So… there’s been a lot of conversation regarding the chairmanship of the OC Democratic Party. And one of the central figures in every conversation has been Melahat Rafiei. I’ve known Melahat for 4 years now, you see Melahat gave me my first political job when I was a high school senior. So, since I actually worked for her, I can tell you first hand what a tenacious, intelligent, politically savvy person she is. Anyhow I decided to just ask her about this whole blogosphere rumor that she hates Barbaro and wants him replaced as Chairman. She was kind enough to respond to three questions I sent her in a single statement which I am posting here. I am excluding other comments she made about the integrity of the posts made by Marc Sussman (OCShadow) over at OJB, and other things of that nature.
My questions exactly as they were written to her were;
Are you supporting anyone for OC Dem Chair?( I don’t know if you are even allowed to, but if you are who is it and why?)
What are your career plans for the future?
What direction do you think the OC Dem. party apparatus should take now that we have the white house?
To the Readers of The Liberal OC,
County Central Committees “re-organize” – otherwise known as electing new officers – every two years. The Democratic Party of Orange County hold their re-organizational meeting on the 2nd Monday in January of odd calendar years. Members of the committee are elected during the primary of the previous year, so for this term, members were elected in the June 2008 primary. Two important things happen at the re-organizational meeting: (1) elected members will be sworn in and (2) DPOC officers are elected. Only elected members can participate in electing the officers. The vote is a public vote.
Since I am not a member of the DPOC CC, I will not have a vote.
As far as I’m aware, Frank is the only person who has announced candidacy for the the DPOC Chairmanship – everything else is just heresay and rumors. Frank and I have a great respect for one another. We work well together. I’m sure he would say the same thing, but you are more than welcome to ask him for a quote. He loves giving interviews.
As for my career plans – for now I’m just trying to help put together a successful Truman dinner and hope that the Inaugural Bash at Original Mike’s goes well. I don’t have commitments to any one (or any organization) other than the DPOC. Regardless of what I do in the future, I hope to still participate and help out in OC.
And to your last question, the goal of the DPOC in 2009 in to strengthen our Democratic base. Lindsay Hopkins and I unveiled a “34 City Strategy” for the county at the November central committee meeting. Most, if not all, of our 30 interns are all working on projects relating to that and we hope to increase Democratic registration through out the county and win more seats. This will also help us garner more competitive seats after redistricting. It’s a “big picture” plan and we need all hand on deck to accomplish our goals.
Thanks again for the message.
So there you have it.