High-ranking national Democratic party official takes up NJ Dem chair fight

It’s time that Democrats stop empowering the Machiavellian Christie, and get their respect back!

think about it!

                    – Babs Casbar, DNC Executive Committee member

                       first trans person elected to DNC in its history

There’s a great discussion going on in another diary and I don’t want to take away from that. So, if you haven’t already, go weigh in. And you might also want to see this petition.

There is a strongly-worded email going around with a petition addressed to Barbara Buono and, essentially, calling on her to stand strong on her choice of Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell for NJ Democratic Chair and SEIU’s Lizette Delgado as Vice-Chair. And further, that the backbone of the party – – the “boots on the ground” everyone brags about when it’s time to GOTV – – is prepared to stand behind that choice. A grassroots effort, to be sure, in the face of the NJ Dem bossism that everyday Democrats complain about bitterly, that has enabled the meteoric rise of our Republican governor.

But coming from the grassroots as she does, we wanted to take note of a particular supporter of this effort to get Barbara Buono’s back on party direction. The quote above is from Babs Casbar. Her roots in politics are as grassroots as anybody here. She came up through the gay rights/trans rights movement. But now she sits on the DNC Executive Committee; the inner-circle leadership of the national Democratic Party. And the quote above is what said in forwarding the petition to her own contacts. Babs is a big-deal Democrat; and she wants you to think about which side you’re on here.

Here is the petition.

The election of NJDSC leadership comes Thursday night. The email circulating with the petition link pegs the forces behind Lesniak for Chair as a Machine operation, and Lesniak’s own bona fides as a loyal Democrat are questioned, with a link to a 2008 Politickernj story where he says GOP’s Leonard Lance was the best candidate in the NJ-7 congressional race, and he wanted Lance to beat Democrat Linda Stender.

Full email inviting signatures to Democratic petition, below the fold.  

Email inviting signatures to Democratic petition addressed to Barbara Buono:

The future of our Democratic Party is at stake. What is happening to Senator Barbara Buono, our Democratic Party nominee is disgraceful. George Norcross and Phil Alagia (Christie ally Joe DiVencenzo’s Chief of Staff) are organizing a challenge to Senator Buono’s choice for State Chair, Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell and her choice for vice-chair Lizette Delgado.

We must stand with Senator Buono in her fight to return the Democratic Party BACK to Democrats.

The Machine is backing politically connected lawyer Senator Ray Lesniak. Meet the real Ray Lesniak – See this article below where he brags about working against Democrat Linda Stender in her campaign for congress – http://www.politickernj.com/wa…

Please sign our petition at http://www.jerseydemocrats.com and Please forward this e-mail to 20 of your friends and ask them to visit http://www.jerseydemocrats.com to stand behind Senator Buono’s choice!

Can we count on you to forward this e-mail to 20 of your friends asking them to sign the petition?


Comments (14)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    Kudos, a thousand times over.

  2. firstamend07

    If this the comments on this site represents the Progressive movement then the progressive movement in New Jersey has become as fringe as the Tea Party.  

  3. ken bank

    It’s still none of their business. This is not the time or the place for DNC members to be acting like cheerleaders in a family feud, and if they are they don’t belong on the DNC.  If anything, responsible DNC members need to be conducting themselves as honest brokers to try and get the different factions to come to a mutually acceptable compromise and unite in common cause to elect a Democratic Governor and a Democratic Legislature.


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