The #MeToo anti-sexual harassment campaign continues rolling through the Orange County Democratic political landscape. Democratic leaders are voicing a lot of general outrage, surface solidarity and the importance of “naming names,” while saying very little about anything specific. According to sources, OC Labor Federation Executive Director has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.
As reported last week, former Erik Taylor resigned as campaign manager for CD39 Democrat candidate Phil Janowicz. Taylor was executive director of the OC Democratic Party until quitting in May 2017 to join the Janowicz campaign. Janowicz announced the resignation on October 20 on Facebook, and followed with an earnest video the same day:
The OC Democratic Party has made no statements since its original social media post attacking sexual harassment, supporting the #MeToo movement and promises to train staff and volunteers in the future. The latter begs the question: given the centrality of the feminist movement to the Democratic Party, why such heretofore internal laxity concerning sexual harassment? As one of the #MeToo accusers stated online:
“My fault was remaining silent as I exited the Democratic Party of Orange County after every single female intern at the time had confided in me of an instance when a senior member of the executive board crossed the line with them – even with interns who were minors.”
The alleged incidents – at least those brought forth so far – took place from 2015 to 2017. And it’s worth noting that it is unclear whether Mr. Taylor was a “senior member of the executive board.” According to the DPOC website, the party executive director is not a member of the executive board.
The OC Labor Federation has issued no public statements about the Perez controversy. OC Daily contacted both Perez and OCLF President Gilberto Davila (of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324) for comment almost a week ago, but have received no response.
The only comment from Perez – albeit an indirect one – is this Martin Luther King quote he posted on Thursday as his Facebook cover photo:
This prompted these scornful responses from Donna Acevedo-Nelson, a progressive Democrat activist who has run for Anaheim City Council for the last two cycles: