April 9 SDEC Meeting Live Blog; Boyd Richie to Not Seek Re-Election

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Join us below for an ongoing update of today's State Democratic Executive Meeting in Austin, Texas. This is the second full meeting of the SDEC since the 2010 November elections.

BREAKING: Boyd Richies announces that he will not seek another term as TDP Chair and will continue to serve to provide a smooth transition over the next 14 months until a new chair is elected at the State Convention in June of 2012. I have posted his full statement below the live blog.

Letter from Chairman Boyd Richie on not seeking re-election.

Dear fellow Democrat,

I want to share with you the following statement I've just released.

“Every day, as both state and national Republicans wage war on working families, the vital nature of our mission becomes more obvious.

“Knowing how important our work is – it is a very real and special privilege to be Chair of the Texas Democratic Party. I've enjoyed wonderful experiences, met scores of remarkable people, and I've learned a lot.

“As a three-time candidate for Party Chair, one of the things I've learned is that there is always a little friction between running for the position and doing the job. And frankly, we don't have time for that.

“Betty and I have reached the difficult but honest conclusion that, at this point in time, our Party needs a Chair who is not encumbered by also being a candidate.

“Therefore, I have two announcements today. First, I will not seek re-election. Second, and perhaps more importantly, I will dedicate the next 14 months to working with you to build the strongest, most prepared Texas Democratic Party possible

“Now more than ever, Democrats must unite, because a Republican political agenda that threatens to shut down government, schools and nursing homes is one that has turned its back on the people.

“I have faith that our Party will meet that challenge. We have work to do. Given what's at stake, we can afford to do no less.”

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4 Comments

  1. Hopefully will be a new era.
    I salute Boyd for his service to the party during rough times, but I think we need badly someone new to lead us back to where we need to be.  Looks like Boyd may have come to that conclusion too.

  2. Hopefully will be a new era.
    I salute Boyd for his service to the party during rough times, but I think we need badly someone new to lead us back to where we need to be.  Looks like Boyd may have come to that conclusion too.

  3. Boyd…
    Boyd was Matt Angle's guy. And with the Lone Star Project on the way out, it makes sense that Boyd is too.

    It will be important for Democratic activists at the local level to demand a chair who is not “somebody's guy.” That is the real problem: consultants in Austin deciding who will be the chair rather than the voters.

    And before you say “well, they've got the money and they control the process” and espouse a defeatist attitude, take a look at the RPT. Munisteri, by all accounts a dark horse, outsider, and an underdog, won handily. And that's the problem with Texas Democrats: a minority (political, not ethnic) mindset. If you think like a winner, you'll start being a winner.

    So take a look at how things work in Austin, and you should be upset.

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