CDP Chair’s Race: Kimberly Ellis Offers Arbitration to End Dispute


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Kimberly Ellis and Eric Bauman: can you guess which one was the “insider” candidate?

We here can print press releases too when the time is right!  And today it is:

Kimberly Ellis Offers Arbitration to End Dispute

For Immediate Release
Contact: ___________

OAKLAND, Calif. (August 8, 2017): The Kimberly Ellis campaign has submitted its appeal to the Compliance Review Commission’s (CRC) July 26th ruling and offers binding arbitration as a mechanism to resolve the contested California Democratic Party (CDP) Chair’s election.

While the Ellis campaign’s previous requests for an independent forensic audit or review commission comprised of an equal balance of Bauman and Ellis voters were both rejected, the campaign remains hopeful that an alternative method to resolving the matter can be found without the need for legal action.

“Between the public statements and back channel messages, we’re told the Party doesn’t want a lengthy and expensive legal battle. We agree – so here’s another approach,” said Ellis.

In its appeal, the Ellis campaign notes that binding arbitration is typically agreed to in contracts before a dispute occurs, as the prescribed process to resolve contested matters; however, the Ellis campaign believes its application to this circumstance would provide a concrete and final conclusion to the challenge, while affording fairness and due process – values the Ellis campaign believes have not been present thus far.

“If what they’re really saying is ‘give it up’ and ‘go away’ – then we are truly at an impasse. In the past, we’ve offered to pay for an independent forensic audit and were rebuffed. We asked for an impartial or balanced review commission and were told no. If their goal is to avoid a legal battle, here it is. The ball is in their court.”

Prediction: Eric Bauman calls the shots, and he will accept no proposal that leaves more than a negligible probability that he would be (1) removed from the position of DPOC Chair, (2) factually found to have committed acts that might bar him from other party office.

I’m glad that Kimberly Ellis is going out of her way to publicly be reasonable, though.

More on this whole mishegas, which has been taking up time that I’d normally be devoting to blogging, as  time permits.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. 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. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. 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. A family member 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.)