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Letourneau Responds to Khan’s Allegations; Calls for *Her* Removal

 

I’d like to thank DPOC North Vice Chair Jeff LeTourneau for ruining the start of an Oscars party at my house’ my phone started buzzing shortly after 4PM with news he had responded to allegations of bullying by Irvine City Council member Farrah Khan at the January elections meeting by doubling down on calling her a liar and demanding her removal for “bullying” Michael Fox.

This charge brought serious laughter on the part of those who called me.  LeTourneau and Fox have a track record and paper trail when it comes to bullying.

Here’s the text of Letourneau’s email followed by a cut and paste of the letter.  Should be a fun meeting tonight that I have to miss due to a business commitment.  Some commentary/context afterwards but a deeper dive later.

 

Dear Central Committee Members and Officers,

Attached please find my response to Ms. Khan’s false, inappropriate and destructive allegations.  

I apologize that this is necessary but I feel that her allegations cannot stand without a full response.

 Respectfully,

Jeff LeTourneau

 

 

February 24, 2019

Chair Briceno, Executive Board and Central Committee Members.

At a time when all efforts should and must be focused on the upcoming OC Supervisor special election, and at a time when the DPOC needs to be prepared for the re-election of Senator Newman and the defense of our historic and hard won 2018 gains, I sadly find myself in a position where I must address the blatantly false and politically motivated attacks against me by Ms. Khan. Additionally, as a means of defense, and based on her assertions that terse language is grounds for removal I must file counter charges against her for the documented (see below) profane and inappropriate attacks by her as an officer on a fellow Executive Board Member during a nine-member text thread weeks before the 2018 election and call for her removal as a DPOC member.

Background:

In order to address this matter, it is necessary to explain the context of the alleged incident. On the day prior to the DPOC officer election, Ms. Khan, under the title of her DPOC Officer status and Council Member status, inappropriately posted a political hit piece against me on Facebook. The post called for persons to run against me and in the next paragraph clearly leveled charges of bullying etc. Unfortunately, the post backfired and instead was redirected toward DPOC Member and now Western Vice-Chair Victor Valladeras. For approximately the next six hours ,Victor was viciously and inappropriately attacked by several persons, including DPOC member Dan C, who as you will recall, has been censured by the DPOC for harassment of DPOC staff. Ms. Khan had the opportunity to stop these attacks at any time by simply removing the post, but she chose not to do so as they aided her support for Victor’s opponent and my defeat.

Election Day Monday, January 14, 2019:

Following the DPOC officer elections, in which I ran unopposed and was elected unanimously, I left the stage and walked toward the kitchen to obtain a bottle of water. At this time, I observed Ms. Khan walking toward me with a stern look on her face and thought, in light of the last 24 hours, this cannot be good. When she approached, I did not allow her to begin speaking with me and instead had the following interaction with her. I told her that I believed that the post she had made the prior day and the subsequent vicious attacks on Victor, which she allowed to occur, were “evil.” (I did not even say she was evil.) I then told her that I believed that due to the outrage it had caused, evidenced by Alyssa’s comments and Ada’s nomination and endorsement of Victor, she had turned what I believed was probable victory for Brandon by 8 votes into a 5-vote victory for Victor. I told her she has to own this, and she alone was responsible for Brandon’s loss. She denied attacking Victor and as she turned to walk away I shared with her that as Chair of the By Laws Committee I had already been approached by three persons inquiring as to whether the DPOC could discipline her due to her first two Commission appointments; one being a right wing Republican who has funded attacks against DPOC Central Committee Member and Irvine Council Member Melissa Fox, and the second, another right wing Republican who had recently lead a racist and anti-homeless attack on the OCBOS plan for a homeless project in/near the Great Park. I informed each of them that there was no authority to discipline her for these acts and they needed to be dealt with at the Council level, at the next election cycle, or through a political recall. I ended my discussion by saying that if three people are already threatening to recall her after only one month in office, she should be very concerned. To be clear, I at no time revealed the names of the persons or asserted or even hinted that I would participate in or be supportive of their efforts in any manner!

Following this discussion, I returned to the stage and shortly thereafter I was approached by Victor asking me what I had said to Ms. Khan. He stated that she was in the parking lot, crying and texting people that I had called her a F-cking B-tch and had threatened to recall her, neither of which has any relationship with the truth. In fact, the assertion that anyone, in a room filled with almost 200 people including members of the press, would make such statements to a Central Committee member and public official for many or all to hear is so ludicrous as to defy belief and would be comical if it had not turned into this destructive behavior by Ms. Khan.

10-12-18 Text from Farah Khan to Michael Fox in a 9-member string including Fran, Jim P, Myself, Deborah S. Victor, Luis A. Denise P. and Florice H.

Call For Removal of Farah Khan From DPOC:

The above noted reference is a screen shot whereby Ms. Khan inappropriately and unprofessionally verbally attacked Executive Committee Member Michael Fox with profane language after Ms. Khan, after first agreeing to proceed with harassment charges against Dan C , then refused to proceed due to fear of political retaliation by Dan C and the Liberal OC against her on the eve of her election. (Note: The full version of the stream will be provided in the near future in which I urge the participants to be civil in their discourse and to find common ground) Michael and several other Board Members were incensed that her backtracking was placing the safety and wellbeing of the staff and the DPOC in grave danger for her own political expediency. It should be noted that neither I, nor any other person privy to this interaction, felt it was necessary or productive to file charges against Ms. Khan at this or any later time as it was not in the best interest of the organization and it was counterproductive to our efforts leading up the November election.

Therefore, although I still believe that verbal discourse, even in a harsh manner is in no way grounds for calls for removal, I find myself in a position that if Ms. Khan can proceed in this manner with unverifiable and outrageous falsehoods as a means of achieving what she was not able to accomplish at the ballot box, then the same standards need to apply to her as well relating her verifiable attacks on Michael Fox using harsh profanity in an intimidating fashion.

I conclude with my assertion that I am ready willing and able to meet with all parties and bring resolution to this manner so that we can get back to the immediacy of our political efforts. I have offered to meet with Ms. Khan on more than one occasion and she has refused. My offer stands. I will not however, apologize for comments or threats of recall that I never made. At some point, sanity has to return to this process.

Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.

jeff@ocdemocrats.org

Phone Number Redacted

Respectfully,

Jeff Letourneau

 

Well, interesting piece of work here.

In regards to sections about me, I saw and participated in the Facebook post Khan put up.  She never mentioned Letourneau by name and only asked if another Central Committee member wished to run.  That’s only an attack to someone with thin skin.

Someone asked “why aren’t you supporting Victor?” (Valladares).  I offered my support for Brandon as an established club leader of Costa Mesa Democrats, a lawyer who is professionally accomplished, and when pressed I offered that Victor is a young man who is dealing with mistakes made as a younger man.  I praised his activism in Huntington Beach.  Others on the string I don’t know began to accuse me of lying about Victor.  I’m a lot of things but not a liar.  Victor has a record in the courts and a challenging relationship with his ex-wife who asked to address the party but was denied the opportunity to do so.  In any contentious divorce, where young children are involved, the truth in somewhere in the middle.  I have copied of the court documents regarding Victor and I have never published them out of respect for his activism.  And I agree with Alyssa Napuri that the Democratic Party is the party of second chances.  And apparently the Party of fourth, fifth and sixth chances too.  But by all means, Jeff, keep calling me a liar because I stated a preference on information most of the Central Committee did not have.

Victor’s victory was a direct result of Chair Briceno’s nomination of him.  LeTourneau’s claim that Brandon Love’s loss was somehow Farrah Khan’s fault is laughable on its face.  The room was Ada’s that night and everyone knew it.

As far as Khan’s “refused to proceed due to fear of political retaliation by Dan C and the Liberal OC against her on the eve of her election charge, what a crock.  Shortly after receiving the letter about the October meeting, I began contacted members of the Central Committee.  I owned up to text messages sent to a staffer and explain my interaction with another.  When I spoke to Khan, whom I had already made the maximum contribution for her election, it was to assure her I would not ask for the contribution back and that she had my continued support for City Council.  I asked her about what she saw at the August meeting because I honestly didn’t see her near me as I spoke to our party’s Comms director.  That interaction was at the end of the meeting with dozens of people around, so any alleged loud shouting certainly would have been heard.  Letourneau is saying there’s no way he could have said what he allegedly said t Khan in a room full of people while claiming lots of witnesses to me pounding my fist and yelling at a staffer in August.

Here’s what Letourneau left out of his note to the party.

Michael Fox was quietly replaced as Florence Hoffman’s AD-68 alternate late last year, effectively ending his term on the e-Board.  Because he’s an alternate, he serves at the whim of his elected central Committee member.  Many believe the attempt to remove me from the Central Committee in October was to grant him my spot in AD-68 so he could continue.  And the charges were really a pre-text to remove me because neither guy likes the comments I allow on this blog or some of the posts … Michael Vickerman/John Scott Horner III anyone?  How about “The LeTourneau Line?”

It is believed Hoffman removed Fox due to complaints by other members — including one letter I have a copy of to then Chair Fran Sdao — for Fox’s bullying of another member.  Michael Fox remains an alternate to Hoffman in her role as Regional Director.  But to file a complaint against Khan and call for her removal for “bullying” Michael Fox is just rich.  Get ready for this action by Jeff to trigger others to file complaints with the new chair against Fox and perhaps LeTourneau as well.

So Khan told Fox to fuck himself.  Wow.  Let’s review:

  • LeTourneau bullied IUSD trustee Sharon Wallin in 2014 which left her in tears and his efforts denied Wallin — the longest standing elected Democrat in Irvine — the party’s endorsement.  he did not apologize.
  • Letourneau’s bullied a gay Republican activist that was a viral video Republicans used to raise money to defeat Josh Newman using words that anyone else would be sanctioned for; he did apologize for this.
  • He admitted to sending a teddy bear stuffed with medical marijuana based oils to a family member back East, which is a felony, and did so during public comments of an Anaheim city council meeting.
  • He played a part in trying to get Dave Min to change support on a position in exchange for an endorsement during Min’s Congressional run and recently, in front of witnesses, tried to get Min to withdraw from the State Senate race.
  • Khan has a commissioner on her team that’s a Republican who’s attacked Melissa Fox? LeTourneau has a bunch of  photos with Tom Tait, former Anaheim mayor, who’s Tait Family Trust contributed to significant IEs that attacked Democrats in Anaheim and Irvine.

I won’t be at tonight’s meeting due to a business commitment.  Looks to be a barnburner.  But when it comes to issues of the truth, I trust Khan completely over anything that comes out of Jeff’s mouth.  The schism in the party is there.  Likely not enough votes on either side to remove anyone.  But in today’s #MeToo world, I still believe Farrah.  #IBelieveFarrah.

 

 

24 Comments

  1. Carole Levers Carole Levers February 25, 2019

    I believe Farrah also.

    Jeff has used poor judgement on a number of occasions, including the ones mentioned in this blog. He was not even censured, much less removed for his viral video cursing (and OC Register newspaper accounts) of his encounter with Carl D’Maio who was collecting recall signatures. This incident reflected much harm upon the DPOC, yet..a slap on the hand was all that he got for exerting the poor judgement of doing this action.

    As a former member of the By-Laws committee, I had proposed putting in a by-law to limit the individual donations to a Central Committee Campaign account….and to ban donations from PACs to such campaign accounts. Afterall…as the Party shouldn’t we be living up to the standards of limiting the power and influence of money in politics? One such Central Committee Campaign account got its first donation of $12,000 from a large developer!! Jeff said that it was illegal for a county party to set limits on such contributions, when in fact…it is not. San Francisco Dem. Party has a by-law limiting contributions to Central Committee campaigns of $500 per individual and NO PAC contributions. The by-law suggestion was not even permitted to be discussed. For subsequent meetings , Jeff excluded me from his emails announcing the date and time for two subsequent meetings. When I found out about this I called him on it (as I was the only member excluded from his emails) and his reply was “Ooops”.

    This Party cannot operate as a monarchy or exclude members or members opinions on actions that could be designed to reinforce the platform of the CDP. People should not be allowed to bully or be excluded from the conversation simply because the “Chair” of a committee does not like what they are suggesting.

    If leaders are backbiting and in-fighting this party is not going to survive. I am now in Colorado so my voice is “irrelevant” to DPOC. But, I worry for the cohesiveness and the survival of DPOC if such “non-democratic” behavior is allowed to continue. Somebody needs to recognize this, step up and be a fair leader.

    • Phoebe Navarro Phoebe Navarro March 8, 2019

      It seems that there are two standards for behavior in the party. Jeff can do whatever he wants but everyone else cannot.

  2. Pants On Fire Pants On Fire February 26, 2019

    I guess Jeff forgot that Farrah has a witness; he doesn’t. I predict all the people Michael Fox has bullied will be coming forward with evidence and complaints. Resign Jeff.

  3. #MeToo #MeToo February 26, 2019

    Throw out Michael Fox too

  4. 4th District Resident 4th District Resident February 26, 2019

    What a sad bunch of comical losers.

    But not as sad or comical as the boob who throws an Oscars party at his house.

    • 3rd District Resident 3rd District Resident February 27, 2019

      I think it’s the two Boobs throwing a fundraising birthday party off Portola Parkway for a state assembly campaign. “It’s mybirthday. Give me money.”

      • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | February 27, 2019

        Are you hurt you weren’t invited? We had a great time and had lots of fun. My wife and I are so fortunate to have such good friends

  5. OCDP Watcher OCDP Watcher February 27, 2019

    Good thing Carol doesn’t live in OC anymore. Jeff would bully her for attacking him

    • Carole Levers Carole Levers March 1, 2019

      I really wasn’t “attacking” Jeff, just stating facts.

      • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | March 2, 2019

        Which in his mind is attacking him

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | February 28, 2019

      The notes from that meeting say the measure was tabled for one month; there’s no indictation from the September meeting that the matter was dropped without passage. There hasn’t been an update since September. And I’m sure you’re wrong about the law being clear.

      Central Committee in OC is a position that no one raises Money for; it’s being used by a member to raise funds to skirt city contribution limits for city council races to run for a position this person did not attend a meeting from May through December.

    • Carole Levers Carole Levers March 1, 2019

      Here is the By-Laws for SFDP….please see Article II Section 5. https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/sfdemocrats/pages/22/attachments/original/1504206328/DCCC-Bylaws-2017-08-23.pdf?1504206328

      Section 5. LIMITS ON CONTRIBUTIONS TO CANDIDATES FOR THE SF DCCC
      No person other than a candidate shall make, and no campaign treasurer for a candidate
      committee shall solicit or accept, any contribution which will cause the total amount
      5
      contributed by such person to such candidate committee in an election to exceed $500.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski March 1, 2019

      she isn’t wrong. for those who can’t bother to open the link, here it is:

      Section 5.
      LIMITS ON CONTRIBUTIONS TO CANDIDATES FOR THE SF DCCC

      No person other than a candidate shall make, and no campaign treasurer for a candidate committee shall solicit or accept, any contribution which will cause the total amount contributed by such person to such candidate committee in an election to exceed $500.

  6. DAN'S WRONG TOO DAN'S WRONG TOO February 28, 2019

    Dan:
    1. It was tabled for a month and never brought back up, because they consulted with legal counsel. Pick up the phone and call: (415) 626-1161, “Mr. Journalist.”
    2. Why don’t you provide a nice synopsis of your legal reasoning, since you are such an expert.
    3. You have an agenda, and an axe to grind. Whether or not people in OC have raised or spent money historically to run for OC Central Committee (they have), it is a campaign and it is legal and the conduct you are complaining of is not illegal. It is also legal to transfer money from one campaign to another. What you do NOT Have is any evidence of illegal transfers or contributions, or you would be listing bv them. It is also irrelevant what you believe. Belief is not facts: just look at the far right, or in this. Ase the ignorance brigade of the left. If you or Carol for a second thought the was a violation, you would filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission. Here is the number: (916) 322-5660. You do not, cause you know it is entirely legal.

    So you bully and misrepresent facts.

    2/28/19 4:03pm

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | March 1, 2019

      I’m noting the bylaws page you reference hasn’t been updated. Carol did the homework and presented the findings to the Bylaws committee. I never said I had an issue with people running for Central can or have raised money; I believe placing a limit on how much someone can receive by organization or individual is in line with the party’s position on keeping dark money out of campaigns and hoops were jumped through to have a developer with business before the city of Irvine arrange a significant contribution to a city councilor using a dormant PAC to make a payment. All legal. Many believe its unethical. I didn’t opine on legal or illegal transfers or contributions — perhaps you can list the number of people who have raised money to run for Central Committee? I think Jeff raised money to run for chair years ago, but almost everyone on this body now didn’t raise a dime to run. As for a synopsis of legal reasoning, it’s been done and will be presented in due time by others who believe as I do that this proposal as merit. Advocating for a change in bylaws isn’t bullying…its a reason for being in the Central Committee to change rules you think need to be changed. Thanks for the FPPC numbers; I filed a complaint yesterday, thanks. You’ll find out about it later. Hope you had fun at the party. I know who you are.

    • Carole Levers Carole Levers March 1, 2019

      Currently there is NOTHING that specifically prohibits a “candidate ” for Central Committee in Orange County from accepting unlimited donations. Therefore, no one is going to file a complaint. My point was that the stance of the Party is to eliminate the influence of BIG money on campaigns. According to information from FPPC, it is up to the individual County Central Committees to define (if desired) limits to contributions to an individual’s central committee campaign. But…the point that has been missed entirely is that Jeff did not want this to be discussed or to be investigated for a possible by-law to limit big money influence on Central Committee campaigns. Jeff also did not inform me of the subsequent two by-laws committee meetings. Why?

      This string reminds me of what I just saw yesterday from the House Oversight Committee…with Republicans dwelling on minutiae or irrelevant items instead of focusing on getting truthful information!

    • Fox & Friends Fox & Friends March 2, 2019

      Thanks for defending your wife’s unethical fundraising Michael Fox. She is raising money for a position she doesn’t want. Is it true she missed all of the meetings from June until January?

      • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | March 2, 2019

        Do you know for sure it’s Michael Fox? Don’t speculate.

        • Stolen Valor Stolen Valor March 5, 2019

          I kinda thought the same thing. But, without his Army uniform its hard to tell if it’s hard to tell if its John Scott Horner, Mike Fox or Hawkeye Pierce!

  7. Common Sense Common Sense February 28, 2019

    If anyone thinks Dan is objective and does not have an agenda, look at what he just said: he admits the SFDCCC tabled the matter for a month. He states “there’s no indication that the matter has been dropped without passage.” WRONG.
    1. It was tabled for a month. In August 2019.
    2. It was never brought up again.
    3. The resolution was to amend the bylaws to impose the contribution restriction: No amendment to the bylaws has occurred.
    4. It is SIX MONTHS LATER.
    5. The resolution to amend the bylaws has never been brought up again. Check the agendas and the minutes.
    6. The issue has never been brought up again. Check the amendments and minutes.

    There is PLENTY INDICATION.
    The bylaws were never amended.
    The minutes, six months later, show the matter has never been raised again.

    Duh.

    2/28/19 930pm

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | March 1, 2019

      August 2019 is 5 months away.

      It was tabled in August 2018. The minutes page for that county party hasn’t been updated since September. There was no reference to the measure on the last update issued. Spoke with Carol and she called and said it was added to their bylaws and she presented proof to the Bylaws committee (and Jeff often “forgot” to invite her to meetings which is a great way to silence her voice).

      What one county party decides doesn’t restrict what other county parties can do. Is the party over already? Hope you had fun.

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