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Nader calls for resignation of Democrat chair Terry McAuliffe

Nader Calls for Immediate Resignation of Terry McAuliffe; Describes Him as "Unworthy of Serving in any Capacity in U.S. Politics"
Common Dreams
NOVEMBER 15, 2004
 http://www.commondreams.org/news2004/1115-02.htm


WASHINGTON -- November 15 -- Washington, DC: Ralph Nader today called for the immediate resignation of Terry McAuliffe as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Nader described the Democratic Party as losing its direction under his leadership, not knowing what it stands for and taking its base for granted. He also criticized McAuliffe for condoning and participating in "constitutional crimes" in his efforts to keep Nader-Camejo off the ballot.

The letter highlighted how the traditional Democratic base is abandoning the party including Latinos, workers, low wage earners, women, youth and liberals. Nader noted: "You have taken the Democratic base for granted and as a result are losing support among Americans who should be supporting an alternative to the Republican Party."

Regarding the attack on the Nader-Camejo campaign Nader pointed to "harassment and intimidation of people who circulated and signed our petitions, dirty tricks at ballot access conventions and phony lawsuits." He quoted democratic party operatives who said one pupose was to bleed the campaign dry of resources to emphasize that this effort was not about trying to ensure the law was being followed. He described the Democratic Party efforts as "political bigotry" based in a belief that "the United States as a two-party dictatorship rather than a robust democracy with diverse voices."

Nader urged the Democratic Party to do some soul searching to examine why they have been losing to the most extreme Republican candidates for two decades. Nader said McAuliffe's "immediate resignation would be a first step toward a reappraisal of the direction of the Democratic Party so that it stops evading and scapegoating but instead looks at itself directly in the mirror."

November 15, 2004

Terry McAuliffe, Chairman
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington DC 20003

Dear Mr. McAuliffe:

I am writing to request your immediate resignation as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Under your leadership the Democratic Party has lost its direction, no longer knows what it stands for and as a result is losing to many of the most extreme Republican candidates in history. You have taken the Democratic base for granted and as a result are losing support among Americans who should be supporting an alternative to the Republican Party, e.g., according to CNN exit polls 38% of union members voted for Bush as did 40% of those with union members in their households, 42% of those earning $15,000-$30,000, 44% of those who earn under $50,000 and 44% of Latinos, 45% of youth (aged 18-29), 13% of liberals - even 11% of Democrats voted for Bush! Even significantly lower percentages would still have been an astonishing abandonment.

The anti-democratic activities you condoned, funded and participated in against the Nader-Camejo independent campaign were constitutional crimes that make you unworthy of serving in any capacity in U.S. politics. Harassment and intimidation of people who circulated and signed our petitions, dirty tricks at ballot access conventions and phony lawsuits in order to prevent voters from being allowed to vote for the candidates of their choice needs to be rejected by the political parties. As Democratic operatives told The Washington Post on August 24, one of the goals of this litigation was "to neutralize his campaign by forcing him to spend money and resources defending these things." You and many members of your party showed a political bigotry that sees the United States as a two-party dictatorship rather than a robust democracy with diverse voices.

The Democratic Party needs to examine its failures honestly. Over the last two decades there has been a steady decline in electoral success at the local, state and national level. Your immediate resignation would be a first step toward a reappraisal of the direction of the Democratic Party so that it stops evading and scapegoating but instead looks at itself directly in the mirror.

Sincerely,

Ralph Nader

homepage: homepage: http://www.votenader.org/

Ironic isn't it 16.Nov.2004 16:32

whoduthunkit

Isn't it amazing that after all the Nader bashing....he's the one sticking up for the democratic party and asking for recounts to prove Kerry won the election.

Kerry the boner turned out to be exactly what everyone thought, a friend of the wealthy elite, not the American people. I wonder how much he got paid to throw the election. I wonder if he has to give it back if when we expose the fraudulent election.

Where'd all the money go? 16.Nov.2004 16:55

indy

As another indymedia poster asked--where is all the money set aside by the Kerry campaign for lawyers to contest the election? From what I understand, the Kerry fund has over 50 million dollars. Why are Ralph Nader, Bev Harris, the Greens and Libertarians having to fork over the thousands of dollars it takes to pay for recounts when the Democrats could easily dip into their huge fund? The answer does seem to indicate that Kerry was in on the fix.

Mmmm, waffles. 16.Nov.2004 17:50

Colby

I don't know why, but every time I see the name "Terry McAuliffe" my brain sees the word "Waffles."

Maybe it's because the DNC are wafflers, I dunno, but I could go for some syrup right about now.

I open question for Nader 16.Nov.2004 18:13

Fred C. Dobbs

I don't get, it my first reaction was "What is that your business"? Why help make the Dems better? Isn't it better to just carry on campaigning against their policies and candidates?

Fred C. Dobbs 16.Nov.2004 18:34

George Bender

Nader's not trying to make the Dems better, he's trying to tell them they suck.


It's not about the candidates 16.Nov.2004 18:53

indy

Nader's efforts and other vote fraud actions are not about the tweedledum candidates but about protection of the validity of our vote. One hopeful outcome is that more and more voters will realize that not only is the vote fixed but the major party candidates are just two heads on the same corporate body.

Where is Kerry now? 16.Nov.2004 19:13

juliana

Where is Michael Moore? The millionaire can't contribute to the re-count effort but thinks he can trash 'progressives' and third party supporters. Very suspicious....

I voted for Nader but couldn't be very vocal about it without having to constantly defend myself here in Eugene Oregon. Now progressives owe Nader a huge apology. He's still fighting for us.

Nader Critic Speaks 16.Nov.2004 20:06

Anarchy-nonymous

Ralph Nader's actions since Nov. 2 have made a very positive impression on me. I still disagree with some things he's done, but I have to give Ralph credit for what he's doing now. Very disappointed with John Kerry.

if there's 1 thing I really respect about Ralph Nader 16.Nov.2004 21:52

ex-democrat voter

It's his ability to make his detractors look like idiots. I'm really please by the 3rd parties in this election and their response to the voter fraud. I would have been satisfied voting for any 1 of them and I couldn't be happier to have not voted for Kerry or Bush.

Ralph is Great 17.Nov.2004 12:50

Let's stop the shit

Ralph Nader is the greatest living American. As an above post said look at all he's done for the country just since the election. He not in for the short run he's in it for the long hual let's stop wasting time Nader in 2008. Let's work for the next four years and knock on every door in America as many times as it takes to get Ralph elected. And re-elected in 2012.

NADER '08 & '12