This press release was issued very early this morning from the Democratic Party of Orange County. The comments are from Party chairman Frank Barbaro only:
Democratic Party of Orange County Chairman, Frank Barbaro today issued the following statement concerning the recent remarks made by Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez. Chairman Barbaro noted that due to his being in a complex trial in Riverside, he was not able to respond earlier to press requests:
Statement from Frank Barbaro, Chairman, Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC)
The Democratic Party of Orange County does not condone the recent comments made by Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez. Her remarks were inappropriate, offensive and hurtful.
We strongly agree with the Anti-Defamation League’s position that no matter how strong one’s objections to any government policy, invoking the Holocaust and the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jewish people is grossly offensive and has no place in civil political discourse.
Using the Holocaust as an analogy for the frustration of local politics displays an ignorance of history and an insensitivity to the tragedy in human history that saw the murder of six million Jews and millions of others. The use of words such as “ethnic cleansing” had no place in meaningful debate and discourse at the Santa Ana City Council meeting.
While Councilwoman Alvarez is not officially connected to the Democratic Party, other than through her voter registration, we have supported her candidacy for City Council and have high regard for her accomplishments both as a City Council person and as a District Attorney here in Orange County.
As Chairman, I would remind all public officials that regardless of the issue or the intensity of the moment, that we need to rise above the demeaning rhetoric and encourage advocacy that is vigorous but free from personal, hostile attack.
Councilwoman Alvarez has publicly apologized but she must now apologize directly to the people she offended.