I was quietly hoping that Russell Wallace would win Democratic Chair. Wallace was one of the few Democrats who I’d also consider a progressive. In the end though I was not surprised. The Dane County Democratic Party is a pretty conservative creature. When you had the current chair respond to open government and increased democracy as a coup, its only downhill from there.
What really seems to have gotten missed (more than ideology or philosophy) is the Dane County Democratic Party tends to take a pass on local issues. The party is defined primarily by national and state issues. One reason the Green Party and Progressive Dane has been such a success while also a threat to the Dems is their specific focus on local issues. When sick leave came up both the PD and Green Party took a strong stance in favor while the Democratic Party gave a strong inclination they opposed the progressive policy.
All and all this is a clear win for the DLC or the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. This should have been expected with the inevitability of Hillary as front runner. Both the Dane County Democratic Party and DLC Dems tend to have great disdain for grass roots political involvement, political transparency, and economic justice. They also tend to eat their own so to speak by vilifying third parties to their left and dissenting views within their own party.