Party purity among Dems

Posted Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Judging from Anna Tinsley’s Dec. 19 story, “Local Dems say candidate is in wrong primary,” it seems that the “former Tarrant County Democratic Party leaders” are saying that if anyone has ever voted in a Republican primary, they cannot be a Democrat and should step aside.

We all know that George Boll is not the only recent Democratic candidate for Senate District 10 who voted in Republican primaries.

There are others who have participated in Republican primaries, including someone who voted in the 2006 Republican primary just before she was elected as Democratic state senator for District 10 in 2008. That person is now a Democratic candidate for governor!

Voting for who you believe is the best candidate is every Texan’s right. It seems that these former Tarrant County Democratic Party leaders want to make that decision for us. This is not their exclusive party, it’s our inclusive one.

— Bill Barksdale, Fort Worth

Well, the efforts of the Democratic Party to turn Tarrant County at least purple are already sputtering.

Local party leaders are aghast that one of their candidates has a history of voting in the Republican primaries, suggesting he is therefore not pure enough to be a proper Democrat.

Just where do the Democrats imagine that the additional votes that will turn Tarrant County purple will come from?

Pure leftists for whom the party has heretofore not been leftist enough?

What about attracting some of the Republicans and independents who are looking for an alternative to the sharp right turn made by the Republican Party?

Note to local Dems: Strike 1.

— Bill Lanford, Haltom City

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