It appears sanity won out. This time. We arrived early to pass out homemade posters to our fellow CC members, and we stood in the cold till our feet and hands froze, then we went in and voted NO on the bylaws and then went back outside to implore our fellow committee members to Vote NO, and asked them not to dilute our votes.
We chanted “Say NO to Joe” and gave detailed interviews to the press who, thankfully were present and trying to get exit interviews with the folks coming out of the building.
Inside, it was the first time I saw the Chairman not smiling broadly at an election. His attorney Dennis Oury stepped outside later only to try to shoo us CC members away from the door with the excuse that in another hour some children would be leaving the school to be picked up by their parents.
When the children finally left the building at 6 they seemed thoroughly thrilled by the whole affair and asked lots of questions about what was going on. I told them we were all Democrats and that they were witnessing democracy. One little girl of 11 told me that Hillary is her hero. Some of them asked if they could hold up our signs for us. Michael Wildes poked his head out the door, sensing a photo op, then quickly ducked back inside when he saw what our signs said. It was rather funny…..
We didn’t need too many protesters there, the CC members themselves wound up taking up signs after voting and standing on the steps to plead with those entering to Vote NO. We had big stickers that simply said NO on them. Although the sign holding went on outside in the cold, many CC members proudly wore their NO stickers into the voting room.
Apparently Ferriero’s friends needed to do the kind of arm-twisting the Republican Congress used to do when they would hold a vote open for hours while pressuring the last few fence sitters that it would in their best interest to vote with the party.
The next bylaws vote will probably try to change the notice to about an hour, because giving us a week was clearly enough time to rally the grassroots.
So, thank you for helping us spread the word. An informed electorate is the only way to go.