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    The ADC and ADP are separate as you are aware and I think you are right to view them that way.  Again, the party released a statement which pretty clearly asked Democrats not to vote for Darby.  Here's a relevant portion...

    The views he espouses were not known to party officials at the time of his qualification for the office and no formal challenge was made within the time frame set by our bylaws. The Alabama Democratic Party respects the free speech of our candidates to the fullest extent possible; however, his views and associations are absolutely not consistent with the principles and values of the Alabama Democratic Party and are offensive, dangerous and bring into question whether he should remain on our ballot.

    After full due diligence on the party’s part, our legal counsel has advised us against taking action to remove him from the ballot at this time. Absentee ballots are currently being cast and the ballots for most counties are already printed. The party retains its rights with respect to its own bylaws and the statutes of election law in Alabama to protect its interests and the interests of Alabama voters to the fullest extent in the days ahead on this matter.

    Party Chairman Joe Turnham advises all Democratic primary voters to be aware of Mr. Darby’s comments and to study fully the credentials, qualifications, and statements of all primary candidates before casting a ballot. Democrats voting in the June 6th Primary Election and should know that Mr. Darby’s comments are not reflective of this party, its platform or its principles.

    I agree it's a shame that Darby got as many votes as he did, but in the larger context it's a pretty minor issue.  And I am not sure what more the party could have done given the practical and legal restraints it was facing.  

    Not everything that goes wrong in the Dem party can be blamed on the state or national party.

    •  How about this (0+ / 0-)

      "It has come to our attention that Larry Darby, candidate for attorney general in the upcoming Democratic Party, is a loathsome racist and a hate-mongerer.

      He wants to station troops along interstate highways leading into Alabama and search cars for illegal aliens.

      He is a disgrace to all those who suffered and died to bring about equality and justice in Alabama.

      He even looks like Lester Maddux.

      We disavow Larry Darby and everything he stands for. We urge all Democrats to support John Tyson for attorney general"

      Signed,
      The Alabama Democratic Party

      Wouldn't that have looked good in full-page ads across the state?

      Worried that Darby the lawyer might sue? Let him. I can think of quite a few lawyers who would take that case pro bono.

      And as far as the ADC is concerned, yes it is separate from the party, but Joe Reed not only heads the ADC, he's also vice chairman of the state party. And his influence was quite evident on Saturday.

      This and his attempted hijacking of the District 54 vote, indicates to me that Joe Reed needs to go.

      Two days before the primary, Joe Reed, the chairman for the Alabama Democratic Conference, said that the caucus was not endorsing Tyson because of how he prosecuted David Thomas Jr., a black former Mobile County school board member. Thomas was ousted from his board position May 4 after Tyson's office brought impeachment charges against him for using school funds to buy Mardi Gras beads.

      Non mi placent, O Pincerna. Virent Ova! Viret Perna!

      by quaoar on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 09:08:19 PM PDT

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        I think your makes some sense.  But it does seem to me that leaves the party open to being sued for tortious interference and giving Darby a larger soapbox for a longer period of time.  And of coure it's not impossible a judge could rule that Tyson be removed from the ballot or force a re-run of the primary, if the party would have removed Darby or been seen as advocating for Tyson.

        And taking ads out around the state is a great idea, but using that money to run up the score on Darby just means there'd be less money to use to beat Republicans.

        Agree to disagree, I guess, but given all the circumstances I think the ADP did what it could.

        •  Fear of litigation (0+ / 0-)

          is no reason to run from a fight that needs to be fought.

          And giving Darby more attention would have exposed his hateful views to more of the people who probably voted for him because his name appeared first on the ballot. Cockroaches always run from the light.

          And it would have put pressure on Joe Reed and the ADC to endorse Tyson.

          Instead, Darby gets 43.5% of the vote, many of those votes coming from black voters.

          And while full-page ads would have cost a pretty penny, I'd wager they also would have raised quite a bit as well.

          OK. I'm climbing down from my soapbox now. And I do realize this is all easy for me to say since I'm not a party official and I don't have to deal with Joe Reed.

          So I do laud those same party officials for taking a stand against the Grand Dragon Lady, for reinstating Patricia Todd and for the resolution telling Darby he is not welcome in the party.

          Non mi placent, O Pincerna. Virent Ova! Viret Perna!

          by quaoar on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 09:44:31 PM PDT

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          •  Good poits (0+ / 0-)

            You make good points that I don't really disagree with.  Just trying to make sure you and others know that there was a rationale to the decisions that were made visa v Darby.

            And I coulnd't agree more about the outcomes of the SDEC meeting, I think the party rose up and did the right thing even though some forces within the party were pushing a different outcome.  

            I'm active in AL Dem politics, give me an email at my address in my kos profile sometime.  Maybe our paths will cross sooner or later.

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