature and passed by 2/3 the Amendment which made gay people inferior third class citizens.
I have yet to hear ANY Tennessee elected State official offer any hint of repealing this vile act.

I'll keep voting Green. They can't win but at least they aren't closet Republicans.

Steve Steffens said...

I understand that completely. The good news is most of those Democrats were beaten by Republicans even further to the right of them, so hopefully Democrats will learn that if people want to vote for conservatives, they won't vote for Democrats and we can move back to the left.