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Stonewall Democrats Postpone Endorsement Vote

Problems with credentialing paid members causes club to reschedule its vote for endorsing the 50th Assembly district candidate until Aug. 27.

50th Assembly district candidates Betsy Butler and Richard Bloom will have to wait another month to find out who will get the endorsement from the Stonewall Democratic Club.

The club was scheduled to hold its endorsement vote Monday night. However, problems with credentialing members caused the club to postpone its vote on the 50th Assembly race until its next meeting, set for Aug. 27.

Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., the meeting was an hour late getting started due to the credentialing problems.

Club officials discovered they were using an outdated list to determine which members’ dues were paid up. Only paid members can vote for the endorsement.

An up-to-date membership list was not readily available as the member in charge of keeping those records was in Europe on vacation.

The club credentialed 76 people to vote, accepting people’s word whether they were paid up. However, as soon as the meeting got underway, the members voted to postpone the vote until August, wanting to assure the integrity of the endorsement vote.

The club did approve endorsements of less controversial races via an approval vote of its consent calendar.

Last week, the West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club was forced to after Butler failed to get the required 60 percent of that club’s vote for the endorsement.

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George Martin July 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Just another questionable vote reminiscent of the Torie Osborne fiasco. This group has lost all credibility.
Sandy Pawliger July 24, 2012 at 04:27 PM
How can we be certain of anything this publication says - they get it wrong more often than not - http://www.wehonews.com/z/wehonews/archive/page.php?articleID=7077
Loser Ville July 24, 2012 at 04:45 PM
these idiots at patch are all amatuers either fresh out of journo school or in no way ready to be "editors" of anything. Btw, doesn't patch require that their "ediros" live in the community they cover. The West Hollywood news says this guy lives somewhere else - outside of the district. Sounds to me ike they are in real trouble - http://www.webpronews.com/aols-patch-set-new-traffic-revenue-record-in-may-2012-06 - with only 12,000 readers per site. Maybe stupid reporting is why?
jimmy palmieri July 24, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I WENT TO THIS JOKE OF A MEETING FOR A LAUGH, AND LAUGH I DID. NOT ONLY DID IT START LATE....BUT IT ENDED EARLYT BECAUSE OF CONFUSION IN "CREDENTIALIN." REALLY? WAS THIS MEETING A SURPRISE? WAS ANYONE PREPARED? THESE GROUPS ARE SO ARCHAIC, THEIR ENDORSEMENT MEANS NOTHING. THEY HAVE BEEN MANIPULATED FROM THE INSIDE, TO SUCH A DEGREE, THAT IT WOULD SEEM SILLY FOR ANY CANDIDATE TO EVEN WANT THEIR ENDORSEMENT. I HAD A LAUGH AT THE ACTUAL MEETING, AND THEN MANY MORE AT DINNER, DISCUSSING HOW THE ENTIRE MESS WAS RUN.
Ed Buck July 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Stonewall is a grassroots organization that has all volunteers. They are at least to be commended for facing a very embarrassing situation head on, and not try to gloss it over.
Manny July 25, 2012 at 03:43 AM
An endorsement from this organization means nothing one way or another.
Ryan Gierach July 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
hey gang - please don't demean the folks at Patch. They do the best they can and we all make errors. Holding them to account is one thing; calling them names (especially when you're unwilling to name yourself) is another.
Sheila Lightfoot July 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM
One error in how many stories? With the sheer volume of reporting that appears in the Patch regularly, one error (that was corrected) hardly warrants your comment, “they get it wrong more often than not.” BTW, there were proofing errors in the WeHo News story about the Patch’s error. What’s your real beef?
Sheila Lightfoot July 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM
What is it with this obsession over the WH Patch and its editor? Weho News hasn’t been a regular reliable source for news here for a long time. Do you begrudge the residents getting information unless it comes from WeHo News? And if the WH Patch editor doesn’t live in Weho and manages to be everywhere all the time writing this many stories, that sounds like someone working 24/7 deserving of praise, not condemnation. BTW, the webpronews story you linked to… is about the Patch setting a new record in May for users, visits by unique visitors and revenues. Dividing the total 11.7 million users by the approximate number of individual Patch publications around the country doesn’t necessarily give you the accurate readership of the West Hollywood Patch, now does it? Yes, I can do simple math. “Me thinks thou doth protest too much.” (William Shakespeare)
Marta Evry July 26, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I concur with Ed. Although it's inconvenient for those of us who showed up to vote, I'm happy they discovered the problem in time to do something about it.

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