Over the email in-box from Kimberly Ellis today:
To Whom It May Concern: Right now, our Federal government is embroiled over questions related to political campaigns and outside influence. A clear conflict has grown between those nestled in power and those who seek truth.
Here in California, our State Democratic Party is faced with similar questions relating to the election of multiple statewide officer races, as well as several regional director races.
Those seeking truth and validity in the outcome of the election are being derided and blamed for a division in the Party. It is a tragedy that some fail to see that the Party has not been unified in a long time. The divide between the rank and file activists of the Party and those with tremendous political power is stark and will likely widen unless there’s a radical change in approach and tone in discussing this difficult and complex issue from the CDP, its representatives and officers, as well as elected officials.
There is no question that this year’s CDP officer elections are not aiding our Party’s reputation. But rather than focusing the negativity on those who are raising legitimate issues, we would be better served to understand why they are being raised and resolve them as quickly as possible. An independent, third party audit would do exactly that.
The decision of what happens next rests in the hands of the six individuals who make up the CRC. We strongly feel that the current composition of the committee cannot render a fair and impartial decision on any of the issues raised in our challenge because of intractable personal conflict of interest.
Of the five individuals who voted in this CDP officer election, 100 percent of them voted for Eric Bauman. Beyond this, one member of the Committee, Garry Shay, has publicly criticized Kimberly Ellis for her challenge of the vote. Another member, Michael Wagaman, served as Chair of the Credentialing Committee – the body responsible for the credentialing process now under scrutiny. Another member, Coby King, served as Parliamentarian over a process that is also in question.
Should the Party hope to move forward with its reputation intact after the conclusion of this process, it must be aware of the conflict that is inherent in the current composition of the CRC; this body, as it stands comprised today, has little to no credibility that it can be fair and impartial with respect to this specific challenge based on personal conflict of interest and reasonably understood bias.
At this point, Ellis keeps hurting the party. There still remains a lack of any new facts that support her contention she was somehow cheated out of the election. When there are no facts, attack the character of the people who make the decisions.
TheLiberalOC calls on Kimberly Ellis to concede gracefully. If she can’t, its time that seat at the table offered to her on election night go to someone interested in uniting the party instead of dividing it.