"There had been chatter that some candidates for the at-large GOP seat saying they couldn’t get lists or that the establishment had the fix in for Rivera. While party leaders, Rs, Ds and Ls have their preferences there’s nothing written down that says a candidate is entitled to anything. Political parties are not democracies nor open government. It behooves them to keep their processes as transparent as possible, but it’s not mandatory and there are consequences if you stray too far off the reservation.
However, I always tell people, if you don’t like like the system, pull a Brian Williams. Get enough of your people together, get organized run at the precinct committeemen level, hopefully win and expand your power base and then make the change you want. It’s hard, it’s tough, it’s a long shot. It’s politics."
Let me do the translation for you: "Yes it is true that Tom John and (Hamilton County resident) David Brooks tried to manipulate the process to get a certain person elected, but hey that is okay because the rules allow it! If you don't like it, get a bunch of people together and do the same thing!"
Gee, I don't know, maybe we wouldn't want to do what John and Brooks are doing because some of us believe in treating hard-working party workers and candidates with decency, respect and fairness? Maybe because some of us believe in honesty and treating others as we would like to be treated? Raoul's comments are a remarkable concession that ToJo never had any intention of allowing the 10 candidates a fair and open election with the rules applying the same to all candidates. The admission by Raoul also highlights the problem with Chairman John's leadership. He clearly does not grasp that the power in a properly functioning political organization flows from the bottom to the top. (Or possibly he simply doesn't care.) When you strip grass roots party workers of their power, you weaken the foundation of the party.
Weakening the party long-term though is not the concern of people like Tom John and David Brooks. They are about exercising their power now and do not care about the future of the Marion County GOP. Thank you Raoul for looking beyond John's BS about fair elections and respecting the power of precinct committeemen. Thank you for telling the truth about what they are doing to my party.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Blogger "Raoul" Defends Rigging of Council At-Large Vacancy Election
Each morning I try to check in with the local apologist for GOP Chairman Tom John's operation of the party, a blogger whose name rhymes somewhat with "Raoul." Raoul is a good buddy of ToJo. Here is, in part, Raoul's take on the vacancy election which culminated Monday night: