Jan 05

Statement Regarding CRC Decision to Overturn Ron Cohen’s Illicit Coup Attempt

ISSUED: January 3, 2018


The California Democratic Party has emphatically declared that Chris Robles has been and remains Chair of the San Bernardino County Democratic Party (also known as the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee).

A brief email summary of their unanimous decision was sent late Wednesday night:

“The California Democratic Party Compliance Review Commission (CDP CRC) has considered the challenge pertaining to the validity of the meeting held by Mr. Ron Cohen on December 7, 2017, relating to the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee (SBCDCC).

In summary, the CDP CRC held that the cancellation of the SBCDCC December 2017 meeting by the SBCDCC Executive Committee on November 10, 2017, was valid, thereby invalidating the subsequent actions taken under the color of the SBCDCC, including but not limited to the meetings held and actions taken on December 7, 2017, and December 28, 2017. Further, the CDP CRC held that pursuant to Elections Code 7241 and the holding in Eu v. San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee, 489 U.S. 214 (1989), the SBCDCC Bylaws supersede Elections Code 7243.

Accordingly, the SBCDCC officers elected prior to the December 2017 meetings above shall remain duly elected and recognized by the CDP, including Mr. Chris Robles as Chair of the SBCDCC.

A full written decision of the CDP CRC will be issued.”

On December 28, 2017, Mr. Ron Cohen effectively resigned his position as Second Vice-Chair of the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee in another unsuccessful bid to become the Chair of the SBCDCC. Although, his bid was disavowed by the CDP, his resignation was immediately accepted by Chair Chris Robles.

Notably, Mr. Cohen touted the fact that he was no longer the second vice-chair when he issued a press release and only identified himself as the new Chair. Therefore, an election will be held to fill the second vice-chair position as soon as is practicable.

This recent coup d’état by Mr. Cohen is the sixth time the California Democratic Party invalidated his actions. Mr. Cohen is dishonest about his purpose, and guilty in covering up his own transgressions by spreading discredited lies, making false accusations, and conducting personal attacks on members.

Cohen has a history of insubordination and refusing to comply with our rules and bylaws despite being given every opportunity to do so. He has an established history of making false representations and failing to disclose his conflicts of interest.

The Compliance Review Commission summed it up well:

“The CRC finds disturbing the allegations of inappropriate behavior by the body and encourages all members to act in a courteous and respectful manner in accordance with our core democratic values and hopes and expects people conduct themselves appropriately at all Democratic Party meetings. The CRC notes that the actions of Mr. Cohen, including repeated attempts to circumvent the democratically and duly elected leadership, do not meet the aforementioned standards.”

Because of these and other numerous transgressions, Cohen is the subject of an internal investigation by the San Bernardino County Democratic Party.