More Democrats are weighing in on Tuesday’s performance, but there’s a purpose behind it. State Sen. Vincent Fort, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, says he’ll ask the Democratic Party of Georgia for an independent analysis of what went right and what went wrong.
“We took a spanking,” he said.
DuBose Porter, the former state lawmaker who stepped in after the resignation of Mike Berlon, has not announced whether he intends to seek a full term as chairman.
Regardless, there’s certain to be a fight. This is what strategist Tharon Johnson, who is very close with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, told our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin on Thursday:
“The thing that disturbed me the most about DuBose is when he said they would not do anything differently. That is a flaw and a failed strategy of going forward in Georgia. Any time you win or lose by the magnitude we did you always have to have a post-analysis and get in a room and have a candid conversation about what worked and accept constructive criticism about how we move forward. It was absolutely irresponsible for him to say that publicly.
“The old rule we always say: you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We did it in 2002, in 2006, in 2010 and in 2012 and got the same results. What they need to focus on is getting more of these 1.6 million registered black voters out in non-presidential years.”