Understanding the roles various democratic political entities in elections
Many NC Democrats think that the NCDP runs all elections in North Carolina. Historically, the election responsibilities have been divided as follows:
1.) The NC House and Senate Caucuses recruit candidates for their districts, develop the election strategy, hire the political campaign consultants and raise funds to get them elected;
2.) The NC Democratic Party responsibility is to work principally for the election of the President and US Senators;
3.) Political campaign consults, like lawyers are in the business to make money and like some lawyers, they may take hopeless cases as long as the money is there;
4.) There may or may not be coordination of activities between these four entities.
I have been repeatedly told this is how election have been done by Democrats in NC by my members of the General Assembly. I don't doubt that they are correct.
I would submit for your consideration that this division of election responsibilities is dysfunction especially in an era where Democrats no longer control all branches of state government. When in power, raising funds may be divided as we have traditionally seen. However, when out of power the game changes and in my view the focus needs to change to a model set by Obama for American and become a grass roots organization led by the NCDP that develops a consistent message and a political strategy, which is data driven and can turn out the vote to maximize the gifts given to us by the Republican far right wing General Assembly and a totally incompetent Republican Governor.
Running elections in the traditional NC manner described above will in 2014 give us the same results as we got in 2010 and 2012. We should all remember the classic definition of insanity, that is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result!
There are many political groups who have their egos as well as economic interests in keeping the failed organization of the past in place but if we are going win it will take a new model. These vested interests have spend much time and effort protecting themselves this past year, much to the detriment of our party. It is past time to implement a Obama for America grassroots political organization led by the NCDP. It may be too late for 2014, but must be done, in order to return to power and repair the damage done to eduction, elections, human rights and to reputation of place of leadership North Carolina in the region and the nation.