I'm not listing the obnoxious things that offend us about Ted Cruz, Joe Barton, Blake Farenthold and others who feed at the Federal Trough thanks to the Lone Star State. It's about what contributes to getting them elected and what can be done to get them out.
Will Hailer resigned as Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party effective Jan. 1, 2015. His "replacement", Crystal Kay Perkins, was in Fort Worth and Tyler last week. When asked what plans the party has during a Federal Election year to help Democrats recapture U.S. House seats she said that the party has "no plans". She said they are "listening" and "regrouping for 2018."
It was pointed out that the Texas Democratic Party does not have anyone who coordinates or acts as a liaison for Federal Candidates. Asked if that would be rectified we were told: "We aren't going to do that."
One dedicated former Battleground Texas volunteer listening to this finally had enough. She jumped in and told the State Party's Executive Director: "You say you are going to listen to us but you aren't listening. We are telling you that not doing anything is not good enough. You act like you have it already figured out and know what you are going to do and nothing we say matters."
Hearing that the TDP Executive Director said: "Oh no, I'm definitely not saying that. We definitely do not know what we are doing!"
Well, the catfish was good that we were served, but there was not much I heard that was very encouraging. Afterward, I spoke with Crystal Kay Perkins and pointed out that in 2014 most of the Federal Candidates did not even know each other. I told her that it took time to mine the data to get contact information for some of them. Being able to network and help each other would be a start. I said that a meeting between the State Party and those who have already declared for 2016 would be a good move, even a conference call. She said: "Ok, if you pull it together."
From what I heard Saturday, it seems that the down and dirty truth of it is that the State Democratic Party plans to sit on their hands and bemoan the dismal Mid-Term Elections and ignore the Presidential cycle where Democrats are more likely to win than in the mid-terms. (All current Democratic U.S. House members except one were initially elected to office in Presidential election years. Texas has not elected a Democrat to state wide office in a mid-term election for over 2 decades!)
Perkins also stated that her understanding is the DCCC is only planning on trying to recruit for one Texas U.S. House district "because that is all they see as viable."
I heard nothing to indicate that I'm mistaken in my position that a void in leadership and support contributes to handing over U.S. House and Senate Seats to really awful people. Texas has 36 U.S. House seats and now only 11 are occupied by Democrats. Money is collected from Texans and funneled to other states to support their candidates but a U.S. House candidate in Texas does not even get listed on the web site of the DCCC, let alone get other assistance. Few DCCC donors from Texas comprehend that giving to the DCCC probably will not help candidates in Texas compete against GOP incumbents.
I am glad that we moved forward to establish the Texas Federal Blue Seed PAC. I know that many of the GOP incumbents are not that popular with their voters. It should not be necessary to match them dollar for dollar to gain some of these seats. The reality is that starving out good Democratic Challengers because the seats are occupied by Republicans is a strategy which insures that only Republicans win these seats. We must band together and hold those who vote to the detriment of the citizens of this state accountable. We must create whatever legal venues we can to bring good candidates into the public eye, to help them not have to be forever reinventing the wheel. We must give Texans a venue for joining together to raise money which will support other Texans running for Federal Office. Changing the Federal Delegation from Texas is a goal that will benefit people throughout this nation. The stench from Texas does not stay in Texas. The policies they vote on and vote against impact every citizen in the United States. Therefore the Texas Blue Seed PAC will accept donations and members who are U.S. citizens who are registered to vote from all over the United States. Support from the PAC will go to progressives running for Federal offices on the ballot in Texas.
To get out from under the yoke of Republican oppression, we in Texas must do it ourselves. (There may be a few from other states that assist a little, but basically we on the grassroots must do it ourselves.) Leadership is not coming from the State or National Democratic Party. Recently we founded the Texas Federal Blue Seed Political Action Committee. See: http://www.txfedblueseed.com
This PAC is different from most. Instead of waiting to see who is strong enough to win without much help, the mission of the PAC is to seed progressive challenger races for Federal offices on the ballot in Texas. The intent is to raise money and distribute it early in the election cycle instead of watching to determine who is most likely to win without assistance. Most PACs tend to give money to incumbent and those sure to win so that incumbents will keep their doors open after they are elected. There is a niche for this kind of political action committee. Yet, it does not help much in reversing a bad status quo!