Two parts, so that I can end on a high note, but I have to spill about the chair race and my senate district's reaction to it. Yes, I understand the exhortation for everyone to pull together, and yes, I think Maxey's concession speech was classy. But there's an issue I want to pull out by its roots and examine.
I said on another post that when I went to the Kickoff on Thursday night, I was told, by someone who saw my Maxey sticker, in a confidential whisper, that Maxey is gay, as if I would then run screaming from the room and shout "How COULD I have ever thought of voting for Maxey! It's RITCHIE FOR ME!". Everyone in my particular county voted for Maxey at the breakout on Friday, and one person from another county told me he believed there was a whisper campaign going on to play to the fears of the deeply religious, ie, he said that some were going around saying that the only reason Maxey wanted to be chair was so that he could push through gay agendas. That night it was disturbing to me to hear Wes Clark talk about inclusiveness for those of different sexual orientation and know that there were some very vocal, and active Dems in my SD that obviously didn't believe that sentiment.
Meanwhile, I had the pleasure of meeting a charming woman from my SD who had just moved here and was a member of the Stonewall Democrats. I asked her what that was, because I had no idea, and she was articulate and personable.
On Saturday, during the vote re-count, a woman from the same SD whispered (but I heard) to another that she turned someone's vote to Ritchie by bringing up Maxey's sexual orientation and snickered about it.
Now. I'm not gay. I'm married. I have kids. But one of the things that has always appealed to me about Democrats is that we are NOT intolerant Republicans. If someone has a different point of view about an issue, we agree to respect that we don't agree but we still show inclusion and tolerance. My biggie is the Iraq War- I don't agree with Chet Edwards-I think it was and is the wrong move to be there, to be in a sovereign country that did not attack us, and even now, like a wife-abuser that, after beating up the wife, is gonna stay there and take up residence in a back room, the US is occupying their country. We ought to get out of there and leave them the heck alone. ('Cept we won't, because we want the oil). But I like him, I respect that he doesn't agree with me, and I would like to see other, more yellow-dog, Dem candidates run in other elections. So, fine to have different points of view, but it is absolutely wrong for anyone that considers him or herself to be a Democrat to try to turn other's votes against a candidate because of sexual orientation-Those are Karl Rove Republican tactics! Otherwise, all the fine words from the podium about inclusion and tolerance are just... crap.
And I also believe that the whole campaigning for Ritchie was not done in a fair, democratic process -Understand that I don't care so adamently that Ritchie won, I don't know if he will do a good job, and had the process been less smarmy, less restrictive, and more democratic, I would have no problem at all with it. But the fact that Ritchie's followers sought to stack the deck, circumvent the process, not follow Robert's Rules and cut off debate... was wrong. And I, today, feel alienated from my Senate District due to the actions of some who acted this way.