Within a day of the local mass shooting last Sunday, San Diego Police officials made statements dismissing race as a factor in the shooter's motivation. San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes has made the following statement: "Less than 24 hours after the attack, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman declared emphatically there was no evidence of a hate crime in the shootings in La Jolla. The Police Chief made this unequivocal pronouncement despite statements by witnesses present that a white woman went to render aid to the mother of three who lost her life, but was told by the shooter to leave her alone, and this woman was not shot."
San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes has issued an open letter to the local legal community, calling for applicants for the soon-to-be-open District Attorney position who commit not to run for that office as an incumbent in 2018 or endorse any candidate who does: “Inside the all-Republican coterie of our county level elected officials, there is a long and sordid history of early retirements followed by the Board of Supervisors’ appointment of a hand-picked successor," reads the letter, posted here. "The appointee then has an enormous advantage running for office as the incumbent."
“The public deserves to know the extent of the District Attorney’s involvement in the Azano corruption scandal, and whether any other personnel in the DA's office acted improperly. I’m calling on the County Board of Supervisors to launch an independent investigation headed by a special prosecutor into the Office of the District Attorney’s connection with this far-reaching case – the largest political corruption scandal in San Diego history." -- Chair Jessica Hayes
The San Diego County Democratic Central Committee has unanimously elected Jessica Hayes as the new Chair of the County Party, tapping her to lead at a time of particular urgency and grassroots energy. In her previous role as South Area Vice Chair, Hayes raised funds, ran endorsement meetings, mentored candidates, oversaw coordinated campaign offices, and developed relationships with Democratic activists, community leaders, and elected officials.
Contact: Francine Busby, (760) 807-0399
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will join the San Diego County Democratic Party and top local Democratic leaders on Monday to urge women to vote to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, to send Reps. Scott Peters and Susan Davis back to Congress, and to help Colonel Doug Applegate defeat Darrell Issa.
Several political and community leaders in San Diego will be speaking Tuesday morning at a protest and media event calling out local Republican candidates who are backing Donald Trump or have been silent on his history of misogyny and sexual assault. At a time when many national Republican leaders have denounced their Party's nominee in no uncertain terms, some Republicans running for office in San Diego continue to back Trump, avoid responding to his outrageous behavior, or refuse to say who they're voting for.
The San Diego County Democratic Party Chair rebuked Donald Trump today hours before his campaign fundraiser in Del Mar, calling the presumptive Republican presidential nominee an unacceptable choice for voters of every political persuasion. "Donald Trump is a danger and a disgrace," said Francine Busby. "He has built a campaign around dividing and insulting the American people, and as a result he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president."
San Diego County Democratic candidates and supporters will meet at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel downtown after the polls close on election night, watching as the returns come in and rallying for favorable results in key local elections. The event will include opportunities for candidates to address supporters and media representatives as official results are updated throughout the evening. The County Democratic Party is organizing precinct walks and phone banks with endorsed campaigns over the next week to turn out our voters.
San Diego Democrats and allies are organizing a peaceful protest in response to a rally today with Ted Cruz at the Town & Country Resort in Fashion Valley. The protesters will gather beginning at 4:30 p.m. along the Riverwalk Golf Course side of Fashion Valley Road, across from the event venue. San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby issued a statement in response to his appearance, calling the Republican presidential candidate "reckless" and "a serious danger to the country."
“This hits so close to home. Many San Diegans have roots in San Bernardino and are hoping and praying for the safety of family and friends. Our hearts go out to them. But that is not enough. It is time that we acknowledge these acts as a form of terrorism. It is time that we focus attention and resources to protect American lives at home with the same determination that we do abroad. It is time for our leaders to stand up, grow a collective backbone, and organize to defeat the gun lobby and bring about common sense reforms that will save lives."