This will guarantee that I don’t get another “exclusive” email from Dwight Pelz, but what the heck.
The Democratic Victory Circle is a boneheaded idea. The last thing you should try to do, especially when you’re leading a political party, is ever try to be “exclusive” with your communication. Instead of taking a page from Colorado vice-chair Dan Slater who blogs out in the open, Washington State Democratic Chairman Pelz is sending emails seeking donations in exchange for “insider” gossip.
From the pitch:
Special Benefits Include:
- Participation in quarterly Democratic Victory Circle events with recognized speakers and/or elected officials (i.e. nationally recognized pollsters)
- Regular updates from Chairman Dwight Pelz on state and national political developments, projects, and events
- Recognition at Washington State Democratic Party events
- Special reduced rate to attend Washington State Democratic Party events
- Photo opportunities with State and Federal elected officials
- Special recognition in Washington State Democratic Party publications and website
This kind of “insider” stuff is one of the reasons I don’t like politics.
I understand the attraction of the recognition stuff and the reduced rates, photo opportunities and other stuff that don’t particularly attract me. I don’t participate in politics so people will like me, but rather to make the world a better place (I know how stupid that sounds). Writing special emails to a special group of folks who have paid for the privilege is a quick way to making politics unbearable.
The sad thing is that his notes would actually make a nice blog post, but for some reason, instead of actually sharing what he thinks Pelz wants folks to pay for it. The really sad thing is that I don’t think he expected anyone to copy and paste what he wrote.