Lauren Stephens by her own admission started the SB277 recall and then recruited Tim Donnelly to head it because she believed that the more legitimate, mainstream effort was to cover Senator Andy Vidak.
Lauren hates Vidak. She hates Scott Walker. She ran for Congress in 2012 against a Republican incumbent and mustered 17% of the vote. She should join CRA, she’d fit in well.
The problem is that Lauren is not a registered Republican anymore. Many of her friends on the fringes of the tea party, have left the GOP. Yet, most still try to meddle in the GOP.
About a week ago, it became clear, even to Lauren that the SB277 referendum effort was terminally doomed. So, she bailed out and left Tim Donnelly holding the bag. Tim Donnelly had ostensibly joined the effort to promote his radio show. Most of the event flyers I got for organizing rallies looked like Tim Donnelly Radio Show events.
It looks like the Tim Donnelly – Lauren Stephens mutually parasitical relationship ran its’ course when there was no more money to be made.
Some honest people are trying to salvage the effort – despite Tim Donnelly’s narcissism. Donnelly is fond of telling donors he is the most hated man in the legislature – yet is too clueless to realize that is tantamount to advertising, “I am a loner and I have no friends”, to donors who close their checkbooks and exit.
I have zero confidence that Donnelly will get out of the way. My intel says that Donnelly has run off dozens of would-be high-dollar donors to the effort.
The volunteers have gathered some signatures, but no one will ever know how many as Lauren Stephens was controlling everything in the campaign until she bailed out and left Tim Donnelly holding the bag. Stephens is reputed to have all the filled out petitions and is reputed to be refusing to share them with Donnelly.
Basically, the SB277 referendum was a sham, it has to have been. But, we told you so on this blog from the outset and despite the threats to me personally and to my business, it has played out.
At least one other person appears to be a victim in this caper – Mike L. from Santa Cruz. Mike was pictured with the boxes of petitions that were actually printed. Mike was distributing them. Has Mike been paid? I bet not.
How much money was raised? What was done with it – other than the pathetic print job of 100k petitions (if indeed that many were printed)? Maybe the FPPC should look in to this?
It doesn’t stop there – Lauren Stephens has reinvented herself. She is back to the SB277 Recalls.
Senator Jeff Stone was served two weeks ago. Senator Richard Pan (who is actually a democrat for a change) was served.
There is an effort being leveled against Assembly-member Catharine Baker and Senator Andy Vidak. This is insane.
It makes perfect sense that a group of so-called conservatives would target vulnerable republicans in seats that are swing districts (or worse in Vidak’s case) .
I leave you with this thought from a national columnist about the impetus behind Donald Trump’s early success, because the behavior is on display with the anarchists that are seeking to help the dems regain their super-majorities:
…. But instead of the far left or the far right, he (Trump) speaks for the sarcastic hate-tweeters, the anti-everything nihilists and the conspiracy theorists who write convoluted, anonymous comments at the bottom of news articles. He’s simply taken their outraged feelings out of cyberspace and translated them into real life.
Coming soon to your district, a nihilistic void.