I just walked out of the North Andover Democratic Caucus completely disgusted. It was run with all the democracy of a Politburo election.
The meeting was called to order and the chair asked if anyone else wanted to run for delegate.
I asked if any delegates were supporting Deval Patrick, the person whom I came out to support. I was told that I was out of order and that they would “walk me through it.” They then put the names of the candidates on the board and handed out ballots. There was absolutely no way to know who was supporting which candidates. None of the delegates made speeches or distributed information. Only a list of the “North Andover Unity Slate” was distributed.
If this is how establishment Democrats run things, no wonder Democrats can’t capture the corner office. As Democrats, we should be committed to honesty, openness, and accountability. When people come out to take part in the process, they ought not to be shushed and given a meaningless ballot.
Are there any North Andover Dems out there who want to get active in trying to reform this Town Committee?