Big changes to the DCCC?

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Half the city probably doesn't realize there is such a thing as the Democratic County Central Committee, and most of the other half doesn't realize how powerful it is. The daily papers never cover the DCCC meetings and rarely write about the elections that choose the members of an organization that runs the local Democratic Party -- and controls local party endorsements. But it's a serious factor in local politics -- the party slate in a Democratic town is one of the most influential endorsements around. And a lot of the city's current elected leaders started off as members of the DCCC.

For the past few years, progressives have held a majority on the DCCC, but it's always up in the air, particularly since every elected state and federal Democrat who lives in SF is automatically an ex-officio voting member. So Senator Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Nancy Pelosi both get to vote (actually, the never show up; they send proxies). Gavin Newsom had a vote until he moved to Marin. You get the picture.

And now, with reapportionment, the part has to change its rules. Under the current system, 12 members are elected from each of the city's two Assembly districts -- but under the new lines, Tom Ammiano's Assembly district will expand beyond the eastern side of town and he'll now represent 61 percent of the Democratic voters in the city. Fiona Ma's district moves south into San Mateo, and she'll only represent 39 percent of the Democrats.

So now the state has to reapportion the DCCC. Three LGBT members describe the process in a B.A.R. piece here. It seems to me that the easiest thing to do is to add five more members on the east side of town. Good for getting more San Franciscans involved in local politics. Good for the diversity of the DCCC. And good because the more directly elected members you have, the less the ex officios influence the committee.

Seems like a fair easy fix. 

Comments

I didn't know the DCCC needs to have gay representation.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

Making the DCCC more narrow in who it represents means more people will get involved in politics.

Makes perfect sense, represent less people so more people will get involved.

good grief.

Posted by matlock on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

That no one paid attention to its endorsements in either the last election or the one before it.

Aaron "Tiny" Peskin - a legend in his own mind.

Posted by H. Monk-Brown CI on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

You're obviously forgetting the 2nd place endorsement that they gave to Malia Cohen.

Posted by Steroidal Progressive on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

But they salvaged a clean sweep with a single second-place pick?

Er, OK.

A DCCC endorsement is almost as big a kiss of death as a SFBG endorsement or a Green Party endorsement.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

A broken clock is correct twice a day, :-)

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

Nobody pays attention to the DCCC anyway, so mods should stop spending big money to try to win the DCCC, and just forfeit the election to progressives. For their own good, you know. I'm concerned about the business community losing their hard-earned money.

Posted by Greg on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

You said it Eric, the Mods earn their money

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

government controlled by activists.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

Eric.

I was, however, being sarcastic.

Posted by Greg on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

The problem occurs in years like this when there is a large turnout, including many voters who don't follow local politics. They see the DCCC endorsements and assume that they come from the party of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

In the off years there is a higher percentage of voters who follow the locals. It doesn't take more than a few seconds exposure to Peskin for a voter to have a visceral reaction that he, and his machinations, should not be trusted (if Peskin didn't exist the mods would have had to invent him -- there could NOT be a worse spokesperson for any cause)..

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

That's for sheeples.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

Which also applies to those who march in mindless goose-step to the SF Kronikle and SF Execrable.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Jan. 25, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

Giants go!

H Monk-Brown CI - Tenderloin

Posted by H. Monk-Brown CI on Jan. 25, 2012 @ 2:58 pm