WHEN Will Not Endorse
From the Berkshire Eagle
The leadership of WHEN, which stands for Women Helping Empower Neighborhoods, had hoped to endorse a candidate before the primary election March 15.
But during an emergency meeting last night, its members voted against that move after many voiced fears that the organization would be forced to pick between two of its own and that such a decision could rend the 18-month-old group in two.
Unfortunately, they are right to not endorse if it threatens the organization. But, they now need to get 67% of the electorate to vote for their candidates.
Following the vote, Serre urged WHEN still to take an active role in the election, to pick one of the candidates and work for him or her.
"Endorsements are critical in this race because they can move large bodies of people," Serre said. "I encourage you to get very involved and work actively to support your candidate. ... This [campaign] is going to be short, this is going to be fast, and whoever gets their people out on a muddy spring day is going to win."
Correct -- WHEN members should, of course, get involved in a campaign, even if the organization is not officially endorsing anyone.
WHEN Has Two Candidates to Pick From
Don't like this
PITTSFIELD -- When WHEN burst onto the Pittsfield political scene in 2003, the grassroots group wanted to change the face of the City Council.
Now the organization is feeling growing pains as it tries to decide whether to get involved in the race to fill the Statehouse seat vacated by Peter J. Larkin, a move that would mean having to choose between two of its own.
I hope WHEN gets involved in the primary -- no reason not to, just because there is more than one good candidate. Unions, for example, have to do this all of the time. The real question is, what is best for WHEN? The downside is not backing a loser, like this article is suggesting. The downside to endorsing is splitting their membership. They already have prominent members backing the two candidates -- so it will be tough to deny one of them the power of the organization.