Nov 152018
 

Every time the GOP Loses an election in California, the recriminations from the liberals are swift and predictable.

“We need a third Party”, “Abortion is a losing issue”, “People think we are racists”, “We need to moderate our tone”… I heard this in 1998 when Dan Lungren got hammered by Goobernor Dufus. I heard this in 2002 when Bill Simon Lost to a scandal plagued goobernor dufus. I heard this in 2003, while being lectured over supporting McClintock for Governor.

Save for the crazed Tim Donnelly who everyone should have opposed, the refrain was the same… a Conservative Can’t Win. Yet, we had our liberal Republicans like Meg and $150 Million who got hammered. Neel Kashkari almost got the same number 4 years later with a fraction of the money.

Why, then did John Cox (easily as conservative as Travis Allen) outperform in every Assembly and/or Congressional district Republicans lost? Why did John Cox beat the other GOP Statewide candidates by 3-5% depending on the race? He got attacked for being pro-life? Take a look at Orange County – where it was a bloodbath for the GOP, yet Cox’s number should get everyone’s attention.

Cox ran 8% ahead of Trump, 3,5% ahead of Kashkari and 4% ahead of Whitman. And John Cox is to the right of all three of them.

Kristen Olsen also made a base, personal attack against President Trump. She also declared the CAGOP Dead and the need for a 3rd party. (You know, one that she and her ex-boyfriend Chad Mayes can control and shape in their image)

Unfortunately, for Kristen Olsen and others like her with unclear minds, it is always someone else’s fault. Apparently, blaming others for your losses at the ballot box or defects of character is better than putting the work in.

For those of you just tuning in, Kristen Olsen is a current Stanislaus County Supervisor. She was a former member of the Assembly (who was also GOP leader at some point) whose tenure in the Assembly was marred by electoral defeats and a Stalinist purge of some of the best staffers that the GOP had.

The brain-drain continued under Chad Mayes as did the jolting to the left by the party leadership. Apparently, the jolt left was not far enough in her mind. Apparently the 11% GOP in Massachusetts is the goal here?

Olsen and Mayes had a long-running affair while both still married while both were in the Assembly. A little known former legislative staffer turned activist blew the lid off of the scandal. It triggered a series of events that resulted in Mayes’ ouster as GOP Minority leader after his ill-fated and ill-conceived “Cap and Trade” Debacle. Mayes and Olson’s legacy was sealed with the loss of at least 5 seats in the Assembly in 2018. This completed a run where the Assembly GOP Caucus shrunk from 30-20 members. (maybe 19) A New Way CA, I guess.

Mayes’ tenure as Assembly GOP leader ended with a narcissistic rage allowing him to retaliate against political adversaries because the Assembly GOP Caucus did not want to be seen as caving to outside pressure. (The Impact Republicans and Several County Parties called for Mayes’ ouster)

A lot of good the caucus’ grand strategy did. Mayes and Olsen joined with other “Republicans” nursing a grudge against President Trump to form the latest “New Republican” Group. Yawn.

You’d think they would get a clue that “their way ca” failed as they are standing in the middle of the smoldering embers of their leadership.

Olsen recently was arrested on suspicion of DUI. You’d also think after their public meltdown with the affair, retaliation, embarrassment and all that they would realize they have no moral authority.

It appears that Olsen will have to fall a lot further (as will Mayes) before they come to their senses and return to the faith they abandoned on their ego-fueled rampage. Neither should be taken seriously as a moral authority on anything.

I will conclude with this tidbit – I worked for Dr. Ben Carson in Nevada. Part of the reason I took the job was because I believed Dr. Carson was the one Presidential Candidate that could defeat President Trump in the Primary. Now President Trump ran his mouth on Carson a lot, like he does on everyone. If Dr. Carson could make peace with President Trump, than so could I. This leaves any still “Never-Trumper” Republicans out in the cold. The Never-Trumpers are the ones that need to change (either their attitude or their party affiliation), not the GOP. President Trump won fair and square.

The post-mortem on the election, if done correctly will tell us all that the Democrats, Outspent us, Outworked us, Outsmarted us and we were stuck in our tracks. It is clear to me that most within the GOP did not see the late onslaught of people on the ground dragging voters to the polls coming. Yes, the problems with minorities continue, white democrats returned home and suburban voters defected in spots. Everything in this list is fixable.

The good news is that it does not require an abandonment of our identity to fix. The bad news for Kristen Olsen (beyond her court dates) is that the real solutions to the 2018 drubbing will render her and her kind irrelevant.

Nov 142018
 

Have you heard the news? Tom Hudson is leading a coup at the Placer GOP. At least he thought he was.

Placer GOP Chairman Dennis Revell after a largely successful tenure as Placer GOP Chair resigned due to some serious health issues.

That’s not what Tom Hudson is saying, of course.

Hudson’s divorce is in its’ 4th year of him filing all sorts of delaying motions designed to bankrupt his soon to be ex-wife. That is a lot of stuff for Hudson to try and control.

In the meantime, the CRA is in the midst of another Coup. (See, it was never really about George and I… it is about the toxic culture of CRA) They are getting ready to oust Tom Hudson as CRA Chair and Johnnie Morgan has recruited a slate of candidates for senior CRA offices. Morgan is running for CRA President.

It has been put to me that Hudson no longer has the support within the CRA to remain as Chair. As a result then, he needs a new gig in order to maintain his relevance.

Now, you have perspective for the Placer GOP situation and why Hudson is striking now.

BTW – allow me to disclaim that several people on the Placer GOP that are supporting Tom’s aggressive action are indeed good people (some are also friends). However, they are going to learn the hard way about Hudson’s mental health issues and lack of character.

In the meantime, I hope Dennis is able to fully recover from his health issues. I believe that Jeff Short (who also resigned as treasurer) and Dennis Revell will be better off for leaving the Placer GOP Cent Com.

For the rest of you looking to make a difference in Placer County – there is always the Placer County Impact Republicans.

 

Nov 122018
 

Your intrepid blogger was leaked an incident report that just occurred this AM.

Just happened at Moreno Valley Station, where Kurly is Chief. The station is so safe and secure for employees that just any Joe can walk in and take a tour. Dude was found wandering the station. Can you believe this crap? This guy had a felony warrant for burglary and walked into the police department unchecked until a non-sworn female found him. Good job Kurly on maintaining a secure building.

It looks like a homeless or insane felon walked in the front door of the Moreno Valley Station, went to the break room and microwaved some food.

A female staffer noticed the guy several minutes after he first entered the station. The wandering felon was attempting to gain access to other parts of the building before finally being apprehended.

It looks like Captain Kurly needs to resign now or be Pers-ed for incompetence.

The felon? Don’t worry, folks – he won’t be back in jail for long either.

Rumor Mill:

Undertaker Diyoyo has put in his retirement papers. Not unexpected as William DiYorio was brought back from retirement to mismanage the department by Sheriff Sniff.

Assistant Sheriff Kevin Vest who is a reviled figure within the department is also purported to be retiring, Vest is close to age 50. This means he will only be a few months from drawing his obscene pension based on his $250K a year salary.

Assistant Sheriff Joseph Cleary is also alleged to be retiring. He is over 50 so this makes perfect sense.

Some of mess that Chad Bianco is inheriting will work itself out, some, like the Kurylowicz situation will require direct action.

Nov 092018
 

As you can imagine the rank and file in the Sheriff’s Department are elated.

Pictured is Chief Deputy Jason “Deuce” Horton – he has said to some that he is going to run for Sheriff in 4 years against Sheriff-Elect Chad Bianco. Then, later, he was attempting to brown nose to keep a job. Horton is 48 and needs another 15 months or so for a full retirement. #EPICFAIL He better hope the file about the DUI he allegedly got away with was destroyed by his pals in Sheriff’s Admin. (If it is untrue, then he has a lot of issues to worry about anyway)

Lyndon Raymond “The Executioner” Wood – another Chief Deputy is suddenly ill. Something about heart issues, no one I spoke to knew anything about Wood having health issues as just two weeks ago he was threatening people in their offices. Rumors are just that, rumors. One set has him putting in his retirement papers and another set has him attempting to medically tap out.

Update: It appears that Chief Deputy Ray Wood did indeed end up in the ER on Wed with some sort of legitimate heart issue. All my opinions of him aside, I hope he is OK physically. Never, EVER root for people you don’t like or political enemies to suffer ill, otherwise you’re no better than the ill you attempt to defeat at the ballot box. Good luck Ray and recover fully.

Another insane rumor that turns out to be partially true is an alleged Stan Sniff temper tantrum, no, not the infamous video folks, a real tantrum. It appears he had to be talked out of shutting down the CCW Department as his refusal to have reasonable CCW issuance practices was a major campaign issue. (And exposed the hypocrisy of the NRA and H Paul Payne) Somehow, shutting the CCW department down was supposed to accomplish something.

That’s correct, a sitting Sheriff had a serious enough conversation that even his butt monkies (ohhh there is that word again) had to talk him out of yet another felony stupid move.

In other news – Sheriff-Elect Chad Bianco has made it clear that the Kevin Duffy Serial Child Molestation Case will be followed up on and finished the right way.

Your intrepid blogger has received multiple reports of Shred Trucks parked at or near the Sheriff’s Admin Office. I am not 100% sure what that means, but I have written many times I am of the opinion that Sniff and Crew will seek to cover their tracks.

The malicious prosecution of Donald Vincent Brooks is continuing. (Again, my opinion of the case) The investigator in the case that I think is dirty was attempting to brown-nose the Sheriff Elect after the election.

Your intrepid blogger was contacted by Stan Sniff major donor and failed assembly candidate Mohammad Ali Mazarei to pay off on a bet he made with me related to the election. I have not determined if I am going to return the call.

A personal note to Riverside DA Mike Hestrin: It was put to me that you refused to endorse Chad Bianco because of this blog. I don’t know you and I have never met you. I hope that rumor is false, not because I care, but because it makes you look weak in the face of corruption. That is not a good look for a DA who looks to be busy for a while with several messes within the Sheriff’s Department. Help the Sheriff clean it up so four years from now I have little or nothing to write about.

Several photos on social media started to emerge post election. In one case, it appears that the Sheriff or one of his Butt-Monkies got a group photo from Chad Bianco’s home station of Hemet removed. It is re-posted here.

I do not envy the job Chad Bianco has to deal with. But, man do I think he is equal to the task.

Your Intrepid Blogger will continue to follow up as events warrant. Thanks again to all within RSO and interested citizens that had the courage to come forward. I may have been the forum, but all of you supplied me with the tools to play a role in this election.

Nov 082018
 

I have been active in California Republican Politics for 21 years and counting.

I have had a front row seat to watch 20 years of Controlled Failure.

First off, let me say that I think it is absurd and insane for anyone to talk to Travis Allen about running for Congress. Dana Rohrabacher is not gone yet and Scott Baugh needs a clear avenue to get his clock cleaned once and for all should Dana lose the final tally. Travis has a young family and a financial planning business he is trying to get cranking again.

It is alleged that Harley Rhouda had about 3,000 paid operatives on the ground in the final days of the election as they appear to have made over 100,000 door knocks in the final 72 hours before election day. The GOP had not much more than a standard token ground game. I am not sure anyone outside of a Rich dude looking for a new adventure in CA wants to mess with that kind of fire.

The CAGOP is going to need a religious experience to manifest 3,000 volunteers in Orange County, let alone a Congressional District.

Having seen first hand what happened in Northern Nevada, I get 100% what happened. I saw canvassers sometimes 5 deep in precincts in Central Reno (think dem areas). I know of several people in Reno that were not contacted by anything other than mail (Registered R’s). Heller and Laxalt got beaten on the ground, period.

I’ve watched a generation of Republican consultants that eschew the ground game. You can’t win with just a ground game, and you can’t win with just media.

I’ve watched a generation of CAGOP Chairman talk a good game about grassroots but the grassroots and ground games continue to degrade. Jim Brulte was successful at digging the CAGOP out of Bankruptcy and holding a shrinking, fractured party structure together. Most of his predecessors that I knew failed at one or the other.

I have also watched as big money has allowed a very small oligarchy of consultants to basically take over the skeleton known as the California Republican Party. They dictate everything that goes on behind the scenes and had ironclad control until Chad Mayes’ very public meltdown shattered that paradigm of control. They are scrambling to regain that stranglehold.

For as much as I love Jim Brulte – that small group basically wielded a tremendous influence over him while grassroots groups have withered and died. I have seen a generation of term-limit babies that could care less about the condition of the CAGOP or the size of the GOP caucus in the legislature as long as they are one of them. Matthew Harper is a poster child for this, he did not and could not raise money (getting elected on $15,000 originally) and his vulnerability sapped resources out of other Republican Districts.

In my home Area, Kevin Kiley had $400,000 in the bank that he did not share with his colleagues as he just declared for State Senate. It is literally every man for himself.

Now, we are down to 11 Senators (out of 40) and likely 19 maybe 20 members of the Assembly (out of 80).

If Kiley beats Dahle or Dahle beats Kiley – there were be a feeding frenzy for the vacated Assembly seat. I am not sure why, but people seem to line up to run for state legislature for the privilege of being irrelevant. Special Bonus! Former Assemblymember Beth Gaines is going to run for that Senate Seat as well! (BTW – of the Three, Dahle is by far my favorite as I helped get him elected against the GOP establishment in 2012 and it is likely I will support Dahle in that SD01 Special Election)

Here’s my main point – our candidates (rumored and declared) for CAGOP Chair Present a striking contrast:

Career Activist and former 1996 Assembly Candidate Stephen Frank.

Former AD-74 (3 Terms) Assemblymember Travis Allen

Liberal Former Assemblymember David Hadley.

Hadley is making calls and locking up establishment endorsements. He is 100% more of the same. The same got us shellacked in the 2018 election and his solution was to take to AM 1070 KNX in LA and trash the sitting GOP President. I heard this from three people that listened to it live.

Filtering my past history with Steve Frank and focusing only 100% on his accomplishments, I do not think Steve Frank will be able to deliver on his plan for the CA GOP. While his talking points are cogent and his approach is better than I have seen him take in a long time, I don’t see a future for the CA GOP in electing a 72-year old Chairman with no demonstrated history of being able to organize or fundraise.

Frank has a successful online presence and serves as a voice for Conservative principles. I believe that Mr. Frank will continue well in to his golden years using his golden keyboard.

I took Steve Frank on in a CRA Chairman’s Race fight in 2013 and unseated an incumbent CRA President and unseated him as a CRA Vice President, I am worried that he is not able to organize grassroots either.

Steve Frank also lacks the charisma and presentation of Travis Allen.

I see the CAGOP Chairman’s race as a clear choice between two middle aged white guys, David Hadley and Travis Allen.

Hadley represents more of the same. Period. Nothing else matters as it pertains to him.

Travis Allen represents a different course. Regardless of his Governor Campaign, as a CAGOP Chairman he’d represent a mouthpiece for Republican Values, someone who is not afraid to mix it up with the other side, someone who will paint a clear contrast with the other side.

Travis Allen for his faults did have a rabid base of support and with some seasoned people coming alongside him could help harness that enthusiasm in to something real for the CAGOP. I really had not seen that since the days of McClintock for Governor in 2003.

We’ve tried the same approach for 20 years. I think it is time to burn it down and start over. I think someone like Travis Allen would be a great place to start trying to redefine the CAGOP.