Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Secret handshakes

Tom Ferrick has a wry look at Monday's story about all the "new blood" getting involved in local politics this year (see prev. here) -- that is, a little imaginary letter from the party head welcoming the new blood into the old game. A couple of snippets:
I will not countenance committee people drawing up their own private-label ballots. You must support the party-endorsed candidate, even if it's Attila the Hun. I may wink if your ward leader wants to add or subtract a name or two, but not you. The right to make a little on the side is strictly limited to the cardinals. [In a Catholic Church metaphor.]
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I encourage you to attend the post-May 16 ward meeting where ward leaders are elected. The time, date and place of these meetings are kept secret, but I am sure your ward leader will be happy to tell you where to go.
Heh, indeed. You'd think that some of this stuff was more humorous than it is; nobody but nobody can tell me whether my planned vacation might conflict with the post-election ward committee meeting. Heck, it's three weeks before the election and I have yet to get a copy of the ballot for my Division. Arcane rites indeed...


Blogger Rep. Mark B. Cohen said...

The Democratic Party Rules provide that all elections for wardleader shall take place twenty days after the primary (a Monday), at 8:00 p.m., at either the last meeting place of the ward committee or at some other place designated by the wardleader in a letter to all committee people elected in the primary.

One week after the wardleaders are elected, they elect the Democratic City Chair.

The Democratic State Chair is subsequently elected by a vote of the elected members of the Democratic State Committee.

9:30 PM  
Blogger ACM said...

thanks! that seems simple enough. I guess I don't know where The Rules are kept, but I'm most grateful for the info.

9:46 AM  

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