Jan 312019
 

In Case you missed it, the legislative leaders wanted you to know everything about California Trailblazers. In the interest of transparency and full disclosure, your intrepid blogger has joined in the message from our legislative leaders.

A message from:

Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates

Senate Republican Leader-Elect Shannon Grove

Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron

And your Intrepid blogger

Dear Republican Party Member,

Blaze a Trail…

     We have a choice to make in response to the 2018 elections. Will our GOP continue down a path of divisiveness that all but assures continued liberal progressives will control our Golden State, or are we going to stand up and take the fight to the Democrats with a strong, organized and fully-funded California Republican Party?

In fact, Jessica Patterson’s Campaign Consultant is one of the top vendors to the California Republican Party.

     The answer is clear. We’re never going to give up or concede that Republican values aren’t best for California.

Yet our choice for CAGOP Chairman has been involved in an attempted gut and amend of the CAGOP Party Platform, defending Proposition 14 twice and thwarting numerous efforts to hold wayward legislators accountable.

That’s why California’s Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel and National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon endorsed Jessica Patterson to be the next Chairman of the California Republican Party. We couldn’t agree more.

     We support Jessica because she is a proven visionary leader with the ability to raise money, deliver a powerful Republican message and support our grassroots organizations and activists. That’s how we’ll regain seats in Sacramento, Washington DC and re-elect the President.

Since its’ 2011 inception, the California Trailblazers has been present and participated in the net loss of 13 GOP Seats in the State Legislature. 28-19 in the Assembly, 15-11 in the State Senate. How low can we go? Since its’ inception in 2011, the California Trailblazers has paid $2.3 Million in Salaries against a paltry $142,000 in candidate contributions. Jessica Patterson’s haul has been over $1.2 Million.

     Recently you have probably seen some juvenile and ridiculous attacks aimed at California Trailblazers, the organization that Jessica has done a fantastic job leading the last seven years. We would like to stress to you in the strongest terms possible that these attacks are wrong and they are filled with falsehoods and inaccuracies about this great organization.

We believe a net loss of 13 seats in the last 7 Years was worth the investment in Trailblazers.

Here are the facts:

As California’s GOP legislative leaders, we know California Trailblazers is the best candidate support program our state has ever seen. In fact, CA Trailblazers is the ONLY candidate recruitment and training program the State GOP has ever had.  Before it was created, the Republican Party had nothing to offer conservatives who wanted to run for State Senate or State Assembly.

Chad Mayes, Catherine Baker and Brian Maienschein were three of the “Conservatives” heralded by Trailblazers. Every Cap and Trade Vote in the Assembly was a Trailblazers Alumni.

In 2010, Jessica Patterson ran victory 2010, one of the worst years for Republicans in California since the 1970’s.

In 2012, Jessica saw the void and created California Trailblazers, building a strong board of directors and creating a curriculum that included teaching candidates the fundamentals about fundraising, messaging, social media, communications, precinct organization and Get Out the Vote. Trailblazers was modeled after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s national Young Guns program that took back the House of Representatives from Nancy Pelosi in an overwhelming landslide victory for Republicans in 2010 (and will again in 2020).

In 2012, Jessica Patterson was in charge of the victory program once again, yielding the largest net loss of seats this century in the legislature before 2018.

Trailblazers was never designed to fund or run campaigns. It gives candidates and their consulting teams a powerful head start so that they can hit the ground running and focus squarely on challenging and beating losing to Democrats. In fact, Trailblazers has been so efficient over the years that Jessica has pushed to contribute excess funds to our Republican candidates in an effort to do everything possible to help elect Republicans to the State Assembly and State Senate. But, let us be clear about this again, Trailblazers was not created to be a funding organization. Its mission has always been, and always will be, recruiting and training candidates. A mission when judged by results has been a colossal failure.

Today, thanks to Jessica and her work, nearly all Republicans who serve in the State Legislature have benefitted in some way from Trailblazers or supported the program as an important part of our party operation. This is evidenced by the fact that Jessica has been endorsed by overwhelming majorities in the Senate Republican and Assembly Republican caucuses as well as former GOP elected officials.

The largest benefit has been the smallest GOP Caucus since 1883.

And The price for this training program has been $2 Million Plus paid to consultants.

As we move toward the February CRP Convention in Sacramento, let’s work together and take the fight to the Democrats. Do what we tell you to. Jessica Patterson is a strong conservative liberal who has already proven herself, standing up for Republican values unless paid to do otherwise, supporting Republican candidates and helping Republicans win elections.

We know Jessica Patterson will be a great Chairman of the California Republican Party, because she takes orders and we hope you will join us and endorse her too.

Sincerely,

Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates

Senate Republican Leader-Elect Shannon Grove

Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron

Your Intrepid Blogger

Jan 312019
 

Jessica Patterson is running for CAGOP President, she has made her tenure as Executive Director of California Trailblazers the cornerstone of her campaign. Her endorsement list reads like a list of political insiders.

Since its’ 2011 inception, the California Trailblazers has been present and participated in the net loss of 13 GOP Seats in the State Legislature. 28-19 in the Assembly, 15-11 in the State Senate. How low can we go? Since its’ inception in 2011, the California Trailblazers has paid $2.3 Million in Salaries against a paltry $142,000 in candidate contributions. Jessica Patterson’s haul has been over $1.2 Million.

Disgraced former Assembly Leader Chad Mayes (who is pushing hard to help elect Jessica Patterson before he bolts the GOP) is all over Jessica Patterson’s Twitter Archives. It is clear that Jessica Patterson was supportive of Cap and Trade. The short list of donors to the California Trailblazers read like a who’s who of people that supported Cap and Trade, So Cal Edison, PG&E, Petroleum interests, etc.

Why did Jessica Patterson Like this Tweet, then later delete it from her timeline?

You can see Jessica Patterson agreeing with Democrat Marc Levine that Catherine Baker is a “reasonable Republican” because she was a vote for “Gun Control and Climate Change Legislation”. Are those the values she will promote as chairman?

Will Jessica Patterson be part of the #NEWWAYCA? We’ve discovered a series of tweets we recovered by combing through twitter archive sites as it appears that Mrs. Patterson had professional assistance clearing her Twitter account out. She attempted to delete tweets from several of the above, proof of her work against the grassroots of the CAGOP and others. You now have proof of where Jessica Patterson’s allegiance stands.

Where did this tweet disappear to?

Chad Mayes is all over Jessica Patterson’s Twitter Archives. She has also accepted his public endorsement. Then there was this mini rant after Brian Maienschein – once a Trailblazer’s All-Star bolted the CAGOP in order to bolster his future electoral chances.

You can leave any time Chad.

This dude was one of California Trailblazers Star Professors. Now, there are rock solid rumors he has been plotting his exit from the CAGOP. He appears to be toxic enough that Mrs. Patterson sought to eliminate his footprint from her twitter account.

Note the date on this. This is April of 2016, well before her current twitter timeline cuts off

Jessica Patterson has some explaining to do. There simply are not enough staff and consultants to fill all of the delegate slots. Why did she clear out her twitter account? What are her real views? Why shouldn’t we care about her paid work as an operative fighting against the values of the rank and file CAGOP member?

Will Jessica Patterson support a #NEWWAYCA and support an effort to eviscerate the CAGOP Platform similar to the one she worked on in 2011?

Why did Jessica Patterson Like #NEWWAYCA’s Tweet about the DREAMers?

Now we have a pattern, Chad Mayes and #NEWWAYCA. Start asking yourself what Jessica Patterson will do as Chairman of the CAGOP?

Millions spent on losing a net 13 seats. A Pattern of catering to the far left of the GOP. A who’s who of political insiders. Is this what we want for #CAGOP Chairman?

Jan 302019
 

We’ve chronicled the failure of California Trailblazers. Compare that to Travis Allen’s ready-made army of 25,000 donors.

#1 California Trailblazers since its’ founding in 2011 has only sent $142,365 to candidates.

#2 California Trailblazers has paid out $1,250,609 to Jessica Patterson in total. It is fairly easy to see that well over $1,000,000 of that was compensation beyond reimbursements for hosting conferences in places like the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. (lest Patterson’s crew decide to split hairs over the definitions of all the checks listed on the reports)

#3 Other Consultants have been paid out over $1,000,000 since 2011 as well. These include $400K to Jeff Randle (a stone-cold never-trumper, Pete Wilson’s Hatchet Man and godfather of Meg Whitman’s $144MM disaster in 2010), $230K+ to Molly Parnell (a former employee of the CAGOP), $180K+ to Aaron McLear (of Arnold fame and another stone-cold never-trumper) and others.

#4 While Patterson and others promoting her are touting fundraising as a top qualification, the California Trailblazer’s Financial Reports list no more than 44 donors in a 2 year cycle and appear to list no more than 66 unique donors since 2011. This gets worse when you factor that 4 County Party Central Committees are listed among the donors in addition to 12 elected Republican officeholders.

Yet, we are to believe that Jessica Patterson can raise money to support a $4.4 Million a year operating budget for the CAGOP.

An Interesting Data Point – the CAGOP Raised $34 Million in 2017-2018 Election Cycle. 70+% of that money was spent on voter contact. (Meridian Pacific, the consultant running Jessica Patterson’s Chairman Campaign was the single largest vendor to the CAGOP by the way)

Travis Allen Raised an average of $410 K a year as an assemblyman, a lot of it from the same donors that Jessica Patterson’s supporters claim won’t take Travis Allen’s phone calls. Allen even got $11K from Charles Munger.

The real difference however, and what I believe scares team Patterson the most is Travis Allen’s 25,000+ donor list. Being able to raise $1,800,000 for his governor campaign against the entire establishment (and this blogger to boot) means that his donor base does not come with the usual strings.

People refer to the “Third House”, this is an arrogant term used to refer to the PAC Donors, Lobbyists, Special Interests and Wealthy folks that donate thousands and exercise payment to influence. They are a different crowd than the much smaller Oligarchy of Controlled Failure within the CAGOP I’ve been writing about. These people consider themselves the “Third House” because of the insane amount of influence they have over everything in Sacramento. (The Assembly and Senate are houses 1 and 2)

Now, go back to the expose’ about the finances of the California Trailblazers – you will see the Third House all over it. Then, add in the argument about “Fundraising” and ask yourself who Jessica Patterson will be beholden to as Chairman of the CAGOP? It is not an unreasonable question.

I think starting with thousands of donors and a massive social media presence is just the kind of a fresh start the CAGOP needs.

Candidate #3? The last time he had real influence in the CAGOP his client, a former CAGOP Chairman left the party $2 Million in the hole. #EPICFAIL

The final score? Travis Allen $3.6 Million. California Trailblazers (not Jessica Patterson, mind you) $2.4 Million. Now we know who can raise money.

Jan 292019
 

Yikes.

We chronicled how Stanley promoted Sgt. Christian Dekker to Lt in the waning days of his reign of terror. We are sure the 4 checks Dekker wrote to Stanley’s Campaign had nothing to do with it…

Dekker, along with Correctional Sgt. Martin Tochtrop pulled some legendary stunts at the jails they worked at. These included allegedly setting up inmates being released in error and leaving recording devices in several locations of places he was assigned to. Dekker is also alleged to have cheated on his time cards, racking up thousands of dollars in overtime he should not have gotten.

It is alleged that even in his last weeks as a Sgt. (Lt’s are salaried) he arranged to be on the clock on a couple of holidays.

When Dekker was promoted to LT. he was shipped back to a jail. I believe it is the SW Jail. Regardless of wether it is RPDC or the SW Jail – just today Dekker was up to his old tricks. He dropped in on a couple correctional deputies in their “Pod” and when he left the area, a flashlight was left behind by Lt. Dekker.

One of the two correctional deputies had the presence of mind to pick up the Flashlight and open it. Inside the flashlight was a recording device.

While this may only be a misdemeanor in California, it is a massive violation of the “POBAR” Statute. Christian Dekker has obviously forgotten that there is a New Sheriff in Riverside County.

The two Correctional Deputies did not file a complaint for fear of retaliation. Remember, Right On Daily has written about Correctional Deputies that have been terminated out of Retaliation – see also Tammy Smoak for one.

If you can direct me to where and who I need to talk to in order to file a complaint against Lt. Dekker on behalf of the two correctional deputies, I’d be grateful. This kind of garbage needs to stop.

It is even more infuriating to realize that Dekker was able to successfully sue the County of Riverside for Hostile Work Environment when he is creating the very thing. (And has been for at least the last decade)

Anyone with any further information please come forward, you can remain anonymous. [email protected]

Jan 292019
 

Blogger’s Note: Regarding Emails, Text Messages, etc. There is a guaranteed way to know I wrote it – I signed my name to it. There is also a guaranteed way to know I did not write something, it is not signed by me. 

How many of you have struggled to find a delegate appointment? How many of you are aware that Jessica Patterson is a career staffer who has worked to support Prop 14, gut the CAGOP Platform and for a host of liberals such as McCain, Romney, Meg Whitman and the like?

She highlights her service as Executive Director of the California Trailblazers. Since its’ 2011 inception, the California Trailblazers has been present and participated in the net loss of 13 GOP Seats in the State Legislature. 28-19 in the Assembly, 15-11 in the State Senate. How low can we go? Since its’ inception in 2011, the California Trailblazers has paid $2.3 Million in Salaries against a paltry $142,000 in candidate contributions. Jessica Patterson’s haul has been over $1.2 Million.

A review of a recent update to the CAGOP Delegate list shows some 50% of the appointed delegates thus far are staffers and/or people that earn some or all of their income from politics. (BTW – I am a part time paid political consultant and I have a financial interest in the outcome of the CAGOP officer elections in case you missed an earlier disclosure of that fact).

I’ve been a party to several long time CAGOP Delegates being shunned for appointments. It is clear that those seeking to install Jessica Patterson as CAGOP Chairman are riding herd on appointers seeking only those with fealty to the status quo.

In addition, remember, some of the crew supporting Jessica Patterson attempted to take out incumbent Republican assemblymembers Tim Donnelly and Alan Mansoor. So their refusal to be team players and desire for total control to the exclusion of many is not a new phenomena. My personal experience with Luis Buhler and Jeff Randle has been a 30+ year history of hunting Conservatives with more vigor and vitriol than they ever did their fellow democrats. (Randle was Pete Wilson’s hatchet man in the 1990’s seeking retribution against Conservatives that were opposing tax increases)

As I type this blog, people are cutting deals, being pressured and deck chairs are being lined up to pre-ordain the outcome of the CAGOP’s officer elections. Should these tactics yield the desired result – it will create several consequences:

  1. An even smaller group of consultants, most of whom have performed poorly in terms of winning elections will get pretty much all of the paid work. Meridian Pacific, and Jeff Randle (Randle Communications), named previously as part of the oligarchy trying to elect Jessica stand to gain financially from this outcome. They have made hundreds of thousands of dollars trading on the failures of the CAGOP in the last decade. (More on that soon)
  2. Those of us that have supported the nominee of the GOP time and time again – thus honoring the results of the primary will be effectively discarded by the actions of the whole crew seeking to take over the CAGOP. No one in CAGOP leadership or in office will be able to claim any moral imperative to compel anyone to honor the results of any GOP Primary.
  3. It will solidify the contempt for and complete the elimination of any influence the grassroots have in the CAGOP at the behest of the kingmakers.
  4. Mrs. Patterson will have an impossible time trying to assert herself as an independent leader of the GOP in California. Rather, she may well be disregarded as a vassal of Kevin McCarthy. (quite unfair to her by the way)

There is precedent for my skepticism – in 2010, when Jeff Randle was running Meg Whitman’s $144MM train wreck after the primary, a blacklist was created. Everyone who worked for Steve Poizner was blacklisted from doing any paid work for Whitman or anyone else they had sway over in 2010. There is nothing in the behavior of these folks that has changed in the last decade, therefore it is not unreasonable to think there will be the same retaliation. Remember, Jeff Randle is the CEO for the California Trailblazers.

I am concerned on a variety of levels. How does Jessica Patterson unify the CAGOP given the tactics? Will people (other than me) be retaliated against? (I’ve made peace with the fact that I will be retaliated against) Will a blacklist be maintained? Will Meridian Pacific and Randle Communications be the only firms getting CAGOP Contracts and/or targeted races despite the 13 seat loss in the last decade? Will volunteer groups continue to be shunned and shut out of decision making? What will happen with Voter Registration given that many on the inside gave up on it? Who has a plan for Ballot Harvesting?

Let me repeat – I do not know Jessica Patterson. I have friends that think highly of her. I know her by her reputation – a career staffer for the left of the GOP. I am extremely skeptical of her qualifications and her political bias / connections. I think we all should be. I think what she has done is wrong, and what people are doing on her behalf is wrong, all of which should disqualify her from being CAGOP Chair.

To Be Continued

P.S. They did not stop with just attempting to control delegate appointments. In a future post, you will learn about massive expenditures of money against Conservative Activists and several counties getting deprived of representation to the CAGOP. Jessica Patterson was in the middle of all of it.

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