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PufPuf23's Journal
PufPuf23's Journal
December 11, 2023


On Wednesday, December 6, nearly over two dozen California Democratic Party (CDP) delegates submitted formal charges (via a letter to the CDP Secretary Diana Love) calling for CDP Chair Rusty Hicks to resign. Hicks recently filed to run for California State Assembly District 2, but stated that he would keep his position as Party Chair.

“He is placing his ambition ahead of the interests of the party” the delegates’ letter stated, “making regular decisions for his campaign which are in direct conflict with the interests of the party.” As another delegate noted “Suggesting that the upcoming election doesn’t require his undivided attention is not only outrageous, it’s a clear dereliction of his duties as Party Chair. California is in a position to help take back the House from the Republicans holding the country hostage to their right wing agenda.”

Many of the two dozen delegates are Democrats within the 2nd Assembly District and some 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.”



California Democratic Party Bylaws State at Article III, 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.


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