Thursday, June 18, 2009

Endorsement: Jeff Bell for Democratic Party Chair

The party that I see today is bold, innovative and adaptive. -Peter Corroon, endorsing Wayne Holland

While I love Peter Corroon, I couldn't disagree more with this statement.

Bold? Some definitions:

1. not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero.
2. not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent: He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.
3. necessitating courage and daring; challenging: a bold adventure.
4. beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative: Einstein was a bold mathematician. a difficult problem needing a bold answer.
5. striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy: a bold pattern.
6. steep; abrupt: a bold promontory.

None of these are attributes I give to the Utah Democratic Party. If anything, they try too hard to NOT rock the boat.

Innovative? Having a web site for the sake of having a web site is so 2002. (in fact, the first campaign to utilize the internet effectively was Jesse Ventura in 1998.) Knocking on doors to win campaigns is a great idea, as Patrice Arent showed. However doing things that have been done before, and a decade earlier, is not innovative. (and, I'm sure Sen Arent didn't invent door knocking.)

Granted, the "run a candidate three times to win" thing is innovative, but not very expedient. And what successes there have been belie that strategy.

However, bold, innovative, and adaptive ARE words I'd use to describe Jeff Bell.

One need only look at the video Jeff created in reaction to Holland's "Bold in Utah" Campaign Web site.

Now, can you imagine that level of communication and counter punch, immediately after a dumb statement from Our Republican friends (Gary Herbert, Orrin Hatch, Jason Chaffetz, Gayle Buttars)?

That is the future. The Future can be now, if you join with me in voting for Jeff Bell for Utah Democratic Party Chair.

-Bob Aagard
Former state party employee
Founder, Mormons for Obama, Mormons for Dean
Candidate, Salt Lake County Secretary 2005.

UPDATE: I'm going to be posting several posts about this race today and tomorrow. I'll include links below for you:

Jeff Bell on the issues

From The SideTrack


Anonymous said...

Good to know that you know more than Mayor Corroon. Maybe you should run against him.

Bob said...

Did I say I knew more than the mayor? No.

And if I support the mayor in general, why would I run against him?

I disagree with his statement, which was probably ghostwritten anyway.