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September 16, 2003

Texas Dem Chair to Resign

By Byron LaMasters

Here is the press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sean Michael Byrne
September 16, 2003 (512) 478-9800

Malcolm to Resign as TDP Chairwoman

AUSTIN – Saying she “can no longer devote the necessary time and attention this job requires,” Texas Democratic Party Chairwoman Molly Malcolm informed the State Democratic Executive Committee today that she is resigning her post to focus on her family responsibilities.

“As I said several months ago, I intended to fulfill the remainder of my third term as Chairwoman of the Texas Democratic Party,” Malcolm wrote (attached). “There were important projects to complete, and I wanted to pave the way for the next Chair.

“However, family comes first. My obligations at home are now such that I can no longer devote the necessary time and attention this job requires,” she stated.

Malcolm wrote that she leaves with “many warm memories” and ticked off a list of accomplishments, including:

Achieving financial security and erasing the party’s debt
Improving communications and party message
Re-establishing the state party as a player in the national party
Creating a Veterans Caucus
Initiating a grassroots training program
Recruiting young people in to the party

Malcolm’s resignation is effective October 25. That same day, the 64 voting members of the SDEC will meet and hold an election for a new chair.

Malcolm’s letter is below:

September 16, 2003

Dear Friend:

As I said several months ago, I intended to fulfill the remainder of my third term as Chairwoman of the Texas Democratic Party. There were important projects to complete, and I wanted to pave the way for the next Chair.

However, family comes first. My obligations at home are now such that I can no longer devote the necessary time and attention this job requires.

In accordance with the rules of the Texas Democratic Party, this letter serves as written notice that I am resigning as Chair, effective October 25. On that date, the State Democratic Executive Committee will meet in Austin and hold an election for a new chair.

This has been a very difficult decision. Serving as the TDP Chair has been a tremendous honor. I take comfort in the fact that we have an extremely able and experienced staff that can provide a smooth transition for the next chair.

I leave this post with many warm memories. During my five and a half years, the Party has achieved financial stability and is no longer in debt. We vastly improved our communications and delivered a message that sharply contrasted with the Republicans’ hard-hearted, extreme conservatism. I also am proud that we were able to re-establish the state party as a key player in the national party. Plus, we created the Veterans Caucus, initiated a new and improved grassroots training program, and successfully recruited young people into the Party.

Thank you so much for your help. Thank you for the honor of serving you. I’m not going away completely. I’ll continue to serve our Party, only now in a way that does not conflict with my family responsibilities.

Proud to be a Democrat,
Molly Beth Malcolm

Posted by Byron LaMasters at September 16, 2003 05:47 PM | TrackBack


she is resigning her post to focus on her family responsibilities

Yeah, right...as if Tom DeLay is not behind this...somehow! ;-)

Posted by: Mark Harden at September 16, 2003 05:52 PM

Actually, I was suspicious myself. There has been a long-standing feud between Malcolm and several SDEC members led primarily by former Travis County chairman David Van Os (who now resides in Bexar County).

I had a discussion about this issue (which was very much a bleeding wound during the late winter and spring) with Travis County SDEC member Ann McAfee last weekend. She told me that the acrimony had settled down a bit although she seemed to imply it was still there. Although several key friends-of-Van Os (e.g. John Courage) had apparently abandoned him and were willing to defend Molly Beth according to Ms. McAfee.

Whether or not this was a factor in the decision is unknown; but right now is really the best time for a chair to resign no matter what the reasons. The primary process starts anew in a few months and the new chair needs a few weeks to get his/her ducks in a row.

Posted by: Jim D at September 18, 2003 10:46 AM

Molly Beth may run for Barry Telford's D-Texarkana, seat if he decides to retire.

Add Mary Moore from Brazos county to the candidates pot.

In the Dallas area there has been an informal push to draft former AG Jim Mattox for chair.

Posted by: pc at September 18, 2003 04:12 PM
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