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Young Dems Get Skunked By Arlington’s Elected Officials


When someone got shutout on our college foosball table, we’d tell them they got skunked. Well, tonight the Arlington Young Democrats got skunked by Arlington’s Democratic elected officials.

Zero Democratic officials attended tonight’s Arlington Young Democrats elections. The same Arlington Young Democrats who sent volunteers to multiple Congressional districts across Virginia this year. Who are the backbone of any Arlington County Democratic Committee volunteer event. Who get flak from any Arlington Democratic official whose campaign they don’t deliver 110% support for.

How many Dem officials who no-showed tonight's @Arlingto... on TwitpicI asked several AYD officials why there wasn’t a single Democratic official (including zero ACDC representatives) in attendance. Did invitations not go out? Were they told not to attend? No, they told me – every one of Arlington’s Democratic leaders said they had a conflict. Yet not one AYD leader would say a bad word to me about any of those people & offered hope that those officials would attend the upcoming AYD holiday party.

As I walked out, I took this cell pic of all the Arlington Democratic elected official name tags still sitting untouched on the check-in table. How many of those same elected officials will be demanding AYD’s full & unconditional support for their own campaigns next November?

Former Arlington County Democratic Committee Chair Peter Rousselot & former Lt. Gov. candidate Mike Signer were both there to show their support for Arlington Young Democrats. Tonight I had to wonder why the no-shows are Arlington’s elected officials – and people like Peter & Mike aren’t.

  • DanielK

    Young Dems are the backbone of the party and should never be disrespected or taken for granted like that.  I have never met Peter but I think the world of Mike Signer and believe they haven’t forgotten their time when they were young Dems like many who were “skunked” tonight were.  Jaime was elected tonight and she’ll be the leader of the troopers who will be pounding the pavements for those candidates.  Every single official had a conflict is a little hard to believe…..

    Hopefully your article will serve as a friendly reminder for those who had “conflicts” tonight.

  • leedynamo

    When he was outgoing ACDC Chair, he was there as the official vote counter.

    Don’t pound the pavement for St. Sen Mary Margaret Whipple since all she does is trash young voters and work against the interests of NOvA activists.

    I think this party needs a massive blood transfusion.

  • realclearwin

    You know what I see? I see an awful lot of name tags and nobody is wearing them. I’m sure some, possibly many, of those officials actually had a conflict and thats fine but I also find it extremely hard to believe that they all did. To this 23 year old activist it seems that YD’s get disrespected because they are normally unable to donate large sums of money to campaigns. Frankly, if all of the teens, 20’s and 30’s in that room were going around making $1000 donations I bet a few more folks would have found the time to show up.

    Politicians always gripe and complain about how hard it is to turn out the youth vote or get young people to volunteer…hey guys…this is why! Getting young people involved in politics takes effort from both sides and it is clear that the YD’s put forth the effort in this case going so far as to send invites and event print up name tags. It is absolutely ridiculous that elected officials who want as many young folks as they can get making calls and knocking on doors for them when campaign season roles around won’t stop by for a half hour and shake a few hands.

    Seems to me that the relationship between young people and politics is caught in a vicious circle right now. Young folks don’t get involved and can’t give large donations so campaigns/candidates/elected officials don’t try nearly hard enough to reach out to them and the cycle continues. this is a perfect example of that.

  • blue bronc

    As a former politician I cannot find any excuse for the snubs. It might take an hour out of a busy or not busy schedule to show up and say “HI – Thank you for helping me”. People in politics know electeds tend to have somewhat full calendars, along with private lives to live, so they are pretty forgiving about popping in and out of events.

    One of my first lessons of political life was it really is okay for a politician to show up late, say “HI”, do a quick round of the room and leave early.  But, every successful politician I know will give a few minutes to as many events as possible. They show up at events because it is good for them and their volunteers and supporters.

    The YD are great fun, they were important for my races and I tried to make as many of their events as possible.  One of my interns went on to head the YD in my former state and also became a successful campaign manager. One YD became my campaign manager for my last race. She too learned a lot that will help her during her political career (once she takes that next step).

  • you mean to tell me that our new DPVA Chairman Brian Moron was not there?

    I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

    Oops, meant to say: “. . . our new DPVA Chairman Brian Moran . . . ”  

  • englin

    Funny . . . I didn’t see Miles or Lowell at Team Englin’s free Holiday Party with Tom Perriello on Tuesday.  Lots of other YDs and Arlington Democrats were there.  

    Hmmm . . . I guess they don’t care about saying thanks to one of the few gutsy progressives in Congress.  (Or maybe they just had a conflict and I shouldn’t jump to snarky conclusions about my friends.)  🙂

    David Englin