Say what you will –Bill Franklin isn’t a pushover or a yes man. He speaks his mind – and if something is wrong with the Democratic Party – Bill points it out.
Over the past ten years, Franklin has served at the local and State level—and he’s seen it all: the good and the bad.
But, in my opinion, that’s not a reason to vote for Franklin as a District Party Chair. There are many good Democrats who have worked hard for the Party—most never get recognized or even thanked for that matter: they do it quietly and behind the scenes.
Bill would get my vote because he’s a fighter and he stands up for what he believes is right. He’s got the guts to make the stand—and that’s good enough for me.
We need Bill Franklin for another reason also: we need to show the Democratic Party in North Carolina is really inclusive.
There—I said it. Our Party likes to “pretend” we’re a big tent and all are welcomed but the simple fact is that just isn’t the truth.
The LGBT population in North Carolina is less than 4% but collectively they control close to 40% of the NCDP. That not inclusion – that’s pandering.
Senior citizens vote in large numbers in North Carolina – but they’ll have only 9 seats going to the DNC from this State.
And, while we’re at it—apparently someone forgot to tell the the NCDP we have Hispanics in the Tarheel State—the NCDP is only sending 5 to represent that segment of our population.
But, we don’t need to fill every elected NCDP seat with YDs (some with agendas I won’t address here) or LGBT members just to prove the point that we’re not anti-gay.
Franklin is qualified and he knows how to run an organization. More importantly, he knows how to work with people—but he’s not going to let others run over him either—which in this environment is a good quality to have.
There was a rumor floating around last week that if Bill Franklin ran for Chair and won – a donor (who I won’t mention) would stop giving to the district and the candidates.
As far as I’m concerned that’s a major reason to elect him right there. This pay to play politics has gotten completely out of control and the elected officials we have in the Legislature are scared to put an end to it.
We need Bill Franklin in our corner because frankly I’m tired of all the pussies we’ve elected so far.