Monday, January 22, 2007

Affirmative Action Moderator

So I am pouring through the local blogs, and looking over the election results for the State Democratic Leadership over at Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion and I come across the term Affirmative Action Moderator. I was Gobsmacked. This can't be real, can it? How did I make it this long without realizing that this was an actual position in the State Democratic party?

Sure enough, I checked the bylaws:

g)The Affirmative Action Moderator shall assist with and direct the implementation of the Party Affirmative Action Program as outlined in Article VIII of these bylaws and have such other duties as assigned by the State Chair.

So I skipped down to Article VII to see what Michael Williams's duties would entail. Low and behold, there isn't anything about affirmative action there. So I skipped down to Article IX which is what I am sure they actually meant :)



SECTION 1. Committee. The State Committee shall establish a permanent Affirmative Action Committee under the direction of the Affirmative Action Moderator and the State Chair. This Committee will be charged with, but not limited to, the following responsibilities:
a)Prepare a program and budget aimed at insuring that there is no discrimination in representation in the State Committee based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, physical handicap, religion, philosophical persuasion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Specifically, this program should stress methods to bring underrepresented groups into the Party organization as Precinct Committeepersons and State Committeepersons.
b)Set goals and timetables for achieving participatory representation of the groups.
c)Make a quarterly progress report to the State Committee.

SECTION 2. Membership. The Affirmative Action Committee shall consist of at least ten (10) members representative of the makeup of the Democrats of the State of Arizona. The Committee members shall be appointed by the State Chair. The Affirmative Action Committee shall elect from its members an Assistant Moderator, a Secretary and such other officers as they deem necessary.

SECTION 3. Meetings. The Moderator shall call at least one (1) meeting, but not limited to one (1), each quarter.

SECTION 4. Targeting Under-Represented Groups. To determine whether various groups are under-represented, the latest U.S. Census or an equivalent recognized demographic study (that indicates a profile of Democratic voters) shall be used wherever possible. Any group, according to race, color, sex, national origin, or age that has a percentage of the State Committee less than their percentage of the State of Arizona by more than five (5) percent, shall be considered as a group that is under-represented and shall receive the focus of attention of the Affirmative Action Committee first.

SECTION 5. County Committees. Each County shall have an Affirmative Action Committee and a program with time schedules.

Can someone please remind me why it is that we should ever lose to these people? I'm sure that the next rendition of the bylaws will include "Moderator to Ensure the Defamation of Walmart," and "Counselor in Chief of Reviewing That All Policy Statements Include the Phrase 'For the Children,'" or a state party "Global Warming Tzar." Finding PC's is hard enough without having to fill quotas isn't it? Who in the world would take, let alone want this job?


sirocco said...

Oh, oh! I want to be "Global Warming Tzar"!

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha!

I'll take care of the under represented philosophical persuasions.

Framer said...


Unless you can prove your minority status, I will be forced to delete your last post as your group is heavily over represented.

If you have any problems with this, you will need to take it up with Sirocco, whom I have appointed this blog's Moderator of affirmative action.

I reserved the office of Blog Smugness Tzar all to myself