Former Texas State Democratic Party Chair Molly Beth Malcolm is contemplating a run for DNC Chair.
Malcolm is the first woman to consider the job to succeed Terry McAuliffe, who plans to step down next year. Nearly 450 DNC members will vote in February on the high-profile job that carries even more political importance with Republicans controlling the White House and Congress.
A petition to draft Malcolm was circulated last weekend at a meeting of state Democratic Party chairs in Florida. Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, a potential candidate for the DNC job, noted during the session the lack of women candidates for the post.
In a telephone interview, Malcolm said the petition drive surprised her but added that the party has been losing ground with women and needs to put them "in a substantive role, not just a speaker's role."
Among the potential DNC candidates are former presidential candidate Howard Dean, defeated Rep. Martin Frost of Texas, former Clinton adviser Harold Ickes and party activist Donnie Fowler. Former Indiana Rep. Tim Roemer said Tuesday that he is considering whether to join the race.
Malcolm, a Republican-turned-Democrat, served as the party's Texas chairwoman from 1998 to 2003.
I suppose the fact that I don't know any of this is damning in and of itself, though in her defense, the state party chair isn't particularly visible. My point here is simply that the Texas Democratic Party has been very much on the skids for the last ten years, and four of those were with MBM in charge. What did she do to slow or reverse that decline, and in what ways are we better off now than we were before she took over? Like I said, I don't know.
This is not to say that she doesn't have anything going for her. Being a woman, a Texan, and a former Republican means she ought to have some appeal to constituencies that could use some attention paid to them. All well and good, but what else you got? This can't be about who you are. It's got to be about what you can do.
UPDATE: Greg is thinking along the same lines, with an added twist.Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 16, 2004 to Election 2004 | TrackBack