Opinion: CADEM asks Party Chair Rusty Hicks to resign or respond; Rusty “I will not resign”

Opinion article submitted by Helene Rouvier, AD2 delegate, Progressive Caucus Northern Vice-Chair:

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Delegates will now petition the Party to agendize removal of an officer at the May Executive Board meeting

Last month, over two dozen concerned delegates to the California Democratic Party submitted charges for Chair Rusty Hicks to resign, citing his concurrent run for State Assembly in District 2 as a “conflict of interest” and “neglect of duties” per Party bylaws. Other delegates have claimed in private that Party Chair Hicks, who is a former head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, is “in a position to decide Party resources and actions while personally running for one of the seats that the party would spend money in.” More than 130 Democratic activists and delegates have subsequently added their names to that call.

The charges reference California Democratic Party Bylaws at Article Ill, Section 6: “An officer of This Committee may be removed from office for misconduct or neglect of duty in office …” The undersigned delegates seek removal of State Party Chair Rusty Hicks pursuant to Section 6. Hicks is running for State Assembly, kicking off his campaign with no prior notice to the Party and no discussion with delegates as to the best path forward for the Party as it fights with a national coalition to save our Republic and the Democratic institutions. His distraction from Party duties and imminent departure during the election season will cause instability that could decide control of the House of Representatives. Hicks has engaged in misconduct and neglect of duty by placing his ambition ahead of the interests of the Party. Taking on a second more-than-full-time job and possibly leaving his position during an election with the highest imaginable stakes is misconduct and the antithesis of any reasonable course of conduct. His duties running his own campaign do not leave sufficient time to serve the Party without neglect. Further, he is making regular decisions for his campaign which are in direct conflict with the interests of the Party.

Refusing to address conflict of interest, misconduct, and self-dealing, Chair Hicks responded only with the statement that “The claims are baseless and without merit. I will not resign.” 

Delegates will now petition the Party to agendize removal of an officer at the May Executive Board meeting. Thirty valid original petitions must be signed by members of the CDP Executive Board and submitted to the Party Office in Sacramento by February 28th. Unfortunately, that date is well after the primary, so valuable time will be lost during what has been termed “the most important election of our lives – democracy is on the line.”

As noted by Executive Board member Hélène Rouvier, “The California Democratic Party sends more Representatives to Congress than any other state. From Crescent City to San Diego, control of the House of Representatives goes through California. It is simply impossible for any human to simultaneously manage the campaigns for every County, Assembly race, Senate race, statewide race, and so much more all at the same time as running their own more-than-full-time campaign for Assembly. Rusty is not superhuman. He is cutting corners and we will all pay the price.”

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Kicking Bull
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Kicking Bull
1 month ago

Huh. I think all humans are super; generally somewhat retarded, and super.

Is “party office” an oxymoron?

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
1 month ago

Typical corruption and abuse of power by prog dems. Most in dem leadership should be in the Marx party. They could get Burn’e Sanders to lead……

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
1 month ago

Hey Dems, we are being over TAXed. Over regulated. Underserved. The great society and the new green deal are hurting America. America is a Constitutional Republic. We know the agenda is to destroy it, and form a democracy of mob rule. President Trump will put an end to your agenda of globalism.

Lone Ranger
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Lone Ranger
1 month ago

Oh those democrats are true embezelers , I mean misappropriation of funds sounds better doesn’t it? Makes you wonder how ole Joe can take in an extra $1,800,000,000,000.00 and still be out of money. Yeah that’s trillion

Guest
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Guest
1 month ago

This is press release from the Progressive wing of the Democrats pushing a Progressive agenda in Progressive media against someone they had a beef with before he chose to run for elected office. It’s awfully hard to take as honest accusations that say he “may” do something wrong in the future because he is in a position to do so.

But this is the second shoe drop of many expected on this site. Luckily for most here, they have no dog in the fight.

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
1 month ago

MSNBC and CNN refused to air former President Donald Trump’s Republican Iowa caucus victory speech Monday evening, while airing fellow candidates’ speeches.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow announced on-air that Trump had just began giving his speech but that the network decided not to air it because it did not want to knowingly broadcast “untrue things.”

She said:

At this point in the evening, the projected winner of the Iowa caucuses has just started giving his victory speech. We will keep an eye on that as it happens. We will let you know if there’s any news made in that speech if there’s anything noteworthy, something substantive and important. The reason I’m saying this is, of course, there is a reason that we and other news organizations have generally stopped giving an unfiltered Live platform to remarks by former President Trump and is not out of spite it is not a decision that we relish it is a decision that we regularly revisit and honestly earnestly it is not an easy decision. But there is a cost to us as a news organization, knowingly broadcasting untrue things as a fundamental truth of our business and who we are and so his remarks tonight will not air here live we will monitor them and let you know about any news that he makes.

CNN was not much better, airing only a short portion of Trump’s speech, until he began talking about the border.

BudD
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Bud
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

If they were a legitimate news agency they would have aired the speech. The content of the speech is irrelevant, a news agency would be reporting on what happened, regardless of whether they approved of it. Blatantly censoring statements of major political figures means they are a propagandists, not journalists…

I am a robot
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I am a robot
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

Even though trump got 51% of the vote, he only got 7% of Iowa republicans. It’s a media victory, not a real one. Fewer than 15% of Iowa republicans voted in the caucuses

Michael M
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Michael M
1 month ago

I support almost anyone over him because I think he is a scheming carpet bagger. I do not believe that he and Assembyman Woods did not plan his “sudden” retirement announced at the last moment and Hick’s moving here recently. Parties should serve voters not the other way around.

ForestGrump
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ForestGrump
1 month ago

Nope, not Hicks! I favor Frankie Myers for Assembly. He’s the right guy, and it’s time.

I am a robot
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I am a robot
1 month ago

I’m with Dolores Huerta on this one. Hang in there Rusty

I am a robot
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I am a robot
1 month ago

Today the Rusty Hicks for Assembly (AD-2) Campaign is proud to announce a major endorsement from Labor Leader and Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta, adding to a growing list of statewide and local leaders supporting Hicks.