While last night’s races in South Carolina and Georgia did not end in our party’s favor, we are far from discouraged.
In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, we put up an unprecedented fight to take back a seat that has been in Republican hands since Newt Gingrich was elected almost 40 years ago. In South Carolina, Democrats fell three points short of taking back a seat in the state’s 5th Congressional District, a district that President Trump carried by 19 points last November. We are not making excuses because in politics winning matters. There is, however, a story about the momentum of progress in America that must be told.
Fredrick Douglas famously stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
Even in the face of yesterday’s defeat, there is much to be proud of and even more to be hopeful for. We may not have knocked the door down last night, but we know if we keep working and keep knocking it will come down. We can promise you that the Democratic Party of Arkansas will not stop fighting.
We want to thank each of you who spent hours on the phones making calls for these candidates and those of you who stepped up to make a financial contribution to their campaigns. Some of our hardest working young Democrats even made the trip to Georgia to knock on doors and turn out the vote for Jon Ossoff.
By no means should this hard work and dedication go unnoticed, but neither should a larger point that was highlighted by last night’s outcomes.
While Donald Trump’s approval ratings may be dismally low, we are still feeling the aftershock of his campaign. His messaging on the campaign trail (which hasn’t evolved since his election) continues to call into question our party’s ability to reconcile our internal differences and has painted us as unable to speak to the needs of the people we wish to represent. The implication is that the Democratic Party lacks the proper scaffolding and strategy to execute the policy agenda it champions.
This is not the case for Arkansas Democrats.
When we shout, we aren’t just shouting at President Trump. He and his party can denounce ours as the “party of no” all they’d like as long as they understand some of the things we’re saying no to:
When we raise our voices, we do so to say that it’s unacceptable that 1 in 4 Arkansas children live in poverty. We say that it’s unacceptable for Arkansas to remain in first place for senior hunger nationally for three years in a row. We say that it’s unacceptable for elected officials to place partisan interests over the health and wellbeing of people as a handful of Republican Senators craft what could become our healthcare policy in secret.
The Democratic Party of Arkansas is an institution that is dedicated to fighting for what is best for our communities. We are laser focused on what matters most at home. Our efforts to build up our county committees and our presence around the state is strong but we need you and your support to help us continue building.
Please accept this message as a call to action and consider contributing to our efforts. Your resources, time, and expertise is wanted.
If you are interested in working to build our presence around the state, we want your help and would love to hear from you. You can respond to this message or you can e-mail Jessica DeLoach at Jessica@arkdems.org.
Thank you for your continued support of the Democratic cause in our state. We could not do this work without you!
Yours In Service,
Michael John Gray
Chairman, Democratic Party of Arkansas