Meeks rejects new reformers’ call for party candidates to pledge to protect ‘fundamental rights’ as ‘unnecessary’ –


Congressman Gregory Meeks, chairman of the Queens County Democratic Partyrejected an attempt by the party’s left-wing faction known as the New reformersto condition future endorsements on candidates who pledge to proactively protect voting, abortion, and other fundamental rights.

At Monday’s meeting of the leadership of the QCDP Executive Committee, a motion was put forward by Zachariah Boyer, district leader and member of the New Reformers, to ensure that any non-judicial public candidate the Queens Democratic Party chooses to support in primary elections must sign a pledge that they will defend reproductive and voting rights, as well as any future fundamental rights that will be attacked.

“Today we proposed a minimum pledge asking that if the county Democratic Party refuses to stay out of the primary races, then candidates the party endorses must agree to fight for rights that are directly attacked by the Party. Republican as well as complacent Democrats,” Boyer said. “Our pledge asks candidates to commit to fight, within their abilities and functions, for abortion and access to reproductive health care, to expand voting rights and proactively enshrine rights in law that will no doubt be attacked next.”

The motion for commitment was supported by several district leaders who introduced themselves as new reformers. However, Meeks and the party leadership refused to put the motion to a vote, according to New Reformers and Boyer said Meeks would not sign the pledge and he did not think it was appropriate for other candidates to sign it. .

“A pledge that reaffirms the core values ​​of the National Party and the Queens Democratic Party is simply unnecessary,” Meeks said Tuesday. that these candidates are committed to fighting for a better city, state and country for all.

Boyer accused Meeks and the party leadership of not following parliamentary procedure.

“It’s disheartening that instead of following Robert’s rules, the body received a five-minute response from the president against the commitment, followed by a rush asking for a motion to adjourn the meeting,” Boyer said, adding that several district leaders had told him after the meeting that the pledge was a good idea that they would be open to discuss and support.

“It is essential that the Queens County Democratic Party – representing hundreds of thousands of women and people at risk of becoming pregnant and people whose right to vote would be threatened in any other state – speaks out strongly and clearly in favor of the right to abortion. and reproductive health care and the right to vote,” said Émilia Decaudin, district leader and member of the New Reformers. “Anything less than a red line on this issue is to capitulate to right-wing forces and framing. I am disappointed that the president of the party has not expressed his will to establish this red line; I’m not convinced that “playing these issues by ear” will prevent a repeat of past situations where Democratic lawmakers in Queens voted against these kinds of protections.


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