I purposefully waited before posting about the recent elections. I was afraid that if I wrote too soon, anything I said in my excitement over the outcome would sound like gloating.
I wanted to be able to give due credit to those who deserved it, for the hard-fought races and the wins, and to recognize the efforts of those who were unsuccessful without demeaning those efforts.
I went to my first Returns Day ever yesterday, this is a two-hundred year old tradition here in Sussex, where the winners and losers come together to “bury the hatchet”, and to show that even though one party won and one party lost, that they recognize that to be able to govern effectively for the people, that they will have to work together in the coming days, months, and years.
So after experiencing this tradition first hand, I was finally in the right state of mind to write about the elections.
That was until I opened my email from the Sussex GOP Executive Committee announcing the next monthly meeting on Nov. 12th.
SUSSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012
20520 SAND HILL ROAD
GEORGETOWN, DE 19947
COME AND VENT!
THIS IS A CHANCE TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND IDEAS
REGARDING THE RECENT ELECTIONS AND THE PATH FORWARD.
This was the entire email, nothing added and nothing deleted.
Did I miss something?
I understand that on the state level, and the national offices, the Delaware GOP again fell short, but that is really no surprise. We have a lot of work to do in this regard.
But I am troubled when the “leadership” of the Sussex GOP sends out an email that says, “COME AND VENT!”.
This from the “leadership” of the one county in the state that had huge success in electing and re-electing Republicans.
Exactly what are we suppose to vent about?
Maybe we should vent about re-electing incumbents like Ruth Briggs-King, Danny Short, Dave Wilson, Gary Simpson, or maybe we should be venting about Gerald Hocker moving successfully from the House to the Senate, or about Mr. Gray taking his place in the House. We even held all of our County Council seats that were challenged from without and within.
Maybe we should be venting about electing the young guns of Sussex, possibly the hardest working candidate Ernie Lopez, who defeated an openly gay man in the Rehoboth area, one who was endorsed by both Gov. Markell and Rep. Schwartzkopf, the unexpected Steve Smyk, who was attacked by outside agitators, or the lightning in a bottle Brian Pettyjohn, who stepped up and threw himself into a whirlwind full of hornets.
Or maybe we are expected to vent about the unsung hero of the entire election cycle, Rich Collins, yes he lost, but by a margin so small that John Atkins may not get a good night’s sleep from now until the next election.
I am truly troubled that the email sent by the Sussex GOP “leadership” announcing the first meeting following an election, that should be regarded as a real success for Sussex County, has the statement of,”COME AND VENT!”.
Instead of a positive message such as, “come out and share our successes”, or “come out and cheer our winners”, but no, we are encouraged to,,”COME AND VENT!”.
Granted, the second part of the message seems a bit more positive, “THIS IS A CHANCE TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND IDEAS
REGARDING THE RECENT ELECTIONS AND THE PATH FORWARD.”
That’s the easy part, look to the campaigns that were successful and realize it is about hard work, and finding the candidate that fits the race. Not about sitting in a room and venting.
This is not a positive message in my opinion, it is a message from a faction within the party that see the wins we achieved, as losses for their narrow political views.