Tuesday, January 4, 2011

TNDP Chair Race: Chip Leads in Endorsements from Executive Committee

There are four candidates running for TNDP Party Chair - Chip Forrester (current chair),  Wade Munday,  Matt Kuhn, and Gordon Ball.  Last night, we had the party debate.  I thought both Chip and Wade did well.  Matt seemed too negative and aggressive to me.  His tone was intimidating.

 I like that Wade has worked for Boston Children's Hospital, as a fundraiser.  This is a noble and important thing to do, one has to have an enormous amount of empathy and a big heart to do this.  That said, it is much easier to get donations for a well recognized children's hospital that is on the forefront of research, than it is to get Democratic party donations in Tennessee.  The first pulls at your heart and you want to give, plus it is tax deductible.  The latter needs a little more persuading.

I hope Chip and Wade can work together.  I see a bright future for Wade in Tennessee politics.  His age and experience were the main factors against his candidacy.  Both of those things will change and there will be nothing to stand in his way.

As for Chip, my husband and I joined the finance council a year before I even ran for Executive Committee.  We liked that he cared enough to call and visit us.  We were treated with dignity and not as just a Democratic Party checkbook.  Whether one gives the party $5 bucks or $28,000, all deserve respect and their voices heard.  Chip has done this.  I proudly endorse him for Party Chair.  Here is the letter I received a short while ago, I snipped off the end of it, just gave the important parts.

Dear State Executive Committee Members:

I am honored and proud to have the support of the Executive Committee members listed below.  In addition to these public supporters, I have 4 additional members of the Executive Committee who have pledged to vote for me on January 8th but have asked their names not be publicized until the election on Saturday.  I am deeply honored to have these 42 members of the Executive Committee’s support for my reelection.

Executive Committee Members Endorsement List:
Mike Hampton, District 1; Linda & Bruce Dotson, District 2;  Richard Dawson, District 5; Sylvia & Harold Woods, District 6; Barbara Wagner & Dan Lawson, District 8; Sally Love, District 9; Chantelle Roberson and Chris Anderson, District 10; Sandra Lusk & Terry Lee, District 11; Guy Derryberry, District 13; Dr. Geeta McMillan & Dennis Gregg, District 15; Kristen Cullen District 16; Mary Patterson & David Harper, District 17; Jeanette Jackson & Bill Bassett, District 18; Inez Crutchfield & Jerry Maynard, District 19; Angelia Cannon, District 20;  Kim Smith & Keith Jackson, District 22;  Elisa Parker & Jonathan Faill, District 23;  Paige Burcham-Carlton, District 24;  Martha Shepard &  Richard Dunavant, District 25;  Mike Kiddy, District 26; Gale Jones Carson & Jay Bailey, District 28;  Joyce Adams, District 29;  Hazel Moore, District 33;  Ex-Officio Members: Sonja Fox, President, Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women; Rep. Mike Turner, House Democratic Caucus Chair

This letter is in direct conflict with Doug Horne's.  Mr. Horne's letter is below and I have put in bold a couple of notable things that rubbed me the wrong way.  His tone turned me off completely.  

Good morning Democrats!!

Hope all is as well as possible and you enjoyed the holidays. We look forward to seeing you this friday and saturday for the TNDP meetings. 

Matt Kuhn is having a reception from 7:00-9:00 pm on friday evening at the Pinnacle room atop the Sheraton Hotel on Union St,  a block from the party offices. You are most certainly invited, come and enjoy the party!!

It looks like Matt has the votes to win the Chairman race. With Justin Walling endorsing Matt and casting his votes to him and I think Wade Munday will do the same thing before the vote on saturday afternoon, Matt Kuhn will be the next Chair of the party, with your vote and your help.  

I sure think this is good; because the house caucus chair Representative Mike Turner and senate caucus chair Senator Lowe Finney, most all bigger donors to the party and 6 ex Chairs of the party(including me), Governor Bredesen, Congressman Cooper, Tanner, Davis, Gordon and Congressman Clement and most all elected democratic candidates and certainly the defeated candidates( 15 in the house and senate) want a new face, a fresh start as our TNDP Chairman on Jan 8th. 

Also we are out of money in the party and the major contributors tell us they are not going to contribute to the party funds, if we don't have a new Chair. 

I look forward to seeing you on friday evening at Matt Kuhn's reception atop the Sheraton and on saturday for the Chair vote. 

Be safe in your travels to Nashville. Let's start a new chapter in our Tennessee Democratic Party, that is well funded and do something different and be bold and courageous and "Elect Democrats for a Change!!! "

Doug Horne
Past Chair of the TNDP
Knoxville businessman.

1 comment:

  1. For what it's worth, Sandy, I agree wholeheartedly with what you said about Chip including everyone regardless of monetary contribution size. Participation matters, and some of the biggest "contributors" do so in ways other than financial. As Wade Munday said in an email I read earlier today (can't remember where I saw it), money follows mission.

    I think Wade and Matt both need a place at whatever table we have going forward. Their contributions are important, and I'm glad they have given Tennesseans a choice.

    Wade wrote me today with what I thought was a succinct and compelling case for investing in Democratic Party success: "As a Democrat I believe our promise to Tennesseans is quite clear: When we see suffering we alleviate it. When we see injustice we correct it. Tennesseans are suffering in this economy and we need to be there for them regardless of whether or not we are in the majority."