New D.C. Wire Feature: Letters to the Editor
We told you today in the Post's Metro section about infighting in the D.C. Democratic Party, with a slate that includes about a dozen Obama volunteers upsetting the apple cart in its bid for seats on the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Now comes some heated reaction from David Meadows, spokesman for the party, who takes offense to the story and suggests in an email to the Post, which he copied to other news outlets, that "the reporting is frankly biased and misleading."
For more about why Meadows thinks this, read his full letter after the jump.
Your latest story titled "DC Party is resistant to change", inaccurately
reflects the position of the DC Democratic Party. The DC Democratic
Party welcomes all Democrats to participate in all levels of our organization. We encourage Democrats young and old to run for seats in our wards and constituency organizations and to qualify as candidates for the elected seats to the DC Democratic State Committee. To clarify, the Party does not participate in challenges to candidates petitions.
You eagerly report on 4 candidate challenges while omitting the fact that nearly 70 candidates went unchallenged. You talk about 2 candidates not being elected as Delegates but fail to mention that over 100 other candidates ran unsuccessfully for the 15 Delegate seats to our National Convention. This kind of reporting is frankly biased and misleading.
Your quotes of current members lead the reader to believe they speak on behalf of the Party while in truth they reflect their own personal opinions. I will not deny that the DC Democratic State Committee has members that have served the Party many years but objective research on your part would have shown that nearly 1/3 are new members of which most were elected after working on the Howard Dean for America campaign of
2004. A more fair and honest report you could have written could be titled "Some Democrats resist Change"
We share and embrace the enthusiasm Sen. Barack Obama has created in democrats across the country and at home and have for months implemented our Neighborhood Leaders Program (DCDemocrats.us) to utilize this electorate to ensure Obama will become our 44th President.
The DC Democratic State Committee with the leadership of Chairman, Anita Bonds is proud that within 18 months we have gone from being over $45,000 in debt to solvency with abundant resources to operate effectivly this election cycle. We are proud of our January Caucus of which 1,000 residents attended. We are proud of the DC Democratic
Convention this past May which had 600 participants and included work shop training and constituency caucus meetings. We are proud that last month we passed the first DC Democratic Platform in 4 years which includes relevant language addressing issues such as the repeal of the DC gun ban and education reform. We are pleased with our rebuilt website (DCDSC.org) which became active this past month which will enable needed stronger communication along with our new YOUTUBE.com account (DC
Democrats) where we will be posting meetings and events. The DC Democratic Party still faces its challenges but we are definitely enacting change.
You draw a negative opinion of the DC Democratic Party yet continually requested and plead to join us at our host hotel in Denver. We have secured space for you and I look forward to helping you gain access to as many Delegates as possible.
In closing, I am especially disappointed that you not only chose to misrepresent us in your story on the same day the DC Democratic Party held a protest against John McCain and the Republican Party's plan to privatize Social Security which made news Nationwide but that you did not offer me an opportunity to correct these inaccuracies when you and I spoke the day previous.
This DC Democratic State Committee election is similar to these Olympics where seasoned well trained athletes are greatly awarded and where unknown heroes break forth bringing new talents and ideas. We wouldn't have it any other way.
For future info, Vice Chairman Jeffrey Richard [sic] is not a Lawyer.
Director of Communications
DC Democratic Party
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