CD-48 candidate Harley Rouda’s coup of endorsements of Congressional represenatives from Orange County creates a huge problem for the California Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Orange County. Dr. Hans Keirstead is the endorsed CDP candidate in CD-48 and the formal endorsements from Lou Correa, Alan Lowenthal, and Linda Sanchez are in apparent violation of state party and local party rules.
So what does Fran Sdao and Eric Bauman doe about this?
From the CDP website on rules for endorsement:
Penalty for Independent, Unauthorized Endorsement – Any CDP official unit or any Democratic County Central Committee that renders an unauthorized endorsement for partisan public office (or nonpartisan candidates whose endorsements become CDP endorsements) shall forfeit its right to representation to the CDP for 12 months from the time of the endorsement being issued or the remainder of the current Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) term, whichever is longer. (CDP By-Laws, Art. VIII. Sec. 1.e.)
So it would appear that Correa, Sanchez and Lowenthal are barred from further endorsement of any other CDP endorsed candidate for up to a year from March 14.
This is a particularly difficult endorsement process for County Vice Chairs Jeff Letourneau and Diana Carey to endorse. Carey was Lowenthal’s alternate which she parlayed into a formal CD-72 spot on the central committee. Letourneau was married by Lowenthal a few years ago.
DPOC chair Fran Sdao has no choice but to bar votes from these three Congressional reps for pending DPOC endorsement meetings as well as their alternates. Rules are rules after all.