Your intrepid blogger has been taking in information from a fire hose.
The most important bit are conversations with party insiders / consultants / staffers who insist that Jessica Patterson wants to make public comments about President Trump and the burgeoning scandals yet is being held back by staff and consultants. I’ve consistently been referring to the “Old 1990’s Era Consultant thinking”, which generally tries to stay silent and let things blow over. George W Bush tried this and as a result was successfully smeared for the WMD Lie (that wasn’t) and Hurricane Katrina amongst others. On the polar opposite end, President Trump torches people like the mayor of Dayton Ohio and Senator Sherrod Brown who attempted to create a false narrative about his visit (and attempted to blame him for the shooting by a left-wing Elizabeth Warren supporter who may be tied to ANTIFA).
I’ve been under the opinion that Jessica Patterson is lukewarn to President Trump, but her competitive spirit and desire to be out front is clashing with the 1990’s era consultants manipulating the shrinking CAGOP. Secondly, it is indeed true that Jessica Patterson has been in contact with one of Bill Brough’s victims privately and that she on the advice of the consultants deferred the AD73 scandals to the local GOP leadership.
In the backdrop of Orange County GOP registration deteriorating so badly that the democrats have caught up and passed the GOP in Orange County – your intrepid blogger has launched withering criticism of GOP leaders in Orange County.
Now, we are being told that OCGOP Chairman Fred Whitaker has decided to engage on the AD73 issue – albeit a month or more later than your intrepid blogger would have liked. We’ve hammered him for refusing to comment (see also 1990’s era GOP Consultants) and the one time he did it was horrible. It is possible that Fred Whitaker is on the road to redemption and is making the calls necessary to apply appropriate pressure to rid the OC Political World of the scourge of William “Bill” Brough from the Assembly. When I have real, public confirmation that Whitaker is leading on this issue, previous posts lighting him up will be removed from this blog.
Your Intrepid Blogger is also aware that at least two local OC GOP Stalwarts who are no longer in office, yet who wield tremendous influence have been in contact with William “Bill” Brough. One of those people is former Assemblyman and OCGOP Chair Scott Baugh. I am still mystified why Baugh played a role in the CA-48 election in 2018, as for the most part his political instincts have been fantastic. He is spot on in the AD-73 situation and apparently was out in front of many others as regard to Bill Brough’s maladies.
It is clear to your intrepid blogger that few if any knew about Bill Brough’s abuses of campaign finance laws before Right on Daily started highlighting them. Several people have talked about correlations between his expenses and what they thought were personal (non-campaign) events they participated in. Almost everyone I talked to were not aware that his campaign paid for retirement parties, birthday parties, charity events, booze and cigars for example.
A piece of bad news – it appears that State Senator Pat Bates has dug her heels in. This is a sad reality that I have observed in the last 20+ years in this game, the ego first rule of politics. Apologizing or retrenching is viewed as a fate worse than death. Fortunately, Mrs. Bates is term-limited so there will not need to be a fight to primary challenge her in 2022. Contrast this to Fred Whitaker who took the time to gather information and changed his stance based on evidence. (again, in my opinion, he took far too long to come around)
Things I am watching for:
It has been put to me by multiple people that donors in Orange County are also beginning to abandon Bill Brough. If true – your intrepid blogger is expecting the OC Lincoln Club and the OC New Majority to take some sort of public and drastic action. This would be a natural response to understanding that their money is subsidizing Bill Brough’s alcohol abuse, junkets, cigars and fancy dinners… amongst other things.
To be quite blunt, I am most frustrated by the failure to protect women by so many in leadership in politics. Worse, the abuse and exploitation of women. The fact that society is so perverted and twisted that my referencing traditional gender roles and leadership by men would even be controversial shows the compound problem. If the Republican Party does not stand up for ethics and integrity, no one will. I think of the crap women close to me have dealt with and I recount the dozens of sickening stories told to me by women and it makes me angry.
In my opinion, this makes Senator Pat Bates even more culpable than the bumbling Fred Whitaker. Whitaker was never interested in trying to hide the problem, he just wanted to be the nice guy and a peacemaker. Bates? She had to know about the behavior of her would-be protege. Based on what I know of her behavior, it appears she wanted to bottle up this scandal and preferred to blame the victim rather than evaluate the evidence in the form of four brave women with VERIFIABLE (key word) stories of abuse and mistreatment. Pat Bates should never be taken seriously as a leader for anything, anywhere again. Covering up malfeasance to assuage your ego is among the worst of behavior politics has to offer.
P.S. End note about the Duncan Hunter Saga – I’ve received information that Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. will be on trial for his issues in September. The San Diego GOP has postponed any action related to his election / re-election campaign pending the disposition of the trial. This is not unreasonable – but were I the Chair of the SDGOP, I’d be calling for his resignation due to his moral failure.
To be continued…