There’s no doubt the Dallas chapter of Stonewall Democrats is thriving, particularly with all the excitement surrounding Tuesday’s primary. But one member of Texas Stonewall Democrats told me recently that the statewide organization has “ground to a halt” as a result of the controversy surrounding TSD President Shannon Bailey.
Many TSD members called for Bailey’s resignation after he was arrested on a charge of public lewdness last year, but Bailey has refused to step down. Bailey’s court case is still pending, according to online records, and it’s a safe bet that TSD will elect a new president when his term expires in June.
In the meantime, one can’t help but sympathize with Bailey. This is a historic moment for Democratic politics in Texas, and one that someone who’s been an activist for as long as he has surely would revel in. But due to the circumstances, Bailey has been forced to sit it out.
â€” John Wright
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