I shelled out $5,000 to run as a Democrat expecting a nominal degree of support from the party, especially county chairs that can and often do control access to the media. I am not a new Democrat. I am a proud Democrat that has seen the party go downhill for several years now. There is no one person to blame for this demise. It just happened. There were and there are many contributors. The biggest contributor was and is complacency. Another contributor was the belief that you had to be “qualified” to run for office. Qualified was never quite defined but in many cases unless you were annointed by the illuminati, you were not qualified. Education, titles, degrees, experience did not matter. What mattered was the annointment. In my travels across the state I have met many fine Democrats. They have all been helpful to me and have given me invaluable advise as a candidate. These Democrats have introduced me to a world that as a young boy from South Texas never ever dreamed of seeing or living. To these Democrats I say “thank you”. The current condition of the TDP has many contributors but as they say in sports, “you always fire the coach”. The coach of the TDP is the chair. I never met anyone out there who had anything personal against the TDP chair. I certainly don’t. I believe in the two party system. I believe it makes our Democracy more honest. There is this mistaken belief that “safe” districts were made for Democrats. There is no such thing as a “safe” district for a Democrat. And acting like a Republican does not make the incumbent Democrat safe.
The process of rebuilding has to start now. The TDP is surrounded by mythology. One of the biggest is in regards to Hispanics. Trying to lure votes by dangling Hispanics in front of the electorate. That is not going to sway an election. The electorate is much more intelligent than that. Which brings me back to the same issue. You win and lose elections based on values. The Republicans in Austin are having a field day with Santuary Cities, Voter ID, Redistricting, abortion and the list goes on. This is a test of your hearing. Can you hear the public complaining? Democrats for sure but you have to remember History lesson two or three. “To the victor belong the spoils”. Folks the Republicans are feasting. The current leadership of the TDP and including the DNC are responsible for the downward slope. Time for new leadership.