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Sexual Harassment and Violence at Orange County’s Democratic Party

by Jeff Saturday, Mar. 12, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Democratic women ready to fight back against the climate of violence

California’s Democratic Party of Orange County is a failure when it comes to politics. Democrats do not hold one seat on the county board of supervisors. The only Congressional seat in the county held by a Democrat was won by Loretta Sanchez without the help of her own party. After her victory, her party took an interest and jumped on board. The Orange County Democrats have only one state senator and one assemblyman. The State Senator acquired his seat without any assistance from the Democratic Party as well.

Failure as a party does not stop the leaders from using their positions to intimidate women who try to change the political situation in Orange County. Known for their orgies and mistreatment of women, DPOC men require women to fit into a man’s agenda or be relegated to a laughingstock. The main complaint of Democratic women is that … “To fit in, you either have to say ‘yes’ to the men or pretend you are a man.”

Recently a video surfaced of an Orange County Democratic Congressional candidate physically abusing his wife. The recording was made by the couple’s child. As the candidate attacked his wife and threatened to leave her dead, the wife begged him to stop hurting her. The child screamed and came to the defense of the mother. Democratic women say that this kind of abuse is acceptable and common. One said the man in the video was a top insider on the committee. Apparently, bruises are common on women attending meetings with their husbands.

Women are angry and some are refusing to put up with it any longer. Some are saying they will no longer donate to the local party until it cleans up this mess. Some women’s groups are saying they should run their own candidates.

Woman’s rights go further than choice. They go to allowing a woman to live in peace. It may be a while before this latter right is recognized at the Democratic Party of Orange County.
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I've seen it myself

by John Saturday, Mar. 12, 2011 at 10:39 PM

The video is shocking. I will admit I have seen bruises on more than one woman attending meetings at the Carpenter's Hall. I've been very disappointed by the way women are treated on the committee. Idealistic women are ridiculed when they suggest substantive reforms. By the time a women gains some power, she has lost her integrity and started attacking other women who remain idlealistic. The best of the women leave and found their own clubs. Women who keep trying to reform the committee often wind up being thrown out under some techincality they didn't violate.
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Corruption from the top

by Susan Sunday, Mar. 13, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Florice Hoffman expressed serious concerns about corruption and diversion of funds by the chair when she ran for office. Insiders had ordered her to let her male Republican opponent win. By the end of the race, she was beaten down emotionally.

Since, she has learned to go along with the men and has become an insider, herself.
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Could someone corroborate the story?

by imcer Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011 at 9:44 PM

There are a lot of accusations here with no names, no pointers to video, etc. Please name some names, and let someone fact check these things.
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