Thursday, April 7, 2011

Southern Fried Solitude: Or the latest diss from the DGA

I'm all for national, non-profit political committees who charge themselves with the betterment of our Democratic efforts. DNC, DSCC, DCCC, DLCC, DGA - the list goes on and on, right?

We love them when they come charging in, full of energy and fancy DC-based campaign consultants and bags of money in their hands (See Jim Martin's ill-fated 2008 U.S. Senate race in Georgia).

But more often we are left with that sinking, bone-chilling solitude that comes with being Democrats in the Deep South. Yes, the DCCC technically played in an Alabama congressional race last year and won, but that was really just a multi-candidate Democratic primary to replace Artur Davis. We ARE stoked about newly minted Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL 7). But if Martin and Sewell are all we can think of....

Fast forward to Wednesday's email from Democratic Governor Association ED Colm O'Comartun, who wrote: "With two critical races for governor coming up later this year in West Virginia and Kentucky, we really need early support from people like you."

Sounds harmless enough, right? Democrats - check. Fundraising email - check. Unless you're a Cotton Patch Politics reader and you KNOW we also have major up and down the ballot races in the Deep South - Louisiana and Mississippi. This year. THIS YEAR. They should be on the top of every PAC's "pay attention" list.

We also know that potential Louisiana Democratic gubernatorial candidates like Caroline Fayard JUST met with the DGA.

So, if you're Fayard, who is possibly offering herself up as a gubernatorial candidate in Louisiana, what must your reaction be to not being on the DGA's list? But more importantly, if you're a Democratic donor in Louisiana or Mississippi, what must your reaction be to an email solicitation that once again doesn't even mention your state?

"Yes, we're happy to take your money, Ms. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina donor, but oh, no, we can't possibly actually give your state any attention or any money," they seem to say. Yet again.

I come from a place where there is Spanish Moss and shrimp boats and pelicans and the air is so thick you can chew it. I come from a place where every hard working person was a Democrat and damn proud of it. I also come from a place where we recognize one-way relationships, and we aren't terribly fond of them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Amen! Add to the list the progressive folks who bombard me daily with 'you haven't renewed your membership' mailings. I don't think these orgs will get to work in the south until we demand it. I love the Institute for Southern Studies, they are- (wow!) working in our region. If I'm gonna promote or help fund (I wish!) a think tank, I'll put my bucks into one that's thinking about me, and my issues, here at home. Like the GBPI!

Madelyn Clare