Editor’s note: I received this guest editorial via email. The writer wants it out there for people to read but is afraid of retribution from a certain DPOC Vice Chair. The writer’s point is that our local party seems to be inconsistent with the issue of open city council seats (Orange, Santa Ana, Stanton and now Irvine) and on the issue of bullying behavior. I have decided to publish this but I’m protecting the writer’s identity. If officials from the DPOC wish to comment, they may do so on this post (I actually encourage it).
It’s quite peculiar that the Democratic Party of Orange County has been at the fore-front of several issues demanding a Democratic process, equity and standing with women in light of the “me too” movement. But it seems they can’t get their stories straight.
In Orange, many members of the DPOC were demanding an appointment for Betty Valencia, claiming that she has the right to the seat since she was the next runner up and the voters had spoken and it was the democratic thing to do.
Well, in Irvine, many members of the DPOC were demanding a special election, costing the city $900,000 for Lauren Johnson-Norris, claiming the voters must be heard and that a special election was democratic. Well, it’s no surprise they are saying this and not asking for the council to appoint the next runner up from the 2018 election that occurred just five months ago. Johnson-Norris came in 4th trailing 2000 votes behind the runner up.
Members of the DPOC have no issue in getting arrested for the rights of people to work in dignity with fair wages, yet it’s ok when one of their own goes off and threatens people. It’s not ok to state that no woman should be treated unfairly, unless the perpetrator is one of their own. Jeff LeTourneau has a history of outbursts, some even recorded. His most infamous is attacking and threatening Carl DeMaio on video which went viral on conservative media and likely cost Josh Newman his state senate seat, but he was then saved by Eric Bauman, Chair of the California Democratic Party, who now himself is in the midst of allegations of abuse, threats and sexual misconduct. So how is Mr. LeTourneau able to get away with threatening so many people, including an elected Democrat? If current chair Ada Briceno, can’t get herself to be a real leader, then he is safe. She has received several emails and letters demanding the removal of Jeff as Vice Chair because of his bullying and threatening behavior, but she has yet to take any action.
So where does the DPOC stand on consistency? Or does the Party just flow wherever the wind blows?