I just got this press release from the DPOC:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 31, 2006
Contact: Mike Levin (310) 740-6866 firstname.lastname@example.org
BILL DALATI, TARGET OF REPUBLICAN RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE AND ANAHEIM CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE, TO RE-REGISTER AS DEMOCRAT
County Democratic Chair Frank Barbaro and Anaheim City Councilmembers Richard Chavez and Lori Galloway to Welcome Dalati to Democratic Party
WHO: Bill Dalati, Candidate for Anaheim City Council
Frank Barbaro, Chair, Democratic Party of Orange County
Richard Chavez, Councilmember, City of Anaheim
Lori Galloway, Councilmember, City of Anaheim
Other community and religious leaders
WHAT: In reaction to religious intolerance exhibited by the Republican Party, Dalati will be turning in a new registration form and becoming a Democrat this Wednesday morning.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
WHERE: Orange County Registrar of Voters, front steps 1300 Building C South Grand Avenue Santa Ana, CA 92705
BACKGROUND: In September of this year, former State Republican Party Chair Shawn Steel made national news by characterizing Republican candidate for Anaheim City Council Bill Dalati as an Islamic extremist because he is an Arab of Syrian birth and a Muslim. As Democrats in Orange County, we are proud to welcome Bill Dalati to our Party.