I had a meeting with my lawyer last evening (which is why I missed the debate) to discuss my impending lawsuit against the Democratic Party. I chose to support a candidate in a contested Democratic primary in opposition to the man, Traitor Tom Caltagirone, who still runs our County Committee. He is now trying to expel me for that action even though we do not endorse in contested primaries. Regardless of that he has no right to attempt to suppress my free speech rights as a citizen, a Committee person or as a blogger to express my support for his opponent in a Party primary.
As an elected Committee man for my township I was elected by my fellow Democrats to represent them on our Berks County Democratic Committee. As such my obligation is to them, not the Party or the candidates, to do what is best for them and all Democrats. If our Committee refuses to follow its by laws, something we are legally required to do, and I point this out, they cannot take illegal actions against me for so doing.
Their third course of action against me is a claim that I'm using a name for my local blog which infringes on their name. They forgot they chose not to buy these names I own and allowed them to remain available in the public domain. They also neglected to allow for the fact my local blog has a clearly defined disclaimer on its masthead.
As such I am suing my County Committee for suspending me as a duly elected Committee person and infringing upon my right to free speech. I will also sue them for refusing to follow our by laws, an illegal act. Our by laws do not allow our Chair, Tom Herman, to engage in any of the actions he has taken against me. Because he is citing expert legal advice provided to him by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party they will also be a defendant.
I have been asking for help with my legal expenses through the tip jars on my blogs. I thank everyone who has contributed and I have opened a separate bank account for these funds. So far about $250 has been donated. Thanks to all. More will be needed thought o insure that all Democrats are free to support whomever they want in a primary election. The Democratic Party cannot order you to support one candidate over another or take action to prevent you from expressing that support.
Essentially the Party is telling me I cannot criticize any Democrat without facing such extralegal actions against me. This would have a chilling effect on all bloggers and is something we cannot allow to proceed. I am faced with a decision: what is more important, being a blogger or being a Committee person. I am choosing to be a blogger. It's an easy choice. This is what I do and the Party has no right to demand I not do it in any way I please.
Therefore I am not challenging the actions being taken against me. Allow them to do what they please. It is already taking its toll because now I am a much more independent blogger than before. Instead of passing over news derogatory toward Democrats I am embracing those stories and writing about them. If I'm researching wrongdoing Party lines will have no effect on my reporting. Do not expect to get favorable coverage simply on the basis of your Party affiliation any longer. I alone will decide who I will support and cover on my blogs.
These are the unintended consequences of the Berks County and Pennsylvania Democratic Party's actions. I am proceeding with litigation against them to ensure that legal precedent is established protecting other citizens, bloggers and Committee people from future such harassment. I ask for you help. The tip jars here and at Berks Democrats are connected with PayPal. If you are uncomfortable dealing with PayPal you can email me for my home address. Links for both are at the top of the sidebars.