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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 and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.