Party Chair Sends Message To Democrats After Devastating Election

The chairman of the Harris County Democratic Party has reached out to fellow democrats after Tuesday’s election which ended in devastating losses for the Party.

Some have called on Gerry Birnberg to resign, but for now he sounds ready to continue the fight:

(full context of letter)

There is obviously no sugar coating the reality that we took a terrible blow at the polls this week. Nationally, accomplishment of the President’s agenda has been horribly stalled by the ascendency of an obstreperous Congress committed only to his defeat. In Texas, providing health care for children, affordable higher education, fair representation in government, and a multiple other advances for all of us seem seriously threatened, if not downright unachievable. And locally, we have lost some of the most exceptional and competent public servants we could ever hope to have represent and serve us – Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, District Clerk Loren Jackson, Judges Dion Ramos, Kathy Stone, and Robert Hinojosa, and State Representatives Kristi Thibaut and Ellen Cohen.

We could simply conclude that Harris County is, after all, irreversibly red – that it is, and always will remain, solidly Republican. We could simply give up and give in.

But we are not going to. We are going to continue to fight for the principles and ideals and leaders we so fervently believe in and we are going to persevere until we complete the job we set out to accomplish – a county, state, and national government as good as its people, and as diverse, and compassionate, and caring, and competent and effective.

Yesterday I filmed a TV show with my Republican Party counterpart, Jared Woodfill. And as I sat there next to him basking in the recent victories of the Republican Party, I remembered how defeated they were just two years ago. And yet they came back (temporarily, in my view) in just two short years.

We can do that, too. Democrats can return to victory in Harris County – if we resolve and work to do so. And so I ask each and every one of you to join in the fight and to continue working hard every day for the next two years to bring about the result we so fervently seek – Democratic electoral victories.

I know we lost horribly on Tuesday night, but I could not be prouder than I am of the terrific group of dedicated staffers, and the hundreds of committed volunteers who made tens of thousands of phone calls, knocked thousands and thousands of doors, distributed boxes and boxes of literature, e-mailed, tweeted, facebook posted, registered voters, attended events, and reached out in so many ways to tell the Democratic story and seek a different result. If we can maintain that spirit and that dedication and that energy and enthusiasm, we can really achieve what we set out to do.

The objective we seek has not varied, because the values we embrace and the things we believe in and know ultimately we can accomplish have not changed. If we pick ourselves up, and rededicate ourselves to the goals we know we can achieve (because we did so convincingly in 2008), November 6, 2012 can be a much happier day than November 2, 2010 – not just for us individually, but for us as a community, a state, a nation, and a people.

Let’s go get ‘em, Democrats!


Thank you,

Gerry Birnberg
Chair, Harris County Democratic Party


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