DPOC Appoints New Executive Director: Welcome to Erik Taylor


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Erik Taylor

I didn’t go to Monday night’s Democratic Party of Orange County meeting.  Partly I just had too much work to do; partly it’s because I have an excellent alternate; but partly it was because we were going to be asked to appoint a new Executive Director — and neither his or her identity, nor any information about him or her such were included in the agenda packet.  (My question to an officer asking who the lucky applicant would be was ignored.  I could not imagine why such information would be omitted from an agenda for a group with any actual power.)

Asking people to vote on an appointment cold, based on a first impression from what presumably would be a tightly controlled presentation where probing questions would be unwelcome, strikes me as needlessly irresponsible and unserious.  This is a big deal — why not treat it as such?  It suggested to me that the governing body of the organization was simply being asked to be rubber stamp.  I suppose that it’s a good thing that I didn’t go, because the new Executive Director was approved unanimously and the abstention I would likely have offered in protest not of the nominee but of the process would have ruined that.

Today the DPOC has this to say:

After an extensive hiring process, the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) unanimously approved the appointment of Erik Taylor as its new Executive Director at Monday’s monthly County Central Committee meeting.

“Thank you, but the real praise should go to my predecessor, Nick Anas,” said newly appointed DPOC Executive Director Erik Taylor. “The work he has done over the last several years has set the bar high. I am truly humbled to be part of such an amazing team –  I’m ready to get to work!” 

“It was tough to see Nick leave. We had a great working relationship and we’ll miss him.  However, I believe Erik is the right choice to help us move on to the next level and I look forward to working with him,” said Chair Henry Vandermeir. “We are on the cusp of turning our county around. With Erik on our team, I believe we will accomplish that goal. I look forward to seeing Erik take us to new heights in 2016 and beyond.”

I’m not really seeking comments from the Republicans among us here (even though I realize that that’s a lot of what I’m likely to get.)  My question is to the Democrats and left-leaning non-Dems.  How do you find this statement?  Inspirational?  Something less than that?  Can you figure out why?

Anyway, good luck to Erik Taylor.  I hope that, despite the conspicuous straight-arm to the face of the Central Committee, he understands that he is answerable to the entity that he has actually been hired to support.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) 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. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)