Seth Morgan still believes in the people

Seth Morgan, R., Huber Heights, and I don’t agree on much politically- but right now, he’s my hero. When Mary Taylor hooked her political future on the John Kasich for Governor band wagon, it left an opening for State Auditor. Rep. Morgan thought he was qualified to do the job and announced his intention to run.

However, he didn’t genuflect to State Republican Party Chair, Kevin DeWine- who decided for the people that David Yost should be the candidate for Auditor- without a primary.

Horsehockey. It’s not up to the party bosses on who should run, not run- had that been the case Barack Obama wouldn’t be president right now. This asking permission to run in a primary should be banished- in fact, people who stand in the way of letting people run should be charged with obstructing justice. It’s gotten to be status quo in Dayton- where people are actually threatened for running against “the favored ones.” Note- Gary Leitzell didn’t ask permission to run against Mayor McLin either- and look what happened. Had the Democratic party not shooed other Dems away – we may have had two candidates to chose from- and neither named McLin.

DeWine even makes a veiled threat of potential retaliation against Morgan:

“I think Seth could have a bright future in our party if he makes the right decisions,” Kevin DeWine said in an e-mail. “He’s a politically ambitious young man and sometimes that desire to climb the political ladder can make you do things you end up regretting.”

via Rep. Morgan to buck state GOP in race for auditor.

Most voters have no clue about how the parties pick their candidates. I’ve mocked the Montgomery County Democratic Party for years for its selection of their “screening committee” who always asks as a first question “If we don’t endorse you will you still run?”

What happened to the voice of the people?

If you are as disgusted with the lack of candidates and the same old faces running again and again (often unopposed) and are a Democrat- this Thursday (Feb. 18, 2010, at 4pm) is the deadline to put your name on the ballot for Central Committee membership. It requires ZERO signatures- just turn the form in to the Board of Elections and your name will appear on the ballot in your precinct. Currently it’s hard to tell who represents what – since they just cut the number of precincts by about 200– but, if you fill the seat where you live- it’s one less that the party can appoint. You can read more about this on DaytonOS- via Mike Bock: http://daytonos.com/?p=8412

Hopefully- more people will chose to participate- who won’t believe that preventing people from running- or letting voters decide in primaries- so that democratic elections can take place.

Seth Morgan is taking the lead on this- I say we all applaud him for his initiative. Hopefully- the end of the party bosses picking your candidates in back rooms is about to end.

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8 Responses

  1. Jeff of Louisville (than God) February 14, 2010 / 11:13 pm
    If Seth Morgan is a hero to you, you really have lost it. Sorry Esrati, you’ve finally went off the deep emd in your  contrarianism.
  2. David Esrati February 15, 2010 / 6:01 am

    @Jeff- I don’t agree with anything Seth stands for- but in this case- he’s standing up to a political party boss and running. He’s not doing it from the “cover” of a current elected position where he keeps his job- and he’s giving the people of his party a choice.
    That’s more than I can say about most of the people in the party I belong to- who keep trying to tell Jennifer Brunner to go away- and don’t run people against Mike Turner.

  3. jstults February 15, 2010 / 10:15 am

    If we don’t endorse you will you still run?

    So, would you say you’re an Organization Man?
     
    Why are you surprised or concerned that the Party is first and foremost concerned with Party loyalty?  The primary goal of any bureaucracy (organism) is self-perpetuation, anything else that gets accomplished is a possibly useful side-effect.  If the organism’s side-effects bother you, then you should kill it.

  4. Greg Hunter February 15, 2010 / 1:25 pm

    If the organism’s side-effects bother you, then you should kill it.

    Kinda like this line of thought:

    To keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss.

    Bullets are not to be wasted.

  5. jstults February 15, 2010 / 1:31 pm

    Bullets are not to be wasted.

    Certainly not on a political party.

  6. Greg Hunter February 15, 2010 / 4:26 pm

    To keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss.
    Bullets are not to be wasted.

    I have always wondered what Pol Pot was up too?  A range of opinions

  7. jstults February 15, 2010 / 5:35 pm
    Poor old Pol was just tired of all the jokes:

    Q: How many vegans does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: None, vegans can’t change anything.

    He showed them!

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