So far we’ve covered a dozen prominent current and former Republican leaders in my personal expose’. Too often, many of my Conservative friends get upset with me because I seem to care more about morality, personal behavior, ethics and integrity over some lexicon of issues. It is true. I will vote for an honest RINO-Squish before I support a promiscuous Conservative.
If you call yourself a Conservative, you are adopting a higher standard. This is why former Assemblymember Chuck DeVore’s reputation as a cheater is an issue. A democrat does it, it is expected. Don’t talk about family values when you wake up in another woman’s bed. It’s worse when (one of) your alleged girlfriend(s) worked for one of those “Family Values” groups. The Chuck DeVore I knew was an egomaniac, usually people like that feel entitled to other women.
But I never heard about DeVore’s office being a hotbed of harassment. I did however speak with two staffers, one who worked for a former Orange County legislator and one who used to work for a still current member. Both described to me the culture in the Sacramento Bubble and how they were objectified. The female staffers were encouraged to dress in clothing that accentuated their breasts and buttocks for example. Colors were suggested as well.
One of these women reached out to me while I was launching on Chad Mayes. Her warning was pointed, “these people think they are above the law”. They get away with stuff you would not believe. “Watch your back”. Maybe someday I will be able to go on the record with you when I have been out of there (Sacramento) a while. “You would not believe what I saw and I was there XX Years…”
She also warned me that the new regime (as in Brian Dahle) was no different than the old regime (Chad Mayes). I hope she is wrong.
I am also afraid what I will find out in detail when she is willing to go on the record with me.
I was also told about Tim Clark’s brief tenure in the building as well. It was characterized by him bragging openly about all the people he screwed over. While Clark was not dumb enough to objectify women according to the sources, he did routinely call them some ugly expletives. This same man, you guessed it, liked to play the faith card frequently. Clark is one of many that have been characterized by this description.
I heard recently that Mr. Clark is doing way better on a personal level now that he is in Washington D.C., I hope this is true, because his last 10 years in California were a disaster. I sincerely hope that Jesus has become king of his life again as for a while it seemed like money had taken him over (when he was not raging/deriding women).
Like Chuck Devore, I witnessed Tim Donnelly’s disaster of a Statewide Campaign. I have still not figured out what it is about so-called conservatives using their statewide campaigns as a dating service. I saw it with Ron Nehring, Tom Del Becarro, Peter Foy (allegedly), and those two. I have a ton of further evidence on Mr. Donnelly about his abhorrent personal behavior. Mr. Donnelly was always chaperoned by staff and I observed that clearly. I learned that the reason for this was his penchant for acting out. His personal behavior is a complete, glaring contrast to the so-called Christian Conservative he wants us all to believe he is. Some on the right are still mad at me for supporting Neel Kashkari – but Tim Donnelly should be institutionalized and not anywhere near office, ever.
Tim Donnelly is running for Congress again. If it is anything similar to the rip-off mission that was his SB277 referendum, you can make bank there will be more women and ripped off donors in his path.
I have to remind myself sometimes hour by hour why I am still a Republican. It is because of the values of the Republican Party, not because of the people.
No incumbent (in party office or elected office) ever deserves an automatic endorsement or re-election. They must earn it and until these people are made to fear the consequences of their misdeeds, there is little, if any deterrent to this out of control behavior. There is an election cycle upon us, I am sure I will be adding more names and details to this series when I pick it up later…