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.

  One Response to “The 3rd Annual CIR Convention Update, Full Charter, CRP Chair Jessica Patterson, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte Highlight a Celebration!”

  1. Aaron, I whole heartily agree with your characterization of Jessica Patterson, as our newly elected CRP Chairperson. While I supported Travis for the chairmanship at convention time, I feel Jessica “has what it takes to be a great leader of our CA Republican party.” She is enthusiastic, motivated, inspired, & ready to do what is necessary to have a great new resurgence of our party. She and the CPR Board of Directors already have goals set which will grow our party and which will include commitment from our Republicans from all levels and walks of life. Now it is every CA Republicans commitment time in return, to help achieve the goals that have been set. We all need to become pro-active to return our state to red!

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