Actions speak louder

Outnumbered by Republicans, North Carolina's Watauga County Democratic Party swept the ticket in 2006. Watauga was the only 5th-district county where Roger Sharpe defeated incumbent Representative Virginia Foxx. The irony: Representative Foxx calls Watauga home.

County Chair Diane Tilson attributes her party's success to many things. But she is most proud, not of their victories at the polls, but of their efforts to improve their community. Click on the one-minute video below to hear her explain how she wants her party's actions to speak louder than words:

Democrats started winning in Watauga several years before Diane got involved. According to her, the party had been developing organizational methods that work. But, most of all, Diane says, "They had amassed a wonderful group of volunteers."

What does she personally bring to the table? "I'm organized. I'm a part of a lot of the committees. I'm a real hands-on person . . . I'm a worker bee and that translates well to leadership." Most of all, she emphasizes the importance of listening as well as keeping people in the loop. "I try to be a good communicator . . . people are more willing to be involved in an organization when they feel like they are a part of it."

Click on the two-minute video below to hear Diane talk about how Watauga's Democrats win:

Before 2000, when a friend asked for her help, Diane's political history consisted of a a consistent voting history, and a short stint with the Young Democrats of Rowan County in the 70s. But once she got asked to help a candidate, she said, "You know what happens if you become involved in an organization and you're willing to work."

All that work, as well as her commitment to detail, keep her away from her family and the small construction business she runs with her son and her husband, Joe. What keeps her at it, she says, is her desire to "help make changes that I think need to happen."

In the shorter clip below, she talks about her slightly unconventional political history:

"Politics should always be local. Things that really matter to me and things that really matter to Watauga County . . . need to be handled by people who care about the county."

Watauga County Democratic Party

Comments

This is awesome

It's going up on the front page today, right? This woman is strong and inspiring!

Diiiiiiiiane!!!!

WOOOHOOO! This is incredible!

I'd like to make the case that Watauga County has to be considered among the leading County parties in the entire south.

We switched the Couty Commission from 0-5 against us to 5-0 FOR us, in JUST TWO YEARS. We swept out Republican incumbency in our state house and state Senate seats (despite a heavily funded Foxx-sponsored wingnut crashing into the Republican ranks), giving them to Democrats.

We installed a new sherriff in 2006, even over well-known Republican Mark Shook.

We beat Virginia Foxx by 1000 votes IN HER HOME COUNTY, and held her as an incumbent to even less% of the vote than she got in 2004.

This is because of the hardwork of people like Diane and others who were sick of Republicans fucking with our mountains and treating the people of the high country like we were all right-wing extremists. And its exactly why Virginia Foxx is goingto be in for the fight of her life in 2008, as 5th district Democrats continue to organize and defend themselves against crazy whacked out bitches like Foxx.

Yay Diane! :)
peace,
JW

Diane Tilson is beautiful

Inside and out. DQ, thanks for bringing us her story. This is leadership.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

We need

someone to do a full write up on the whole story of this county. put it in the democratic party manual. put in the kospedia. put it everywhere.

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"Keep the Faith"

I'm on that story

for a month or two from now.

Last week, I just started this interview as one of a five-part series on the chairs of the most successful dem counties in WNC, but my next thing was to go after the Williamsons, Loretta Clawson, Marjorie Holder and her husband, Larry (sorry, his last name's escaped me) and the rest of that amazing gang that turned that place around.

But if someone else wants to do it, don't let me stop you. But Do let me do some video!
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

my heros list

Larry's last name is Turnbow

Thanks, jw

Hey, we never did get that Drinking Liberally started. Of course, Boone doesn't need it!
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

wow

DQ, this lady is awesome, inspiring and so clear and simple!! Thank you so much for bringing us this interview. This will get people moving. All it takes is one person leading a group of good people to make a path and prove that it can be done.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I hope it does get some counties going

There are many who are discouraged because they are outnumbered and I hope this inspires them. But the sad thing is that the counties that aren't outnumbered take it for granted.

When they are in a congressional district represented by someone as awful as Foxx or McHenry or Hayes or needing to defend an incumbent like Shuler, I sure hope these majority Democratic counties see this and start working at least half as hard as a county like Watauga.

 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

Sorry DQ, can't watch while at work

I look forward to watching when I get home, I know it's another great one by all the comments.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Oh, you'll love Diane. She's great

What I liked about the interview was how little I had to edit! Diane said it all and said it well

And what doesn't show at all (even in the clips I didn't use) is how ambushed she was. She thought I was just meeting her to have her picture taken to go with a written story!

Kudos to SD for encouraging me to ask for the video.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

Not me.....we all wanted video!

Some things might not come across well in video, but these interviews....... I don't care how good a writer you are, a written article would not be as powerful as this woman speaking in her own words from her heart.

Seriously, great job, DQ. Please let Diane know how much we enjoyed her interview.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

I sent her the link

So, I hope she's reading all of this right now. (Hi Diane, what do you think?)

I do love ALL of the interviews I've been doing. I am just amazed at how well people's feelings and personalities are coming across, even thought they are often uncomfortable at first.

But, as soon as I started recording Diane yesterday, I could see that these would be ten times better than anything I could write. No question.

But, I wasn't sure people would all agree to be taped. Plus, it's so much easier to interview by phone . . .

I'm wondering if it's that my small still camera doesn't intimidate like the big black holes of a regular TV camera . . .
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

Obviously some folks aren't going to like even being photographe

I think the video will take time to catch on - not with the viewers, but with the subjects. You get what you can get. You are a skilled writer, so you will do justice to an interview. The video is just very powerful.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

and you said

no one respects video blogs. hmph

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Hey I'm a complainer

I'm in good company, no?
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

And you are good company

Yes?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Momo, you are waaaayyyy too nice to me

That's why I love you. What's the emoticon for a kiss?
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

".< maybe....

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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kiss

emoticon for a kiss: :-)* (nose optional)
often accompanied by a wink ;-)

I am proud to be able to call Diane a friend.

Thanks for logging on, Stumpy!

Please come back and comment or post!

But I have to say that the emoticon looks like a dog with his tongue hanging out. Surely there's something better. :-@ Okay, that looks like a booooo.

Does anyone know how on a (stupid) PC to get the alternate keyboard that would be the "options" key on a Mac. Lance? Lance? I need you, Lance!
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

DQ, you should send a link of this

to almost all the Dems on capital hill with a note that this is what a backbone looks like!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

Hey that's an idea

Maybe Mr. DQ can get it on the DNC website. I'll get him on it (after he's completed his many onerous bureaucratic, I mean household duties.:-)
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.