I trudged to the mailbox Tuesday only to find a letter in there from the Marion County Democratic Party. I opened it. Here's what it said...
January 28, 2011
This week I have received several calls related to your position as a precinct vice committeeperson. Specifically, I have been asked if I have "removed" or "fired" you from such position. Consistent with my Executive Director's conversation with you, the facts do not substantiate any such accusation.
Fact 1: I did not remove or fire you from any position within the Marion County Democratic Party.
Fact 2: You were not elected to any precinct committeeperson position in the May 2010 primary. You did not seek election.
Fact 3: You were not appointed to any precinct vice committee person position by a precinct committeeperson elected in the May 2010 primary.
Fact 4: Since the May 2010 primary, we have not received a form recommending your appointment as a vice precinct committeeperson by a precinct committeeperson, nor have we received a form recommending your appointment as a precinct committeeperson from a ward chair.
Prior to the May 2010 Primary list reset you were, counter to Indiana Democratic Party rule requiring gender balance, serving as a Vice Precinct Committee Person to Lula Patton in PI-42 (where you reside). You indicated that you thought you had been appointed in PI-34 over the summer by Julie Voorhies. This is incorrect, and Julie Voorhies indicated to me that she told you that you were not appointed as that position was filled. However, you did serve as an inspector in PI-34 on Election Day, but were never appointed to Precinct Committeeperson or Vice Precinct Committeeperson.
I hope this clears up any misunderstanding.
Edward T. Treacy
CC: Ward Chairs, Vice Ward Chairs, Precinct Committeepersons, Vice Precinct Committeepersons
I immediately thought that there must be some mistake. Why would I be getting a letter addressed to Annette Johnson about something I really didn't know or, frankly, care about? Then, I looked at the CC line. It was sent to everybody voting at slating. That means that Ed Treacy thought the issue was so important that he should spend Marion County Democratic Party money on a mailing to hundreds of people.
While that's his prerogative as chair, I wanted the other side of the story.
I contacted Annette Johnson, and she asked me to call her. When we made contact, she could provide no insight as to the reason the letter was sent other than to explain that there had been some confusion about her appointment as a Precinct Committeeperson. She said she had thought the issue had been resolved behind closed doors and considered the matter closed. That was until she started receiving phone calls about the letter late on Monday.
"It was never my intention to bring anyone else into this," said Johnson. "I'm very disappointed that the letter was sent to everyone, and I don't know why they chose to do that."
On the positive side, Johnson said the letter has brought her campaign into the spotlight and that people have been expressing their support for her. "I have received many calls from people asking about the letter. Everyone has been so supportive, so I am pleased to have their support," said Johnson.
As for the Marion County Democratic Party , its side of the story is pretty clear in the letter. I just can't precisely figure out why it was necessary to send the thing out countywide to slating voters. This would seem to be a drastic step to me unless there's much more to the story. Unfortunately, Adam Kirsch, the MCDP Executive Director failed to respond to this e-mail sent late on Tuesday.
I am planning to blog on the Pike PC controversy for Thursday, and I have talked to Annette. In the interest of good journalism and balance, I just wanted to give the MCDP a chance to respond.
Why was the letter sent out to all slating voters?
Anything else the MCDP would like to add on this matter?
I keep the door open wide if he or the party wishes to respond.
Johnson is running in slot D for slating along with Leroy Robinson. The slating deadline having passed, slots B and D are the only two contested races for At-Large Council. Slating is Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Indiana Convention Center.