To the Dayton Area Stonewall Democrats

Dear Stonewall Democrats,
Thank you for writing to tell me that based on your last meeting, you will not endorse me.
I’m sure that without your political muscle, my campaign is doomed.
There are three seats open on the Dayton City Commission.
Of the three, two voted for the anti-discrimination law, Nan Whaley and Rhine McLin.
Joey Williams abstained. My commentary at the time was pretty clear:
News Flash: Spineless species of man discovered.

So, by not endorsing me, the Stonewall Dems- more like hedgerow Dems if you ask me, must be either endorsing Williams, or being as spineless as he was- and abstaining from making a stand.

It was so nice for you to say “we hope you remain active in our Dayton community, and continue to show support for Dayton and Miami Valley LGBT citizens.”

However, from here on out, thanks to your spinelessness,  you’ve lost any credibility with me.


David Esrati

The group is run by Tony Ballis, who used to be the executive director of the Montgomery County Democratic Party. This means he’s already perfectly OK with the party’s methodology of endorsing in private and excluding people who refuse to play the party way.

If you consider yourself eligible to be a member of this organization- feel free to write him and ask why they aren’t endorsing me?

Here’s his e-mail: [email protected] Tell him Esrati sent you.

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9 Responses

  1. Larkin August 22, 2009 / 1:12 pm
    David, ease up on the name-calling, my friend. No matter that it may be accurate or even justified, in the end it doesn’t further your argument and only makes people set their heels.  
    A letter expressing your disappointment that they would support a candidate who does not support them might have  been more persuasive. 
  2. David Esrati August 22, 2009 / 1:27 pm


    Sure a nice namby pamby letter of disappointment would be sweet. But, then no one would be talking about it.

    Remember- I’m running against a $100K machine (Whaley McLin)- and if people don’t get engaged, we’ll just end up with more of the same.

    When I wrote the post calling Williams and Lovelace spineless- I was going way out on a political limb according to most. And that’s the difference between me and the rest of these politicians. I’m not afraid to say what I think, or what I think is in the best interest of the community.

    Apparently, the Stonewall Dems are more worried about the party- than about their issues.

  3. richard burks August 22, 2009 / 2:01 pm
    I am not surprised that this fringe Democratic Group would not support David Esarti’s campaign for dayton City Council. I did not capitalize dayton city on purpose because of the state of local democratic politics. As a life long Democrat, I will not be supporting the current Mayor or the two commissioners running for re-election. I feel that for there to be effective change in Kettering where I reside there has to be a major overhaul of the current political landscape in Dayton. As long as Tammney Hall politics continue to plague Dayton’s City Hall, we will continue to be on lists of America’s top eroding cities.
    Having joined DAYTON CITIZENS FOR CHANGE, it has been enlightening to hear about changes for the future and what Dayton could be and not settle were the Dayton Administration has put it’s citizens.
    I will actively working for Gary Leitzel’s campaign to become Mayor of the City of Dayton and bring respectability back to the city.
  4. David Esrati August 22, 2009 / 2:07 pm

    @Richard- I hope you’ll be working on my campaign as well :-)

    It takes 3 votes to change anything in City Hall.

    And, Tammany Hall is a perfect description of what we have going in Dayton. We need to replace the machine.

  5. Ice Bandit August 22, 2009 / 6:05 pm
    Well Dave, dunno’ about you, but if the Old Bandito were running for office, I’d have my lawyer fire off a letter to the Stonewall Democrats threatening legal action if they did endorse me. Looked at their web site thru the link you provided and it looked like the Loony-Left All Stars. You know, the ones who have overreached and are going to feel the wrath of the electorate any time now. Gut feeling, but the Old Bandito isn’t sure how valuable their endorsement would be………
  6. Gene August 22, 2009 / 7:36 pm
    Why is this group important? Only eight live in Dayton, a total of 17 members. Seems to me a local bar would give you a better chance of gaining meaningful votes.

    Go to the gay bars downtown. Get their backing and votes.

  7. David Esrati August 22, 2009 / 9:40 pm

    There are a few more than 18-

    but, seeing as they are a subgroup of the Montgomery County dems- who also have no clue on how to run a website, they use the Democrats for America site.

    I’m not worried about their endorsement. The only endorsement I need is to come in 2nd or better in the election. I’ve already received pledges of money today from some Stonewallers who actually have some stones.

  8. Larkin August 22, 2009 / 9:46 pm
    Dear David,
    There is a wide, wide sea between “namby-pamby” and name-calling.  
    Your strength of a conviction is an admirable thing . . . but you remind me of similarly passionate man who was elected to the city commission in my former home town. He had great ideas, but none of them ever got off the ground because he alienated everyone he had to persuade, and he was defeated by a huge margin in a subsequent election, and every time he ran for office thereafter. That man is intelligent, forceful, innovative  . . . but he didn’t play well with others, and so he failed in his position in city government and he failed those who supported him. 
    Finally you have to ask yourself which is more important — doing it your way, or getting the job done. They’re not the same thing. 
    Know that I’m in your corner, but I wouldn’t be a much of a friend if I didn’t gently chastise you when I thought you were going down the wrong path, “namby-pamby” as that may be. 
    Canvassing the gay bars is an excellent idea. 
  9. Roger August 24, 2009 / 2:54 pm
    The passive-aggressive political candidate. You know folks are going to jump on that bandwagon.

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