It was yet another awful day for U.S. Rep. Pig Maxine Waters after she was cut off during a state convention speech. In response to the disgraceful incident, the California Democratic Party African American Caucus is asking the state party for a formal apology to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and its members. The Caucus did not address the matter casually, it called the act disrespect by a private subcontractor at its weekend state convention.
As Maxine Waters was speaking at the caucus meeting, her microphone was cut off. The caucus released a statement late Wednesday saying that it had concluded an investigation with the Sacramento City Council and executive staff from the California Democratic Party to determine what transpired.
The caucus findings revealed that the state party retained the event planning firm Frontrunner to produce the convention, attended by nearly 3,000 people from across the state. Frontrunner subcontracted the audio and visual work to a separate firm.
The newly elected leadership of the California Democratic Party has received a letter from the Executive board members of the African American Caucus outlining recommendations it says it believes will address the situation and help curb such events.
The requests are asking for reimbursement of the meeting expenses associated with the event, and for party leadership to work with the caucus and develop better security protocols. It also calls for a commitment to sensitivity training for contracted and subcontracted employees and better training on protocols when meetings run longer than the contracted time.
Darren Parker, issued apologies to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, adding that in her 20 years as a Democratic Party leader, she has never experienced the type of behavior she did at the Sacramento Convention Hall on Saturday evening.
Sure glad we've got that investigation going!