Friday, January 21, 2011

Just End It Already

Rodney Glassman and Andrei Cherny Fight to Lead Arizona Democrats

Only two months removed from an electoral defeat that threw the party into a melancholic limbo, Arizona Democrats are bitterly divided. Over several weeks, the race for state chair has become quite contentious. (It got particularly ugly over the last couple of days.) While our state committee members continue to divide themselves into pro-Andrei and pro-Rodney camps before tomorrow’s planned vote, the feeling that we are at each other’s throat is palpable. Thank god that this will all be over tomorrow, right? Maybe.

It has been suggested that we postpone the election another month. I think nothing could be worse. I understand the reluctance to put the party through a tough reorganization in this time of tragedy, but extending this fight will only hurt us more in the long run. As a new state committee person I must say this rancorous infighting is something of a turn off, and as a new district chair I’m seeing firsthand the toxic effect it’s having on the party down to the most fundamental level. Something has to be done, and it isn’t more delay and more politicking.

This fight needs to end, and it needs to end tomorrow. Our state is in serious jeopardy, and instead of fighting each other, we should be unified in our opposition to our legislature’s pander-before-policy culture. Another month of this intra-party melee won’t benefit anyone except Republicans, and we Democrats entertain this idea of postponement at our party's, and our state’s peril.

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