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How About Some Leadership And Energy From The Harris County Democratic Party?

Despite 3,882 followers, the Harris County Democratic Party Facebook page has been updated once since June 29. And that one time was to sell tickets for an event.

Does the HCDP have anything to say about anything here in the third largest county in America, and with city elections taking place in November?

Even if it is just a few sentences, I manage to update this blog nearly every day of the year.

While many good people care about the party and do get involved, sometimes it seems that the Democratic Party in Harris County is little more than a refuge of sorts for longtime loyalists who might now be 75 year old precinct chairs, a source of networking opportunities for a select group of much younger people, and a “flag of convenience” for candidates who at core operate for the benefit of large donors, and who often ignore the many in Harris County who could use some help but are mostly voiceless.

Do you recall any leadership from the HCDP during the recent Texas legislative session?

Can you recall the last time the HCDP got involved in generating turnout and enthusiasm for municipal elections in Houston?

Here is the link to the web site of the Harris County Democratic Party. On the front page of the web site they suggest that you “like” the HCDP on Facebook.

I’m not really certain though why you would do that. The party never says anything on Facebook.

Folks in Harris County deserve better.

Yet what folks need to grasp is that they themselves are going to have to demand more of the party.

We need to demand more of ourselves.

It is up to each of us as individuals to work collectively for a better Houston and a better Harris County.

This is work that we need to start right away.

July 20, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. The Harris County Democratic Party is mired in internal squabbling and disarray at this time, Neil.

    One of the consuming arguments is over who should chair the party going forward. This internecine strife is exacerbated with the e-missives from self-appointed sergeant-at-arms Carl Whitmarsh, who treats his 9,000+ listserv subscribers with bi-weekly diatribes against Gerry Birnberg. Whitmarsh has decided to heap all the blame for the 2010 debacle squarely on Birnberg … and Birnberg has responded to this challenge by going into seclusion.

    Heir-to-the-chair-apparent and SDEC-15 committeeman Lane Lewis, who was invited to a sit-down with local bloggers early this month, responded that he wouldn’t have time to meet with us before August or maybe September. Not a good first impression.

    As a former precinct chair for the party (emphasis on ‘former’) I have to say the HCDP since last November has accomplished nothing but to sink further into depression as a result of 2010’s devastating electoral defeat. The enthusiasm at the local clubs and organizations are the only thing holding the activists together at this point.

    This development comes at a time when the state party apparatus is rowing in the same boat as the California Republican Party … toward extinction.


    Democratic elected officials in Harris County are in full-blown “every-man-for-himself” mode. The ones with seniority and sizable war chests have staked out their turf and are squatting on it, with no intention to assist any other M.O.T., conserving resources to stave off any challenge. The judges who got elected at the courthouse in 2008 are once again an endangered species, as Obama disillusionment and uninspiring out-of-state selections for federal office (read: Ricardo Sanchez) portend another Red Tea Tide locally in 2012.

    Today we saw the Democrats on Houston city council split over a cell phone contract.


    Our mayor, with her million-dollar coffers and no respectable challenger in sight, apparently decided it would be the wiser course at this time to pick a fight with the CWA over the matter.

    Democrats on council are spiting each other with ‘tags’.


    This is the kind of dissension that was once reserved exclusively for Bexar County Democrats.

    Today I got my weekly e-mail that contained the county party’s long-awaited messaging proposal:


    Well, it’s a start. It’s worth observing that the HCDP has taken this long simply to come up with a “message”. Since I wasn’t privy to those discussions, I have to just wonder how much dissension there was over the mission statement.

    Neil, to paraphrase Johnny Lee in “Urban Cowboy”, if you’re looking for leadership in — or from — the Harris County Democratic Party, you’re looking in all the the wrong places.

    Comment by PDiddie | July 20, 2011

  2. Great comment. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 22, 2011

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