TX CD22 & LaRouchies-Six people equal a rally?? [View all]
Back in 2010, the local party did not run a strong candidate for the TX CD 22 because that race would be an impossible race to win. A LaRouchie candidate named Keisha Rogers won the nomination and the ran on the platform of impeaching President Obama. Many Democrats had to not vote a straight party ticket in 2010 to avoid voting for this person.
Keisha is running again. Last night was the ballot draw and there was evidently a Keisha Rogers Rally. I was at the event and saw Keisha and four or five of her supporters outside the library where the event was held. None of these supporters were precinct chairs and so did not have a vote at this meeting. We did a roll call and each of the larouchies made some statement about President Obama and were booed.
After the ballot draw, each candidate got to make a two minute speech and then our SDEC representative made a proposal that the county party endorse the guy running against Rogers (this resolution was blessed by the State Party in advance). During the debate of thise resolution, some precinct chairs asked Rogers if she really believed that the Queen of England was a drug dealer (she refused to answer this question) and asked Rogers about the larouchie posters with President Obama having a Hitler mustache which Rogers defended on the grounds that she was trying to stop a second holocaust (as a Jew, I was very offended). After the motion was passed by a vote of all 41 precinct chairs present, we ignored the larouchies and they left.
When I got home, I checked Rogers website to see if we were mentioned and saw that the six people (five supporters and the candidate were part of an official LaRoushie rally. This from her website http://kesharogers.com/node/73
Rally & Ballot Selection Event time:
Monday, March 12, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tonight is the drawing for ballot position on the upcoming May 29th Democratic primary election. Come out and support Kesha Rogers, to show the Ft. Bend County Democratic Party you want her to be the next U.S. Representative for district 22!
Rally outside the George Memorial Library at 6pm, ballot selection is inside the library at 7pm.
The party also adopted rules for the Senate District conventions that requires all attendees to these conventions and the state convention to sign a loyalty oath that includes a requirement that one supports the Party's candidates including President Obama.
I was surprised to see that five people and the candidate constituted a rally. In 2010, Keisha was an unknown. Now the party knows about her and we are passing out flyers warning voters about this candidate.