And the resignations from the PWCDC just keep on rolling in. Now it’s the committee chairman, Vic Bras. Will the last person in the PWCDC to leave, please make sure to turn out the lights. Stay tuned to BVBL for continuing updates on the Prince William County Democratic Committee…
As you may know by now, 31st District Circuit Court Judge LeRoy Millette has reappointed Helen Cram as one of our two members to represent the Democratic Party on the three-person Prince William Electoral Board. Judge Millette reappointed Helen at the urging of one of our elected officials and a member of the Dumfries Democratic Committee despite the fact that, for several good reasons, I did not nominate her for reappointment.
Helen’s reappointment is the latest and, for me, must be the last in a long history of manipulations by a clique of people who continue to undermine Party process and Party discipline. Their actions have been and will continue to be detrimental to our ability to organize and execute successful efforts to elect Democrats to public office.
Examples of serious past actions by the manipulators are numerous. However, limiting myself to the matter at hand, I would point out that Helen Cram will now serve at least nine years on the Electoral Board despite Steering Committee objections to her initial appointment and chairmen objections to her subsequent two reappointments.
Attached is a letter I delivered to Judge Millette this morning concerning his reappointment of Helen Cram. The last sentence sums up where the success of our shadow committee of subversives leaves me with regard to the party—undermined in standing and entangled in more distractions at a time when the party should be focused on important elections. Regretfully, as a result I have no choice but to resign as Chairman of the Prince William Democratic Committee and as a member of the Coles Democratic Committee.
Victor D. Bras
Victor’s attatched letter is as follows:
January 31, 2007
The Honorable LeRoy F. Millette, Jr., Chief Judge
Thirty-First Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia
9311 Lee Avenue, Third Floor
Manassas, Virginia 20110
Dear Judge Millette:
Your reappointment of Helen Cram to the Prince William County Electoral Board despite the fact that I did not nominate her is at best is an insult to me and the PWC Democratic Committee. While you assert a right to appoint whomever you wish, the Code of Virginia § 24.2-106 is clear that the appointment is for a representative of the political party entitled to the vacancy.
You have made your decision in direct opposition to the Prince William County Democratic Committee based on Ms. Cram’s request, a letter from a member of one of our seven Magisterial District Committees, and the recommendation of an elected official, none of whom represent the Prince William Democratic Party. Your reappointment of Ms. Cram, therefore, provides you or someone else representation on the Electoral Board rather than the Democratic Party.
Your appointment of Ms. Cram to a third consecutive term marks the second consecutive time that the Court has acted to appoint her in opposition to the Prince William Democratic Committee Chairman. Both I and the former Chairman who previously refused to renominate her for reappointment carefully considered Ms. Cram’s performance and qualifications before making our decisions not to renominate her.
Ms. Cram has not been an active participant with the Party for years. She doesn’t attend meetings, doesn’t communicate with Party leadership, and fails to perform her Electoral Board duties to in a manner that the Party finds satisfactory. The Party is dissatisfied with the location and condition of polling places, the enforcement of election rules, and her lack of interaction with Party leadership.
Ms. Cram has cultivated the favor and sympathy of some apparently influential people but often with actions that were detrimental to overall Democratic Party goals and discipline. A recent example involves her actions and inactions leading up to the 2006 Special Elections to fill the vacancy on the Board of County Supervisors.
Finally, on a personal note, your reappointment of Ms. Cram has undermined my standing as Chairman of the Prince William Democratic Committee such that I have no choice but to resign the position.
Victor D. Bras, Chairman
Prince William Democratic Party
Cc: Judges Hamblen, Potter, Allston, and Farris
Lorraine M. Thompson, SBE
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