August 29, 2007

Having fun with the Stonewall D's

I gotta hand it to the Dallas Delegation to the caucus. Y'all stood by your man on Saturday and it was clear you had a lot of respect for Shannon. What was also clear was that you were ready to put the organization behind the man.

That makes no sense.

Just to save you some curiosity, the Board of Texas Stonewall Democrats voted Saturday to send a letter to Shannon Bailey asking him to resign while his legal problems are ongoing. The Board did not follow up this action with a decision to remove him in 7 days should he refuse to resign. Basically, the board is now on record. The next step is Shannon's.

I gotta tell you, being in that room was tense. No one wanted to be there and everyone that was there to ask the board to remove him was pissed at Shannon for forcing them into that position. All summer, people have been asking Shannon to step down so as not to damage the organization or our position within the Texas Democratic Party. His steadfast refusal to acknowledge the political reality of his situation forced that meeting to happen.

It was not a mistake. We were not judging Shannon or his actions back in June and we know the legal system will work it's way to probably dismissing the charges against him. However, in the meantime, he's burning the credibility of the organization. And that can't be tolerated.

Posted by mcblogger at August 29, 2007 09:30 AM

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Unfortunately these same people who expressed deep respect for Shannon who were against his removal refused to show the same respect for the ground rules of the TSDC Executive Board meeting that the Vice President set forth at the beginning of the meeting. I was really disappointed that a few people felt it was appropriate to speak over everyone else, muttering in low voices how people who disagreed with them were "lying." A couple of Dallas leaders in the audience felt it was appropriate to speak two, three, four times, greatly exceeding the 2 minutes that everyone else received. I think we'll have to move kindergarten facilitation techniques and start throwing people out if they can't respect rules or one another. I was also very disappointed in our NSD representatives - they basically represented their own chapter's interests... I guess they don't care about the rest of the Texans who voted for their National Stonewall seats. One of them even went as far as to say that she didn't care if Stonewall lost members! Wow - isn't that part of why we're all here?! Oh well, it is really good to know - I'll keep that in mind before I cast my ballot the next time.
What I heard a lot of in the meeting was that several TSDC members believe public lewdness laws should be repealed - if they really do feel that way, hopefully one of them presents a resolution for a statement on that. We'll see how many decades that sets the GLBT community back in terms of gaining equal rights.

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