Side Story of 2011 CRA Conention: Sac RA vs Placer RA

 Andy Pugno, California Republican Assembly, Craig DeLuz, Roger Niello  Comments Off on Side Story of 2011 CRA Conention: Sac RA vs Placer RA
May 082011
 

People are going to believe what they want. The purpose of this post is to point out some glaring inconsistencies and a pattern of action – that’s the extent of it.

It appears that many in the Sac RA have come to the conclusion that I and others in the Placer CRA unit are corrupt. Their solution? Endorse and participate in the most massive attempted fraud attempted at a CRA convention ever.

It’s amazing really. I get it – Roger Niello’s crew doesn’t like me very much. Karen England hates me with a passion – so you get a rumor: I tried to sell a CRA endorsement to Ted Gaines. Back on Sept 27th, I wrote about this after an angry Roger Niello staffer started said rumor by calling Karen England.

Niello’s consultant had discussed a job, when that didn’t work out, I helped Ted Gaines. The time for revenge presented itself again a few months later…

When some of the Sac RA put an opponent up against me for CRA office, the rumor was converted into my attempting to sell said CRA endorsement to Niello. Sources have told me that some of those in Niello’s camp may have pivoted on the original story – while others just want it to go away.

The original rumor had another life – on October 15th, I also wrote about the blocking a CRA endorsement for $4k angle. This is from the same Ken Campbell that was forced to resign as Placer GOP Chair for slandering Republican officeholders while still Placer GOP Chairman!

Remember, the accusation I tried to sell a CRA endorsement to Roger Niello is version THREE of the original rumor. Version one $4K to Ted, Version two $4K to block, Version three $4K to Roger!!! If I am going to be subjected to slander – at least be consistent about it!

In my opinion, the attack from the Sac RA was in retaliation both for my helping Ted Gaines’ Senate campaign and for lighting Ron Givens up for opposing Three Strikes and the Death Penalty for hardened criminals. (Two charges Mr. Givens has never refuted)

David Reade disciple Jim Ruffalo dutifully repeated the latest version (sell CRA for $4k version 3.0) in his column after speaking to Sac RA President Tim Snipes. Ruffalo and David Reade have been friends since Reade’s 1996 Assembly Campaign.

Scott Raab, who was trained in GOP politics by the Mark Abernathy / Kevin McCarthy / Bill Thomas moderate machine – re-posted the attack on the Meg County Blog. (Meg County took $110K from Whitman and threw me off for working for Steve Poizner.) (Scott Raab worked for Mark Abernathy in the past)

Some of you got the post CRA Convention email sent by Ron Givens (and others) – Givens was my erstwhile opponent – pulling my 72-year-old father in to the middle of the war. In the mind of the Sac RA people it was excusable because my father, who was upset over the way George and I had been slandered, swore at them. Of no matter to the Sac RA leadership was the situational ethics of the video being taken in direct violation of the convention rules.

I decided to write this piece after another bit of information came out – I knew that some of the Sacramento RA leadership were involved in the anonymous email attacks against the Contract with the CRA slate.

I also believed that Craig DeLuz provided information to those making the anon email attacks. I have talked to him since and found out what he said that was later distorted. This came out in the person of  a Sac RA member telling my father that I “supported Andy Pugno because Craig wouldn’t pay me.”

I was attacked for doing paid consulting work and soliciting paid consulting work from others. I guess this will be a familiar refrain from anyone that is on opposite sides of me politically.

Chuck DeVore decided to get angry at me for asking as he apparently believes people should work for him for free. My solicitation of a job turned in to charges of extortion that originated in the 2010 Buena Park CRA Convention. This same mantra was repeated buy the Sac RA leadership leading up to the CRA Convention.

Red County and Jon Fleischman makes thousands off of their blogs, they ask people to buy ads all the time – no big deal. I ask, it is converted in to committing bribery and extortion.

Yet, no one in Sac RA leadership seemed to care that Karen England’s CRI took $27,500 from LaMalfa, $5,000 from George Runner, at least $7,500 from Ted Gaines, $1,500 from Mimi Walters and the list goes on.

Karen’s paycheck is directly affected by those donations that she never disclosed voluntarily. There is no difference between those and me asking Craig DeLuz or Chuck DeVore for a job. (BTW – Niello’s consultant approached me)

In addition, none of those same accusers from the Sac RA seems to care about any conflicts David Reade and Brandon Powers – both full-time consultants may have while being Presidents of questionable CRA units. (In Brandon’s case – 8 questionable CRA units)

Why? Most of the Sac RA was on the same side as the fraud.

Craig DeLuz?  I never would have dreamed he’d run for Assembly and then not be able to even raise enough money to file electronically.

I spoke with Craig about an engagement in October of 2009, about the same time I spoke to Chuck DeVore about one. Months before, I gave Craig $250 for his campaign.

I ended up dual-endorsing Andy Pugno in March of 2010 because Pugno was no less Conservative than Craig DeLuz, but Pugno had the resources to win.

Andy Pugno is general counsel for Prop 8!!!

($5 million later spent on Richard Pan, Pugno was beaten)

Add that to the Sac RA resentment list against Placer. We stood up and stopped a CRA endorsement of Craig DeLuz in 2010.

Ultimately, Craig finished fourth in a 6 person GOP Field.

The Sac RA’s CRA convention highlights are as follows  –

1. Ron Givens was in the middle of the disruptions of the CRA Convention both Friday evening and Saturday. This included opening the door to the closed session while people outside were yelling.

2. Jorge Riley pulled the host committee resolution so he and others from the Sac RA could vote against it. Classy.

3. The Sac RA delegation pulled the Placer RA’s delegation in an attempt to have the convention de-credential us.

I saw how angry many of the Sac RA people were after the convention when their side lost. This was no ordinary CRA officer election, they tried to destroy me personally and everyone else from the Placer RA they could get their hands on.

This whole exercise is absurd. People un-initiated to GOP politics would read this blog and say, “what a bunch of idiots” about ALL of us…

They are right – We should be out registering voters, building clubs and recruiting candidates for 2012.

Will there be reconciliation between the Sac and Placer RA? I am not sure – because the core issue of the rift may not be curable.

AD-05 Update: CRA Officer Ben Lopez from SoCal writes op-ed Attacking Pugno and Misses Badly

 5th Assembly District Race, Andy Pugno, Ben Lopez, Craig DeLuz  Comments Off on AD-05 Update: CRA Officer Ben Lopez from SoCal writes op-ed Attacking Pugno and Misses Badly
Jun 072010
 

Folks – I try to stay out of local races for anything south of the Kern County Line. There is a reason – California might as well be three worlds… Bay Area, Southern California and the rest of the state. I live in the rest of the state.

Ben Lopez wrote an Op-Ed on behalf of Craig DeLuz (who I have endorsed) and bascially accused Andy Pugno of negative campaigning.

Mr. Lopez – I wanted to help you out with a few things:

1. Fact – Andy Pugno has been the front-runner and a target forthe others running.

2. Fact -the establishment tried to recruit Steve Miklos, Susan Peters, Sheriff McGuiness and a couple others I can’t remember – but none of them stepped up.

3. Fact – The establishment came forward with support of Andy Pugno only after their attempts to recruit another candidate failed. Then Roger Niello and Dave Cox endorsed Andy just before filing closed.

4. It is misleading to imply that anyone called Craig DeLuz establisment – since the same Niello/Cox have frequently been at odds with him. Andy knows this, everyone knows this.

5. It is 100% accurate to call Craig DeLuz a grassroots leader – that’s why I endorsed him and gave him $250. Andy Pugno is a leader from the grassroots that has made statewide impact and has 15 times the money of all five others combined.

6. Allow me to point out where the “establishment” money for Andy Pugno came from – 7,000+ donors. 1 Pac.

Andy Pugno is the general counsel for Prop 8 – he is a bona-fide conservative in the same mold of values as Craig Deluz.

This is why I stood up for Andy Pugno when the CRA convened an endorsing convention.

Let me quote the previous post:

If Andy Pugno, as conservative as he is, could get the “liberal establishment” to come kicking and screaming on to his endorsement list… it means he is a force to be reckoned with.

They tried to recruit someone else and Andy Pugno made them yield – Steve Miklos, Susan Peters, Sheriff McGuinness, none answered the bell.

And in a rare combination, the Establishment and the CRA almost endorsed the same candidate – and this time the establishment came to the right to meet us.

Andy Pugno is the only candidate I have ever seen pull that off.

Andy Pugno has done the work – he’s one of us and he will earn the office.

Mar 262010
 

I gave Craig DeLuz for Assembly $250. I gave Craig Money for his City Council Campaign, School Board Campaign and for the Support the Platform Central Committee campaign in the past.

I have been a friend of Craig DeLuz for 8 years.

I endorsed Craig early.

I believe in Craig DeLuz’ values, his story and what he has to offer.

I did not meet Andy Pugno until June of last year for the first time.

So why did I stand up for Andy Pugno at the CRA endorsing convention last night?

Is Andy more Conservative? No. Andy and Craig espouse the same stances on issues.

Does Andy have a superior record of service to the GOP? No. Both Andy and Craig can cite a laundry list of accomplishments and activism inside the GOP.

Did Andy have big Special Interest Money? Only one donation from a PAC.

While I sat at the CRA Convention I heard a recitation from the three Candidates that attended – Craig, Suzanne Jones and Andy Pugno.

Craig – who is a fantastic public speaker delivered a presentation about who he is and what he has done.

Suzanne – who is fairly new to being a candidate brought cue cards with her and implored us with the message of “What about me”?

Andy – who is not a fantastic public speaker started with some self-depricating humor (referencing veiled references by the previous two to him) and proceeded to spend a minute explaining why he was not going to take his whole five minutes.

So it was not even a question of who the best speaker was or the “Package” as it were.

Andy Pugno is a middle-aged white guy. He is a lawyer that has gone to battle for Conservative Causes for years – while DeLuz was in the trenches on the ground…

All across the board – similar.

Differences?

Race.
Public speaking ability.
Money.

Andy Pugno has out-raised everyone in the entire state. He has 10-12 times the cash that Craig DeLuz has.

This was not an easy decision – Craig has wanted this for at least 4 years that I know of. Craig is a dear friend – but he could not get the critical mass.

In the end, it became a matter of the CRA and the CRA supporting a proven Conservative with the critical mass to win.

If Andy Pugno, as conservative as he is, could get the “liberal establishment” to come kicking and screaming on to his endorsement list… it means he is a force to be reckoned with.

They tried to recruit someone else and Andy Pugno made them yield – Steve Miklos, Susan Peters, Sheriff McGuinness, none answered the bell.

And in a rare combination, the Establishment and the CRA almost endorsed the same candidate – and this time the establishment came to the right to meet us.

Andy Pugno is the only candidate I have ever seen pull that off.

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