Chapter affiliates of the National Stonewall Democrats across the nation will simultaneously be hosting house parties this coming Sunday, January 23, dubbed “Inaugurate This!” which will be addressed via teleconference by six, and perhaps seven, of the candidates for chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
In New York City, the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City will hold its party at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation at 127-B Prince Street in SoHo at 7 p.m. The event is open to all, but Stonewall is suggesting a minimum donation of $25. Money raised will be split evenly between the national group and the local club.
As of press time, Stonewall was able to confirm the participation of the follow DNC chairman candidates—Martin Frost, a veteran Texas congressman, defeated after Tom DeLay’s radical redistricting plan took effect this past November; former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb; Tim Roemer, a former Indiana congressman who served on the federal 9-11 Commission; David Leland, the former chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party; Donnie Fowler, a South Carolina political consultant; and Simon Rosenberg, president of the New Democratic Network.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the most prominent candidate, is also hoping to arrange his schedule to participate.
Tom Smith, president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC, said, “It’s important for the candidates to tell us not only how they see the future of the party but how they view equal rights for all Americans including gays and most importantly how do we fit into their vision of the Democratic Party.”