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Friedman Shares A Roadmap

By Greg L | 9 December 2007 | PWCDC | 31 Comments

Gary Friedman has an interesting letter to the editor in today’s MJM that gives county Democrats a partial roadmap back into political relevance in the county which follows a pretty honest assessment of what happened in the last election cycle.  It would not surprise me one bit that county Democrats decide to ignore this free advice, much as they have discarded the input of others such as Matt Harrison who worked hard to point out legitimate problems that could be fixed if only there was a constituency within the PWCDC that was actually interested in being effective.

But PWCDC woes are more complicated than that. If county Dems want to start winning elections, they will have to acknowledge past failure, understand the causes and resolve to act for success. That process must start with the following key changes:

1. Reset the foundation: Control of the PWCDC is firmly held by a handful of individuals who date back decades. These fine individuals’ efforts should be acknowledged and appreciated. But, their continued control of the PWCDC is both toxic and suicidal in today’s political environment.

The new foundation should welcome these individual’s in ceremonial roles, while it looks to others to develop political strategies, recruit candidates and promote policy initiatives. Key to this new foundation is putting credible, talented and politically astute individuals into positions of leadership who will realize inroads must be made in districts not traditionally strong for Democratic candidates and who know how to do it.

2. Rebuild burnt bridges: More politically savvy, effective, and energetic people are former members of the PWCDC than are current members. Many of those who have left the committees are still in the county and want to see Democratic success, but have concluded the PWCDC is hopelessly dysfunctional. Whoever assumes the mantle of leadership on the PWCDC will have to reach out earnestly to rebuild damaged relationships.

3. Recruit and support credible and viable candidates: There are effective ways to identify and advance strong candidates. In the past, those processes generally have been victimized by excessive internal influence exerted by those with little or no understanding of the political landscape in the county beyond their own personal interests. This must change.

When political parties are strong and competitive, the public benefits from a better, more vigorous political debate. As long as Prince William County Democrats continue to be ineffective, our citizenry will continue to lack substantive choice in the political arena.

The last part of this is perhaps the most relevant for the greater electorate.  Without good competition among candidates for elected office, not only do Democrats suffer by consistently losing, but the electorate in general loses as well.  The success of a two-party system really depends on having strong competition, not elections where incumbents go  unchallenged and those challengers that do step up are woefully inadequate.

I would add to this list the following:

  1. Democrats should stop trying to pander to the illegal alien lobby.  It simply doesn’t work with the general electorate.  That doesn’t mean they have to start acting like Tom Tancredo (although I wish they would), but at least taking the example of Congressman Heath Shuler who authored the SAVE Act in Congress, would really shore up their support within their traditional constituencies.  The “little guys” out there are under severe pressure because they’re forced to compete with illegal aliens for jobs, and they’re being severely undercut in the job market by them.
  2. Although a few Republicans have really gotten on board with protecting the rural crescent, a majority have not.  Neither have Democrats.  If Democrats are going to run on a platform of protecting open space, reducing sprawl, and smart growth, they better start voting that way, and staking out some clear ground on this issue when campaigning.  As it is now, Democrats have absolutely no consistent theme on this issue, and can be counted on to  support the agenda of developers which makes them very vulnerable on this issue, since they’re not living up to their rhetoric.
  3. How about not reflexively considering additional taxation as the natural solution to every challenge in the Commonwealth?  This is getting mighty old.  If you want to increase government revenues so more can be done, focusing on economic growth is the way to do it. Heck, it was JFK who figured this one out quite a long time ago, and that lesson has not only been lost as of late, but securely padlocked away, where no Democrats will ever risk stumbling upon it.
  4. Quality of life issues such as residential overcrowding are a huge issue for many voters.  Leslie Byrne (who I don’t often agree with, but on this she was on target) had some interesting ideas on this, and the party promptly slapped them down and won’t let anyone discuss them.  When you have a legislative initiative that solves a real problem and is popular with the electorate, the proper thing to do is work to get it enacted, not hide it from the world.

Perhaps Democrats will listen this time, but I’m not at all counting on it.  It’s a consistently frustrating experience for those few reformers such as Gary Friedman to talk sense to their party, which causes many of them to walk away out of frustration, and the electorate is not well served by this.  Without a consistent credible challenge by Democrats, the danger of Republicans getting fat and lazy is very real.

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  1. Ducky said on 9 Dec 2007 at 5:05 am:
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    Hispanics and the 2008 Election: A Swing Vote?
    by Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President, Pew Research Center and Richard Fry, Senior Research Associate, Pew Hispanic Center
    December 6, 2007

    After spending the first part of this decade loosening their historic ties to the Democratic Party, Hispanic voters have reversed course in the past year, a new nationwide survey of Latinos by the Pew Hispanic Center has found.

    Some 57% of Hispanic registered voters now call themselves Democrats or say they lean to the Democratic Party, while just 23% align with the Republican Party — meaning there is now a 34-percentage-point gap in partisan affiliation among Latinos. In July 2006, the same gap measured just 21 percentage points — whereas back in 1999, it had been 33 percentage points.

    This U-turn in Hispanic partisan allegiance trends comes at a time when the issue of illegal immigration has become an intense focus of national attention and debate — on the presidential campaign trail; in the corridors of federal, state and local governments; and on cable television and talk radio.


    I’d be careful not to alienate Hispanic voters.

  2. Patty said on 9 Dec 2007 at 8:25 am:
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    If Hispanic voters continue to support illegal activity then let them go to the democrats. I’m sick and tired of people pandering to those who break the law.

    If I hear one more blurb from the illegal alien lobby about how illegal aliens do jobs that Americans don’t want to do, I’ll think I’ll pop them in the mouth. I worked those jobs in the past and will probably work those type of jobs again. Greedy employers are the ones who are responsible who hire illegal aliens and not pay taxes. Those employers not only need to lose their license but also spend time in jail.

    If the local Democratic Party could just get a hold of these issues and see that it is bipartisan among the voters then they would do much better in the elections. I hope that they would get the message and dump the political correctness crap and embrace what the electorate wants. Seems for now Senator Colgan has done that.

  3. Dolph said on 9 Dec 2007 at 8:57 am:
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    Gary Friedman and his ilk are the reason some people LEFT the PWCDC. Friedman apparently believes in conversion by the sword rather than selling committee members and the voters on his ideas, which are pretty limited.

    Not only have Gary and his gang attempted hostile take-over but he also talks out of both side of his mouth from all I have seen and heard. I don’t think he really knew if he was a Democrat or a Republican. This is ok if you aren’t representing the Democrats. He was.

    Using Corey Riley as an example is rather lame. Riley didn’t really even run a campaign in the district he was running in. PWCDC didn’t have his name and picture on their website until 2-3 weeks before the election. I had to call them to even see who was running. Pathetic.

    Additionally, PWCDC kept toads like Manes Pierre up on their website, giving all surface appearances of an endorsement until 2-3 weeks before the election. An ex-committee member contacted them several times about this embarrassment. Finally, all mention of Manes was purged.

    PWCDC should take a serious look at their candidates and attempt to recruit individuals to run for office who address the interests of the mainstream moderate to progressive voter, while not turning a blind eye to those issues that affect all of us, Democrat, Republican or Independent, such as transportation, roads, the impact of illegal immigration and a faltering housing market. Local Democrats have never paid much attention to the demographics of our area which often leaves them out in the cold.

    PWCDC does need a serious make-over. However, they can do it without the help of a turn-coat.

  4. freedom said on 9 Dec 2007 at 10:27 am:
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    Interesting thing is, Dolph….in Friedman’s letter, one could globally change PWCDC to PWCRC and Democrat to Republican and be on-target as well.

  5. Anonymous said on 9 Dec 2007 at 10:43 am:
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    The PWCRC is much worse than the Republicans. This is just trying to distract attention from that. Don’t forget that Friedman works for Stewart and appointed Kopko has his adviser to the planning commission. I think that says it all here.

  6. Anonymous said on 9 Dec 2007 at 10:45 am:
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    I meant that the PWCRC is much worse than the Democrats. Sorry.

  7. Dolph said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:05 am:
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    I noticed that. I decided that I would leave that for someone else. Glad you addressed that issue. I also left out a snide remark about hoping that the Republicans enjoyed Friedman as much as the Democrats did.

  8. Anonymous said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:06 am:
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    Give me a break. This from a guy who has lost more elections than Bob FitzSimmonds. Democrats don’t like him because they know he is a pipeline to the Republlicans. SouR grapes on his part

  9. freedom said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:24 am:
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    Well, I was just wondering if the Dems would be foolish enough to take take Kopko/Daugherty/Gill in an even three-for-one exchange for Friedman….:) :)

  10. monticup said on 9 Dec 2007 at 12:16 pm:
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    Ducky–I’d be careful not to be so fearful of alienating Hispanic voters. Whatever happened to staying true to your beliefs? Republicans who kowtow to a group because of fear of alienating them do themselves a disservice.
    Hispanics, like everyone else, vote according to their self interest. Those who are on the receiving end of government services and welfare will NEVER vote Republican regardless how much grovelling is done.

  11. West Gate Witch said on 9 Dec 2007 at 12:41 pm:
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    freedom said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:24 am:
    I think they all should be excluding from politics in PWC forever. The are all dysfunctional. I am speaking of Friedman, Kopko, Daugherty, and Gill.

  12. West Gate Witch said on 9 Dec 2007 at 12:42 pm:
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    oops…flying to fast again.
    Meant to say excluded not excluding. sorry

  13. Ducky said on 9 Dec 2007 at 1:00 pm:
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    You can make a good case for strengthened borders and such without engaging in tactics that alienate Hispanics - like whining about Spanish signs in grocery stores, for example.

    Either that, or get used to losing elections.

    Having said that, do whatever you want to do. I don’t care.

  14. Anonymous said on 9 Dec 2007 at 1:01 pm:
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    Friedman talking about burning bridges. What a crock. The guy is two faced. The Democrats held all incumbants and won in Woodbridge in the open seat 4 way race Knocked of Jay O and picked up a seat in the House. Looks like progress to me. Seems to me the Republicans need to look at their leadership with Kopko and Denny D. Running ruff shod over people

  15. West Gate Witch said on 9 Dec 2007 at 1:12 pm:
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    Ducky:If you don’t care, why do you keep coming back?

  16. Anonymous said on 9 Dec 2007 at 1:45 pm:
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    Gary Friedman is an expert in consistant losing. He’s not one to give advice

  17. monticup said on 9 Dec 2007 at 2:26 pm:
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    Ducky–there you go again. Fearful of alienating. Ever heard of Neville Chamberlain?

    And of course I’m going to do whatever I want to do. Why would I listen to defective advice from the likes of you?

    Please like me, I’ll do what ever you want, senor.

  18. just news said on 9 Dec 2007 at 3:27 pm:
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    Although this is off topic, I think that everyone should help the police in this one. Keep an eye out for this criminal. It seems we have a first in 37 year crime right here in Prince William County. the MJM seems to have a different description for the car.

    December 9, 2007 - 2:27pm
    WASHINGTON– Prince William County Police are investigating the shooting death of three people Sunday.
    Police said the incident happened in Woodbridge in a home on Grand View Avenue near the Potomac Mills Mall.

    Police said five people were shot in front of small children inside the home Sunday. The children are between the ages of two and seven-years old. They were unharmed in the incident.

    Kim Chinn, a police spokeswoman, said they don’t know of a motive in the incident.

    Police are now looking for 39-year-old Anastazio Sanchez-Maranda.

    He was last seen driving a black 1994 Ford Taurus with Virginia tags K-J-J-5-3-9-2.

    The names of the victims have not been released.

    (Copyright 2007 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

  19. Dolph said on 9 Dec 2007 at 3:30 pm:
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    There are some people in this world who just want to be hating or warring with someone. Some of us would like to live in peace and harmony with our neighbors. It doesn’t mean caving. It means trying to get along when there is no reason to have friction.

    Ducky is making a valid point by pointing out voting trends with Hispanic voters. Don’t shoot the messenger. No one says you have to agree.

  20. Lafayette(Mistletoe for Dec.) said on 9 Dec 2007 at 7:44 pm:
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    just news said on 9 Dec 2007 at 3:27 pm:
    Although this is off topic, I think that everyone should help the police in this one. Keep an eye out for this criminal. It seems we have a first in 37 year crime right here in Prince William County. the MJM seems to have a different description for the car.
    Here’s a few things I’ve dug up so far. Channel 9, said neighbors describe them as “hard working immigrants”.


  21. just news said on 9 Dec 2007 at 8:23 pm:
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    Well, that was good work. And hopefully, this criminal will get what he deserves.

  22. John Light said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:21 pm:
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    Dolph said, “Ducky is making a valid point by pointing out voting trends with Hispanic voters. Don’t shoot the messenger. No one says you have to agree.”

    I hear that rapists and criminals in DC vote 100% Democratic. As do their relatives. Should the Republicans cater to them as well???

  23. John Light said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:26 pm:
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    Dolph, I have a problem with neighbors (who happen to be white) who have their car license plates out of state. I will be damned if I will sit back while illegals live next door or even down the block.

  24. monticup said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:36 pm:
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    John Light–cars are supposed to be licensed in the state and county of residency. Your neighbors are probably trying to avoid paying the personal property tax on the car.

    P.S. Good analogy re: DC criminals

  25. John Light said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:44 pm:
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    monticup - I agree 100%.

    P.S. Thank you :-)

  26. Dolph said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:50 pm:
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    Big difference in catering to people and alienating them.

    I never use DC as an example of anything. It is a land unto itself. If the rapist and criminals are in jail, they shouldn’t be voting for anyone.

    I don’t know if my neighbors next door are legal or illegal. They do not bother me so live and let live. They are a lot less annoying than the white ones who used to live there and let their kids run rough-shot over our property while we were at work.

  27. Lafayette said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:53 pm:
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    How many kids did those jokers have anyways? Was it up in the double digits? :)

  28. Dolph said on 10 Dec 2007 at 2:48 am:
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    The first set…double digits. The second set, 5 I think. The last set were the ones that were pains in the tale.

  29. Billyboy said on 10 Dec 2007 at 10:01 pm:
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    West Gate Witch said on 9 Dec 2007 at 12:41 pm:
    freedom said on 9 Dec 2007 at 11:24 am:
    I think they all should be excluding from politics in PWC forever. The are all dysfunctional. I am speaking of Friedman, Kopko, Daugherty, and Gill.


    Doesn’t Gary Henley Friedmen work for Corey Stewart?

  30. Dolph said on 10 Dec 2007 at 11:31 pm:
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    Yes, that would be the one. He just couldn’t make up his mind what he really was, I guess. I am sure the Democrats welcome his departure. The Republicans…not so sure…..the honeymoon will be over soon.

  31. Anonymous said on 24 Dec 2007 at 10:58 pm:
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    The Democrats don’t want anything to do with Friedman, never did and never will. He is just a tattle tale back and forth from one party to the other. Why don’t you work to send him onver to Loudoun County.

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