On May 12, 2019 the delegates to the California Democratic party received a post by Women’s Caucus chair Christine Pelosi announcing their May Newsletter came out with the “CADEM WOMEN’S: Chair Debate.” However, the Candidates represented when one clicked on the link were limited to Kimberly Ellis, Rusty Hicks and Daraka Larrimore-Hall (in alphabetical order.)
There were four Chair candidates omitted: Lenore Albert, Mike Katz-Lacabe, Rita Ramirez, and Mike Saifie (again, in alphabetical order). Their omission was not mentioned in the Newsletter, either.
Many of our local readers know candidate Lenore Albert because she is from Orange County and those in the know, know she was instrumental in helping our county successfully ride the Big Blue Wave in 2018 where we flipped so many seats from red to blue. Not everyone loves Lenore but one cannot question her commitment to Democratic party values.
Candidate Albert didn’t let this missive from the Women’s caucus pass quietly in the night. She made several good points in doing so.
First, the campaign for party Chair are not well regulated which means Delegates can exclude candidates from participating in endorsements or even speaking to their group. She has previously pledged to support a change in the Rules to require all Chair candidates to fully disclose their donations (in detail) and expenses publicly. Today she pledged to support a change in the Rules to require all events hosted by a Delegate or an official wing or entity of the CDP including any one of its subsidiaries to invite all Chair candidates to apply for their endorsement, speak, or debate giving each candidate equal time.
After Ms. Albert sent out her email to the delegation, Christine Pelosi posted a screenshot from Anita Narayana dated April 29, 2019 showing all candidates were blind copied with an email (only the header is attached – no subject line or substance). However, Ms. Albert checked her inbox and could not find an email from Ms. Narayana on that date or any other date near that time frame.
Christine Pelosi characterized Ms. Albert’s support for a Rules Change as a “nastygram.” Another curious missive is that Ms. Albert is actually a member of the Women’s Caucus. Albert has demonstrated that she understands that the party can change to be more inclusive and some of those screaming lack of inclusiveness are the ones holding the door shut tight.
Lenore Albert asked if there is room in the party for a white woman to lead at the top, noting she grew up in a bi-racial family and is disabled which would most likely make her the first disabled female Chair if elected to the CDP. Until the party wakes up and stops allowing the deep pockets established in this party to choose who will be the next Progressive candidate to back, the progressives will never have a voice.
Lenore Albert actually has helped the working people and without the party’s influence or help. For example, in 2011 she stopped over 1,000 homes from foreclosure sale.
She is the only candidate running for Chair that owes no one in this party a favor.