Information continues to pour in from the North State, with very little from the south.
First off IF YOU WERE LEFT OFF THE PLATFORM COMMITTEE BALLOT LIST IN YOUR ASSEMBLY DISTRICT – Call the CAGOP or EMAIL THEM. They are contacting people one at a time. There was some sort of epic fail with their database. I spoke to someone in the CAGOP’s office, they are well aware there are several errors. Call and get your situation fixed. There is no nefarious agenda here, just a screw up.
Second, your ballot MUST BE RETURNED IN THE US MAIL. Otherwise, it will not be counted.
Third – see below.
I am putting my ballot in the mail for Ken Campbell in AD06 Today. You can even follow up with the CAGOP to confirm they got your ballot if you like.
Now – Update on the machinations:
Luis Buhler, Sue Caro and others are calling through the bay area. There are several areas where their person is going to make it uncontested. Unlike AD06 where I live that has 40 delegates, most Bay Area Assembly Seats have 4-6. Some have as few as 2. Remember, Sue Caro was a loud opponent of Calling on Chad Mayes to resign over Cap and Trade.
I now have confirmation that in San Joaquin and Stanislaus, there is a recruiting effort underway. I received an email from an AD12 Candidate that had exactly nothing about where she stands on any issues. (This is a major red flag) While the candidate is a known Christian Conservative, it is alarming that her introduction email said nothing of substance about the platform itself. It also followed the template of Luis Buhler candidates in the Bay Area.
In the North State, the calls that are being made by the establishment are under the guise of not changing the platform. Given that in past years, proxies have been twisted under false pretenses for the purpose of gutting the platform, there is a natural skepticism about motives.
As of Today, according to several sources (adding an Assemblyman to the list) there is no organized drill in the South of California related to the Platform Committee. It appears that most just want this thing to go away with a minimum of drama. It is the opinion of this blogger that Jessica Patterson could put her foot down and tell Luis Buhler and others to stop what they are doing and make it clear the platform is to not be messed with.
This would be consistent with what she said during her Chair Campaign – that she supports the existing platform with no changes.
The reticence I have is that the players making phone calls in the North and the Central Valley were a part of the 2011 Platform destruction derby. If they truly are trying to avoid a disaster in the Platform Process in 2019, they should state as such publicly and call on people like Luis Buhler and Sue Caro to stand down and stop sewing division. Their recruits for Platform Committee should state clearly their conservative values and their desire to see them continue in the CAGOP Platform. None have done so. (another red flag)
I expected Luis Buhler to ignore calls for unity as he has a lifelong history of disdain for Conservatives and a life goal of yanking the pro-life and pro-family language out of the CAGOP platform. It is what it is.
I have a personal opinion about what is happening that I will refrain from putting in writing. That said, I am not optimistic about this process at all given what I know internally and what I know about the players involved.
To be continued.