CDP Statement on Chair's Leave of Absence

Sacramento, CA — Below is a statement from Mike Roth, spokesperson for the California Democratic Party:

“After taking the holiday weekend to consider the most constructive path forward for the work of the California Democratic Party, Chair Bauman has made the decision to take a leave of absence as Party Chair effective at 5:00 pm today and through the conclusion of the independent investigation being conducted by a respected outside investigator.

“In accordance with the Party Bylaws, First Vice Chair Alexandra “Alex” Gallardo Rooker will assume duties of the Chair during this period. As acting chair, Ms. Rooker will exercise her independent authority and work with staff to ensure that the day-to-day work of the party continues uninterrupted.

“Chair Bauman believes this decision is the best way to ensure the independence and integrity of the process. The Party is confident that the procedures in place will allow for all parties to come forward freely and provide for a thorough and complete review.”

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