Although he announced last week that he was stepping down as Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party it looks like Dan Parker is sticking around for a while.
Parker withdrew his resignation today at a downtown meeting of the State Central Committee where his successor was supposed to be picked. The early from runner was Tim Jeffers, however Democrats wanted to make a clean break from the Evan Bayh days and so Jeffers withdrew. The race came down to party activists Joel Miller, who was backed by Ed Treacy and the Marion and Lake County factions of the party and Sarah Riordan who had the support of gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly and the much of the rest of the state. Howey Politics is reporting that Miller had the votes to win over Riordan.
Parker reportedly used parliamentary procedure to withdraw his resignation and then allowed appointed members of the Central Committee to vote. No word yet on the vote total, but I am told it was very slim.
All inside baseball aside, this can’t be good news for Indiana Democrats. This kind of political dysfunction can’t be good with 2012 elections right around corner. In addition, this has also got to be major defeat for Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy. He has hated Parker for years and was behind Joel Miller’s run.
Ah politics. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday.