Dear Ms. Lieberman,
I was able to hear Howard Dean speak in Chicago on June 12, 2005. He stated that he believed not only the rich should have access to their leaders, which was reinforced by the very affordable $50 minimum donation for that event.
Sadly, Gov. Dean has again abandoned this noble sentiment with Senator Bayh's reception. Even more troubling it that he has done this repeatedly since that day in June.
It's this kind of hypocrisy that has driven me to recommend that people support Democratic candidates, but not the DNC. My conscience compels me to do so. This is not only because of the DNC's abandonment of access by less affluent constituents. It's also related to the DNC's inability to organize opposition to issues that threaten bedrock party principles. Examples include the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (S.3930) and the Flag Desecration Resolution (S.J.Res.12), both of which threaten civil rights. We won't even discuss DNC support for Senator Joe Lieberman.
I have attended receptions for Senator Dick Durbin. Senator Durbin seems to hold true to Gov. Dean's ideal, requiring only $75 to hear him speak. Both my wife and I attended. We found the senator inspirational and will pay special attention to candidates who he supports.
However, I must regretfully inform you that I will be unable to attend the reception for Senator Bayh. Keep me in mind if Gov. Dean decides to do more than pay lip service to his principle of accessibility to our Democratic leaders.