Ron Melton attacks Black Caucus

September 4, 2006

Email for Ron Melton, chairman of the Escambia Democratic Executive Committee:

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: 9/4/06

FROM: RON MELTON

ESCAMBIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY


LAST MINUTE ENDORSEMENTS BY PHONY BLACK CAUCUS

 

Anyone receiving last minute endorsements from a group calling itself the Democratic Black Caucus should be forewarned that this so called caucus is not recognized or supported by the Escambia Democratic Executive Committee. The phony caucus is purportedly made up of two men who are trying to bamboozle Democrats and the African American Community into thinking the Democratic Party is backing their candidates. The caucus is a sham concocted by a man who claims to be the campaign manager for Edwin Roberts and Charles Thornton. Before voting for either of these candidates you should consider the source of this type of last minute misinformation campaign.

_____________________

RO Note: Hard to verify Melton’s claim on a holiday. We’ll make some calls.

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13 Responses to “Ron Melton attacks Black Caucus”

  1. Megan Says:

    Mr. Melton is being a whole lot less than truthful on this issue. It is my understanding that the Black Caucus is fully recognized by the Florida Democratic Party. It would be a safe guess to say that Melton fears for his position on the Democratic Executive Committee. He is just one of several good old white boys who have ruled this roost for too many years.

  2. Aziz Says:

    I agree with Megan, in that, the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) chartered the local Democratic Black Caucus (DBC) in July. As a courtesy after formation the President of the DBC made a telephone call to Mr. Melton to announce that the DBC had been chartered and that he looked forward to working with him in the future.

    Since this introduction, Mr. Melton has taken a position that the DBC is not supported by the Escambia DEC and he has suggested on many occasions that the DBC is not officially recognized by the FDP. To correct any misconceptions that Mr. Melton may have had about the countywide function and role of the Escambia DBC he has been provided information, which also explains that the Escambia DBC is not under the control of the Escambia DEC.

    Since the date of its charter the Escambia DBC has made every effort to bridge differences and diffuse any misconceptions brought to its attention. The Escambia DBC approached Mr. Melton with a message of unity and that message remains the same.

  3. Steve Stipek Says:

    You should be very warry of Ron’s clames and statements; do to the fact that there is nothing supporting him except a few missled people that are rapped up in the “old day” feelings. Well it is time to get going and get some jobs going. We want to stimulate our economy and lets live better lives. This is where it starts at the community levels. So you all are right lets all pitch.However, as far as Ron not changing his postion he will not he is not bending or foregiving. He just wants what he thinks is correct, totaly disreguarding the majority. One Eye Bind and deaf ears so to speak.

  4. JFH Says:

    Ron Melton is a crazy lunitic and does not represent deomcrats in this county. He step into the leadership vaccum that existed in the Escambia DEC because at the time no one else wanted it and the DEC had become completely disfunctional. We democrats are now in the process of getting all loyal Escambia democrats together and plan to take back the DEC from this crazed power-hungry man. We will work with the state party and through legal channels to replace this chair and return the Escambia DEC to someone who remembers the purpose of our county DEC – to get democrats elected – not to spend your time offending every voting block that you possibly can as Mr. Melton has done. Please bear with us. Soon you will see a totally different FUNCTIONING Escambia County DEC. And we apologize to the black caucus and to everyone else Mr. Melton has offended.

  5. JDPensacola Says:

    Ron Melton is a crazy lunatic and does not represent democrats in this county. He step into the leadership vacuum that existed in the Escambia DEC because at the time no one else wanted it and the DEC had become completely dysfunctional. We democrats are now in the process of getting all loyal Escambia democrats together and plan to take back the DEC from this crazed power-hungry man. We will work with the state party and through legal channels to replace this chair and return the Escambia DEC to someone who remembers the purpose of our county DEC – to get democrats elected – not to spend your time offending every voting block that you possibly can as Mr. Melton has done. Please bear with us. Soon you will see a totally different FUNCTIONING Escambia County DEC. And we apologize to the black caucus and to everyone else Mr. Melton has offended.

  6. Aziz Says:

    The messages of togetherness and concern for the local Democratic party is encouraging. The level of conflict and humiliation that I feel being a democratic in Escambia county is tremendous and this episode is not helping.

    Anyone who truly wants to help the local Democratic party to really promote it party’s democratic values is invited to attend its public meeting at Woodham High School – South Lecture Hall this Tuesday, September 1, 2006 at 7:00p.m.

  7. NAP Says:

    I find the comments above interesting only in how incorrect they are. Clearly they are false personal attacks upon a leader who has the strength to oppose some of the old tired policies of the Democratic Party of the past. Unfortunately, Rick does not correct statements or facts on RICK’S BLOG, as long as they are in line with his own predisposition.

    I’ve fact checked the comments below and find them ridiculous on their face and false factually. Megan’s post is clearly racist.

    Megan’s post: “It would be a safe guess to say that Melton fears for his position on the Democratic Executive Committee. He is just one of several good old white boys who have ruled this roost for too many years.” Megan

    Fact: Mr. Melton was supported by Ms. Jewel Canada-Wynn to take the chairmanship of the party when she resigned to run for the city council. Councilwoman Canada-Wynn is one of two African American women who have chaired the local Democratic Party within the last six years. Between the leadership of Ms. Wynn and that of Ms. Juanita Scott, the other Chairwoman, was a young white female by the name of Duggar. When she stepped down after the 2001 election, Howard McClure an “old white boys…” unenthusiastically but like the old “white boy” soldier he is, accepted the responsibility only until a new chair person could be elected. When Ms. Canada-Wynn stepped down, the chair was filled by the vice-chair by another old white boy, Mr. William Faulkner, for a month until an election could be scheduled. Mr. Melton won the chairmanship by a unanimous vote. The next time the chairmanship was up for election, an older white boy ran against Mr. Melton. Also, the Democratic Party has an African American female (old black girl, Ms. Megan?) as vice chair, an African American female secretary (old black girl, Ms. Megan?) and an African American female steering committee member (another old black girl, Ms. Megan?). All three are members of the steering committee. It seems Mr. Melton also voted for an African American Man (old black boy, Ms. Megan?) for the steering committee who lost in a very close election.

    Aziz’s Posts: Aziz talks about a telephone conversation between two people. Unless Aziz was on the line with whoever spoke with whomever, it is clearly hearsay and/or speculation on his part. Could Aziz be the person who overheard the telephone call between Mr. Studer and Councilman Nobles? Also, in another post, while defending the DBC (not affiliated with the Escambia Democratic Party or the Florida Democratic Party according to their websites) Aziz says, “humiliation that I feel being a democratic in Escambia County is tremendous and this episode is not helping.” Weird statement when the DBC, sponsored an event and invited Mr. Edwin Roberts (Republican) to participate but not his opponent, newly elected County Commissioner, Gene Valentino, also a Republican. The president of the DBC, Mr. Lawrence Powell, is quoted as telling the local Democrats that he was the campaign manager of Mr. Roberts (R). He even endorsed, in writing, Mr. Roberts for the commission seat. Also as the campaign manager for Mr. Charles Thornton for school board district 3, against top vote getter Ms. Claudia Brown-Curry, Mr. Powell was instrumental in getting a $500 maximum campaign contribution contributed to Mr. Thornton from candidate Roberts. Ms. Brown-Curry is a highly respected educator and Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee member who is running against a Republican Bush appointee (Mr. Glover). Was someone trying to split the black democratic vote so Glover would win? Was it the DBC’s real agenda? Is Aziz part of this? Aziz seems to know what people say on telephone calls.
    The other three posts from Steve Stipek, JFH and JDPensacola (duplicate post under another name) were too far out in left field for me to check on.

  8. NAP Says:

    Here are the links for the Florida Democratic Black Caucus of Florida and Escambia Democratic Party: http://www.democraticblackcaucusfl.org/chapters.htm

    http://www.escambiademocrats.com

  9. Aziz Says:

    NAP forgot to add the florida democratic party web link:http://www.fladems.com/OutreachCaucuses.php

    Which in part states:

    Outreach Caucuses

    The Florida Democratic Party believes that all people have the right to be heard and to participate in the system. The FDP has developed statewide Caucuses where people of like minds and beliefs can join together to organize their communities within the Democratic Party. A caucus is an organization that has chartered with the State Democratic Party to operate as an official branch, and to recruit and operate county-level organizations. Caucuses are different from clubs because clubs are governed by local county DECs and do not have statewide relationships.

    Florida Democratic Black Caucus
    The Democratic Black Caucus Offers Opportunities for Political Involvement: Voter Education, Get Out the Vote (“GOTV”) Campaigns, Candidate and Political Forums, Political Campaign Involvement, Active Lobbying/Participation, Conduct Voter Registration Drives and Leadership Development Training. All registered Democrats who subscribe to the Caucus’ objectives are invited to join.

  10. Jason Says:

    This thread is a perfect example of the problems with the local Democratic Party. Inaction, infighting and he-said/she-said are business as usual, meanwhile the Republicans raise buckets of money for their candidates. Instead of at least attempting to start some real partisan debate on the issues, our Democratic “leadership” is busy denouncing other Democratic groups. Hey folks, this is Northwest Florida and, in case you haven’t noticed, it’s majority Republican. We’re losing the game because we don’t have strong enough players. If a legitimate group comes along wanting to play ball for our team, you get them a damn glove and put them in the field.
    We can’t afford to be an exclusive club. Leave that for the Republicans.

  11. Shelia Says:

    Amen, Jason.

    P.S. Do you want to be chairman of the Escambia DEC?? I would vote for you!

  12. Jason Says:

    Thanks Shelia. I don’t know that I’m chairman material…at least not yet. However, I would like to discuss breathing some life into local Democratic politics with you or anyone else who may be interested. There’s a DEC meeting tonight. Anyone intrested in Democratic politics should show up…

  13. Scott Says:

    I have been a part of the DEC and have witnessed many of the ‘incidents’ from 2002 to 2005 before the current Chair was elected.

    First, most of the information on the DEC isn’t 100% factual. Several members didn’t vote for the current Chair during the 04 transition and again at the end of 2004, several members again did not vote for the current Chair. We didn’t elect Mr. Faulkner, he was Vice Chair who took over between the election for a new Chair.

    Did the members who did vote for the chair do it out of the ‘old white boy’ network? I don’t think so. They were more afraid that other people elected would call for an audit, follow the rules to the letter and open the doors up to more members. I got the feeling that a few people like to keep it small. The DEC could have 328 committee members plus another 24+ as at-large members.

    Excluding the ‘white men’ in the last five to seven years as Chairs, I’ve witnessed that other Chairs do the same or worse as Chair of the DEC. If you want to affect change in the local Democratic Party, go to the meeting and hold whoever is Chair to the Rules-hard and fast. You can’t necessarily discredit these Chairs just because they are ‘white men,’ when the former Chairs and members you speak of have done similarly poor actions. One of the women you speak of barely attended meetings although she had a significant role in the DEC. If we talk more about this topic, it could be highly embarrassing, trust me.

    You have to have more than a couple of people with a limited or narrow view of the Democratic vote in the DEC committee. If you don’t have a wide diverse view, it won’t matter how many times you ask people to support this position or that position, if the local Democrats see divisiveness and lack of professionalism, the DEC will continue like it has in the last 5 to ten years.

    Institute change, institute future planning and run everything by the Body of the DEC.

    Let’s stop this email and web war and attend the meetings, get informed and make a Democratic Party that everyone can be proud of. If you want to stop this circular habit of the DEC, learn the bylaws, follow the bylaws.
    If you have a particular issue with the DEC, it is a Chartered organisation. Any Democrat may come in and address the Body. Please, let’s limit this blog attacks.

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