The El Paso Young Democrats are a text book example of why leadership matters for an organization. Without the right leadership, your organization is destined to fail. There is no better local example of that fact than the El Paso Young Democrats.
There's a reason I resigned as soon as the previous administration ended their term. I saw no reason in staying with an organization I knew was going to fail. Under the previous leadership of Alfredo Longoria and Jay Desai, the organization enjoyed its highest amount of membership, influence, participation, community service, and most of all, credibility.
The EPYD had a healthy mix of membership that had no allegiances to any particular faction and even when a majority of the membership favored a particular candidate, opposition candidates were greeted warmly and RESPECTFULLY.
It was the kind of organization I was proud to be a part of. But I knew that the new leadership was gong to run it in to the ground and it apparently has already happened. Faster than I expected it to fail to be honest.
Current members complain of a lack of meetings and when the meetings are held they are poorly attended. A member spoke to specifically about the last meeting of EPYD in which they had a guest speaker and there were only about two or three regular members of EPYD in attendance and the only officer in attendance was the President.
My source says the meeting was an embarrassment compared to the previous administration. Poorly attended and my sources says the organization has become nothing more than a puppet organization for a former state representative who my source indicates interrupted the guest speaker over and over. Something that NEVER happened under the previous administration.
Because of the current administrations constant inability to contain his support for specific candidates in accordance with respectful decorum membership and credibility are completely out the window. Witnesses state that the Republican congressional nominee is frequently at EPYD meetings or events. Thats a move that could certainly be interpreted in such a manner that would get the President removed from holding any office within the El Paso Democratic Party.
But the mere fact that a Republican candidate is at a Democratic meeting, presumably by invitation of the organization demonstrates exactly why they have lost credibility. They have let their support for Congressman Reyes interfere with their primary goal which is to support the El Paso Democratic Party and Democratic candidates.
That is a shame, but I have to state facts here...I Babe Ruthed this one. I called my shot months ago when I publicly left the organization because of the new leadership.
Interestingly there was an email chain that has made its way all over town in which three very polarizing figures were prominently featured. One comment regarding what is essentially the Hatfield and McCoy's of the El Paso Democratic Party was picked up and turned in to an email argument.
Blanche Darley, Chair of the Paso Del Norte Tejano Democrats (I should mention they were the ONLY organization to endorse State Representative Naomi Gonzalez who has since endorsed Republican Dee Margo over a fellow Democrat) has indicated that the Tejanos will not be participating in the UNITY campaign. She indicated that they had their own agenda. There was no indication from Darley in the email if they had voted on that idea or if that was a unilateral decision on her part.
Alex Guzman of the El Paso Young Democrats indicated frustration about the Young Democrats not being involved more in the planning of UNITY. Which is exactly the indication of the lack of credibility the organization now has. There was a time when EPYD was the place where all the energetic volunteers in the Party congregated. Although its really hard for Guzman to demand a seat at the table for EPYD with UNITY when they are having a Republican candidate at their meetings.
But like I said people, I Babe Ruth'ed this one a long time ago...