ADDA Presidential Election Update - McClay favored over Debbaudt
The ballots for the February 18, 2014 election to decide on whether ADDA President Donna McClay should continue as President, or whether challenger Marc Debbaudt gets a shot at leadership, have arrived.
Based on many of the comments posted last week (see comments posted on Monday and Friday), there is a sharp divide between those who favor McClay's style of leadership which focuses more on doing the best job for all DDAs, and Debbaudt's which appears to mirror the style of the Ipsen era focusing more on individuals who have personal axes to grind.
Some say that McClay is too closely aligned with District Attorney Jackie Lacey and AFSCME to be an effective leader. In doing so, others say that a small group of malcontents ignore the fact that under McClay's leadership real progress has been made for all DDAs in terms of pay rises and improvements to working conditions. A small, vitriolic group favors Debbaudt's approach, one which promises to end affiliation with AFSCME and a return of the acrimony and impasse that marked the Ipsen era with expensive lawsuits that were more concerned with individual members of the ADDA.
When membership of the ADDA was entirely voluntary, it was not surprising that the causes it fought were of direct concern to those like Ipsen, rather than matters of concern to the vast majority of DDAs. But now that all DDAs are required to pay union dues, it seems that the ADDA must become more representative of all its members, not just those who have behaved in a manner apparently not befitting the position of Deputy District Attorney.
Debbaudt, it appears, favors the ADDA's continuing to use members' dues to pay for lawyers to defend against Ipsen's termination because, as Debbaudt commented "The Ipsen termination case before ERCOM has an ADDA aspect." Few would agree. Perhaps Debbaudt has not read Ipsen's termination letter, it is hard to imagine any member agreeing that there is "an ADDA aspect" to any of the conduct outlined in the letter.
Judging by the comments, the choice appears to be a fairly straightforward one; a vote for McClay which allows the interests of all DDAs to be paramount and fairly represented, or a vote for Debbaudt which promises to take us back to the dark ages, where Area 51 conspiracies and hopeless expensive lawsuits condoning "improper and egregious conduct in violation of the law and the DAO policy" rule the day.
As a footnote, a small number comments could not be posted. Not because of the personal attacks made against the Dragnet, those merely show readers that there are some seriously unhinged people out there, but rather because those comments contain truly defamatory remarks about others.
Unfortunately, votes in ADDA elections are historically low, favoring small but highly motivated groups. In this election, it appears that those who favor a moderate and measured leader will have to make sure they post their ballots in time to be counted.