My friend, Arthur Schaper, is running for State Assembly in District 66, the South Bay section of Los Angeles County. Artie is the longest of long-shots running for State Assembly this year.
Just five years ago, this seat was represented by a Republican. The Assembly Republican caucus spent millions in 2016 and 2018 trying to win it back but lost. The problem? They ran open Never-Trumpers.
For those of you who don’t know (or remember), this seat went Red in 2014 for the first time in twenty-two years, RINO David Hadley won the seat in a stunning upset. He had been preceded by 2012 run by a popular Evangelical leader who spent a million dollars of his own money building a volunteer organization he then gave to Hadley. Hadley lost in 2016 becoming a one-term wonder. Why did he lose? because of the foolish editorial he wrote in the Daily Breeze disavowing the Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump.
Six years later, the Los Angeles County GOP has all but abandoned hope that the seat was worth fighting for. The Evangelical leader’s generosity goes unrequited, his organization forgotten. The incumbent Democrat who had been beaten six years earlier looked like he would run unopposed, until Arthur Schaper stepped in at the last minute.
Schaper is not some lazy fluke candidate. He’s a blogger, a conservative activist, and an unapologetic social conservative. The Never-Trumper RINOs think he’s crazy. I think he’s worth supporting.
And not only me.
Artie has scored the endorsement of long-time Republican activist Ward Connerly, the same Ward Connerly who passed Prop 209 in 1996 to end race-based discrimination in college admissions and hiring practices in the state of California. The same Ward Connerly who is fighting very hard this year to defeat Proposition 16. Arthur is fighting with him.
For the first time in two decades, the National Rifle Association has endorsed the Republican candidate running for State Assembly in the 66th district. Previous nominees in the 66th have avoided Second Amendment issues like the plague, Artie isn’t afraid.
Riots in Democrat run cities has raised public safety to an all-time concern among voters. And that concern had caused gun ownership to skyrocket in California. Protecting Second Amendment rights could be a winning issue, even in a liberal-leaning coastal district like the 66th.
You would think that the CAGOP would make some effort to support the nominee with those credentials. Yet Artie’s getting little to no love from the state and county parties. The Los Angeles County GOP and the CAGOP has refused to endorse him. Why?
Is it because he’s conservative? Is it because he’s outspoken on social media and in the press? Is it because he works for pro-family activist group MassResistance and has been successful protecting traditional family values? Or is it because he’s a Trump supporter, like 40% of California voters? Whatever the reason, Arthur Schaper has been and continues to be a thorn in the side of the CAGOP Establishment.
As President of the local Beach Cities Republican Club, Arthur refused to follow “guidance” from the local GOP and disinvite a libertarian candidate speaker in a race without a Republican candidate.
The local Central Committee also tried to force Arthur to cancel another meeting, this time headlining Latinos for Trump. but he stood his ground and the meeting went ahead. They did not take kindly to Arthur defying them, and tried to get him removed as President of the club.
When Artie was re-elected to a second term as President, the Los Angeles County Republican Party revoked the Beach Cities Republican Club charter. Their threat was known before the vote, but Arthur easily won re-election.
There’s more but I won’t bore you.
Previous posts from your intrepid blogger have shown how the state party has cut candidates off and taken away their endorsements. Their objective is to drive down the candidate’s support and vote, so candidate will be able to appoint very few state Party delegates; all in the service of limiting the insurgency opposed to Jessica Patterson’s re-election to Chair at next year’s CAGOP Convention (if there is one).
So, Arthur is very much a bad boy to the CAGOP, and the “Kool Kidz” don’t like him.
A winnable purple district in LA County has as Republican candidate on the ballot that hasn’t seen a dime of party support, the endorsement, or even a mention from the LA County GOP or CAGOP.
I think Artie is a righteous dude. Does he have a chance? Not really, you don’t win as a one-man band. But the fact that he sticks to his guns and kicks butt means a lot to me, and at the very least more people should be supporting him.
Here’s your chance. Visit his website arthur4assembly.com and fill his tip jar. Send him some love. Show the GOP leadership he’s worth supporting.
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