OC Dems Chair Declares War on OC Labor Fed Boss Julio Perez For Not Blindly Backing Party's Pathetic Candidates

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Perez: A party future the current OC Dem head can't stand
This weekend, the California Democratic State Convention will happen in Los Angeles. There will be speeches, backroom deals, drinks, and elections for intra-party leadership positions. I ain't no Dem, so I don't know which local candidates are running for what position except one: Orange County Labor Federation head and lifelong OC resident Julio Perez wants to be vice-chair of the California Dems' Labor Caucus.

Makes sense, right? A lifelong labor guy (as I wrote late last year in a profile), a young guy, a Latino, and a bonafide progressive, Perez is the ideal person Democrats should want in their party's leadership if they want to remain relevant in California's multicultural future (or face permanent pariah status like the GOP). Yet Perez's candidacy is being blasted by a seemingly unlikely source: Democratic Party of Orange County chair Henry Vandermeir. But upon further review, it makes sense Vandermeir is so adamantly opposed: Perez represents a bright, promising future for the Democrats, while Vandermeir represents OC Dems' pathetic reality.

On March 3, Vandermeir sent an email to San Francisco Labor Council executive director Tim Paulson referencing my Perez profile and stating, "I want to make sure you know about the recent interview in which Mr. Perez is quoted as saying: 'I don't give a shit about elections. I don't give a shit about how many Democrats we get into office.'

"Personally, I find those statements not only offensive but also mind-boggling considering he served as political director at the OC Labor Fed for years and had only left that position a couple of weeks before the article came out," Vandermeir continued. "As Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, the quote pissed me off - especially since I'm finding it harder each year to convince local Democratic officials (many of whom have gotten elected without the support of Labor and in fact, have had the OC Labor Fed run Republican candidates against them) to continue to support our local unions when the time comes.

"I cannot see the wisdom of having a vice-chair on our Labor Caucus who doesn't 'give a shit' about elections or electing Democrats," Vandermeir concluded. "I see no logic behind electing someone to a Democratic leadership position who doesn't fully support the Democratic Party's commitment to electing Democrats at all levels."

That last comment is particularly hilarious, because Vandemeir is blasting Perez for doing the very thing his party has perfected. OC Democrats don't just play footsie with local Republicans; they go full-on 2 Girls, 1 Cup. This is the party whose most prior boss, Vandemeir mentor Frank Barbaro, made it a point of eating dinner with Republican Party of OC head (and supreme slimeball) Scott Baugh every Election Night, the party who decided not to run anyone against OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen just 'cause she was so cool. Vandemeir's the type of guy whose designated "future" of the Democratic Party, Anaheim councilmember Jordan Brandman, has an open bromance with Dark Lord Curt Pringle and is going around town vetting prospective Anaheim council and school board candidates with fellow councilmember/pendejo Kris Murray. OC Dems are the type of party whose officials are already endorsing OC DA Tony Rackaukas, and who haven't bothered to develop any serious challenger to Tony Rack in more than a decade--or any serious candidates for anything ever, instead contenting itself with throwing sacrificial lambs across OC and retreads in the Latino-heavy central OC districts it wins by default.

And because Perez doesn't like this reality, Vandermeir is mad? Plank in eye, smote--all that biblical shit, son!



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NOPCinOC
NOPCinOC

It will all get worked out.

pinoyboychaser
pinoyboychaser

It's choose your poison. Take Vandermeir or his opponent Jeff Letourneau, who is dating Greg Diamonds little brother. These guys are all weird.

I don't know who is worse a corperate friendly Dan Chmiliewinski/Tom Daly ally or a 60 year old self employed private detective on his third twenty year old Asian boyfriend in as many years. Granted, this guy is HOTTER than Susan Kang by a long shot.

eabeytia
eabeytia

Perfectly sums up local gov't here, too: "OC Democrats don't just play footsie with local Republicans; they go full-on 2 Girls, 1 Cup."

NGCoot
NGCoot

Gustavo: "2 Girls, 1 Cup" - disgusting Gustavo.


I figured it was disgusting so I checked it on Urban Dictionary -


"The act of multiple (2) partners (girls) defecating into glassware (1 cup) and then performing sexual acts with the fecal matter - 2 girls 1 cup."


Nice Gustavo, real nice .... - possibly a new low for for you. Although, I wouldn't put anything beneath you.

cynthia241
cynthia241

So....if Vandermeir is so hot to elect Dems, the VP of the Democratic Party, Greg Diamond, just picked up his papers from ROV office. He is collecting signatures to be turned in this afternoon. One would think he would need only to swing by Party headquarters in order to get those forms filled out, with a waiting line of folks disappointed there aren't more spaces on the form so they too can show their support to take down the entrenched Republican District Attorney. Right? Should Mr, Diamond just head for Party headquarters to collect Vandermeir's signature right there at the top of the page for everyone to see? 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

As a New York city born Latino son of a blue collar union job dad, I'd like to just provide a little outsider perspective on your situation here in Orange County, CA. There is no progressive Democratic party here in Orange County, CA - you've been had for decades. It's harder for you to tell because you were born into this. To me it's patently obvious.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

This kind of infighting is lame.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@NGCoot Not as disgusting as your perpetual defense of the pedophile factory known as Mater Dei, the pedophile protectors at the Catholic Church, and your continued support of cretins like Matt Cunningham. So spare me your sanctimony, coward.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Shoutout to SEIU Local 32B-J building services union. They helped my dad sue his employer who tried to screw him as he was retiring. 35+ years of impeccable service on 9th street and Broadway (Manhattan) and the dark lords (east coast version) tried to harm him financially. And then stupid people in Orange County CA claim unions are always the bad guys and employers are always the good guys. Except police unions - those unions you just love ;)

JFK-GM
JFK-GM

I cannot fathom why you think this is lame.  There are real differences in the party and there is no need to "go along to get along" when there are clear substantive differences about the direction of the party.  Folks like Jose Solorio have been outwardly accepting of working people, but privately he works with Republicans to elect peole like DINO Tom Daly.  Why should labor and progressives accept that?  Why do conservative democrats get to set the agenda?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@JFK-GM You totally read my comment in the wrong light. I am of the same mind set as Julio on this. Ive chatted with him via PM on FB to that effect. Im speaking of the lameness of the infighting in general. As far as my bona fides of being a progressive or liberal or Democrat or labor friendly or hostile, even Gustavo and the rest of the OC Weekly columnists who have not much love for me will support my claim in this regard.

JFK-GM
JFK-GM

My apologies.  Re-reading your comment, I see I came away from the incorrect impression.

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