Any talk about demise of the Democratic Party is premature and perhaps wistful thinking!
There is no doubt that the vote against seating Senator-elect Kevin Rodriquez at the hands of every Democratic Senator, save one, has caused a body blow to the Democratic Party. But the Party is not about one candidate or senator or groups of either. And each elected official should act in accord with the laws of the land and their conscience.
Yes, we support those running on the Party ticket and Platform. We take positions and urge but cannot dictate that they be adhered to. We do not remove individuals from our Party but actions are weighed in terms of future support.
The Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands, under the charter of the National Democratic Party Is, has always been and will remain an organization of individuals organized around principles and purpose developed in service to the people of the Territory. I want to assure my fellow Democrats that our foundation – the principles and our purpose – remain unshaken today.
We as a Party cannot condone or support the process of the recent session and therefore neither the outcome. We are weighing our options going forward Submitted by, Donna M Christensen, MD State Chair
I have a few issues with this editorial, or whatever it is.
1. “There is no doubt that the vote against seating Senator-elect Kevin Rodriquez at the hands of every Democratic Senator, save one, has caused a body blow to the Democratic Party.”. Well, I don’t see why upholding the rules of eligibility for candidacy should ever be considered a blow to any party. I actually applaud the Senators for their vote. As a rule, I detest party politics as a bastardization of the democratic process. But, in this case, I think these members acted appropriately, hopefully not as members of a party, but as elected representatives.
2. This statement was written “by Source Staff”. So, “Yes, we support those running on the Party ticket and Platform.”, I guess makes it very clear of the liberal bias of this news forum, and we therefore should be sure to never view the Source as an unbiased outlet for the reporting of news. That’s just in case it wasn’t already apparent. Alternatively, as the last paragraph states, should this not have stated “by Donna M Christensen, MD State Chair”, instead of “by Source Staff”?