I know what some of you are thinking. This is old news. But news is news, old or new. And this news deals with a political party who wants to govern our great state of Georgia.
Baseball great Babe Ruth had his heart set on managing a team. Ruth's heart was broken when Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert reputedly said, "How can you manage a team, when you can't even manage yourself?"
In that same vein, I ask, how can Democrats govern Georgia, when they can't even govern their own organization?
Over the past week, I've detailed resignations and sniping emails from Georgia Democratic Party leaders. These emails and resignations all stem from a common source -- the special called state Democratic executive committee meeting held 22 February 2012.
Other Democrats have said Party chairman Mike Berlon used fear and threats to tamp down criticisms of his tenure. To a large extent, this reign of terror seems to have worked. Many Georgia Democrats remain silent out of fear. But there are some who find solace in Joshua 1:9, which says, "Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
R.J. Hadley, a Democratic Party of Georgia Vice-Chair who presided over the 22 February meeting, was allegedly informed by Mike Berlon that a move was afoot to remove him from office for "signing along with 12 others in calling for a special meeting." R.J. remembered the Lord's commandments, and vigorously defended himself.
A few months later, the stakes were raised as Berlon told R.J., "There are now two formal complaints that have been filed against you concerning actions that have been taken in relation to County parties.
"These are both serious and need to be addressed by the DPG. In both cases [Wilkes and Houston] the complainant is formally seeking your removal as Vice Chair for willfully violating your authority under the by-laws," Berlon wrote in an email to R.J. Hadley.
R.J., the Democrats' Vice-Chair of Congressional Districts and County Parties, mockingly responded to Berlon's email:
"Please Chairman Berlon don't continue to go after me and demand I resign like you did Treasurer Russell Edwards last week. I'll be good. I promise. I'se be a good Vice-Chair suh."
Russell Edwards abruptly stepped down as Democratic Party of Georgia Treasurer, 16 May 2012, giving no reason for his resignation.
Below are the emails from R.J. Hadley to members of the state Democratic executive committee . . .