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  •  Didn't know he was running? (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope for your sakes that Paul Eckerstrom has some organizational skills to go along with his progressive credentials.

    Sometimes party leadership is chosen for political reasons, whereas what is needed is organizational skills.  

    Both is fine, but you can always find a state official to spout the party line just as long as the people doing the organizing for the party are skilled at it.

    "I do think it is kind of sad when everybody who owns a laptop thinks they are Thomas Paine" Redlief take on Helen Thomas, 2008

    by redlief on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 09:52:40 AM PST

    •  Agreed! (2+ / 0-)
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      Disillusioned, Very Plaid

      But the key is for the new Chair to realize he or she may be lacking in organizational skills and hire an executive director to run the party who has strong organizational skills - this is imperative.  And Eckerstom's supporters who got him elected need to INSIST he hire someone with the skill-set to build the party.  

      In a lot of states with Democratic governors, the governor puts in place as executive director, sopmeone who is loyal to him - and this is a HUGE mistake because the new ED is not looking out for what is best for the PARTY, that is secondary to what is best for the governor.

      Eckerstrom needs to hire an organizational expert with management and funraising skills and who has NO TIES to politicians in the state - the ED needs to be loyal to the new Chair, and those who got elected need to hold him accountable - basically a system of checks and balances with the grass-roots holding his feet to the fire.  

      Remember - power corrupts, absolutely, so do not give Eckerstom a blank check - stay involved and monitor to what is going on.

    •  It is not like he's a newcomer (1+ / 0-)
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      He cast the county chair of Pima County after all-which is the second most populous county in the state (or was when I lived there).

      Before you win, you have to fight. Come fight along with us at TexasKaos.

      by boadicea on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 10:58:30 AM PST

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