California progressives may take battle over Democratic chair to court

July 24, 2017

Kimberly Ellis

The California Democratic Party has certified the results of its state chairmanship election in which the establishment candidate narrowly edged the leader of the statewide progressive movement. Progressive leaders are still not content, though, and are threatening to take the election battle to court. [LA Times]

At a testy convention held in Sacramento in May, Eric Bauman, the former head of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party defeated progressive challenger Kimberly Ellis by 62 votes. The result prompted a walkout, protests and allegations that the election was rigged by the Progressives.

On Saturday, the state party held a daylong hearing in Sacramento in which a six-member compliance review commission assessed allegations of vote irregularities. The commission reviewed 355 ballots that were deemed questionable, invalidating 47 votes — 25 for Bauman and 22 for Ellis.

One notable ballot the panel threw out belonged to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, the state’s chief elections officer. Padilla did not pay his Democratic Party dues, the panel discovered.

The commission’s findings did not swing the outcome of the vote. Bauman won the election by less than 1 percentage point.

Party official Michael Wagaman, who chaired the hearing, said the commission fond no evidence of vote stuffing or destroyed ballots. Wagaman also said there was no evidence of the party being biased toward any one candidate.

The commission also rejected a request by Ellis for an outside audit. Wagaman said the commission conducted a thorough and transparent review.

But, Ellis has accused the compliance revision commission of bias toward Bauman. Her political consultant described the hearing Saturday as “bad political theater” before it even started.

Ellis has already indicated she is likely to mount a court challenge to the election result.

In San Luis Obispo County, a similar battle has unfolded between progressives and the local Democratic Party’s old guard. Last week, the progressives took over the helm of the SLO County Democratic Party, with Rosemary Canfield being elected the new chair.


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SLOBIRD

Collusion at work for sure! Someone should call the Russians and sort it out…


George Bailey

The once-proud Democratic Party has become nothing more than a collection of misfits, race-baiters, beggars and snowflakes.


As bad as the Republicans are, the Democrats are worse. Sad.


slojustice

They ought to just recruit a shepherd.


laftch

This picture perfectly represents the California “progressive” democratic party.


rukidding

Does anybody really care?


Rambunctious

This is Grrrrrrrrreat! news…. (;)


Slosum

“Rigged” Democrat elections? Oh… come on! Let the implosions begin…..


The Identarian

Oh Goodness Gracious. What losers. No clue on how the free market works, no clue on how human nature works, no clue at all. That local woman, Ms. Canfield obviously is self loathing. These people need to slather love on people they feel will make them better human beings and expect the rest of us to pay for it. Either with money or loss of freedoms. Reject them, marginalize them, and pray they eventually disappear off the face of Earth.


Ricky2

I’m so sick of the so-called “progressives” who are anything but progressive — more like Trumpists on the other side of the aisle, intolerant, my way or highway arrogance. They control our city council and they’re wrecking our city. Hey Ellis, Trump didn’t win the popular vote, and neither did you. Grow up. You don’t own the world.