Dec 122017
 

Did you know that Travis Allen is Pro-Choice? Yet his minions would have you believe that John Cox is a “RINO” part of the GOP Establishment. Yes, the same John Cox that was on Jack Kemp’s steering committee. (Most of Travis’ supporters will need to google Jack Kemp to realize that he was Ronald Reagan’s Conscience who kept Reagan Conservative)

Mr. Allen has a pattern of activity that will tell the truth about how opportunistic he is. Mr. Allen’s sudden turn to the right started in about 2015 when it became clear he needed to reinvent himself from the man who had several prominent liberal GOP Donors on speed Dial in order to mount a campaign statewide as a Republican.

If you are a social liberal, with rare exception, you are also very likely to be susceptible to government expanding tax increases. The democrats never go after Conservatives for the few votes they need to pass major legislation. This is a key theme to remember as Travis Allen’s supporters are already equivocating and trying preemptively to defend his record against the scrutiny they know is coming.

There is a second issue as it pertains to the Two Travis Allen’s you will get to know. Which one will govern? Will it be the moderate that got elected in 2012 or will it be the Conservative he is claiming to be in 2018? One thing has been a common theme for the duration: showing up late to events dressed in surfer gear when the rest of the candidates are early or on time dressed in Suits and Ties. (This recurred at a recent candidates forum in San Diego featuring all the democrats and Republicans polling above 3%)

So why did the California Pro-Life Council endorse John Cox over the alleged Arch-Conservative Travis Allen?

According to California ProLife scorecards and voting records, the other Republican candidate for Governor, Travis Allen, has a record of supporting abortion, and has been unwilling to uphold the Republican Party plank on Life.

Wait a minute!? I thought Travis Allen’s core supporters were those I fought alongside with to stop the liburalz from gutting the California GOP Platform?

For a recent example – on 1/20/2016 the Assembly passed a resolution Honoring Infanticide Abortion.

On Tuesday, the resolution passed the Assembly by a vote of 53-22, with four Members not recording a vote. During the floor debate before the vote, Assembly Members Shannon Grove, Jim Patterson, Marie Waldron and James Gallagher each gave spirited interventions in opposition to the resolution. Republicans Catharine Baker, Ling Ling Chang, and Brian Maienschein broke with their party to vote in favor of the proposal, while three Republicans had no votes recorded (Travis Allen, Kristin Olsen and David Hadley). Not a single Democrat opposed the resolution.

So, Travis Allen was counted with #NEVERTRUMPERS Kristen Olsen and David Hadley hiding from the resolution. Meantime, conservative warriors like Shannon Grove and James Gallagher were on the floor fighting. This is what should concern every Travis Allen apologist out there.

In the 2013 political cycle, Travis Allen was rated 47% by California Pro-Life Council (lower than some democrats) and 60% in 2015. Last I checked, when an abortion happens, the baby is 100% dead, so I am not sure how 47% or 60% is anything to be proud of.

Travis Allen and his supporters are deign to point out that John Cox is from Illinois (former Cook County GOP Chairman), as Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson were both from Illinois. FYI: George Deukmejian is from New York and Jerry Brown is the ONLY Gov in the last 50 years from CA. At the same time they conveniently ignore things that are public record, such as this gem from 2007. You see, long before Travis Allen donated to democrats or ran to the left of Troy Edgar to win election in 2012, John Cox was getting attacked for being a social conservative.

My favorite find from ontheissues is this one:

Born poor on Chicago’s South Side to a mother who was raped by a father who split shortly thereafter (he points to his very existence as the reason he’s adamantly against abortion), Cox is a self-made man.

Oh no, there goes all the narratives in a big fat wave of reality. I should be real with Team Travis and tell them it only took a few minutes of surfing to find out the truth. Perhaps Travis Allen would be better served returning to his liberal roots for the sake of honesty as no amount of memes and facebook posts can alter the proven record.

Nov 072017
 

So Doug Ose is toying with a run for governor. Like Travis Allen, he is pro-choice and soft on the immigration issue. Like Travis Allen, you’d assume he would be playing to the Trump base. Unlike Travis Allen, Doug Ose was actually a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention. This will create a bizarre dynamic between the two fighting for the Trump remnant in California.

As a Congressman, Doug Ose’s record is one that would fit in well with the Cap and Trade Republicans who claim that environmental extremism is the key to the promised land for the GOP. When he was not voting against the unborn victims of violence act 5 times, Ose voted for things like Mohair Subsidies and in opposition to drilling for oil at least 4 separate times. He also voted against even modest spending cuts and consistently for increased environmental regulations.

Currently, there are 2 GOP Spoilers running: a marginal candidate named Staysi Barth who has not raised enough money to file electronically and Travis Allen whose ceiling is no more than $500k. While Ose could write himself a check for $3-$5 Million Dollards, (remember, he set fire to $7.8 Million in 2008 attempting to win CA04 over McClintock) why would he?

Democrat John Chiang has raised a ton of money. Gavin any-two-three-four-or-moresome Newsom is the presumptive front-runner with a bank vault (and subject of sexual harassment allegations like many democrat officeholders). Delaine Eastin will get a few votes and a few dollars, and the erstwhile Rico Suave candidate (no, not Travis Allen) Antonio Villariagosa has a lot of money to spend as well…

Right now, with two also ran Republicans, John Cox has a decent chance of making the top-two runoff because of the four democrats with resources. With Doug Ose and several million of his own coming in to the race, the odds of 2 democrats making the fall runoff become an almost certainty. This will doom Republicans to depressed turnout once again with no candidates for major office on the fall ballot. This dynamic will make it difficult to defend the few congress seats we still have in California, while complicating efforts to get back over the 1/3 threshold.

No one that looks at the math can draw any other conclusion that a serious Doug Ose for Governor Campaign has the effect of eliminating Republicans from Contention all together.

Meanwhile, the GOP has no candidate for Controller or Treasurer. #EPICFAIL

Oct 232017
 

I had the privilege of helping John Cox for Governor all weekend. It was kind of like a “senior moment” for me as I had a group of grown adults that were all young enough to be my children running all over the convention doing campaign stuff for John Cox for Governor.

We accomplished several things this weekend, 1. John Cox emerged as a state leader of the Gas Tax Repeal effort being led by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Group. 2. John Cox was endorsed by the California Pro-Life Council going in to the weekend which allowed team Cox to humiliate a whisper campaign by Travis Allen. 3. Our volunteers gave Mr. Cox a larger presence than any other group or candidate present. 4. John Cox visited every sub-group he could during the course of the convention and the reports from said meetings were overwhelmingly positive. 5. John Cox was a major sponsor of the convention and as such, hosted a hospitality suite that was the hit of the convention. 6. The John Cox Campaign pulled off a Lanyard Coup.

The Lanyards were tweeted about (By Seema from the LA Times) and even got a splash in politico. It was fun to see people like Jon Huey from McClintock’s staff, Travis Allen and others replacing their lanyard with an old CAGOP lanyard because of the outstanding play made by team Cox! The weekend was filled with fun anecdotes like this and more serious ones from groups like the CRA whose paradigm was shattered when they realized John Cox was and is a substantial, viable conservative candidate for statewide office.

The feedback I got all weekend was along the lines of Cox is serious, is Travis Allen Serious. While John Cox ended a strong Saturday showing of meetings and small group presentations with the aforementioned hospitality suite – Travis Allen ended with a few college kids in a hotel room with a couple coolers full of beer. I am sure the invitations to that one were hand-written as well

This was the most lightly attended CRP Convention I had even been to. Considering I’ve been going to these for nearly 20 years, it is a scary testament to the apparent decline of the State Party. However, you can not discount the fact that Chad Mayes’ narcissistic rage and the ensuing cavalcade of bad news for other #capandtraitors led to a boycott by most legislators. I saw only 9 legislators present at various times throughout the weekend.

While my focus was on John Cox and his campaign – I did take in a few items of interest:

  1. There was a protracted argument that spanned 6 weeks over an endorsing process. The urgency of needing to resolve it forced a resolution that still puts party bosses in the driver’s seat of the process
  2. Kevin McCarthy and some of the consultants previously mentioned in blogs ran a proxy drill specifically to derail any attempt to endorse against Prop 14. The numbers of attenders at the convention were so low that they did not have enough actual attenders to carry the proxies they gathered. They succeeded in stopping any attempt to oppose the party-destroying Prop 14.
  3. Steve Bannon spoke on Friday Night. He was a sell out in 5 minutes when announced, most all there loved his presentation and the protest that occurred was pathetic, featuring roughly 50 people.
  4. At least two Capitol Staffers were tweeting incessantly on Saturday attacking the CAGOP and Steve Bannon.
  5. I saw internet sensation Mike Cernovich in the lobby on his twitter account, he did not acknowledge my attempt to address him, others or did he attempt interact with the delegates or attenders. The papers made mention of other alt-right folks present, but I did not see them.
  6. Only one party officer election was contested, a far cry from 20 years ago when they all were.
  7. I turned in my delegate badge and gave a proxy vote to a brand new CIR Member from Fountain Valley so he could participate in his first ever convention, even as said proxy drill pretty much disenfranchised him (and me) from having a voice. And, they wonder why the party leadership is shrinking.
  8. For the first time since becoming Chairman, Jim Brulte passed the gavel so he could take the floor and speak as a delegate. He delivered a passionate beat down of Mike Spence (whose position I actually agreed with) over an attempt to resurrect a gutted resolution.
  9. I welcomed George Andrews in to his role as the lead strategist on the Assembly Side for the GOP. His job is going to be a nightmare as he tries to figure out how to defend vulnerable Republicans while picking up some seats. I do believe he is equal to the role.

Assemblymember Devon Mathis went on the local media and gave a frightfully weak rebuttal to sensational charges of sexual abuse that had exploded on him two days before the convention. (see the original bombshell revelation here on the American Children First Blog) Whomever was responsible for helping Mathis deal with this problem delayed a response by three days. Then the delay when coupled with the weak rebuttal by Mr. Mathis caused a lot of buzz at the convention. At the convention, the delegates and attendees there were talking about Mathis way more than they should have been.

It appears to me that those helping Mathis think the Assemblymember will be exonerated by the Sacramento DA Investigation that got started, and thus he did not need to categorically deny the charges made. Having been attacked by political people and lawyers several times myself, I understand that it is only me that can take out my own trash. If and when Mathis is exonerated, the management of this by his campaign team will have done irreparable damage to his future.

With the avalanche of people coming forward with their own horrific stories of abuse in Sacramento on Saturday the two Republican Leaders weighed in with one of the most aggressive statements I’ve seen from the R side in a long time.

It appears we have a leader in Brian Dahle on the Assembly side as Pat Bates on the Senate side was always a solid person.

I will have more to say about the absolutely abhorrent culture in Sacramento soon as I’ve talked to a lot of female victims of the building. Some of the victims have worked for some of the most conservative members of the legislature. John Cox campaign slogan is “Clean out the Barn”. And, believe me Sacramento is full, to be continued…

Oct 032017
 

Not to mention that I’d also question the class of it for reasons you will see in a bit.

Public Service Announcement: If you want to donate to a Republican Governor Candidate, you can click here to donate to John Cox.

Mr Cox has also enumerated a specific platform upon which he is running – you can see it for yourself. IT is actually easier to read and shorter in length than the bevy of links that Mr. Allen sent in his fundraising email.

What I know about Mr. Allen? He is a surfer. He is kind of Rico Suave. He obviously needs a new accountant and someone screwed up giving him advice on how to run his campaign.

Somehow the man who would be governor “forgot” to pay $42K in back taxes. While he did self-refer (right before declaring for governor) it makes him look like a surfer dude and not a governor dude.

Dude.

So, like I got this email from some surfer dude inviting me to a soiree and some other dudes house in Santa Ana? And he wants a wad of cash to be there?

But, Like why?

Dude.

There are all these links to newspapers, I mean who reads newspapers anymore? I was like trippin’ out on Tony Hawk’s latest stuff and reading up on the X-Games. Why is this surfer dude trying to be a politician?

Enter your intrepid blogger

Hey Surfer dudes, drop the bong.

Travis Suave thinks you should write him a $1000 check because he posted a list of media stories in his fundraiser invite.

There’s nothing else there.

I am seriously wondering if Travis Allen is thinking twice about his decision to leave AD72, especially now that it is becoming clear that Tyler Diep is a disaster.

In case you are wondering what the rest of the email looks like? I snipped out the RSVP info, because you don’t need it anyway. You can do better things with your hard-earned money like give it to John Cox, take your pet rat to the vet or pay your income taxes on time…

I shrunk the second part to minimize the brain damage it will cause the viewer.

This is what I call a marketing #EPICFAIL. There is no reason why to invest in Travis Allen at all in this email, and my pointing this out is not going to change future emails that much as this pattern has repeated itself.

This looks more like an ego driven move than anything about a serious campaign. Please Travis, just stop now.

Aug 022017
 

I took a press release from the John Cox for Governor Campaign (BTW – The Impact Republicans Endorsed John Cox) and cut and pasted pieces of it to tell the story:

California — A poll conducted last week along with fundraising reports show Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox in second place.

A poll commissioned by the Cox campaign and conducted by SmithJohnson Research shows Gavin Newsom at 25.2 percent, Cox at 14.1 percent, Antonio Villaraigosa at 12.4 percent, Travis Allen at 9.6 percent, John Chiang at 7.4 percent, Delaine Eastin at 3.2 percent, and 28 percent remaining undecided.

“John Cox has consistently shown the ability to earn a significant percentage of support in every public and private survey released to date,” said Cox senior strategist Wayne Johnson. “These latest results show that even with a second tier GOP spoiler running under 10 percent, Cox is in a strong position to make the top two.”

Cox has raised over $204,000 from over 1,500 individual donors in the second quarter of 2017, in addition to his own $3 million contribution.

In the first six months of 2017 Newsom has raised $5,329,682, Cox has raised $3,205,122, Chiang has raised $2,560,963, Villaraigosa has raised $2,291,747, Eastin has raised $313,037, and Travis Allen has raised $78,403.

“I’m irrevocably committed to this race,” Cox said. “Nineteen states have recently elected Republican business people to governorships, including traditionally Democratic states such as Maryland and Massachusetts – I believe we can do that here. I’m in it to win, and that has been resonating with people throughout California.”

“Californians are tired of the status quo in Sacramento and want honest change,” Cox said. “I’m the only candidate in the race for governor that isn’t a politician and who actually has a real plan to break the special interest money hold on our state capitol and return power to the people.”

The poll listed each candidate along with their likely ballot description and party affiliation. The poll was done through live telephone interviews with 500 likely 2018 primary voters from July 27 through 30. The sampling error is +/- 4.4 percent.

John Cox is a husband, father, businessman and Republican candidate for California Governor in 2018. Born and raised on the south-side of Chicago by a single mother public school teacher, John is a CPA who built his small business from the ground up. He is a longtime government reform advocate and conservative, and is running to eliminate the corrupting influence of special interest money that has made California the highest taxed and regulated state in the nation.

Why is Travis Allen running for Governor? $77K in the bank? This is a worse showing than Tim Donnelly…

The SF Chronicle shows the humiliating position for Mr. Allen. Allen told me to my face that he is done in the Assembly. That’s great, but there are 4 Statewide Races without a Republican in them. Go run for one of those instead of helping the democrats get a D vs D runoff.