|What happened between Medina and Blackwell sounds as if he used strong-arm tactics to remove someone who vocally criticized his leadership and raised valid concerns about party operations.
Medina held the meeting in the middle of the afternoon when many precinct chairs had work and were unable to attend, on the same day that Wendy Davis was announcing for governor. Supporters of Blackwell said they did not receive sufficient notice of the meeting and were not told about the agenda. Blackwell herself could not attend because she was caring for her injured son, and her attorney was not allowed to speak on her behalf at the meeting.
The divisive move stands to alienate donors and activists at a time when Texas needs Democrats to actually be coming together to work hard and elect our candidates up and down the ballot.
Bexar County is our fourth-most populated county and frankly, it needs to improve its Democratic performance. Without strong turnout, Democrats statewide will have a harder time winning, and candidates from that region will have diminished prospects of seeking higher office.
In 2010, the Bexar County Democratic Party was in such disarray that the Democratic clubs had to form a separate organization to run a coordinated campaign to help Bill White and other Democratic candidates. We can't have a repeat of that in 2014.
Pete Gallego's re-election will need strong Democratic turnout in San Antonio. Should Leticia Van de Putte seek a statewide office, she will need her home base to come out strong for her and Wendy Davis. And if the Castro brothers ever want to run statewide and win, they need San Antonio to have high Democratic performance.
Right now, the party seems more focused on infighting than voter engagement, and that needs to change.
If BCDP wants serious money to flow through the organization in 2014, they need to focus on improving operations, not holding kangaroo courts in the parking lot to run off long-term party veterans who dare hold divergent opinions.
Correction: Adams was incorrectly identified as a former chair, not a treasurer. This post has been updated with the correct information.