As we’re late in the game for the June primary, this blog won’t be issuing endorsements and other than publishing press releases from candidates, I’m not inclined to write posts about candidates one way or the other because voters need to do their homework here on their own. As a disclosure, I’ve made the same monetary donation to the campaigns of David Min, Katie Porter and Brian Forde with the latter two done prior to the CDP convention but I did tell Min I was donating to his campaign prior to the convention and didn’t get around to it until afterwards.
But I have to make an exception for this post.
This is a worthwhile read in the Huffington Post on CD-45 candidate Katie Porter, who besides being a law professor and a mom, is a survivor of domestic abuse.
I was contacted by HuffPo about a week ago about this story, but was unable to collaborate the writer’s questions that my status as a delegate or a Central Committee member was somehow at risk and I was threatened by party officials because I wasn’t, or that someone from the Dave Min campaign had contacted me with cryptic messages that there was something in Porter’s divorce records that might somehow make her an unacceptable candidate because I wasn’t. My comments didn’t make it in because what I said didn’t fit the narrative, and that’s OK.
Men who abuse their spouses are cowards. Everything Porter did in this awful situation was to protect her children first and then herself. It was brave. It was hard. And none of this should impact her position on issues that impact families and voters in CD-45. No woman should ever have to go through what she did.
It’s also noted in the story that Min’s wife is a national expert on issues of domestic abuse, which would make any sort of whispering campaign against Porter something she wouldn’t stand for at all. But as far as a whispering campaign goes on this, I’ve heard nothing. I’ve heard lots of other whispering campaigns from Congressional campaigns throughout OC but they all fall apart for a lack of evidence.
The Min campaign has released these statements in response to the article:
From John Vigna, California Democratic Party Communications Director:
“Delegates to the State Convention recognize when candidates run positive and issue based campaigns, which is why the statewide delegation voted overwhelmingly to endorse Dave Min. Educating delegates about petition signing is a standard practice for campaigns seeking an endorsement and was especially important in this instance due to evidence of widespread fraud in the circulation process conducted by Dave’s opponents that led to several signatures being thrown out by the CDP’s Compliance Review Commission. Over the course of the weekend, the only aggressive behavior I witnessed was from supporters of an opposing campaign.”
From Paige Hutchinson, Campaign Manager:
“Dave won the endorsement of the California Democratic Party by running a positive campaign about the issues. To suggest otherwise is complete and utter nonsense. Dave’s wife Jane is a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence law, Dave and Jane support victims with their hearts, their time and their charitable contributions. Personal attacks and rumors have no place in this campaign.”