Manuel Medina looks and sounds like a promising young Congressional hopeful. He’s smart, energetic, and eloquent, with a drive to make policy, and a handy ability to personalize the most divisive issues.
The problem – or, at the very least, the complication – for Medina is that he’s not running for Congress, or state representative, or any other lawmaking position. He’s running for chairman of the Bexar County Democratic Party, a job for which success is generally defined in these basic terms: Pay the bills, file the papers, find the precinct chairs, run the meetings, and don’t embarrass the party by going on any racist/homophobic rants.
But Medina, 42, wants the party chair to be something more grandiose than that: “an advocate, not just an administrator.” And he’s making that the basis of his primary challenge against incumbent Choco Meza.