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“Loyalty is being outbid. There’s no money in political loyalty, but there’s money in being disloyal.”

Ms. Stephanie Cutter, former Obama Deputy Campaign Manager, former Senior White House, Adviser, founder of Precision Strategies, former Senior Adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Edward M. Kennedy

According to articles published on TIME.COM and POLITICO.COM the Democratic Party should worry about the upcoming 2014 elections. Yet, the conventional wisdom is the single possible saving grace to keep the Senate majority for Democrats could be a hopeful large turnout of its core base voters, particularly African Americans in states like Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

On issues like equal pay for women and voting rights, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Democratic National Committee Chair and Ms. Donna Brazile, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation, respectively have sought to lay out the argument for supporting the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates.

However, it seems while high profile members of the national Democratic Party residing in the District have no issue demanding political loyalty from District Democrats and other Democrats in national and their state and local elections, some national Democrats seem not be so keen to returning the favor or loyalty to ever faithful District Democrats.

Shame.

Recently, Mr. Aaron Davis wrote in The Washington Post about a group, Democrats for David supporting D.C. Councilman David Catania over the District Democratic Party nominee, Council member Muriel Bowser. This group includes some prominent national Democrats.

Mr. Catania was a Republican who became an Independent Republican because he was stripped as a delegate to the 2004 GOP convention in New York City.

Just as people grow up in a faith and choose to be a Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian; go to college and choose to join a particular fraternity or sorority; or because of a commitment to serve will join civic and community organizations to help others, people choose their political party affiliations because of shared political beliefs.

I am a Democrat because I believe in inclusion. I am a Democrat because I believe in justice and civil rights for all. I am a Democrat because I value human rights and dignity for all people. I am a Democrat because like Ms. Brazil, I believe the government should represent all the people.

Why should District Democrats support for mayor a Republican leaning Independent when the District Republican Committee will not? Where are the Republicans for Catania?

The platform of the Republican Party does not offer hope for the residents of the District. The leaders of the Republican National Committee, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) do not have the interests of the people of the District as part of their political agenda.

It is reprehensible, dishonest, and hypocritical for key national Democratic leaders residing in the District to ask District Democrats not to support local Democrats.

DNC Chair Wasserman-Schultz and President Obama need to put national Democratic leaders who live in the District in check if any urges District Democrats not to support the District Democratic Party mayoral nominee Ms. Muriel Bowser. Additionally, DNC Chair Wasserman-Schultz should remove any DNC office holder who lives in the District, who campaigns for and donates for the defeat of Ms. Bowser.

Political loyalty is a two-way street national Democrats residing in the District must respect and travel.

E-mail contact information: rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Twitter: @robert158

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