Opinion by Dale Wilson
Will the real Clallam County Democratic Party please stand up
A diaphanous duplicate democratic party is emerging from the otherwise moribund local party. They call themselves “United for a Democratic Future.” While having a separate charter they took control of the democratic headquarters downtown. The local Democratic Party dues paying members are paying their operating costs but have no control of their activities. Have no control of what signs are put up inside. Have no control of what posters or photos are in the window. It is a coup.
It took a while to get to this. Readers may recall the reorganization of the CCD back in December. Huge numbers of disappointed Bernie supporters flooded into the local party. They brought youth, energy, enthusiasm, ideas. They took over–through the normal election processes. The old guard would not have this. They changed the locks. Closed down the headquarters. Threw the bums out.
At one point they even moved all the furniture and fixtures out of the downtown headquarters. Now we know why. A coup was hatched and they would have to “start all over” to effect the takeover.
It’s a pretty sweet deal but I don’t know how long the card-carrying dues paying members are going to pay the freight, enjoying none of the benefits-like free speech.
Port O Call attempted to get a comment from Norma Turner, one of 5 “governors” of the new UDF.
We have received no response.