Although North Carolina is technically still in primary season—congressional races are slated for June 7th—it’s not too early to start thinking about how the North Carolina Democratic Party can rebuild and with whom.
For the first time since the Republicans took over the governor’s mansion and swept a super majority into the state House and Senate, political pundits are saying that Democrats have a very good chance to take back at least some of those Republican gains.
The SEC is tasked with electing a new Chair of the Party in February of 2017.
Some Democrats at the State Executive Council (SEC) level are happy with the way things are—and they don’t want to rock the boat. But, there are other Democrats who feel the opposite—and they are just as passionate in wanting the Party to move forward–in their case, it is to move the Party left of center and rebuild.
Many Democrats, especially progressives, want to restructure the Party from the precinct level up because they feel the Party has grown ineffective by the hands of the “Democratic elite.” This comes on the heels of Bernie Sanders’ campaign in North Carolina—a campaign that some are saying spearheaded a revolution.
If there is a way to keep the NCDP from spitting—or stop it from morphing into two totally separate ideologies that can’t function together—then who can carry the mantle of hope?
A good candidate could very well be the man who came in second in the last election: Marshall Adame.
Adame won 179 SEC votes and took a large part of rural North Carolina. And, he did well in large counties like Mecklenburg and Wake. Considering the fact that Marshall Adame started his campaign less than two months before the election—that’s no small amount of success. Imagine what he could do if he started sooner.
Since that election, Adame has become a powerhouse as Chair of the Hispanic caucus. North Carolina has such a high population of Hispanic voters and Donald Trump has been so negative and insulting to the Latinos—that some NC Republicans have begun tracking Adame and his social media.
Take that, and the fact that Adame has reached out to Hispanic organizations nationwide, it becomes advantageous for Democratic candidates to seek Marshall Adame’s support and advice. Republicans and Democrats both agree (whether they like him or not) that being the Chair of the Hispanic caucus carries a lot of weight in this political cycle.
I can’t say whether Adame has actually considered running for Chair again. Maybe he’s happy doing what he’s doing and doesn’t want the headache of herding Democratic cats.
But, if Adame doesn’t run—then the Party would do well to pick someone like him. Albeit hard to find someone who not only has served the Marine Corp but the United States Diplomatic Corp, as well. Those skillsets are particularly valuable in this political climate.