To acknowledge the gay community’s concerns, DNC gives self permission to send emails with hyperlinks

I am not kidding.

While the Snowmageddon was descending on Washington, DC, the DNC winter meeting held a vote meant to acknowledge the serious concerns the gay community and our allies have about the party’s inaction, and sometimes backwards movement, on gay rights issues over the past year. So they passed a resolution meant to address the concerns, voiced here first, that the DNC’s Organizing for America had asked Maine voters to help make phone calls for Jon Corzine in NJ, while not asking Mainers to do anything to help stop the now-successful marriage repeal effort in that state. A lot of us felt that it looked like the DNC was afraid of touching “the gay.”

So they passed a resolution to rectify the matter. Let me quote you the salient part:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that OFA will continue to support the efforts of the Democratic Parties at the state and local level in communicating their positions on state issues by the most appropriate method, including sending individuals to state party websites whenever possible.

If you read it very closely, here is what it means:

OFA will continue to support state parties, and they’ll use the “most appropriate method” to do so. Uh, okay. I would hope the DNC has always been using the most appropriate method to contact folks, but that’s fine. The rest of the sentence says that those appropriate measure might include sending people the URL to their local state party web site, sometimes, but maybe not.

Why did we need a resolution to tell the DNC that they can email their members hyperlinks to state party sites? Was OFA not permitted to email hyperlinks to state party Web sites before? Not to mention, the resolution doesn’t direct OFA to send those hyperlinks, it simply says they may, if they deem it appropriate.

So how does this have anything to do with our concern that the DNC refused to tell Maine voters to vote against the anti-gay ballot measure?

The full resolution is after the jump:

This resolution was considered by the DNC Resolutions Committee at its meeting on February 4, 2010, and the Committee moves its adoption by the Democratic National Committee.

The DNC adopted this resolution on February 6, 2010.

Submitted by: Jess Durfee, California

WHEREAS, in the 2009 election, OFA used its list to email supporters in several states; in two states — New Jersey and Virginia — supporters were asked to vote for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates; in select other states, emails were sent to supporters reminding them to “Vote on Tuesday;” and these emails did not include recommendations on key ballot measures on which the respective state parties had taken positions; and

WHEREAS, OFA has proven to be an incredible resource that has tapped into the vast pool of volunteers and activists that were inspired and mobilized by President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign; and

WHEREAS, since many state and local elections include voting on propositions and ballot measures, active support by OFA, where possible, will be a critical factor in securing election outcomes favored by Democrats and such OFA support on propositions, initiatives and ballot measures in 2010 and beyond will be critical to the future success of the Democratic Party in our states and territories;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that OFA will continue to support the efforts of the Democratic Parties at the state and local level in communicating their positions on state issues by the most appropriate method, including sending individuals to state party websites whenever possible.


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