Meet my buddy Melissa Taylor, who was just named the new Director of Party Administration for the Harris County Democratic Party.
I've known Melissa since we both rode the bus to Crawford on the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq in March of 2004. She was *ahem* slightly active in Howard Dean's presidential campaign, was the volunteer coordinator for Richard Morrison's congressional run last year, and has recently served on the steering committee of Democracy for Houston.
Melissa's task -- and she is more than qualified to accomplish it -- is to improve upon some of the following numbers:
Harris County, with a population of 3.6 million people, is larger than 24 states and the District of Columbia. It covers 1,777 square miles and has 913 precincts. In 2004 58% of its 1.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the general election, and 45% of those votes were for John Kerry.
This county -- the second most populous in the United States -- is already purple, and with a little extra work is going to turn blue in 2006.
Congratulations Melissa. Let's kick some Republican ass in 2006 -- and beyond.