Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ronnie Dugger Endorses Rachel Barrios-Van Os

Legendary progressive journalist Ronnie Dugger (Recently featured in “Ronnie Dugger: The Free Man", Austin American-Statesman, 4-29-2012) endorses Rachel’s campaign for State Party Chair:
“Speaking as a Texan and lifelong observer of Texas politics, if I’ve ever seen a political party that desperately needs a new style of leadership, it’s the Texas Democratic Party. It hasn’t won a statewide election in 18 years, and now it has fallen to its lowest point in the history of Texas, holding no statewide offices and only 48 seats in the 150-member Texas House of Representatives.
This record is a disgrace to the proud history of the Texas of old.
The candidacy of Rachel Barrios-Van Os for the Texas Democratic State Party Chairmanship is like a bugle call to alert all Texas Democrats that their Party must come back to life and fight like hell for Barack Obama to carry Texas in 2012.
Rachel is a strong, tough Texas woman who is a born fighter and visionary. She offers the winner’s style and attitude that Texas Democrats desperately need. Rachel’s decision to run for the party chairmanship gives me more hope for the Democratic Party in Texas than I have felt in a long time.”
-- Ronnie Dugger
Winner of the George Polk Career Award in Journalism for 2011
Author, Our Invaded Universities, The Politician (Lyndon B; Johnson biography), and other critically acclaimed books
Founding Editor, The Texas Observer (for identification only)

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