CDTC Doesn’t Fix What is Broken

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Michael Chambers. Mr. Chambers is a member of the Charlestown Zoning Board.


Two years ago the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee (CDTC) experienced one of the most humiliating defeats since Muhammad Ali rope-a-doped George Foreman in Zaire. If it weren’t for the Master Lever votes, the CDTC would not have had one local candidate beat an opponent. For the past two years, the CDTC and their blog have been satisfied to content themselves with complaining about the people that the voters chose.

After several members jumped ship, you would think the CDTC would examine the problems inherent to its failed leadership. The voters did not accept the CDTC platform. With less than a month to go in the 2014 campaign season, they have yet to make one change in their 2012 platform. It is said that insanity can be defined as repeating an action and expecting a different result. The CDTC has failed to redefine itself to allow a different result. Is this arrogance or ineptitude? Maybe both!

So what has changed? Well, not their vision, not their approach, not their demeanor, and not their willingness to represent the people of Charlestown. The CDTC has put up only three candidates for Town Council, none for Planning Commission, and none for the Chariho School Committee and one for Town Moderator. The fact that the Democrats failed to recruit any candidates for the five positions on the Planning Commission or for the three on the Chariho School Committee speaks volumes about their questionable commitment to Charlestown as a whole.

With fewer candidates and stepped up plaintive, high-pitched complaints, the CDTC has failed in its mission to provide a viable alternative to the electorate.