Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker sure doesn't sound like a guy that's ready to step down from his job as has been speculated around the blogosphere.
Last week, he boldly announced that Fort Wayne would host the Democratic State Convention in 2012. Now, he sounds like he's planning for the future.
Here is a recent e-mail he sent party supporters:
I wanted to send a quick note to wish you a happy holidays and thank you for the work you have done in the last year. During that time, Democrats have had some monumental legislative accomplishments to be extremely proud of, including the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, tax cuts for middle class Americans, and enacting legislation that ensures unemployed Americans have the security they deserve.
Here in Indiana, Democrats have been crucial in protecting our state’s education system from drastic budget cuts and holding Governor Daniels accountable for the lack of private sector job growth in our state.
While the results of November’s election were not as positive as our legislative successes, we should use this holiday season to reflect on what we achieved and start preparing for the next election. As we turn our eyes toward the future, there are several signs that point to our Party being well placed to achieve gains in municipal elections across Indiana and build a strong foundation for our federal candidates in 2012.
This is where your financial support makes our future success a possibility.
There is no question we have more work to do – both for Indiana families and for our nation. But what's clear from the efforts of Democrats across the state in the last year is that we remain committed to growing and strengthening our party – and that your work is crucial to making a lasting difference.
Your passion and resolve is what carried us through tough times in the past. It's this same sense of determination that will carry us through future fights and more historic improvements for Hoosiers and our communities – in the New Year and beyond. Please enjoy your time with family, friends and neighbors during this holiday season.
Daniel J. Parker
Parker has been the Indiana Democratic Party Chair since 2004. With his close association over the years with Evan Bayh, it had been speculated that Parker may choose to step away, too. However, with no statewide elections on the ballot in 2011 and no real titular leader of the party (like Bayh had been), it may be that Parker's going to stick around for a while.
Abdul, whose political rumor mill reading is sometimes a few fries short of a Happy Meal, reports that the open GOP Chair position battle is getting interesting with factions from Governor Daniels and other Republicans battling behind the scenes to replace Murray Clark.