An Important Message From Our President
It has recently been brought to my attention that in some areas – especially smaller, rural areas where Democrats do not have a candidate in every race on the ballot – that Democrats were urged to cross party lines and vote in the Republican primary. Some people listened and followed this irrational “strategy” to get the “lessor of two evils” elected in their areas. This way of strategizing must stop and anyone that tells you to vote in this manner needs to be reported to the Texas Democratic Party.
When you cross over and vote in the Republican primary, if you were a Democratic candidate or office holder – even a precinct chair – you have nullified your candidancy and forfeited the office to which you were elected. Furthermore, you can not be a delegate to your Senate District nor the Texas Democratic Party Conventions. Lastly, in some of the Democratic races it forced run-offs where there should have been a clear cut winner and it skews the DPI’s, numbers candidates need to justify their viability to major donors – and often times not in a good way.
So, be a “Yellow Dawg” and stay true to the Democratic candidates and your Party. We need to work to recruit candidates for every position on the ballot but once we have recruited the candidates, we need to support them, both financially and with your time by phone banking, canvassing, block walking, assisting with mailouts, hosting a coffee in your home for a candidate with some of your friends/neighbors, sending notes to your friends urging them to vote for your candidate with the reasons as to why you are voting for them and the list goes on. Lastly, don’t let the Republicans in your area intimidate you – be vocal about what you believe, point out the shortcomings of the Republicans (which are many) and why they are bad for you local areas, Texas and the United States and DO NOT be afraid to stand up for our candidates because they are putting themselves out there to Stand Up for Texas Women and for all Texans.
In the not so distant future, many of those who jumped ship saying, “you can’t be a Democrat and get elected in your city, county, or Texas,” will be knocking at our doors wanting the Democratic Party to welcome them back home. Then they will once again be saying “you can’t be a Republican and get elected in Texas.” That time is coming sooner rather than later.
Proud to be a Yellow Dawg and Prouder to be a Texas Democratic Woman,
Tammie Hartgroves, President, TDW