ADP Chair Mark Kennedy spoke in Huntsville last night. In this video segment, he lays out his plans to rebuild the party: training, candidate recruitment, a state party that gives help instead of just taking money, and finally... a warning to county committee and chairmen who "just meet every 2 years to collect qualifying checks."
They have a few months to clean up their act before the ADP finds people to replace them.
Those were strong words in a no-nonsense speech that blended practical politics with the more idealistic notions that "we're all in this together" and are people who believe in "the fundamental rights of all people."
The reaction from the crowd was favorable. Judge Kennedy was swamped with folks before and after his speech and everyone I spoke with had a favorable - or even enthusiastic - reaction to our new ADP Chair.
On the flip is a partial transcript of his speech and the actual YouTube video. It's a must-read and must-watch for the rank and file party folks who are out there every election putting up signs, knocking on doors, making calls, etc.
If Judge Kennedy can pull it off, we'll finally have a state Democratic Party that's more a help to campaigning than a hindrance. That's the best news I've heard all year!