So according to the Gainesville Times, Gary Friedman has decided to abandon his bid for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Not too surprising with the leadership of the PWCDC arrayed so defiantly against probably their most qualified challenger candidate for any office in years. They told donors to stay away from Friedman’s campaign. They told volunteers to steer away. They did everything they could from the beginning to make it impossible for this moderate Democrat with substantial experience in local government to run for office. Friedman tried hard, even to the extreme point of probably taking out a second mortgage on his house in order to fund his campaign, but when the party leadership decides you can’t run, well, the peons don’t ever get a chance to weigh in.
The parallels here with the 2012 Senate race are jaw-dropping. In that race the party leadership has decided that former Governor Tim Kaine is going to be their nominee, and a year out from the actual primary they’re busy clearing away any potential obstacles in his path. Might there be a candidate out there who didn’t try to ram tax hikes down our throats, wreck the budget, and manage to divert millions of dollars in road construction money so it couldn’t be used to solve transportation issues? You bet, but Democrats will never get a chance to decide whether that candidate might be preferable to Tim Kaine. Party leaders will bury that person well before a primary. They’ll often destroy such a candidate before he even has a chance to officially announce.
Now back to Prince William County: Instead of even allowing Friedman to run, the local politburo has decided to run a political novice by the name of Babur Lateef under the rationale that the guy can raise money. Gee, when you’re not trying to sabotage the guy and actually supporting him, sure he can raise money, but I don’t know if this guy can get elected no matter how much money he can raise. Will democrats be that excited about a candidate who supported Republican Faisal Gill whose only connection with Lateef was that they’re both Pakistani-American? Will they be pleased as rumors of Lateef’s past history as a raging anti-semite start to gain currency? Will voters dump a sitting chairman with high approval ratings in order to put someone with absolutely no elected experience in the county’s top elected position? This is all utterly silly.
Anyone trying to peddle that utter garbage that there’s actually anything “democratic” about the Democrat party should take a hard look at what’s happening so often not only at the state level, but right here in the county. The people in the party don’t get to select their nominees, the party leadership does that for them and that party leadership has a terrible track record of picking some of the worst candidates. Sometimes a few of them actually manage to get elected and we get to see that they weren’t just bad candidates, but people who made horrible elected officials as well.
Now Gary Friedman is added to the list of burnt offerings made upon the altar of whatever the heck it is these people seem to hold sacred. Maybe it’s deliberate ignorance. Whatever it is, I don’t understand why the rank and file puts up with it, because whatever they’re sacrificing plausible candidates for office to here, that deity isn’t answering.
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