Orange County Democratic Party Chairman Frank Barbaro, citing “infighting” within the local party leadership, is resigning the post he has held for 12 years, The Orange County Register reports.

According to the Register:

“Everybody just seems to be at each other’s throats all the time,” said [Barbaro] the 69-year-old Santa Ana attorney. “The Democratic Party is a party of many tents and keeping everybody placated is not always possible. I’m just tired of all the infighting. I don’t want to do it anymore.”

Barbaro, who also was the county’s Democratic chairman in the 1970s, will be replaced when party officials hold their election of officers Jan. 28.

According to the Register, two candidates already have announced their candidacies — Jeff LeTourneau of Tustin, a gay-rights activist; and Henry Vandermeir of Ladera Ranch, executive director of the Democratic Foundation of Orange County.


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