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Petition for new HCDP Chair

I don’t know how I feel about this, but it’s out there so I feel I should say something.

The time has come for new leadership in the Harris County Democratic Party.

After November’s defeat, we should look to new leadership, new ideas and a new strategy to win in November 2012 – because the status quo is no longer good enough.

If you believe that it is time for the resignation of the current Chair, and the election of a new Chair, then sign this petition and let your voice be heard!

On the one hand, I don’t really have any problems with the job Gerry Birnberg has done. This past election wasn’t about anything he did or didn’t do, or could have done, and as far as I can tell Democratic turnout locally wasn’t bad. As such, I’m a little reluctant to call for change without knowing what we’d be getting as a replacement. I can certainly imagine things getting worse post-Birnberg – see Bexar County for an example. There’s basically nothing at this site to indicate who’s behind it or what they have in mind. If that’s my only other option, I’ll stand pat, thanks.

On the other hand, while I like and respect Birnberg, I can certainly understand the sentiment behind wanting to do something different after suffering the losses we took two months ago. Ultimately, the scoreboard is what matters, and if you don’t win you shouldn’t expect to be rewarded, Gary Kubiak notwithstanding. Maybe there’s someone out there who has a surefire plan to finally boost Latino turnout to levels we’d all like to see. I guess I’d just like to know who that person is and what he or she has in mind to do before I get on the bus.

(Side note: Is anyone doing this at the state level? All due respect, but where’s the pressure on Boyd Richie? Just wondering.)

Anyway, since word of this site first came out via Carl Whitmarsh’s email list, a subsequent correspondent noted that he couldn’t find any information about the owner of the domain registration:

In my researching for the contact info I was lead to DomainsByProxy.com of Scottsdale AZ as the official contacts for this “group”. Upon going to their website you quickly learn that it is their business to shield and hide such information from the public. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we should be endorsing or associating with any entity that is purposefully wanting to be secret.

I agree with this. Frankly, the lack of an “About Us” page, or some other introductory information about who these people are and what they have in mind was suspicious enough to raise flags, but by now you should be hearing klaxons going off. My advice is to stay away, and if you want to see a change in HCDP’s leadership then organize your own effort and work to get others on board with you. Campos has more.

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