UPDATES: Feedback post posting indicate that Kristen Olsen is disputing the account of her actions related to her own Church. And, Seren Taylor was employed by the State Senate and did not move to the Assembly until after Olsen was out as leader (and Chad was in). Sources indicate that Olsen was involved in Taylor’s move to the Assembly side however.
This morning an anon source made me aware of a series of tweets from a political insider, well known in political circles. Ben Adler is the bureau chief of Capital Public Radio and has some credibility.
Adler noted that Jerry Brown gave props to 2 political consultants in the Republican minority. We’ve written about Seren Taylor, who is an extreme left-wing Republican from New York that was brought in by Kristen Olsen when she went on a Stalinistic rampage against the Assembly Caucus Staff.
I was of the opinion then that it mattered more to Ms. Olsen to put her own people in than anything as her ego dictated that she was in charge and it was time to leave her own mark on the building. In the years since, seeing the insanity coming out of the caucus staff with a consistent flow of recommendations to adopt democrat positions on the issues of the day confirms the ideological element.
While no one will know short of asking Jerry Brown himself who he was referring to, the suggestion that Joe Justin and Seren Taylor were the objects of Governor Brown’s affection at the UN climate change jihad meeting is as valid as any. It is also very reasonable to assume that Adler’s assumptions were based on off the record conversations with insiders familiar with the sausage factory. Given Adler’s history of being fairly accurate with his facts, I am inclined to agree with his assessments.
Mr. Justin who I regard highly as a campaign consultant is far more liberal than most Republicans I have ever met and he does drive a Tesla, by the way. Justin is indeed very green in his personal ideology and as Chad Mayes Chief of Staff would have been intimately involved in Cap and Trade.
Seren Taylor, who I recently introduced the readers of this blog to, is also very far left on the Republican Spectrum and would fit in well with Susan Collins, but not the other 90% of the GOP. His job is reading polls and giving advice based on them. One of the things I was told by several folks on the inside is about polling data showing that environmental issues were a must for the GOP to compromise on. The legacy of cap and trade is owned by Kristen Olsen as much as it is Chad Mayes via the staff that Olsen hired (Seren Taylor and others) that her ex-boyfriend retained.
Back to the tweets – Mr. Adler was not done with outing Seren Taylor and Joe Justin as the Cap and Trade Masterminds. He had a bit more to add.
The last tweet is also credible as I have been familiar with the rumor that Chad Mayes, ever the narcissist, was seeking to control everything he could.
Remember, on his way out the door, Mayes blew up the CA GOP fundraising apparatus (or attempted to), called donors to dissuade them from participating, retaliated against Melissa Melendez, Jim Patterson and a couple others, took all the best committee assignments for himself, held fundraisers to do a last-minute cash in on his leadership and of course several of his staff were walking around beating their chest as if they were still in charge. Even in the final week of the legislative session, Mayes was in the middle of some of the worst bills trying to “cut deals” to deliver Republican votes for some complete garbage that passed.
Then, there is this tweet.
Once piece of contrary information – Mike Zimmerman, the strategic director for the Assembly GOP Caucus was ousted. He was replaced by now former Tom Lackey Chief of Staff George Andrews. Lackey was a solid opponent of Mayes. It appears that Brian Dahle’s (The Leader that replaced Mayes) first move has been to reward an opponent of Chad Mayes.
I am going to reserve judgement as my knowledge of Dahle and his Chief of Staff Josh Cook suggest to me that there will be changes, but it did not stop the malignant narcissist Chad Mayes from trying.
Speaking of Kristen Olsen, I’ve spoken to a few people with knowledge of her divorce situation. She has been demonstrating the same sort of arrogance and hubris as her now former boyfriend Chad Mayes. Once the affair became known, her Church confronted her on it, not only did she refuse to accept responsibility or apologize, she showed up to that church multiple times to show everyone who was boss.
It makes sense, then that she’d be at the next CAGOP board meeting, (Chad’s last as leader where he informed the board they would never raise any money again) acting like she was in charge. It also makes sense that she would be out making public appearances. It is as if the preponderance of evidence, including several photos of her with Chad Mayes even while she denied the affair was happening are fake in her mind. Her lack of conscience and complete inabililty to see her own shortcomings should scare us all as much as the same behavior in Chad Mayes did scare many.
Those that helped get Kristen in to the CAGOP Vice Chair slot apparently want her to ride out this storm and run for CA GOP Chair in 2019. Remember, beyond her arrogance, hubris and lack of integrity are the staff within the Assembly GOP Caucus that aborted the GOP Platform multiple times, culminating with Cap and Trade. We will all be told, there is no one else in the North State that can do the job, so we have to elect Kristen… wait for it, it is coming.
Even if Kristen did not have institutional support, anyone that thinks Kristen Olsen will go away on the natural is a fool. Anyone that tries to find an easier softer way should look no further than Chad Mayes’ Narcissistic Rage on his way out the door as a blueprint for how Kristen will deal with anyone and everyone she thinks is disloyal. The only solution is to make sure she is run out of any position of leadership with extreme prejudice.
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