At tonight’s meeting of the Democratic State Committee incumbent Gus Bickford was re-elected with 63% of the vote (including mine) with 24% going to Mike Lake and 13% to Bob Massie. I was impressed with how much thought and effort the two challengers put into their candidacies and am honestly a bit surprised by the result. I would not have predicted a winner, but I might have predicted that nobody would get a first-ballot majority. There seemed to be a bit of an organized effort from outside the DSC to promote Bob Massie’s candidacy the likes of which I had not seen for previous chair races. Gus did spend part of his campaign speech apologizing for his role in the CD1 matter and committed to implementing the Jacques report recommendations, but those will take some time.
The other interesting thing we did tonight was taking the historic step of ratifying a collective bargaining agreement with IBEW to represent party staff. I believe this has become a bit of a trend among Democratic entities.