I'm a year or two away from the end of an amazing career in business. Thirty two years of entrepreneurial feast and famine, with partnership playing a critical role in whatever successes we've enjoyed. Without three great partners early on, my life and career would have turned out very differently. Together, we were good enough often enough to come out ahead.
That's what I'm looking for from the North Carolina Democratic Party now that the August SEC meeting is behind us. Here's my advice to the partners who form our leadership team: Robert Dempsey, Patsy Keever, and Randy Voller.
Reach out. The Democratic Party in North Carolina has been fractured. The shortest path to healing is through generosity and engagement. Among leaders inside the party. With caucus leaders and other organizations. With candidates like me. With progressive Democrats. With black Democrats. With gay Democrats. With young Democrats. With old Democrats. With anyone and everyone who is committed to moving forward. This is the time to contact any person you have a problem with and apologize for whatever you can think of to apologize for. It's easy. Just mean it when you say:
I'm sorry I was rude | mean | angry | hurtful | stupid | an ass | a bully | sarcastic | not nice | in the way | complaining | whining | disloyal | whatever. Please forgive me. I am committed to moving forward together.
Remember this. There are a lot of big egos in our polticial room, and far too often, they get in the way of the higher calling. Unless you are a candidate, this is not about you.
Move quickly. We're going to war with the army we have, and the army we have is pretty damn motivated. You three are the top generals. Let's see some marching orders.
Get social. Introverts who can't stand to go to meetings ought to be able to be part of the conversation. With all the talent in our state, the NCDP should set the standard for effective social media engagement. It's not about money, it's about creativity. Let's get wildly inclusive.
Please join me in contributing to the North Carolina Democratic Party today by following this link. Whether you can give five dollars or five thousand dollars, please give something. And if you don't contribute? Don't complain. We have work to do.