Jan 162019

Did you know that Corrin Rankin has run a business, served on the boards of non-profits aiding in rescuing at least two of them from ruin? That alone should move her to the top of your list for consideration.

She is also a small business owner, having owned a Bail Bond business for a number of years. Since the state of California banned Bail Bonds, she knows better than most what it is like to run a business in California. She deserves serious consideration by all.

See her platform below:

The California Republican Party is in unprecedented peril. We’ve all heard the countless reasons of how we got here. While I believe that understanding our past and knowing our shortcomings is critical, we cannot afford to dwell upon the glory days of the past. Instead, we must look to the future and work towards success.

As a party, we must uniterebuild, and grow.

This is the ethos driving my platform, and the reason why I decided to run for Vice Chair of the California Republican Party.

It’s imperative that we unite. As America’s first Republican president said, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Our party has been plagued with internal divisions for too long. This negatively affects our ability to persuade voters, raise money, organize, and win elections. We must put our minor differences aside to defeat Democrats.

Republican Party registration in California is at a historic low, our political apparatuses are $1 million+ in debt, and our antiquated tactics and strategies have proven unable to win competitive elections. We need to do an honest assessment of where we are at in order to identify our strengths and weaknesses.

Then, we must rebuild. To do so, we must adopt innovative strategies to win elections, improve our technologies and campaign infrastructure, and evolve our messaging and marketing. We must also defend what we have left while going on the offense so we can start winning seats back.

We must also focus on growing our party. At 24 percent voter registration we cannot afford to continue our dive into the depths of irrelevance through attrition. Saying we need voter registration drives is nice, but we must concurrently develop the tools and messages required to get new voters and bring decline-to-states and Democrats into the big Republican tent.

This is how together we turn our situation around. We have to be in the fight to win the fight. Currently, we are fighting from the outside. No amount of changing our logo is going to solve this – we all need to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

We have to use our talent, infrastructure, and resources wisely. In cities where we are drastically outnumbered, we need to increase (or begin) neighborhood involvement.

As your next full-time Vice Chair, I will work to bring people together, create a consensus and develop local, neighborhood-based solutions that will brings us back into prominence across our beautiful state.

I look forward to working with you to make this happen and I ask for your vote at the California Republican Party convention in February.

I believe that Corrin offers a huge upside for the CAGOP and should be taken seriously by all the delegates. Please join me in voting for her for CAGOP Vice Chairman

Jan 102019

IF you take a look at Jessica Patterson’s Social Media, you’d be struck by one amazing fact… it stops in mid 2017. 

All the tweets about supporting New Way California – the group Chad Mayes started as his narcissistic rage over being called out on the Cap and Trade disaster, are gone. We all see those emails from New Way California and saw Jessica re-tweeting those tweets. Nope, not any more we don’t. Re-tweeting items critical of the President were also present, and they are gone as well.

I am pretty sure archive services will be our go to, in order to attempt to ascertain more about her. Anything put on the internet exists somewhere and can never be completely covered up. 

We know she has a long history with Meg Whitman’s and other well financed establishment type of campaigns. We know she was involved in efforts to eviscerate the CAGOP Platform and defend Proposition 14. 

Perhaps this blurb in the Sacramento Bee sheds some light. Mike Madrid, a former GOP Consultant who likes to call Republican volunteers Nazis who consistently trashes President Trump is called upon by the Sacramento Bee. (The Bee like other leftist media outlets looks for “consultants” with full-blown TDS for quotes): 

WHO WILL LEAD THE CA GOP? (from the Sac Bee Capitol Alert)

California Republicans will select their next leader at the party’s Feb. 22-24 convention. Lost in the news cycle this week was a major development. David Hadley, vice chairman of the CA GOP, told supporters he’d withdraw from the race.

“I no longer believe that I can prevail on February 24 while still running a campaign to unify the delegates and walk forward together after the convention,” Hadley wrote in an email to his supporters. “As a result, I have decided to suspend my campaign for chair, and to release my many endorsers and supporters to evaluate other candidates.”

Activist Steve Frank and former Assemblyman Travis Allen are the two remaining candidates at this time, and Allen is the presumptive favorite.

But some California political insiders believe another candidate will soon emerge. (Blogger’s Note: This is a link to Chad Mayes’ Chief of Staff Joe Justin)

A representative for political consultant Jessica Patterson would not confirm the any details, but said Patterson would be making an announcement in the coming days. She is expected to have the backing of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Republican political consultant Mike Madrid is displeased with all the available options because of their strong support for President Donald Trump. California Republicans lost seven of their seats in the House of Representatives in November’s midterm election. Madrid worries Allen will lead the party down the wrong path if he’s elected.

“The path that he’s pursuing is obviously flawed, and it’s not going to work,” Madrid said of Allen. “He wants to stay relevant. There ‘s plenty of people in Republican politics who want to be captain of the Titanic.”

Madrid fear the California GOP “will be broke within six months because the donor community as it exists will completely abandon the party.”

Quoting Mike Madrid about anything Republican is like asking a drug addict about moderation. That said, I do find it interesting that the implication of this update is that Jessica Patterson will be the most anti-trump of the people running for CAGOP Chair. It is clear they have read the same (since deleted) social media posts from Patterson. 

Remember, Patterson worked for / or publicly supported Marco Rubio and later John Kasich. She was also known to have been publicly defending Chad Mayes during the Cap and Trade Drama. The plot thickens…

Meantime, having Mike Madrid attack Travis Allen in the Sacramento Bee is a badge of courage. Note that Stephen Frank gets nary a mention. 

P.S. for more on Mike Madrid enjoy this post.

Jan 042019

We have already endorsed Travis Allen for CAGOP Chairman. 

Much along the same lines of logic behind supporting Travis Allen, Greg Gandrud and Peter Kuo represent a face-lift for the CAGOP. 

Peter Kuo is a full portfolio Conservative. He was a Candidate for State Senate, raising some $300k despite being in a 17% district. Kuo is a legal immigrant who waited 24 years to become an American Citizen. His story represents everything the Republican Party is about. 

BONUS! Kuo is a #RAIDERZ4LIFE member too!

There are other choices for Vice Chair – my friend and Retired Marine Colonel Charlie Schaupp, Corrin Rankin and at least one other rumored choice. I think Peter Kuo has the most potential and represents the biggest upside for the CAGOP – so my choice is Peter Kuo

My Choice for CAGOP Treasurer may surprise some people. I have never publicly endorsed a Gay Man for any office before. As an outspoken Evangelical Christian, I have strongly held beliefs. 

In the case of Greg Gandrud, I have a long time personal relationship and friendship with him. I’ve had a lot of discussions with him off-line. I know him to be solid on fiscal issues, solid on the Gun issue and he is also Pro-Life. This means then, that aside from his choice of spouse, he is a full-portfolio conservative.

Gandrud is a successful financial planner and accountant. He has also held office despite the area that he lives in being heavily democratic for years. It is clear that he has the skill-set to do the job as Treasurer for the CAGOP. In addition, he presents himself well and is articulate. 

I am unsure if the powers that be will recruit opponents for either of the above two. If they do, it only underscores the argument to support them both. Both are eminently qualified for the positions they are running for and both seem to be independent enough of the usual suspects to be trusted to lead at the state level.

Greg Gandrud was an early supporter of Donald Trump and #MAGA
Jan 022019

Did you know that Janet Nugyen – former State Senator from Orange County who got harvested out of her seat in the State Senate – was going to run for CAGOP Chair? She was a rumored candidate after former Congresswoman Mimi Walters was. 

In the case of Nguyen, it is alleged that Kevin McCarthy is not a fan. Nguyen is alleged to have issues with Assemblyman Tyler Diep (who won AD72 in Orange County due to the help of Travis Allen despite the onslaught) and Supervisor Andrew Do. It was put to me that some of that baggage was part of McCarthy’s reticence to support her. (Note: the CIR went in huge for both Do and Diep in their races)

Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the GOP Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, is quite worried about Travis Allen (or Steve Frank) getting elected Chairman. He is alleged to have not stopped looking for a candidate not named David Hadley.

It is my opinion, based on conversations with several delegates and interested political insiders that David Hadley has failed to gain traction and that Steve Frank has a loyal base of much older delegates and Travis Allen has a broad and passionate base. With the moderate/establishment/liberal faction of the GOP divided and the entire CAGOP demoralized the door is wide open for any legitimate candidate with positive history among the grassroots to win. 

Remember this in the backdrop of the $2MM+ that was spent in 2016 trying to control nominees in dem districts and County Central Committee members. That is basically a memory as the rank and file body of the CAGOP appear to be off the reservation.

Kevin McCarthy is going to be forced to do something he has not had to do in many years, fund an operation to keep control of the CAGOP. That had fallen onto the shoulders of Charles Munger until Mr. Munger decided that he was wasting his money in politics (my opinion, based on the pattern I saw). 

This gets me to how I drew the conclusion that Kevin McCarthy has thrown David Hadley under the bus. Once Janet Nguyen was summarily rejected by McCarthy – and on the heels of every former member of Congress deciding to go get paying jobs, retire, etc. – the phone calls did not stop. 

McCarthy appears to be digging deep in to his well and the name that is surfacing is long time political operative Jessica Patterson. Patterson is not well-known in the rank-and-file of the CAGOP as she is typically at conventions working delegate and floor drills. 

Every negative bit of info I got about Jessica Patterson came from Steve Frank. (I will not regurgitate that on this blog) I first encountered her name when working for Steve Poizner (with Steve Frank) against Meg Whitman. Before I left the Steve Poizner campaign, I used to talk to Frank about a lot of the operatives in the Whitman Camp, Patterson was one. 

Patterson worked for CAGOP “Leadership” for several years. Her role was always to carry out the wishes of the CAGOP leadership in convention outcomes. There is nothing immoral about that, it is a job for which Patterson excelled and was well-paid. 

The insiders I have spoken to about Patterson all think well of her, but few people I know really know her well. This may well be of Jessica’s own doing, as the thing I find odd is that even though I have 21 years experience in the CAGOP and campaigns, I have had almost no interactions with her. 

Patterson will have to overcome the attachment to McCarthy and that her resume will look like that of the consummate insider. I am not sure how she overcomes that, but again, she is well liked by those that know her. 

It is clear to me that Travis Allen has the advantage at this point in the CAGOP Chairman’s race and the reactions are going to continue and intensify as he continues to consolidate support.

P.S Rumors related to “Down Ticket” offices: 

Vice Chair: Charlie Schaupp, David Hernandez, Corrin Rankin and SB GOP Chair Jan Leja. The first three have announced. Schaupp is from Esparto, Rankin from Redwood City and Hernandez is from Glendale. All three have been candidates for office in the past.

Secretary: Dan Trimble ( He is from the Bay Area and has been a long time advocate of pulling the Pro-Life and Pro-Family planks out of the CAGOP Platform)

Treasurer: Carpenteria CPA Greg Gandrud (who is a former Central Coast Vice Chair)

North Coast Vice Chair: Matt Heath (former AD02 Candidate)

Northern Vice Chair: Current termed-out CAGOP Secretary Deborah Wilder (note that Wilder opposed the censure of Chad Mayes by the CAGOP Board)

If you have any tips for your intrepid blogger – email me at [email protected] 

Lastly, I’d like to point out that I have never seen in the 21 years in CAGOP politics this small a number of candidates for major party office. It should also be noted that we are inside of two months before the elections and several of the candidates we do know about are quite recent. This means that the traditional web of control by the “Establishment” does not exist in the same manner as it once did. Very interesting indeed.

Nov 182018

Please Note – I have endorsed Travis Allen for CAGOP Chairman, and will be authoring a series of posts about the CAGOP Chairman’s race in an attempt to inform my readers and CAGOP Delegates of the machinations of a Chairman’s Race.

In the aftermath of an electoral bloodbath, the dust is settling for the CA GOP and now new Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is looking to consolidate a base within his home State of California.

There is a term I have used to describe what is happening within the CAGOP – “Controlled Failure”. Who cares what happens, as long as we are in control. Welcome to an expose’ of two members of the shrinking oligarchy of Controlled Failure.

First – let me drop some knowledge on you related to Steve Frank, the elder statesman candidate who emailed me:

Just one correction in your blog.  I have NOT been involved in politics since 1968.  I started walking precincts for Nixon in 1960.  Was on the Nixon for Governors speakers bureau in 1962, was an office manager for Goldwater in 1964 and a regional Youth Chair for Reagan for Governor in 1966.  Del Becarro introduces me by the following, “Steve Frank has been around since before the Beatles….pause..the life form, not the singing group.”
I have been going to CRP conventions since July, 1966.
He did not correct me when I wrote that he is 74 years old. He was 58 in 2002 when I met him while he was working for Bill Simon. I think I remembered that correctly.
I was born in 1971, which means Steve Frank walked precincts for Nixon before your intrepid blogger, Andy Vidak, Jeff Denham, Travis Allen and Mimi Walters were born. This underscores the future versus past comments about Mr. Frank.
Your Intrepid Blogger was informed today that it looks like Former Congresswoman Mimi Walters is looking at some sort of post Congress career and not the CAGOP Chair. I was also made aware within the last 24 Hours that Jeff Denham is being talked about. Denham is also a former Congressman. Both lost re-election in 2018. This effort makes it clear that David Hadley, the current Vice-Chairman of the CAGOP has been unable to get off the ground for his Chairman’s Campaign.
Why were/are Mimi Walters and Jeff Denham being promoted as replacements for Hadley? Luis Buhler and Kevin McCarthy. Why not endorse Andy Vidak?
I was forwarded a “Draft Mimi Walters” email that had very familiar verbiage and sentence construction. I have a 95% level of confidence it was Luis Buhler. Buhler is a liberal Republican overlord. He was the top adviser to GOP Billionaire Donor Charles Munger. Buhler has few real friends within the CAGOP structure as most people simply tolerate him and loathe the power he gained due to Mr. Munger’s largess. This is the conclusion I have drawn from conversations with multiple people of all ideological stripes on condition of confidentiality.
Buhler and McCarthy are also reputed to be close. Top establishment GOP operatives like Jessica Patterson and David Stafford Reade are also close to both Buhler and McCarthy. There is nothing wrong with that and I am not alleging wrongdoing. What I am saying is that the operatives are used to earning some money doing the bidding of “GOP Leadership” at every convention and were set to do so working for David Hadley. Now they need a new client, and apparently, Andy Vidak ain’t it.
Buhler needs to retrench now that liberal Republican hero Catherine Baker has been unseated (I guess being a Northeastern style liberal Republican did not help, did it?) and Mr. Munger is withdrawing to other ventures. Cross-sect that with Kevin McCarthy who would have been Speaker of the House had the electoral drubbing of the House GOP Caucus not occurred in 2018. McCarthy is trying to control his surroundings and Buhler needs a new nexus of influence.
With Buhler writing Draft “Congressman X” emails, the dots are connected.
Also consider that my guy, Travis Allen will never be supported by Kevin McCarthy, Luis Buhler or their operatives. (Despite Mr. Allen having received a check or two from Mr. Munger)
Also consider that Kevin McCarthy despises Andy Vidak. Vidak endorsed a DA Candidate in Kern County that was running against the McCarthy Machine. It had also been put to me for several years that Vidak did not get along will with McCarthy’s crew in that area. McCarthy is alleged to have interfered with efforts to try and help save Vidak from the 2018 onslaught that unseated him.
Connie Conway? Team McCarthy has wanted to burn her house down for years. Worse, she is from Tulare County, which may as well be Mars in their eyes.
Now you get why Buhler and McCarthy have been attempting to “Draft Congressman X”. McCarthy is even alleged to have interfered and torpedoed efforts by high-profile wealthy Republicans to run for US Senate and/or Governor for fear he would be overshadowed by them. John Cox was not within that orbit and eventually McCarthy threw in because Cox making the runoff was thought to have been a boost for vulnerable Congressional Delegation Members.
Further, so you understand the stakes – when Buhler was at the zenith of his influence and the entire GOP Caucus was afraid of Munger dropping a gigantic independent expenditure against them (Remember, he spent $2MM attacking Rico Oller and $3MM attacking Prop 8 Author Andy Pugno at the behest of Buhler) – Buhler took aggressive action against several conservatives.
Buhler made it clear that merely talking to Jon Fleischman, Mike Schroeder and others would put you on the outs. Buhler is also alleged to have threatened people related to your intrepid blogger even going so far as to demand people disown me or else face retaliation. It is this web of control that should give everyone pause regardless of weather you like my guy Travis Allen or not.
Andy Vidak should have been a lights-out choice for the establishment, but they are trying to find another candidate with David Hadley being mortally wounded politically by the entry of Andy Vidak in to the Chairman’s Race.
In a world that has most rational GOP Activists looking for answers as to why we got slaughtered at the ballot box in 2018 – read this post through as many times as necessary. Then ask yourself why any sane people would be trying to control the results of upcoming CAGOP officer elections. Ask yourself who has been in control the last 10 years or longer within the CAGOP? Then ask yourself what results have they gotten? How have they behaved? Why do they deserve to stay in charge of the CAGOP?
My blog has gotten nearly 2.2 Million hits in 2018, that has been my protection from people like Luis Buhler. Your protection from people like him is to reject the backroom deals and the candidates churned out by the shrinking oligarchy of Controlled Failure that has been the CAGOP for years.
Travis Allen for CAGOP Chairman, break the chains of control. No more Controlled Failure.