Maybe I’m too old for politics. Back in my day a good Democrat would put the Party first.

Back in my day – there were insiders and outsiders.  In the #NCDP, you worked your way up – usually at the precinct level unless you had money or name recognition.   Sometimes, it took years to get to the district level.  It wasn’t magic – if you believed in the ideals of the Democratic Party – you worked your way up to one day become an insider.

It was a vetting process.

I understand things change – and it doesn’t work that way anymore.  And, I understand anyone can be nominated from the floor in the NCDP and win an election.  Keep in mind, that all of these “jobs” are volunteer and I respect anyone who wants to donate their time to help get Democrats elected to political office.

But, we have a problem in the Democratic Party – and it’s a big problem.  And, it’s more than image – it’s a credibility problem.

Somehow – there needs to be a vetting process within the Democratic Party that prevents people with active or pending criminal charges from getting elected to NCDP top positions.

For example, if someone is on probation – the delegates in a district have a right to know that before they vote.  And, if that person also happens to have another pending charge – that violates that probation (or even if it doesn’t) the NCDP should have the ability to step in and do something.

Back in my day – a person with these issues would put the Party first and not run in the first place.  There’s a difference between what’s good for the Party and one’s own self-interest.

We have way too many Democrats who are out for themselves – not thinking far enough ahead to see that their actions not only hurt the Party’s credibility but it also is hurting themselves, in the long run.


About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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