We're Playing for Keeps ODP
Last week I reported that my friend Megan Pappada was hired as the ODP's first coordinator of women's outreach. You may or may not have heard that she was unhired that night.
From what I can put together, after hiring Megan, someone discovered that first semester of her freshman year she wrote a letter to the editor of the OSU student newspaper about race relations. In it, she took some positions that were problematic and others that probably could have been expressed better. And from what I've been told by a person close to the matter, Megan was let go. Both the post on ODP blog and the podcast on Odeo were quietly deleted. I wrote ODP for comment and have heard nothing.
C'mon ODP, don't make me look dumb after all those nice things I've been saying about y'all to the press. No mulligans. Back to it.
Oh, and seriously. Don't try and just act like it "didn't happen." Own up to your screw up, admit it was a mistake, and move on. Don't stonewall Pho's request for clarification and don't hide the audio files like it never happened. That's so Matt Dole-ish.
UPDATE: Todd Hoffman from ODP responds:
Below is a copy of the message I sent to Scott:
You wrote “I wrote ODP for comment and have heard nothing.” I have not received any messages from you regarding this situation. Please make a note of my contact information so that this communication gap does not occur again. You can call me anytime at 614-221-6563 ext.109 or email at Hoffman@ohiodems.org.
We hope that the 25 year old Megan would like to talk to the 18 year old Megan and explain how the views expressed in her letter to the editor were unacceptable. Unfortunately, Megan’s letter was not discovered during our routine background check nor was it disclosed during interviews. When the letter was brought to our attention, it became very apparent that the views expressed were not consistent with the ideals of the Ohio Democratic Party. As an employee of ODP, any statements, past or present, in the public domain reflect upon the Party so we let her go within hours of learning of the situation.
Well, I owe the party an apology. My issue here was that it sure sounded like stonewalling and hiding the issue, but props to them for responding so quickly and clearing things up. That's the type of response I'm looking forward to seeing in action in the campaign in '08. Thanks to the party and my apologies.