After weeks of speculation, Jennifer Moore has decided to step down as chairman of our state party. While I realize there are several reasons for this I think it has a lot to do with the percieved failures of our party at the state level in the last election. While some of this critisizm does have some base, I believe we can far from blame Ms. Moore for the failings. The truth is we did have some successes with her at the helm. From her email:
As I prepare to return full-time to my law practice in Louisville, I have reflected on all we have accomplished together the past 21 months during my tenure as KDP Chair and Vice Chair. Together, we took part in an astounding renewal of the Kentucky Democratic Party. We helped elect Governor Steve Beshear, won five of seven special elections, and maintained every Democratic seat in Congress and picked up seats in the State House and State Senate. I believe firmly that we are now positioned to take back Senator Wendell Ford's seat in 2010.
Together, we did so much more than campaigns as usual. We concentrated on building the party from the ground up. We increased the number of Democrats who participated in the reorganization of the party from the precinct level to State Central to more than 5,000, many of whom are new to the party. We hosted a free training for all Democratic candidates, county chairs, and activists. We devoted a substantial amount of money to developing one of the best voter files in the country and providing that as an in-kind contribution to all Democratic candidates, a program unheard of in other states. We focused on being a party of inclusion by communicating regularly through our weekly email blasts, monthly electronic newsletter, talking points to elected officials and party leaders, and our redesigned website. And, in order to accomplish all of this, with your help we raised more than $3 million since December 2007.
We could not have done any of this without your leadership and the dedication and commitment of our Governor, Vice Chair Nathan Smith, elected officials, county chairs, and the entire staff at KDP. I have witnessed a desire for change that has made being your Chair one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
I for one got to meet Ms. Moore several times and found her a most bright, articulate leader and a defianate asset to our party. She always treated me with respect and never refrained to thank me for the work I had done on the various campaigns. She did her best under tough circumstances and put much work into the rebuilding of our party. The only beef I would have with her is the fact that the KDP under her leadership failed to help us in the First Congressional District with Heather Ryan.
But overall, I found Jennifer Moore to be a classy lady, who tried her best to forward our party in a tough year with an unpopular candidate in Kentucky at the top of the ticket.
So, to Jennifer Moore I would like to say thank you for your class, and your dedication as leader of our party. I wish you all the best in all the endeavors you pursue in your very bright future.