Johnny, even when high-level members of your party plead guilty to felony crimes, you're still trying to blame unions and their members' desire to earn a decent wage for their work for the problems in Monroe County! Unbelievable. Working folks wanting to feed their kids is a crime, actually committing a crime isn't a crime.
City - I know the image is offensive, but I think you have to include it with stories like this so commentators can't get away with saying "Oh, it's just a picture of an African-American child, how is that racist," etc. You need to show that it is a warped caricature straight out of historic racist iconography!
I showed up not knowing a single person in Monroe County in Fall of 2012, worked hard with Democratic candidates and have found myself on the staff of State Senator Ted O'Brien and, currently, the County Legislature, as well as being a trusted presence and go-to guy at Democratic Headquarters.
I can only speak for myself, but I have not experienced one iota of this "suspicion and fear" outsiders are supposedly treated with. Likewise, on any campaign I have been even marginally involved with, those who are willing to work are welcomed with open arms.
I felt compelled to share my experience because I do not want interested progressives to be turned off from the local Democratic Party. Those who show up and are willing to work are quickly entrusted with increasing responsibilities. Like any organization, you have to be willing to start out doing some of the muck work. And in an almost all-volunteer operation, that never goes away. Elected officials and their top staff are out there making phone calls, walking door to door, passing out literature, and giving rides to polls almost as much as volunteers.
I can't speak to how people were treated during the Dean campaign more than 11 years ago, as I was still in high school. But in the Monroe County Democratic party of today, I welcome all Dems to come on in, the water's fine!
Michael - agree it's a shame Richmond's isn't on there, but much like "real" elections in the city, a lot of the contest is in the primary, not the general!
Elaine Spaull's family is investing money in downtown and fixing up a vacant building, bringing new housing and vitality to our historic city center!? This is shocking news. Someone whose relatives would do such a terrible, evil thing clearly shouldn't be in office.
I believe Sandy is the first candidate or elected official in Monroe County to address our summer of violence directly with policy proposals and suggestions. This is the kind of leadership we need.
Bravo for trying to get college students off of campus and involved with the wider community!
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