1. The Prop 14 Solution that passed was a wild-card solution that was a sneak-atttack from a Political Consultant Mike Spence and Congressman Tom McClintock. It was a brilliant strategy and an Idea that took the convention by storm.
There will now be a mail canvass to determine Republican nominees in every district. How it’s paid for and done is TBD I guess.
It puts an exclamation point on the upcoming CRA elections – with the fake units and consultant-controlled units coming out in force to protect the status-quo, the CRA Convention will be an interesting one for sure.
What’s at stake? The future of the CRA and the integrity of the CRA endorsement. www.contractwiththecra.com is one slate. The consultants that control the fake CRA units that exist only to send delegates to CRA endorsing conventions are the other slate / group (or are promoting it).
The CRA is a conservative stamp of approval and its’ presence in the new era of Prop 14 elections is a big deal. People covet it.
2. Mike Osborn was Elected CRP treasurer. There are some that think Mike Osborn drank the moderate kool-aid. I know Mike Osborn, I like Mike Osborn, he’ll be fine.
3. Hat Tip to David Reade and Team LaMalfa (including Karen England) for getting moderate Republican Arnie Zeiderman elected CRP Vice-Chair North. The vote was 83-55.
Robin Cook was endorsed by CRA, but her campaign got started too late and Reade & Co spent $10K to $15K buying hotel rooms and paying delegate registrations.
You’ll remember that Karen England is running for CRA President – the CRA is the most conservative grassroots group in California – yet Zeiderman who she supported told the Nevada County GOP that they needed to get away from their “Rigid Positions” and Compromise. Zeiderman also told Ed Rowen that he had no position on Abortion and had never read the GOP platform!
This is consistent with her opposition of CRA officers for local Central Committee office.
What CRP Vice-Chair race was – was a proxy fight for the upcoming Dan Logue-Jim Nielsen primary. Nielsen is the candidate that team LaMalfa will be supporting.
Will Ziederman have an impact on that race? Not likely, and I am not sure why they spent so much money unless it was an attempt to “get” Tom Hudson and Josh Cook again.
(insert sound of democrats laughing)
4. I got to re-connect with an old friend Dave Titus. He was one of the first Capitol Staff I ever met. He worked for Rico Oller at the time – he still looks like he is in his mid 30’s.
I fought more than one trench war alongside Dave Titus and his crew. Dave Titus is going to be Beth Gaines’ Cheif of Staff.
Did the Republican Party Convention change anything? No, not yet.
I asked several people while I was there if all these officer elections were going to change anything. None really had a straight answer.
Now the CRA? that’s a different story – people want the CRA’s support.
I am hopeful that Tom DelBecarro will bring some real change to the California GOP – because right now the California Republican Party couldn’t stop a nosebleed.
The CRA? There are still a few units that make an impact. If the Contract with the CRA wins – there will be a lot more. Those CRA units stand in stark contrast those that are shuffling the deck chairs on the CAGOP Titanic.
That’s what I believe.
Right here in my backyard, the Placer CRA raises money and provides volunteers! Now, wouldn’t that be cool to replicate statewide?
Think about it.