Writing on Facebook this morning, State Rep. Patricia Todd delivered quite the indictment of the Alabama Democratic Party's lack of leadership. We stopped hoping for real “leadership” long ago though. The real issue now is their total inability (or unwillingness) to respond to the legislative antics we've witnessed during the past few years.
Yes, the ADP is under-staffed and under-funded. It appears to also be under-motivated.
ADP leaders seem disinclined to engage with the Republicans – perhaps because they're way too busy fighting their fellow Democrats on the SDEC. Refresh your memory on their recent “embarrassing and appalling” behavior.
Here's what Rep. Todd had to say this morning:
Heading to Montgomery for another legislative day. The cigarette tax failed, so they slashed Medicaid. The Republican solution has now fallen apart and my guess is that we will end the special session without a budget.
The Democrats have a perfect opportunity to grow, but we have NO leadership. I haven't talked much about party politics on Facebook, but here is what I think we should do:
1. Retire the current leadership. They refuse to accept that they are part of the problem. If they really care about the party, they would step aside and let new blood take over. I respect their service and accomplishments in the past, but it is a new day. Most folks don't realize that Worley and Reed control the votes on the Executive Committee and the committee members won't stand up to them and vote them out.
2. Bring all voices and opinions together to form a campaign strategy. Groups like the Young Dems, College Dems, women, hispanic, LGBT, business leaders, and others should be welcome.
3. Use social media to recruit and educate voters on the Democratic platform.
4. Train Democrats to be effective activists and candidates.
To Worley and Reed: Thank you for your service, but it is time to retire. You are blind if you can't see the damage you are doing to our party.
There, I said it out loud.
Her voice isn't the first to say that, but here's hoping it's one they will listen to. You never know… stepping down from the SDEC would give Dr. Reed more time to fight with the NEA.