It seems Will Rogers had it right.
“I’m not a member of any organized political party,” he famously said. “I am a Democrat.”
And he wasn’t even talking about Alabama. Where even the young Democrats are at each other’s throats. For good reason.
Thursday night the executive board of the Alabama Young Democrats voted to suspend the Jefferson County Young Democrats chapter on assorted charges related to endorsing candidates in the primary. A big complaint was “the appearance of impropriety.”
Because it really does appear propriety took a bag of money and lit out for the hills.
Candidates who paid thousands of dollars to officers of the Jefferson County Young Democrats received the group’s endorsement, prompting cries of pay to play. But we’ll get to that, because it is complicated.
It started last week – I wrote about parts of it a couple of days ago – when Jefferson County Young Democrats President Le’Darius Hilliard announced endorsements. Hours later the state organization declared the endorsements invalid because the Young Democrats’ constitution bans endorsements for the primaries.
But it got nasty.