Mar 312011

From the Desk of Cliff Wagner…

I am saddened to have to share the following information and I know that it will make some folks very upset, but I am unwavering in my conviction that the integrity of the CRA is worth fighting for.   

When exactly should the CRA endorse a liberal?  Answer is: NEVER  

A Pay-to-Play History:  

Unfortunately, at the 2007 CRA statewide convention, under the leadership of then President Mike Spence, Mitt Romney, a pro-choice, liberal – easily bought the endorsement of the CRA.  Romney paid a Sacramento political operative, to coordinate the CRA endorsement.  That operative, with the assistance of Karen England stood up several paper units and paid the registration fees of 75 delegates – delivering the CRA endorsement to a pro-choice, pro-gay rights liberal.

Mitt Romney a liberal?  Please don’t take my word for it – listen to him describe his own positions on abortion and gay rights. Click Here to See the Video 

Is this a record of leadership that Mike Spence is proud of?  Karen England serves as the Executive Director of the Capitol Resource Institute and is a self described staunch, pro-life conservative.  However, is partnering with consultants in standing up dubious units, in order to help secure the CRA endorsement for a liberal presidential candidate and a succession of liberal, pro-choice politicians the type of qualifications we can afford for our CRA President?  I don’t think so. 

Now, as we gear up for another presidential election cycle – these same folks and the politicians they represent are desperate to regain control of the CRA to ensure that the pay-to-play culture of CRA endorsements continue.   

Over the past several years, I have been saddened and disappointed to find out just how wide spread this scandal and the pay-to-play culture is and how far some are willing to go to preserve it.

England Delivers the Units: 

In the lead up to this endorsement – then CRA VP Karen England chartered 4 units in Northern California. The Tehama, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba CRA. Karen knows that to this day – 3 of the 4 are fake, which is why she does not take credit for their creation specifically in her campaign.I live with these units – time and time again, I have seen them send Capitol Staff and relatives as delegates to local endorsing conventions to endorse the liberal Republican option for years. I brought my concerns to the Charter Review Committee, but Peggy Mew has singlehandedly blocked any and every effort to responsibly address these concerns.

All this happened under Mike Spence’s watch!  – What did he do?  Nothing… 

Now that Celeste Greig has proposed a series of reforms to clean up this mess and put an end to the pay-to-play scandal. Mike Spence and the Arnold/Meg & Mitt team are trying to attack her credibility, integrity and leadership because she has the guts to put a stop the fraud and corruption of the CRA endorsement process.

What They Don’t Want you to Know: 

You be the judge.  Please have a look here at a check for $2,625 from Romney for President, Inc. to the CRA for 75 Delegates. You’ll see names you recognize on the list – including Jordan England – the daughter of Karen England.

Click Here to View The Check & Roster 

Connect the dots – 75 delegates paid for by a liberal, pro-choice presidential candidate.  Many of those delegates who claim unshakable conservative credentials.  How does this happen and what were their motivations?  Can it happen again?  Absolutely, if we allow it to. This happened under Mike Spence’s watch! 

One Endorsement Paid in Full: 

Mitt Romney was endorsed 148-73. This means that over half of Romney’s delegates were paid in – including family of those running to “England’s Restore the CRA” campaign!  Restore what?  Pay-to-play? 

Today, we are looking at a repeat of the same in the CRA. I am told that roughly 2/3 of the CRA units supporting Karen England have delegate irregularities. The Credentials Committee are having to look up voter registrations one at a time to try and locate people as they are being refused access to membership rosters. 

The corruption needs to be stopped.  That is why I support President Celeste Greig, The Contract with the CRA and those committed to ending the CRA’s pay-to-play culture.

Thank you,

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