Dear Mr Hadley –
I am Aaron, I am a blogger and 20+ year member of the CAGOP. You and I know each other politically, having once shaken hands at a Riverside GOP Meeting. You are good buddies with one of the Senior Board Members of the CIR who has loyally and steadfastly sung your praises to the organization. You probably knew me by reputation long before we met in person.
I wanted to share a few things with you in a serious, non-sarcastic manner, from one man of faith to another.
If you are a Conservative and a Christian, you usually don’t need to tell anyone as such. Normal on-fire Christians will display their values clearly, such as your faithful marriage, your history in business and your Children who seem to be fine human beings. I have respect for your personal life which is why I am perplexed at the email you sent out playing the “Jesus Card”.
There seems to be a disconnect between your personal faith and what you did as an assemblymember. When in the Assembly, you did not return the California Pro-Life Council’s Scorecard. I appreciate that you claim to be pro-life, but people know we are Christians by the fruits of our actions – not high scores (for a Republican) from Planned Parenthood or a 65% Scores (good for a D Rating) from the American Conservative Union in 2016.
Interestingly enough, I am curious what section of the Bible provided justification for AB1643 in 2016 that would have enshrined Gender Dysphoria in the Worker’s Comp System, ending the sound actuarial practice of using gender in claims management. This bill was so bad that even Jerry brown vetoed it. Why did you vote yes?
The Bible is clear about role of the Church in Charity, but as an assemblymember you took it a step further, voting for increases in welfare and several other benefit mandates by government. As a man of faith, you should recognize that the Church should provide Charity not the government. (It is also in the CAGOP Platform as well) I will be listing said votes in future posts.
I also believe that skipping voting on AB1887 (2016) which banned official California Travel to states with biblical values (see also understanding what gender means) is another issue that you need to address and resolve. Jesus was clear about the need for boldness and integrity in one’s values. This means standing up for Christ even when it would have cost you votes.
Jesus Christ was clear when he walked the earth, that being “Seeker Friendly” aka trying to find the lost means introducing them to a new way of thinking through renewal in Christ. Jesus never spoke about handing out free stuff as an inducement to join the church and the New Testament is replete with stories about the consequences of compromise. Mr. Hadley, when you have taken dozens, maybe hundreds of votes that are in line with the democrat party platform, it creates confusion in the minds of Seekers of the Republican Party.
None of these actions helped you when the democrats came after you and unseated you in 2016. The rationale that most moderates use is “voting your district”, yet without fail, the democrats pursue Republicans (moderate and conservative) with equal passion and vitriol.
It is not unreasonable for us, the GOP faithful, to take pause when comparing your actions to the stated values of our party. Are you going to try to lead a massive revision of the GOP Platform? How should we reconcile your past inflammatory comments against the President of the United States? Do you align with the so-called Republicans that are calling for division and calling the supporters of the President Racists? What will you do as chairman to respond to these people that seek to divide the GOP like this? (as this is not dissimilar to an intra-church fight) Will you call these people out in the media? Will you take on Governor Newsom in the Media?
Mr. Hadley, when I wrote that I could not reconcile myself with your record as a member of the Assembly, I had done some research. I have a list of issues with proof.
In the past, I had believed things (and believed them when I wrote them) about Travis Allen that simply were and are not true. Would you be willing to stand up and admit it if you were wrong? This is unheard of in politics.
Mr. Hadley, I respect your private life and your family. There is no criticism of you as a man at all. I just think you are wrong politically and I will have a hard time trusting you to stick up for the President or the rank and file Republican (most of whom) are more Conservative than you are.
As a man of faith, I’d also like to close with this: It was absolutely heartbreaking to see the public meltdown of Kristen Olsen and Chad Mayes (which is ongoing). They both claimed the same faith we do. When you play the faith card it is extremely risky as it shines a spotlight on your imperfect self. Doing so in the public eye can also cause your imperfections to keep other people from finding the faith that we cherish and rely upon for our daily lives.
You can’t un-send that email, but I’d remind you and anyone else of the cautionary tale of the Mayes/Olsen affair, meltdown, their arrogance and Chad Mayes’ destructive rampage on his way out of leadership. Many times, I’ve had people invoke that when I discuss my faith with them. Mr. Hadley, you’ve raised the bar on yourself to an extremely high standard by doing what you did. I am not sure if you were prepared for the consequences.
I am not sure what your next move is Mr. Hadley, but had I been part of your team, I’d have advised you against religious pandering.
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