Los Angeles, CA - Yesterday, the California Democratic Party took another step to coronate Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez with an undemocratic party endorsement. The process is complex and dominated by party insiders and political operatives with only one voting delegate out of 103 actually showing up to hear the candidates. 45 delegates did not vote nor show up and the remaining 57 votes were already cast prior to the meeting, highlighting the type of backroom corrupt deals that still dominate the Democratic party in Los Angeles and the State. Additionally, the party requests that each candidate pay a $350 fee to be able to present to the party delegates.
The undemocratic process gave no opportunity for what is a historically diverse, talented, and impressive slate of candidates to make their case. Beyond undermining the will of the people, the process was an insult to candidates coming from immigrant, women, LGBTQ, labor, and other key communities in the district who wanted their vision, policy platforms, bold agendas, and voices heard by the voting delegates.
In response to the rigged and undemocratic process that undermines the Democratic voters of California’s 34th Congressional District, the following candidates who were present at this morning’s meeting, Vanessa Aramayo, Arturo Carmona, Wendy Carillo, Ricardo De La Fuente, Raymond Meza, and Michelle “Hope” Walker issued a joint statement.
“As candidates seeking to represent the people of Los Angeles, we feel a responsibility to call out the dirty tricks being played by establishment politicians and party operatives who are looking to undermine this election. What the Democratic political establishment is telling us is, ‘We know best. We know what’s best for the people of Los Angeles. No debate, no discussion needed here. We got it. It’s Jimmy’s turn to represent this district.’
When party insiders and establishment politicians vote for the one candidate who fails to show-up to the endorsement process and most of the appointed delegates voting decide to vote by mail, it makes it evidently a rigged, corrupt and undemocratic process.
No matter what, we will keep coming out to fight and bring attention to rigged establishment politics. We can and must do better as a democracy.”
Voters can help by emailing or calling the party’s leadership and member offices to object to the hijacking of our democratic process and withhold future donations to the party. Party leaders can be reached at:
John Burton, Chairman, John@cadem.org
Eric Bauman, Vice Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandra "Alex" Gallardo-Rooker, Vice Chair, email@example.com
Chris Myers, Executive Director, Chris@cadem.org, (916) 442-5707
Emma Harper, Member Services Director, Emma@cadem.org