Monika Broome, a recipient of the Richard J. O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award from the Democratic Party of Orange County last year, has been nominated to replace Greg Diamond as the North Vice Chair for the DPOC at last night’s special meeting of the Party rescheduled because of the Memorial Day Holiday. Broome is a longtime Party activist and has been involved with Democratic causes and candidates in OC since the 1970s.
In short, she’s an ideal pick. Someone with deep roots in the party, someone who is well-respected, someone who turns activism into actual activity, and someone who builds bridges instead of burning them down.
But you didn’t expect the previous Vice Chair to go down graciously.
Now the definition of last night’s meeting came under fire from ousted DPOC vice chair Greg Diamond who noted that DPOC bylaws state that an election to replace a vacant or vacated seat could only be done at the next regularly scheduled meeting, which to most people would recognize the Tuesday after a Monday holiday as being the regular, but rescheduled meeting. Diamond was under the weather and unable to attend the meeting, but, in typical Diamond fashion, he sent a Facebook post to the party members insulting them on their knowledge of the Party bylaws, asked to have his name placed in nomination to replace himself, and then said if nominated, he’d consider resuming the position he was just ousted from.
The post was forwarded to us; from Diamond’s Facebook post:
I would like to have e-mailed you all at once, but that ability seems to have been reserved now entirely for the Chair and those he designates (as well as, for at least limited purposes, the Secretary.)
I’m home sick today with a nasty sinus/respiratory infection, so I do not plan to attend today’s Special Meeting. But I do want to call your attention to something.
Please refer to Article IV, Section 5 of your Bylaws. (The Bylaws, by the way, say that you have to read the Bylaws. If you don’t have them, they’re on the DPOC site.) It reads (at lines 229-232):
“Section 5. Appointment of Vacant Office
“If the office of any officer becomes or is declared vacant, his/her successor shall be elected from elected, appointed or ex-officio members at the next REGULARLY SCHEDULED meeting.” [CAPS are my emphasis.]
The Agenda for today’s meeting contains the following note at the top:
“Please note: On May 12, the Executive Board agreed to CANCEL the REGULARLY SCHEDULED meeting for Monday, May 26th due to the Memorial Day holiday and schedule this SPECIAL Central Committee meeting for the purpose of making up the canceled meeting.” [CAPS are again my emphasis.]
Agenda Item X.A addresses “Declaration of Vacancy and Nominations for Northern Vice Chair.”
While I renew my objections to the violations of the DPOC Bylaws (as well as campaign finance laws) related to my removal as Vice Chair at our April meeting, I recognize that if the DPOC again chooses to ignore that lawlessness it is permitted by the Bylaws to declare the North Vice Chair position vacant. However, it should be completely clear from the above that it cannot fill the office of Vice Chair at today’s SPECIAL meeting.
If the plan for today is to simply take nominations, and not have an election, I ask that my name be placed in nomination for the position. I will decide between now and the next REGULARLY SCHEDULED meeting whether I will withdraw from consideration. If, on the other hand, an election takes place NOTWITHSTANDING the clear requirements of the Bylaws, I will assess a proper response to this compounded lawlessness.
Thank you for your consideration and have a good meeting — within the bounds of the Bylaws — tonight.