I know that a lot of party activists and insiders have been very supportive of Dianne Wilkerson’s campaign. As Democrats, it’s important that we rally behind the winner of the primary. However, Wilkerson’s sticker campaign makes this a unique situation: what do her party activist supporters do? Continue to support her, or unite behind the Democratic Nominee?
Well, I think the decision is obvious – Sonia’s politics are progressive, she’s energetic and will make a great State Senator. However, for those who can’t be compelled by common sense, it’s important to weigh the consequences of bucking the will of the Democratic Party’s voters. For starters, anyone who is a member of the DSC and would rather like remaining one, they should immediately make clear that they do not support Dianne at this point in time.
Why? According to Section 3 of the Democratic State Committee bylaws, supporting the opponent of the Democratic Nominee is direct grounds for removal. Members of local town, city and ward committees should take note – most local committees share the same policy.
Of course, I hope that the establishment that supported Dianne Wilkerson that extended beyond the party will take heed, too. MassEquality should note Sonia’s amazing numbers in Jamaica Plain, for example, which has an extremely high proportion of GLBT voters. If Sonia didn’t have the vocal and active support of the glbt community in her soon-to-be district, she simply wouldn’t have won the race. Continuing to buck those voters will cost volunteers and contributions – not to mention credibility.
I only wish Wilkerson could have remained above the fray in this election. As a losing incumbent, she could have taken the respectful route and worked on her problems and continued to be an advocate over the next two years, running in the next primary, respecting the Democratic process of the party she’s been elected to represent over the past 15 years. Instead, she pulled a Joe Lieberman, embracing the politics of division and choosing to try to tear this district apart in her quest to stay in power. The utter waste of resources – that could be spent in local and national races (races that we need to win) – is disparaging. But, the fact that she thinks her opinion is more worthy than the opinion of the party she’s been elected from these past years is intolerable.