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Former Ward 5 Councilmember Vincent Orange is displeased with recent editorials in the Washington Post and Greater Greater Washington decrying the fact that the 81-member D.C. Democratic State Committee (It’s actually an 82-member group,but one seat is currently vacant but Deborah Royster is currently both the national committeewoman and Ward 4 president) has the power to appoint a councilmember to replace Almost Chairman Kwame Brown.
Orange, who just ran against Brown and lost, is thought to be a frontrunner for the committee’s pick. In an email to committee members, VO references the editorials and this blog post by Mike DeBonis, which wonders whether there’s a cheaper way to hold a special election in which turnout is expected to be ridiculously low.
Read VO’s email after the jump:
There is a movement to manipulate the DCDSC out of its power granted to us by the Home Rule Act. There is a desire to weaken the DCDSC by placing an Independent or Republican on the DC Council through the Special Election process. We must stay focus on the mission granted to us by the Home Rule Act. If this was a Republican At Large vacancy or Independent At-Large vacancy, there would not be an editorial entitled “Getting a leg up on D.C. Council”. We cannot let the Washington Post or Greater Greater Washington divide the DCDSC or manipulate the intent of the Home Rule Act.
See below the latest twist on the election process. Remember, no one contacted the DCDSC for comment on trying to amend the Home Rule Act.
Together we stand with the Home Rule Act, divided, we fall.
Vincent Orange DC Democratic National Committeeman
LL gives flair points for the last line, but in terms of style it’s not VO’s finest work.