Monday, June 28, 2010

Indiana Democratic Party State Convention: A New Generation of Leadership

Last weekend I had the pleasure of serving as a delegate for Delaware county at the state party convention. I was proud to see many college democrats in attendance, as well as interns and young staff working the Baron Hill, OFA & Joe Donnelly booths. Standing among 2,000 Indiana democrats was absolutely invigorating. I left convention Saturday night feeling energized and hopeful for the future of Indiana politics.

With two of the state wide candidates in their late twenties, 2010 is proving to be a fresh year for the Hoosier political scene. South Bend's Pete Buttigieg, 28, is a promising personality for the future of the Democratic Party. Buttigieg, a Rhodes Scholar, accepted his nomination for state treasurer. Sam Locke, 27, also accepted his nomination for state auditor. The secretary of state race was the only contested race with candidates Tom McKenna and Vop Osili. Osili came out on top and was elected to represent the Democratic Party for Secretary of State.

Let me elaborate on the Pete for Indiana campaign. I have been constantly impressed with this campaign since day one, but last week (June 24th) he blew me away with this refreshingly progressive statement:

Today I am announcing that my campaign will refuse all contributions from banks.

That means I will not accept corporate or political action committee (PAC) donations from any bank, including those doing business with the State Treasurer's office and those that accepted federal bailout money. Using federal limits as model, I am also imposing a cap on the amount individuals employed in the banking industry can donate to my campaign.

Despite whatever financial disadvantage it might create between my opponent and me, I decided to take this step publicly because it's the right thing to do. Hoosiers should never have to wonder whether decisions made in the Treasurer's Office about where their money is being placed are affected by campaign contributions - and when I am State Treasurer, they won't.

I am also pledging, once elected, to work with the Indiana General Assembly to introduce and pass legislation to prohibit all political contributions by banks to anyone running for the office of Treasurer, and to put contribution limits in place on individuals who work at banks.

Some advised me not to do this, because given the thousands of dollars the big banks and Wall Street firms are pumping into my opponent's campaign, I would be at a disadvantage.

I disagree.

Thanks to your help, this scrappy campaign has come out of nowhere in a matter of months and is now just hours away from securing the Democratic nomination. We've traveled the state introducing our ideas to voters and discussing the issues that matter most to Hoosier families. And, along the way, we've proven it doesn't take special interest backing to run an effective campaign - it just takes supporters like you.
Come November let's keep Indiana blue & push the Republican state wide leadership out of office!


Kelly said...

It's going to be a wonderful fall, President Watts! It is even more wonderful that we get to work/campaign for people who we really believe in :)

ShamRockNRoll said...

Great post, Andrea! I was going to ask you to try to get a post up on the convention, but I should have known you'd be on top of it. It was so great seeing you there--what a great weekend!

P.S. Hurry up and get back to Indiana, Kellybean!

Kelly said...

Secret Ops,
you don't know how happy i am that i finally have a nickname. i had to wait 21 years for this day to come. exactly two weeks til i'm back in the 9th!

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Andrea Watts said...

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please & thank you.

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