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Damn that's a big tall stack, Frank!

Thanks to Vern’s damnable inclusion of so many RSS feeds on our home page, I was drawn briefly to Liberal OC to see their coverage of Julio Perez’s endorsement by the Orange County Young Democrats for AD-69.  Chris Prevatt there stirs up the batter that provides the perfect serving to explain what it is like to be a Democrat in Orange County circles in election year 2012.

Prevatt writes that, before the meeting began:

Frank Barbaro, Democratic Party of Orange County Chair, leaned over to me and said, “looks like Julio’s supporters have stacked the meeting.” He added, “I’m here to encourage no endorsement in the 69th because all of the candidates are good.”

Ah, yes, those nefarious Young Democratic Endorsement Meeting Perez Stackers, out once again to do mischief by subverting the true popular will of Young Democrats by porting in people who don’t belong there, which if true would be the first time that it had ever happened in Orange County Politics.  Say, what was the final vote again?

In the 69th, 80% of the votes (41) went for Perez, 8.2% (4) for Daly, 2.13% (2) for Martinez, and four abstentions.

So, among 51 people voting, Perez got  41 of them, leaving only ten Young Democrats who did not vote for Perez?  Now that is what I call stacking a meeting!  And the sad thing is that, by Frank’s lights, there were only ten Young Dems there who should have been there anyway, along with what we can suppose might be a handful of Perez supporters.

Congratulations to Julio for the endorsement, the OCYD’s for the excellent turnout, to Prevatt for covering the thing so that we didn’t have to, and to Chairman Barbaro for deftly alerting the world to the Perez Stacking Menace, without which I would have had one fewer laugh this morning.

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.