Even before Election Day there were some discussions about whether McDonnell's landslide victory would result in Dickie Cranwell resigning as Chair of DPVA. There have been rumors about various people who might be interested in taking over the position and earlier today Lowell provided some updates on who is rumored to be potential contenders. The list of names who he says have been mentioned in discussions include Brian Moran, Terry McAuliffe, Del. Jennifer McClellan, Jody Wagner, and Mike Signer.
What I think needs to be thought about in this discussion isn't just whether we should have a new chair, but what we need to learn from 2009 in order to move forward and be more competitive in future elections. What stands out to me, and what polls suggest, is that Democrats need to have a grassroots campaign that isn't afraid of standing up for Democratic values. We therefore need people in leadership positions who are willing to make sure that this is done and it certainly would be great if they also could inspire people to get involved at the grassroots level.
I know there are many dedicated Democrats who are serving on local committees and/or are volunteering for campaigns or causes whenever we get a chance. As we move forward, it's critically important that these folks have their voices heard. If we can do that with Dickie as chair and develop a strong grassroots oriented program, then I have no problem with him remaining chair. After all, this shouldn't be about the person at the top of the Party but rather the spirit of what Democrats stand for both in regards to policy matters and civic engagement.
According to the list of people whose names are being tossed around as potential replacements, I don't see a clear front runner (though I personally think Brian Moran or Mike Signer would be great for the position). This is also something to consider as whoever would take over if Dickie resigned would have to act quickly in putting together a program that could truly inspire the grassroots in time to protect some of our Congressional seats in 2010.
So with all that being said, do you think Dickie should resign and, if so, who should replace him?