Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 09:02:17 -0400

   From: "Dan Proctor" <>

Subject: Globe editorial on 2000 Dem convention


To decent Dems (whether progressive or not):


The recent Charter amendments give decent Dems no choice but to gain control of the State Committee and the Party chair. The amendments add greatly to the already excessive power of the Party chair, while greatly diminishing the power of active Democrats. The amendments in effect create the Undemocratic Party of Massachusetts.


Documentary evidence of the chair's power and abuse thereof will be useful in recruiting people to run for State Committee and to persuade present DSC members to vote in a new Chair committed to a reform program (which should be spelled out as part of the recruitment drive).


As an example of the kind of documents needed I append a Globe editorial from 2000.


Dan Proctor

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This story ran on page A14 of the Boston Globe on 6/6/2000.


Democrats behaving badly


     It is still the state Democratic Party, but some active members are understandably asking just how democratic it is after Saturday's state convention abruptly shut off debate on two controversial issues.


     ''How can someone turn off the microphone?'' asks Rachel Rosenblum, chair of the Democratic Town Committee in Lexington, who was about to offer a resolution supporting the state's Clean Elections Law when the convention was suddenly terminated. ''It's infuriating.''


     ''This is getting to be familiar territory,'' says Representative Jay Kaufman, also of Lexington, who has at times been critical of debate limitations in the House. Kaufman was scheduled to speak in support of Rosenblum's resolution.


     ''It's treachery, really,'' says Rich Rogers, political director of the state AFL CIO, which was offering a resolution critical of nursing home owner Gerry Schuster, husband of a prominent Democratic fund raiser. The labor resolution was due to follow the Clean Elections debate. ''It was very much of a bad faith move on their part,'' says Rogers. ''We were none too pleased.''


     The irony is that, at the start of the one day convention, party leaders had revised the agenda to allow for ''new business.'' But after one resolution that was less controversial passed and the Clean Elections item was being raised, the entire convention was ended. Ray Jordan, vice chairman of the state committee and presiding officer at the time, says he determined by visual count there was a lack of a quorum, although no firm count was made and several delegates said they believed a quorum of 500 might still have been in the hall.


    Rosenblum, Kaufman, and Rogers are bedrock Democrats, the kind who work tirelessly to promote issues and elect candidates. Brushing them off so cavalierly is senseless.


     Both Jordan and Senator Joan Menard, the state party chair, denied there was an effort to gag them or their issues. ''We always have controversial issues,'' says Menard. ''That's what Democrats do.''


     At Saturday's convention, however, the party did not live up to its name….




   Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 09:08:20 -0400

   From: "Dan Proctor" <>

Subject: Another document re 2000 convention


Dems vie for shot-self-in-foot title


 by Wayne Woodlief  Boston Herald,  Tuesday, June 6, 2000


   Whew! Just when we thought shooting yourself in the foot was now an exclusive Republican sport here, the Democrats -- on Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill -- are proving they're just as talented at behaving badly and embarrassing themselves.


   Take that undemocratic exercise in fast--gaveling and selective recognition of a quorum that some Aclean elections'' reformers got from the powers--that--be at the state Democratic Convention in Lowell last weekend.


   “They shut off our microphones and `doubted a quorum' for our resolution just seconds after passing one offered by Secretary of State Bill Galvin,'' said Rep. Ruth Balser (D--Newton).  Nobody said anything about a quorum for him.''


    But, hey, who really expected the party leadership to play fair on a resolution rebuking Democratic leaders in the Legislature? I mean, all Senate President Tom Birmingham and House Speaker Tom Finneran did was to gut a campaign finance reform law voters approved in 1998 by a 2--1 margin. No big deal.


    You'd think the Democrats would recognize the value in getting behind such a popular issue after Sen. John McCain (R--Ariz.) took the state by storm with his reform agenda in the presidential primaries. Nope, not that smart. As a party, they're still thinking small. ...