Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Leslie the Loser Goes Negative

From the Fairfax Connection- "Byrne Looks to November- Democrats say they are likely to take 11th District." February 6, 2008:
  • "'Byrne said she has an advantage over her two potential primary opponents because she is an experienced legislator. She would enter the House of Representatives with one term of seniority and more experience."Being an executive is not quite the same thing as being a legislator," said Byrne.
  1. Leslie's legislative successes:

  • This picture was taken today. On the stump, Leslie is claiming that her token legislative fix- requiring trucks to cover their cargo is some astonishing accomplishment. Ill have to read that bill, but im guessing the language is slightly less complicated then a bill to withdraw the US Military from Iraq.

2. One term of seniority?
I don't see how this is a plus. Seems sort of strange to campaign on 'experience' from just 2 years in office, after which Leslie has done nothing but lose campaign after campaign.
So Leslie is in favor of the seniority system?

"And the House went even further, empowering party leaders to choose committee chairmen -- and remove them -- without any consideration of seniority. The rule changes altered the way the House worked. Power was far more centralized, making the body more efficient..."

Member of a party with the most unbroken service… Does not take into account individual expertise of members, the ability to have a good working relationship with other members, or loyalty to the party's general objectives and programme…. Resulted in most of the chairman being much older than the average member.. 'senility system' Seniority system helped those members who were from one-party areas where, in practice they faced little real competition at
elections." (The American Political Process- by Alan R. Grant- 2004)

The Seniority System Isnt Automatic.

Times Have Changed.

Many current and former elected officals have been quoted expressing their distain for Leslie and her 'slash and Byrne' style of politics. Leslie hasnt been to kind hereself.

Thus, in the unlikley event Leslie was elected- she and the citizens of Virginia's 11th district would be in the back bench.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Leslie Byrne Breaks Democratic Party Rules, Corrupts 11th District and Fairfax Democatic Committee

The following people need to be fired / resign their posts immediately: Larry Byrne- 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee Bruce Nielson- Current treasurer of the Leslie Byrne Campaign and the Fairfax Democratic Committee Does anyone really thing that the Byrne campaign's and the Fairfax County Democratic Committee's books can be completely separate in Bruce Nielson's mind?

Is Larry Byrne acting in the best interests of the entire 11th District Democratic Party of Virginia, or just his wife’s? Thankfully, there are rules against such blatant corruption! Check out the Democratic Party Of Virginia's BYLAWS!

Section 6.6 Duties
Each district committee shall have entire charge and full control of all matters relating to congressional nominations and elections within its district. It shall be the duty of each district committee to perfect the Democratic organization within its district, and see to the proper discharge of their duties by county and city committees or other constituent committees within the congressional district. Committee members should know and understand their responsibility under Section 10.8 and the exception stated in Section 10.9.
Section 6.7 Removal from District Committee
Each district committee may remove from office and membership on the Central Committee and the district committee any member who shall miss three (3) consecutive meetings without cause or who shall be guilty of neglect of any duty imposed upon such members. ...
Section 6.8 Nomination of Candidates for House of Representatives
It shall be the duty of each district committee to fix the time, place and method of nominating in its congressional district a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives....
Section 10.8 Party Support
No Democratic committee member or officer of any Democratic committee shall publicly support, endorse, or assist any candidate opposed to a Democratic nominee. In the event any Democratic committee member shall undertake such public activity, the appropriate Democratic committee shall remove said person from office.
Such action shall not be taken
without at least ten (10) days written notice to the accused member and an opportunity for him or her to refute such charges. In the event that no action is taken against such person, the district committee shall initiate the necessary action. The Steering Committee may take further action within the thirty (30) days after the receipt of a written complaint by any member of the Democratic Party in relation to such matters.
Section 10.9 Candidate Support
The obligations and duties imposed on any county, city or district committee or the Central Committee and their members in this Plan shall not be deemed to require support of any candidate who is publicly supporting a nominee on the ticket of any other political party in any general election where Democratic candidates for office appear on the ballot, or who publicly supports any other candidate opposed to a Democratic nominee.