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So I get a call at about 5:00 from an excited friend who occasionally slums on Liberal OC to ask me if I can POSSIBLY GUESS who has just entered the race for Chair of the California Democratic Party — a timely topic given that leading candidate Eric Bauman is speaking before DPOC (and whoever else shows up) at 6:30 today. (His underdog challenger Kimberly Ellis will speak at the same time before April’s meeting.) I made four or five guesses and not even a hint could help me.
“LENORE ALBERT-SHERIDAN,” I was finally told. “And Dan is trashing you!”
Well, the latter is not news — let me know if he ever lands a blow — but the former made me SLOL. (Snort Loudly Out Loud.) Lenore? The woman who notably cuddles up to Ray Cordova and to Chumley himself at DPOC meetings? That’s a — well, actually, it’s not a surprise, given her advanced level of attention-vampirism.
Here’s part of Chumley’s take on Lenore:
Additionally, she was recommended for a 30-day suspension of her law license by the California State Bar over allegations from a former client. Albert-Sheridan is practicing law and was considering another shot at Allen due to his affection and loyalty to President Trump and rumors Allen might run for Governor as a Republican.
She is also known for filing paperwork with the state party to have DPOC Central Committee member Greg Diamond removed from the Democratic Party due to his long standing support of conservative Republican Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, for serving as campaign manager to independent Brain Chuchua in AD-68 even though Sean Panhani was the only Democrat in the race, and for blog attacks on elected Democrats in Orange County. We’re told this case is still pending.
Apparently Chumley doesn’t know that she has another case against her pending, which I haven’t written about because it hasn’t been newsworthy. Until now. I also don’t like “piling on” gratuitously — but it no longer is! But you’ll have to wait for that.
I’d love to hear that the case against me is pending because I would relish fighting it — if it’s under the jurisdiction of the current CDP at all. But for the record:
(1) I’ve supported Tom Tait’s positions where they overlap the positions of the “good government” wing of the Democratic Party, which they often do. I argued against endorsing Lorri Galloway’s hapless campaign for Mayor against him because of the danger of it leading to the election of execrable and corrupt bigot Lucille Kring. When I lost that vote — when Galloway, who had claimed to be called by God to run, made various “overpromises” about her viability in the race, I followed DPOC rules and did not endorse Tom.
(2) I did manage Brian Chuchua’s campaign for AD-68 in the primary because — unlike Sean Panahi (the actual spelling) he could have won over either execrable Harry Sidhu or execrable Stephen Choi, largely because he would have had Tait’s enthusiastic support as well as that of any straight-thinking Democrats. (He has quite the GOP in disgust.) Brian would have voted with good-government Democrats between a third and half of the time, by my estimate, and before that last year that was by far the best we could ever have gotten out of AD-68. If Chuchua had become the swing vote in the Assembly, as seemed quite plausible, it would have been great for good government types and for OC in particular. And Panahi entered the race at almost the last moment and had nothing going for him other than a largely Republican platform and a D after his name. Because Panahi took the Democratic votes that could have gone to Independent Chuchua — among whose sins is support for Dr. Jose Moreno during his attendance at Los Amigos — we lost the chance to compete for as much as half a loaf in November.
(3) Blog attacks on elected Democrats. Hey, if the CDP wants to say that people can’t write nasty truths about corrupt elected officials just because they wear the fig leaf of our party affiliation, they can say so out loud. Until then, I’m following the existing rules.
This complaint was actually, in fact, a revenge attack from the Sukhee Kang partisans like Chumley and Fullerton complainants Molly Muro and Arnel Dino (about whom I still haven’t said boo in these pages.) They’ve remained bottom-hurt after the SD-29 primary race, where I happily — and in that case, perhaps against party rules, if CDP really wants to come after me — gave my strong support to Josh Newman. (Most people of common sense seem to have accepted by now that while Newman beat Ling-Ling Chang, Sukhee would have gotten his clock cleaned in the general, because the sole tactical advantage that led him to move here — his Asian heritage — would have been neutralized by state GOP Chair Jim Brulte’s savvy counterprogramming. But that’s a little subtle for Chumley.)
Chumley finally gets to the meat of the nut here:
Albert-Sheridan’s entry into this race is a wild card — who might [she] siphon votes from most? Bauman, for being in So Cal? Or Ellis, because she’s a she?
It’s not so much a “wild card” in the poker deck as an Uno card, or a Monopoly “Chance” card, or (more to the point) a business card, stuck incongruously into the deck, leading everyone to stare at it blankly (at best) when it is dealt out. But sure, let’s play the “who does it favor?” game!
Probably no one, because she’s probably not going to get more than a couple of votes — and the sweet thing is that the votes are public so we can identify them! (Come on, Ray Cordova, vote for her!) But if she does have an effect, it will hinge on how each delegate answers one question: “Was Eric Bauman truly insane enough to try to lure her into the race to “split the opposition vote with Kimberly Ellis?”
I prefer Ellis to Bauman, because even though Ellis supported Hillary Clinton in the primary — like anyone else who cared about her political career, she presumably figured that she was in for a world of pain if she didn’t — her persona and apparent platform suggest the openness and inclusiveness of Bernie Sanders. Bauman would be a tough and strong chair who would not hesitate to threaten (and follow through with) political consequences for those who oppose him — something that a lot of Orange County Democrats discovered when they supported Betty Yee over Bauman’s old boss John Perez for State Controller. As a Party member, this does not warm my heart.
But on most non-intra-party issues, where he’d be dealing with the outside public, Bauman and I would be on the same sid — and I’m sure that he would ably represent my favored positions, although I might not know about those issues while rotting in the dungeon of some Democratic Party re-education camp in Imperial County. (I jest, I jest.) And my friend, ally, and relative by two marriages Jeff Letourneau is one of Bauman’s biggest supporters and fundraisers statewide — seriously, if you’re going to give money to Bauman, go to Jeff’s party for him and do it there! — and so in my view the State Chair’s race is something about which reasonable people can disagree.
But while Bauman was practically the epitome of a deluded, myopic, out-of-touch, and arm-twisting Hillary supporter in the primary, one thing that I’ll say about him is that he’s not dumb. And even the suspicion that he has lured this crackpot fame-snorter into the limelight for his personal gain would be incredibly dumb — and damaging to his candidacy. So like other people, I’m going to presume that Bauman is not this dumb, and that pushing forward Lenore is indeed such a dumb plot that it could only come from one possible source in the universe — the “establishment” Democrats of Orange County.
The nice thing, from my perspective, is that the suspicion that the dunderheads working alongside Lenore — to defeat Kimberly Ellis because also has lady parts??? — is pretty much inevitable. And that puts Bauman in a really uncomfortable position. He’ll either have to reject this “smoove move” as crass and offensive and stupid and not in his interest — or he’ll have to keep quiet and let people think what they will. And, oh yes, they will. I think that Kimberly Ellis is clinking glasses with her supporters tonight!
The hallmark of this as a DPOC anti-good-government faction production is that it is, at bottom, so incredibly selfish and self-absorbed. It doesn’t help anyone: it just “puts OC on the map” in a way that no rational person would desire. But if your interest in entirely what happens within the county — I suppose it makes a certain amount of sense.
Just kidding. It still makes no sense. But I’m still going to sit back and enjoy it!