Mar 222019
 

Cole Harris, until about March of 2018, he was the mystery candidate. I had been called by a couple of people months before with cryptic messages about some rich dude from LA County that was going to spend big bucks on a campaign for Lt Governor. I did not know his name until February.

All I knew about Cole Harris is that he was rich, had a Chinese Wife and two kids. Even after I was being paid by his campaign, I had limited biographical info on him.

I was hired for one purpose – to get Cole Harris qualified for a CAGOP Endorsement and then to deliver said endorsement. It was odd from the beginning, it is rare when a campaign hires me and then asks me specifically not to blog. Andy Pugno is the only other candidate I had that arrangement with.

The strange nature of the campaign did not stop there. It took sometimes 4 requests to get items I needed. Mr. Harris did not make his campaign official until way late in the game so to speak, so a tremendous amount of time and energy was spent trying to get out of the starting gate.

I personally remember two events: I was working for both John Cox and Cole Harris on their CAGOP Endorsement drills. I had a health episode for a couple days due to the stress and chaos.

Under all of that was the drama related to getting paid. This included an incident between myself and the campaign I will keep out of this post. I was paid about 4-6 weeks late and paid in four partial payments spaced about 5 days apart. If memory serves me correctly, I was paid about $13K by Harris. He does not owe me anything, but it was extremely difficult to get paid what I did get.

I had no frame of reference for this sort of stuff – as rich guys are eccentric, especially those self-funding their campaigns. John Cox was interesting, but was quite normal compared to the Cole Harris effort. Cox’ paid his bills on time after a slow start. He was also demonstrative in communicating with his people, Harris never called or emailed myself or most others he paid.

I met Cole Harris for the one and only time at the CAGOP Convention. I had a positive reaction to him. I was not taken aback by his “Gangsta” or “Ghetto” talk as I have several white friends from Suisun City / Vallejo / Fairfield that all talk like that. I was not taken aback by his odd shoes or getup. In fact, his unpolished behavior I saw as a plus. I figured he was some dude that struck it rich with a bunch of investments.

I did not know what Chris Faulkner and the others that worked for him were going through. Ironically, I met Chris Faulkner for the first time at the CAGOP Convention in May of 2018 as well. (Speaking of my writing about how many political insiders I’ve never met despite 20+ years in the business)

I knew so little about Cole Harris even by the time the May Convention happened. I knew what I was told to say about him and was given his stances on issues and the limited Bio.

It turns out there was a reason for all of this.

The first sign there was an issue is that I was let go right after the convention despite being in charge of a successful drill. I was at least able to get the guys I had making calls to gather signatures and proxies paid at the convention. I also got what was to be my last check at the convention. It is not common for an operative to be terminated after succeeding in a mission. It is not common for people to be paid a month late – especially since the guys I had helping with the signature drills were owed a paltry $600-$1200 a piece. Why weren’t they paid in a timely manner?

The second sign there was an issue was that Cole Harris’ TV ads went dark about a week after the convention. His wife was blamed as the culprit. I had known that his wife, and two other people had to sign off on all the money being spent. This was the reason I was told that payments were always handled in an odd and dysfunctional manner.

Now, a year later, I find out Mr. Harris may not be married and the money is all in China. I looked at Cole Harris’ campaign filings and almost all of the donations are from Chinese Americans. It appears that his whole circle were/are Chinese.

The third sign there was an issue is when Cole Harris’ Social Media suddenly exploded with photos of him wasted, partying and lighting him up for $1 Million Plus in unpaid bills. (Again, I got paid what I was owed) The social media posts have since been covered up, but articles about them remain.

4 time loser David Fennel who also sued everyone in the CAGOP years ago after one of his losing LG bids made a video about Cole Harris that is still up. Mr. Fennel has yet to accept professional help for his campaigns. As a result, his devastating video about Cole Harris that was before its’ time has only 4,759 views as of the writing of this blog. His attack website against Cole Harris was not easy to find.

Fennel asked about the Chinese money in the video from June 4 of 2018. Fennel also sent out emails to party insiders detailing Harris’ arrest record and harassment allegations. Fennel also used his anti-Harris website to attack staff of the California Republican Party by name linking to background info on them. It is clear that Fennel talked to several people in Cole Harris’ past…

Fennel also linked to a Chinese Video to underscore his points about Harris’ Chinese money issue. Harris is seen speaking in Chinese at a campaign event.

Fennel’s Site finishes with this haunting conclusion (remember, it was posted in May of 2018):

After putting up the initial video about Cole Harris, the David Fennell for California Lieutenant Governor campaign received multiple unsolicited inquiries and information from individuals who had been #MeToo victims of Republican Lt. Governor candidate Cole Harris. 

We would prefer to debate Cole on policy issues.  

However, we believe the emotional stories told by the #MeToo victims of Cole Harris and have found police & court reports filed by Los Angeles County District Attorney that confirm their stories. 

Oh mama.

Cole Harris is a predator & a fraud who has faked his background to receive endorsements from California Republican Party leaders such as Orange County Supervisor Michelle Park Steele, who we believe should resign due to her lack of judgement & vetting of Cole Harris.

Note Fennel’s language, he is vindictive and tries to destroy people that endorse against him even though he refuses to spend or raise money for his own campaign.

We encourage other victims or individuals who have been harmed by Cole Harris to send us information so we can forward the information to the proper authorities and contacts in the media. 

Due to the vast wealth of Cole Harris, which we are told is coming from his wife’s mainland Chinese father, and not from his own self made start-up, we understand some victims have expressed fear of retaliation by Cole Harris and his wealthy Chinese father-in-law from mainland China.

Again, written in May-June of 2018

Therefore we will keep information sent to us completely confidential.

In addition, a good investigative reporter should be able to uncover the truth. 

Because of my negative history with David Fennel, I ignored his attacks on Cole Harris. However, it appears that Fennel had some legitimate info on Harris.

Later, this year (2018) – Chris Faulkner lowered the boom on Cole Harris. He lit him up with a lawsuit that received mainstream press attention. The highlight of the lawsuit is the illegal foreign campaign contributions and money.

Check it out here. Katy Grimes did an excellent write-up.

I was reminded that my sudden exit from Harris’ Campaign was a blessing in disguise when I got to read the lawsuit filing.

“On or around May 14, 2018, Harris stated to Faulkner that the president of Better 4 You Foods, LLC (a business owned and/or controlled by Harris) would ‘come by [Harris’s] house with $200,000 in cash that [Harris] will deposit into the campaign account so we can get back up on TV,’ or words to similar effect,” according to the lawsuit. Faulkner was alarmed by this statement and asked for additional information regarding the source of the funds. “It’s my fucking company and I can take out money when I want,” Harris reportedly said to Faulkner, the lawsuit says.

This is pretty much all I needed to see in the lawsuit filing

I lambasted Peter Kuo over several dubious businesses he has in and related to China. He is now the elected vice chairman of the California Republican Party. I am seeing far too many parallels between his situation and that of Cole Harris. I want to be wrong about Mr. Kuo – but he needs to get his affairs in order and start being able to explain his business dealings beyond calling me a racist.

I do not want to have my blogs about Peter Kuo looked back on by people wondering why they ignored the warnings about Kuo similar to Fennel’s about Cole Harris in 2018. It is known that the Chinese are looking to influence American Politics. While Fennel has almost no traffic or network to use to get his message out, and despite what a jerk he has been in the past to people in the CAGOP (including attacking Cynthia Bryant personally for no reason), he did have good info on Cole Harris.

If you are still skeptical, look at the Cindy Yang situation, the national media are desperately trying to smear President Trump with it. Don’t think for a second that Cole Harris / Peter Kuo won’t be used against the CRP in a similar manner…

All I can say is at least I got paid…

Mar 212019
 

The extreme left seem to be the only ones that like what Newsom did. The other 90% of society understand that the voters of California voted multiple times to uphold the death penalty. Perhaps it is because even liberal Californians get that some people can not be rehabilitated.

Gavin Newsom, on the other hand thinks the Death Penalty for killers is a Moral Issue (but not for Babies that survive an abortion).

Here are another 13 of the worst society has to offer:

Randy Kraft, 71, white, 16 victims, convicted in 1989:  Kraft killed 16 young men between 1972-1983, sexually mutilating some of them and leaving their bodies by the roadside. Six of the men were Marines. Most of the victims had been drugged with alcohol and prescription relaxants. Kraft was discovered when he was pulled over for drunk driving and officers found a dead man in the passenger seat.

Chester Turner, 49, black, 15 victims, convicted in 2007:  Turner killed 10 women, including one who was pregnant, in South Los Angeles and on L.A.’s skid row between 1987 and 1998. He strangled eight with his bare hands. He was convicted of four more murders in 2014.

William Suff, 66, white, 12 victims, convicted in 1995:  Suff killed 12 women and attempted to kill a 13th over a two-year period. He strangled his victims, most of whom were prostitutes, and gave some of their possessions to female friends.

Charles Ng, 55, Asian, 11 victims, convicted in 1999:  Ng is a serial killer, convicted in the deaths of 11 women and believed to have killed as many as 25. He and killing partner Leonard Lake used a dungeon adjacent to their Calaveras County cabin to torture victims. The crimes were discovered when Lake committed suicide.

Lonnie Franklin, 64, black, 10 victims, convicted in 2016:  Franklin, dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” because of an apparent break in his killings, killed nine women and a teenage girl from 1985 to 2007. Detectives believe he may have killed at least 25 women. He targeted women who were drug addicts or prostitutes and often dumped their naked bodies along roads or in the trash.

Marcus Wesson, 70, black, 9 victims, convicted in 2004:  Wesson, a family cult leader, ordered the deaths of nine of his children, all born of incest with his daughters. The mass murder was triggered by efforts of a niece to retrieve her children.

Ivan Hill, 55, black, 9 victims, convicted in 2007:  Hill, dubbed the “60 Freeway Killer,” raped and strangled six prostitutes in Orange County in 1993 and 1994. His link to the crimes was discovered 10 years later through DNA evidence while he was in state prison for armed robbery. He pleaded guilty two years later to killing two other women in 1986 and 1987, and in 1979 was convicted for the murder of a Glendora liquor store clerk during a robbery.

Run Chhoun, 43, Asian, 9 victims, convicted in 2000:  Chhoun, the leader of an Asian street gang, killed a man and his 73-year-old father during a home invasion and killed a Pomona man he mistook as a gang rival. Chhoun also killed five family members during a home invasion robbery in San Bernardino and killed another man during a drive-by shooting. He was charged with the murder of two people in Spokane, Wash.

Ramon Salcido, 55, Latino, 7 victims, convicted in 1990:  In a three-hour period, Salcido drove his three daughters to a gulch and slit their throats, drove to his mother-in-law’s house where he stabbed her and her two daughters, returned home and shot his wife, and then drove to the vineyard where he worked and shot two supervisors. Seven of the nine victims died.

Richard Farley, 68, white, 7 victims, convicted in 1992:  Farley went to the factory where he had been fired two years before and killed seven people and wounded four others.

David Carpenter, 86, white, 7 victims, convicted in 1984:  “Trailside Killer” Carpenter assaulted hikers on remote paths in Santa Cruz and Marin counties in 1980 and 1981, raping some and shooting seven to death.

Wayne Adam Ford, 57, white, 4 victims, convicted in 2006:  Ford turned himself in to the Humboldt County Sheriff Department in Eureka by in November 1998; he was carrying a woman’s severed breast in his pocket and confessed to having killed four women in 1997 and 1998.

Cary Stayner, 57, white, 4 victims, convicted in 2002:  Murdered two women and two teenagers in and around Yosemite National Park in 1999. The charred bodies of one woman and her teenage visitor from Argentina were found in the trunk of their burned rental car; a note was sent to police with a hand-drawn map indicating the location of the third victim, the woman’s daughter. A fourth, separate victim was found decapitated.

Mar 202019
 

Blogger’s Note: I am an opponent of Carl DiMaio, I think he is nothing more than a PAC Chairman trying to make a name for himself to boost his campaign for Congress. That said, even he deserves credit for doing this poll as it confirms a lot of what we all knew intuitively.

New poll results released today show that even in liberal California, Gov. Gavin Newsom and his early policies are out of step with a large swath of California’s voters.

“Gov. Gavin Newsom is getting national media attention for his moves, but what the media is missing is how Newsom is actually out-of-step with California voters – and in several instances out of step with Democrat voters as well,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, the group sponsoring the scientific poll conducted by Remington Research. “This poll reveals that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s early policy proposals are big turn-offs for voters – and without some sort of moderation soon, his extreme agenda may end up costing Democrats in the 2020 elections,” DeMaio noted.

Among the results of the poll on policy proposals:

Q1. In 2016, Californians voted to keep the death penalty. Despite this, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced he will permanently suspend the death penalty because he considers it immoral. Do you support or oppose Newsom’s decision?

Support: 39%
Oppose: 52%
Not sure: 9% 

Of interest, the poll reveals a super-majority of white voters and even a plurality of Latino and African American voters opposed to Newsom’s position on this issue. 

“In 2016 voters voted to keep and strengthen the death penalty, but by overruling the will of the voters with this arbitrary order to permanently suspend the death penalty, Newsom shows he’s not only weak on public safety issues, but willing to arrogantly overrule the judgment of the voters,” DeMaio said. 

Q2. Governor Newsom’s first budget proposal included a tax on drinking water. Do you support or oppose California enacting a tax on drinking water?

Support: 13%
Oppose: 78%
Not sure: 9% 

Newsom has managed to unite California voters of all political parties – just not in a good way for him. The poll reveals even a 67% supermajority of Democrats oppose Newsom’s Water Tax – along with 94% of Republicans and 78% of Independents. 

“With California’s cost-of-living reaching a crisis point, the Water Tax may shape up to be the biggest liability for Newsom and Democrats in the Legislature – and could rightfully cost them seats in 2020 if they dare vote to impose it on working families,” DeMaio said.

Q3. In 2018, Californians were told that the gas tax would be guaranteed to go to transportation projects and fairly distributed to all regions of the state. Despite that, Governor Newsom wants to take away gas tax funding from any city that does not comply with his affordable housing mandates. Do you support or oppose this decision by the Governor?

Support: 32%
Oppose: 53%
Not sure: 14% 

A solid majority of voters oppose Newsom on this diversion of gas taxes, and Democrats risk alienating Latinos who oppose this move by a sizable 14% margin. “By raiding Gas Tax funds yet again, Newsom shows California’s voters that he’s untrustworthy and demonstrates complete contempt for taxpayer money,” DeMaio added. 

Q4. Governor Gavin Newsom recently admitted that the High Speed Rail Project is billions over budget and behind schedule. Despite this, Governor Newsom wants to proceed with a scaled back segment of the project in the least traveled route. Do you support or oppose his decision to proceed?

Support: 31%
Oppose: 54%
Not sure: 15% 

“Californians see through Newsom’s phony cancellation of the project and realize that he is still throwing good money after bad by completing a partial route in violation of voter protections that were promised when the project was proposed,” DeMaio said.  

COMING TOMORROW: Do you think Governor Newsom should be recalled from office?

Recall questions and results will be released at 3pm PT on Thursday, March 21.

BLOGGER’S NOTE: Is DiMaio preparing to hijack the Recall Gavin Newsom mantra from Travis Allen? He attacked Travis Allen for suggesting this, during his tirade at the CAGOP Convention.

About the poll

Survey conducted by Remington Research Group on March 17 through March 18, 2019. 1,303 likely 2020 General Election voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2020 General Election. Margin of Error is +/-2.71% with a 95% level of confidence. Totals do not always equal 100% due to rounding.

Mar 202019
 

The laundry list of votes Kiley skipped would not matter as much, were it not part of a larger pattern. Skipping tough decisions is consistent with Kiley’s failure to endorse Jessica Patterson (while his proxy ended up in the hands of Sam Spencer, a legislative staffer).

I’ve come to the belief that Kiley is too smart and calculating for his own good. This causes him to overthink his decisions getting caught squarely in the middle or being conspicuously absent. The following are four examples:

AB 3250 (Judiciary Committee) – Kiley Not Voting

Provides for technical clean-up of SB 179 (Atkins) which provided for non-binary gender recognition on state documents.  Assembly Vote: 65-9, p. 6910, 8/29/18.  Signed

AB 2439 (Eduardo Garcia) –Kiley Aye (NOT AWOL)

Honors LGBTQ veterans by establishing the LGBT Veterans Memorial at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City as the official state LGBT Veterans Memorial.  Assembly Vote: 65-0, p. 6143, 8/6/18.  Signed

AB 677 (David Chiu) – Kiley Not Voting

Expands the list of state agencies and local educational agencies that are required to collect voluntarily provided information about sexual orientation and gender identity to include government agencies that deal with education and employment.  Assembly Vote: 63-10, p. 3132, 9/11/17.  Signed

AB 2153 (Thurmond) – Kiley Not Voting

Requires all public schools to annually provide in-service training to teachers on school site and community resources available for the support of LGBTQ students.  Assembly Vote: 58-14, p. 6850, 8/29/18.  Vetoed

Kevin Kiley is rightly getting hammered for his parsed words and dodging taking tough stands. We should have known what to expect after the 2016 Assembly Campaign where he was effectively able to get away with taking as few stands as possible.

Again – refer to the 2016 mailer from Andy Pugno where he hammered Kiley for avoiding two key issues
Then Halldin slammed Kiley over two other issues he avoided.

Who is Kevin Kiley? What does he stand for? Those are both serious questions.

To be continued.

Mar 192019
 
The CIR Board with Jessica Patterson and Jay Obernolte

On 3-16-2019, the CIR met for its’ Third Annual Convention. We’ve now had more conventions than most non-permanently chartered CAGOP Organizations. The CIR was created to be a place for Conservatives to go that want to win elections who want to elect the most conservative candidate that can win. (The Buckley principle). The CIR has been created with 80% new members that have not been a part of another GOP Group.

The CIR has 11 Chapters in 14 Counties and lists around 300 members statewide. This has been built from scratch, the first such effort within the CAGOP in 30 years.

This convention was a celebration of success, marking the first time we’ve met as a fully chartered group. It was also a celebration of some turnover of leadership and new leadership joining our ranks.

You have not been to a John Briscoe-Led Event Until You’ve Gotten a Coffee Mug From Him

Jay Obernolte was the afternoon speaker, he dove in to some detailed analysis of the election of 2018 (HINT: IT WAS NOT ALL ABOUT TRUMP), as well as some of the insanity in Sacramento. It is the belief of this blogger that Obernolte is on his way to Congress soon.

Your Intrepid Blogger had a chance to introduce newly minted CAGOP Chair Jessica Patterson. I basically shared with the group all of the positive things I learned about her from my research. She was effervescent, interacting with people, smiling and seemed to be far more relaxed than at any point during her campaign. Yes – Relaxed and Happy, that was Jessica Patterson.

There are a lot of things going on in various parts of California that I will get in to at a later time that are sending mixed messages about what direction the leadership of the CAGOP are going in. That said, Jessica Patterson’s message was very clear.

Her Message: Voter Registration, Voter Turnout, Actually Doing Stuff, Actually communicating and messaging (versus a stand-off at a distance media type campaign) and trying to deliver resources to local organizations or committees. Seems simple, but so often these things get lip service and those in charge resume their behavior that has yielded years of losing.

Patterson also demonstrated a clear and concise knowledge of the issues within the party itself. She demonstrated a clear knowledge of the 2018 election. She made herself available for questions and demonstrated further competence in answering them.

While I await the Platform Drill, as it will tell us all where those in leadership stand, I will say that I have no doubt Jessica Patterson has the skill set to do the job as CAGOP Chair.

While it is my belief that there is going to be a huge internal fight over the CAGOP Platform, I think that Patterson has the skill set necessary to be effective. As I continue writing about things CAGOP, the goal is to report accurately what is going on in an attempt to help those now in charge to succeed.

I appreciated Jessica showing up so soon after the election as the CIR endorsed Travis Allen. I want her to succeed, and as you will begin to learn, there are issues in many areas of the state.

If you care about the CAGOP – you should want Jessica Patterson to succeed as well.