How I Lost My Faith in CDA and the Democratic Process
One month ago, Kimberley Bishop and I had just wrapped up a five state tour we did the weekend after we announced that we were running for President and Vice President of College Democrats of America. Before embarking on a road trip with one of my best friends to meet with college Democrats along the east coast, I was excited. I was eager to meet with the grassroots activists that make the Democratic Party so unique. However, as Kimberley and I quickly found out, things are not so peachy within not only CDA, but the Democratic Party as a whole.
During our trip and various phone conversations, I talked with people who shared similar stories to what I have experienced myself: blackmail, threats, and/or false rumors to people running for president of state federations by the current CDA leadership; and no, not the slew of people who were conveniently appointed within the last few weeks since the current president announced his bid for reelection.
The brash behavior of adults this political season seems to be setting the example for current and future leaders within College Democrats of America. When candidates for President of the United States behave this way, it is easy to explain why young adults behave this way, too. However, the behavior of current CDA leaders causes people to think of College Democrats as “kids in suits” and not the party leaders of the future that we should be striving to become. I am leaving this race because I do not wish to lead an organization that has leaders that do not want to better themselves and realize the real reason why CDA exists and what it can actually do to better the Democratic Party.
Beyond just what is happening within CDA, let’s talk about the thousands of death threats Roberta Lange, my mentor and Chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party, received after the Nevada Democratic Convention. Let’s go one step further: Let’s talk about how I am receiving death threats from supporters of Bernie Sanders since I caucused for Secretary Clinton in my home state of Nevada in February and was running for President of CDA. They think that I would become a super delegate to the convention (which is not the case; Marv and his recently appointed Vice President will be super delegates). Being threatened and blackmailed by members (and a former member) of CDA is one thing; but to hear specifically “you and Hillary both deserve a bullet in your head. Her for being a criminal and you for being so retarded that you can’t see that she is Lucifer in the flesh.” or “People like you in the establishment are (explicative) disgusting. You are the problem with America” or “You and your buddy Roberta should be buried in the same grave.” and so on and so on is absolutely unacceptable. To think that these comments came from fellow Democrats is almost unthinkable. I’ve been told on multiple occasions that this is just what happens, that this is normal; but just because this type of behavior happens does not mean that it should be accepted as a part of the political world that cannot be changed.
So with that, I am suspending my campaign for National President of College Democrats of America. I look forward to the day that this organization finally fixes its problem with hunger for power and makes it its mission to elect Democrats, not build their resume and flex their power over people. However much people may try, this is not House of Cards; this is College Democrats. I also look forward to the day when Democrats start working together instead of trying to tear each other apart. The bullying and threatening that we knock Donald Trump for is the same type of behavior that is going on in CDA and within the Democratic Party. If we can not see the good in our party and each other, Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States.
I wish Braxton and Marv the best in their campaigns and hope they strive to make CDA the inclusive organization it use to be.