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14 May
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Mother’s Day


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

Delegates —

I wanted to take a (short) break from the campaign trail to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible moms we have in the Democratic Party.

Mother’s Day has always been a special day for me, and somehow even more so since my mom passed away almost 11 years ago.

 

My husband Michael, my mom Gail, her partner Trish, who lives with us now, and a young Eric with a very 80’s mustache

My mother, Gail Bauman, was a very special woman to all who knew her.

A single mom who taught me how to tie a tie, pick a suit, throw a punch, and how to stand up for those less fortunate than we were.

A nurse who cared for her patients as if they were family.

A lesbian out of the closet in 1960’s New York who never accepted anything less than equal treatment.

And she was even a professional bowler — one of the few traits she didn’t pass down to me.

I’ll be thinking of her today, as those of you who’ve lost your mothers will, I’m sure.

The day I delivered her eulogy was one of the most difficult of my life, but I always remember Mother’s Day as a time that was hers and mine alone, spent happily having bagels and lox and a glass of champagne. I miss her, but my heart is filled with warm, loving memories that no one can ever take away from me.

If you’re fortunate to still have your mother, be sure to give her a big hug today and take the time to tell how important she is to you. You’ll be glad you did.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman (“That trouble-making boy of Gail’s”)

 

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14 May
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Hard Truths on Single-Payer


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

Delegates —

As we all know, in campaign season, the accusations and attacks ramp up as we get closer to Election Day.
The newest whopper (John Burton would call it something more colorful, but you get the picture) being spread around is that I’m somehow not wholeheartedly supporting SB 562.

So let’s go ahead and tell some of those hard truths…

HARD TRUTH: I supported SB 562 before the bill was even assigned a number, as I laid out months ago in my op-ed, “Make California a Healthcare Sanctuary State.”

But let’s be real. An op-ed in election season isn’t enough.

HARD TRUTH: Both authors of SB 562, Senators Toni Atkins and Ricardo Lara, have endorsed my campaign for Chair because they know passing single-payer isn’t just an election season talking point for me. We need the experience, grit, and know-how to get this job done.

But let’s be real. The fight for single-payer didn’t start during this Chair’s race.

HARD TRUTH: I’ve been fighting to make universal single-payer healthcare available for DECADES. It’s the reason why I became politically engaged so many years ago, based on my experience as a registered nurse. I worked with then-Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi to pass universal healthcare which was then vetoed by Gov. Pete Wilson. I was in the foxhole with then-Senator Sheila Kuehl when Democrats passed single-payer TWICE, only to have Gov. Schwarzenegger veto it both times. And I was with then-Senator Mark Leno as he tried to make it happen, yet again.

But let’s be real. TALK IS CHEAP. Trust the single-payer fighters with the battle scars to prove it.

HARD TRUTH: Every single author of universal/single-payer healthcare legislation in our state’s history — John Garamendi, Sheila Kuehl, Mark Leno, Toni Atkins, and Ricardo Lara — are ALL supporting my campaign to lead our Party.

Let’s be real. They’re standing with me because I’ve stood with them over the years doing the real work to make single-payer a reality.

I hope you’ll join them because, with SB 562, single-payer is in reach. This is our chance to finish the job for all of those who’ve come so close in the past, and most importantly, for the millions of Californians who deserve affordable, high-quality healthcare.

Single-payer’s time is here!

 

Eric C. Bauman

Vice Chair, California Democratic Party

Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party

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Democrats for New California Leadership, 777 S. Figueroa St., Suite 4050, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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