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Democratic Party shift

This is not surprising, as in people don't last forever in these positions, but Ian Carleton leaves the Democratic Party helm at a time when it does not have an executive director either.

In an e-mail slugged "time to move on," he announces he's moving on, listing accomplishments of the party. Missing, as one might expect, is any mention of the 2008 gubernatorial race.

After three rich and exciting years of serving as Chair of the Vermont
Democratic Party, it is time for me to move on. As of this Saturday, I
wish to resign from my position as State Chair. Our able Vice Chair Judy
Bevans, with whom I have already discussed this decision, has graciously agreed
to serve as acting Chair until such time as the Party wishes to hold a special
election for Chair (see Article XX of the VDP Bylaws), or until this November
when the Party is statutorily required to undergo complete

Looking back over the last three years I am struck by the array of changes, accomplishments and milestones this Party has experienced. Here are a few that come to mind as I write this morning:

For the first time in decades the Party undertook, and
completed, a comprehensive, multi-phase revision of its Bylaws.

We vastly increased representation on the Party’s Executive Committee by tripling
its size and creating specific positions for representatives from all across the
democratic spectrum.

We expanded and standardized our endorsement
policy so that the Party was empowered to reach beyond its own membership to
support candidates of any political persuasion if the circumstances warranted
such support.

Then we promptly used our newly expanded
endorsement authority to discuss, debate, and ultimately embrace the successful
candidacy of Independent Bernie Sanders for U.S. Senate, in the process
defrosting nearly two decades of unnecessary and unproductive political

We hired our first female Executive Director ever, Jill Krowinski.

In 2006 we had one of the most successful elections in
Vermont political history, obtaining unprecedented majorities in the State House
and Senate, sending Peter Welch to Congress, Bernie Sanders to the U.S. Senate,
and obtaining four of Vermont’s six statewide constitutional offices.

With the help of Howard Dean’s 50-State Strategy, we tripled the Party’s staff, moved into new offices, and vastly increased our organization’s ability to organize the grassroots, communicate with activists, and help our candidates win office.

And finally, in the 2008 presidential election we not only led the charge by being the first state in the nation to be declared for Obama, but we also reached beyond our own borders to deliver victory in other states by making over 100,000 get-out-the-vote calls to Florida and Pennsylvania and knocking on 35,000 doors in New Hampshire.

- Terri Hallenbeck

To tout the accomplishments but ignore the two disastrous campaigns for Gov. that occurred under his watch (Parker, Symington) is to admit that he's been playing in Division III, not Division I.

And to take credit for Obama's victories in other states is delusional.

I'll bet he was shown the door.
You are probably right.
Did Ian Carlton give Deb Markowitz the keys to the Democratic Party?

Who is in charge of the store?
Shumlin, Markowitz, Racine...same ol stuff. We really need some fresh blood with realistic ideas.
Fresh blood in the Vt. Democratic Party? They're entrenched as the Vermont political establishment. Which is the antithesis of fresh blood and fresh ideas.
Its enough to make a DEMOCRAT vote for Douglas.
Oh yes it is!
As Democrats of the Democratic Party, we need to join together in seeking reform within the Democratic Party.

Many Democrats already know their elected representatives within the Democratic Party are no longer following in the time-honored footsteps laid down by the founding fathers of our great Nation. More importantly, we as democrats see our elected representatives within the Democratic Party abandoning the values and principles as set forth within the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

At the very least, many of our elected representatives within the Democratic Party are no longer abiding to the sole reason the Democratic-Republican Party was founded by Thomas Jefferson - "Strong state governments with a weaker federal government."

This is only the beginning of our problems as Democrats, for many of our elected representatives within the Democratic Party have clearly set their own agendas over the members of the Democratic Party, our Nation, and the American people. Overall, many of them no longer think of themselves as being our elected representatives, and now refer to themselves as leaders in the true form of tyrants.

Most Democrats already know their pleas are only being answered by repeated insult and injury by their elected representatives within the Democratic Party. Despite this, we as Democrats can restore control of the Democratic Party back to the party members. All we need to do is cut off donations to the local, state, and national headquarters of the Democratic Party, and to make sure the donations are made directly to worthy and honorable Democratic Party candidates.

So spread the message to everyone of our fellow Democrats, for the Democrat members are taking back control of the Democratic Party. Also, please don't forget to contact and request the Unions and other outside contributors to follow our lead as patriotic Americans. Thank you!

Web site: http://www.democraticreformparty.com
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