I got an email today from a livid Jon Green. Based on what he sent me – I can see why he’s angry. If you believe what Mark Spannagel wrote about yesterday’s peace summit with the electeds – you’d think that Jeff Atteberry and Joe Dorr lied, maneuvered the meeting to avoid having Mike Holmes and Cheryl Bly-Chester there and Ted Gaines / Ted Gaines’ scheduler participated in the screw up.
(Mark Spannagel is Doug LaMalfa’s Chief of Staff)
Ted Gaines and Beth Gaines are not into destroying the Republican Party. I have never seen them take overtly vindictive action against activists, I have never seen them take a lot of overt action period (until the hit piece email they signed in May against the Placer Cent Com).
I have a lot of years of experience with the Gaines’ – they vote Conservative and usually aren’t heard from very much otherwise. I have come to believe that they both sincerely want to resolve this situation and move on. To Ted Gaines’ credit – I have heard him talk about his desire to support voter registration for years.
I still believe that the Gaines’ were dragged in to this by Karen England and Cheryl Bly-Chester. The deliberate timing of the email was after the Cent Com voted 14-7 to resolve the issue.
But Mark Spannagel is packing around a lot of grudges and Mr. Spannagel has a pattern of dishonest behavior. Take a look at the email he sent Jon Green:
Not sure where this broke down. Gaines office set the meeting. Obviously there was a mistake somewhere. I thought Cheryl and Mike were attending the meeting today.
From the comments sent to me tonight I believe Jeff misstated the Senators positions. All agreed that any PCRP and HQP checks, payments or other activities related to the party or headquarters should be turned over immediately. There was some dispute on “other activities” by HQP that they do not want to disclose and claim are part of other consulting agreements.
We’ll get this fixed.
The first conclusion I can draw is when I observed Karen England feverishly texting last night – she was text messaging Mark Spannagel.
Second – Spannagel throws Ted Gaines and Ted Gaines’ scheduler under the bus. Please note that at the meeting, Mike Holmes disclosed that he had breakfast with Ted Gaines that very morning – and Gaines said nothing to him of the upcoming meeting later that day!
This also means that either LaMalfa, Spannagel or Ted Gaines are lying – or that LaMalfa and Gaines had a different view of what was supposed to happen at that meeting.
Spannagel goes on to completely contradict what Jeff and Joe recounted from the meeting – even though he (Spannagel) was not in the meeting.
Spannagel – like he does when he comments anonymously on local blogs, threw a ton of gas on the fire – basically ensuring that the controversy will last for months longer.
This makes me wonder if Spannagel works for the Capitol Resource Institute of if he works for Doug LaMalfa!
Mark Spannagel is the same man that told the local media I and others were being personally investigated by the FBI, he was also thrown out of the CRA for gross fraud (we recently discovered that the Yuba CRA that he ran never paid CRA dues in addition to the rest of the stuff it was used for) and evidence suggests that he still has an axe to grind with Congressman McClintock for not hiring him in to his office after the 2008 campaign.
Did Doug LaMalfa sanction this? Did Doug LaMalfa change his mind after Karen England called him complaining over the agreed on settlement?
Or, did Mark Spannagel act unilaterally to try and placate those who are obsessed with their desire for political revenge?
The bottom line here is that Doug LaMalfa now has a high-grade mess, and it is all his own. Spannagel threw Gaines’ staff under the bus and called the Chairman and 2nd Vice Chairman of the Placer GOP a liar – end of story.
So Spannagel re-opens the wide gash and says “we’ll get this fixed”. What, by bringing in the world criminal court where the FBI wouldn’t go?
Somewhere, Jennfier Montgomery, Camille Maben, Lowell Jarvis and other extreme leftists that infest office in Placer County are laughing and thanking Mark Spannagel for his assistance to their re-election campaigns.