Via Ed Cone's blog wordup:
Many years ago, when I joined the American Legislative Exchange Council it was a nonpartisan group which provided a forum for legislators to discuss issues. However, I agree with the many others who have recently left ALEC. In recent years ALEC has become too partisan. Because of that, I am announcing my resignation from ALEC.
It's a step in the right direction, but I'm not sure I'm ready to classify it as a "dealmaker". The timing suggests it was a "reaction" to the negative perceptions of others, as opposed to a "proactive" move based on personal convictions. Which is not to say Vaughan doesn't have said convictions, but I'd rather not have to wonder. And in answer to Senator Doug Berger's admonishment of my opinion:
If we engage in intercenine warfare over this chairmanship, we will seriously imperil our abilty to win the elections this year. Distorting Don Vaughan’s record to suggest he isn’t a solid Democrat is not only patently unfair, it is politically unwise for the health of the party and the relationship between its members. Don Vaughan’s whole record should be evaluated before a judgement is made about his abilty to lead our Party during this crisis.
Affiliation with organizations is (one of) the indicators of an individual's ideological bent. And it is by no means a "distortion" of somebody's record to point that out.
What you view as internecine warfare, I view as a completely open and information-inclusive search for the best candidate for the job. If you would have us brush aside possible problems with a candidate's judgment, simply because you'd prefer unity over dissension, I'm not sure the health of the Party would be better for it. Sounds more like faith-healing than results-oriented medical practice.