Democratic State Committee Cat Fight!
In LL's column this week, he quotes an anonymous D.C. Democratic State Committee member as saying: "There a lot of people on the state committee who see it as: you have to pay your dues ... It’s very much a closed, inside network."
For proof backing up that statement, let's look at a digital catfight brewing online between two members of the committee. (Why this matters: the 81-member DCDSC will be picking the city's next councilmember at the beginning of next year.)
It begins with Paige Wedderburn, a Ward 2 committee member, sending the DCDSC's private listserv this e-mail: "Why is it that I hear the chair wants nothing but Ward 5 people as the heads of the DCDSC? And why urge us to vote for Vince Orange?"
To which ex-officio member Barrie Daneker, who LL is assuming is a Ward 5 resident since he just lost an ANC race there, responds: "For a member who on a rare occasions attends meetings (albeit in hip pajamas) and hardly does anything for the DCDSC, you sure have taken a big liberty! I'll be sure to reach out to you if I'm having a slumber party!"
Wedderburn, obviously no shrinking violet, tells Daneker to "back off." "And yes I attend meeting in my pajamas. What of it? IS THERE A DRESS CODE I'm NOT AWARE OF? ... I've aways [sic] been an advocate of the truth and am not about to cover it up. That is just not fair and not what a representative of DC should be doing. ... And I'll be sure to reach out to you to remind you when you're voted the village idiot."
Yikes! Nobody said democracy was pretty, people.