Dropping into my inbox today – yours too, probably – is one from NJ state Democrats informing me they want – no, “need” – to know what my 2015 priorities are. What issues I – you, we – want to see action on, presumably from them.
Frankly, I like all the choices. But what I really want from NJDSC is not on the list (‘ll post their list, with link, on the jump). See, it’s unclear to me from their issues list if it’s Democratic legislators asking or NJDSC, in which case I’m not certain how much sway they can exercise in determining legislative agenda or policies. For that matter, I also wonder how much control the party can exercise over Democrats who don’t act like Democrats. Who trade core principles for personal power or for payback obligations to unelected power-brokers.
That’s a big problem for me. I think most of those running the state party are of good faith, including Chair John Currie (a class act), Lizette Delgado Polanco (breath of fresh air), and staff including Chris James & Jennifer Holdsworth (a lot of skill & energy there). These are good, hardworking individuals. But I think we need course correction, I think most of them know it better than I do, and as we operate as a party, I think we can do better.
Below, the state Dems’ issues survey (all good), and what I suggest to bump up the energy level: