Jan 212020
 

Mike Garcia has a few problems. He has no name ID. He also has a T-Word Problem. I’ve looked at his social media and about a dozen campaign emails, not a single mention of President Trump by name. He is a Republican Refusenik.

Perhaps his consultants were taking cues from the Trump-Hating Steve Knight whose idiotic strategy in 2018 helped increase his margin of defeat. (ahem, even leftist polls show 95% GOP support of the President)

Allow your intrepid blogger to provide some unsoliticted advice.

Trying to look like a democrat when you are a Republican is idiotic. Democrats know who the real thing is (even if the democrat is a brainless marionette of leadership)

I am not so sure if in today’s world this is a wise move to advertise in one’s campaign. Perhaps Buck McKeon (Garcia’s top booster) has a Mitt Romney Complex?

John McCain has been outed as the conduit who sent the infamous dossier to the media once the corrupt FBI decided even they could not use it against PRESIDENT Trump. (say it Mike, I know you can do it)

Now – allow your intrepid blogger to give you two real world examples of Republican Leaders who understand the significance of 95% approval within the GOP.

If you look at Congressman LaMalfa’s social media, it has a lot of mentions of PRESIDENT TRUMP by name. (CA-01)

And here is Congressman McClintock (CA-04) with PRESIDENT TRUMP.

Jan 142020
 

I’d like to thank the people forwarding me the CAGOP emails. once again, I have a yahoo account so there is some glitch where I don’t get them. Please keep them coming to [email protected]

Since blasting the CAGOP leadership over not using the “T” word, I’ve confirmed with a few CAGOP delegates that the “T” word appears to only be used in conjunction with Fundraising. Since the post of last week, three emails have appeared in the ether with fundraising appeals in them. They only mention Trump in conjunction with impeachment.

Two conversations with political insiders indicate that the “smart people” still think PRESIDENT Trump (the “T” word) is a net negative everywhere in California. This is probably the reason why the mentions of Trump are only in a negative context.

It appears that Congressmen Tom McClintock and Doug LaMalfa missed the memo about Trump avoidance as both appear quite happy to wrap themselves in the Trump banner. (Good for them both for doing so)

Blogger’s Notes: The “T” Word is President Trump and the CAGOP is the actual party leadership, not legislative leadership.

Nov 192016
 

When I worked for Bill Halldin in the extremely crowded 2016 Assembly District 6 Primary, the team of James Gallagher, Doug LaMalfa, Frank Bigelow and Jim Nielsen – all partisan Republican officeholders came through with huge endorsements for Bill. Jim Nielsen and Frank Bigelow also followed up their endorsements with $4200 checks and assistance with other checks for Halldin’s campaign.

James Gallagher sent some staff who helped us on a few weekends. We had some of Jim Nielsen and Doug LaMalfa’s staff on a few weekends, with a lot on the final days of the campaign. Frank Bigelow’s staff were amazing, they helped us pretty much every weekend after Frank Bigelow endorsed Bill Halldin.

For this blogger personally, it was an interesting study in professionalism. I have been at the throats of several of the people in LaMalfa and Nielsen’s staff for years, yet here we were working together. This was a welcome change from the blood-letting that the GOP in California no longer has the luxury to do. Those that I worked with in the LaMalfa and Nielsen office were professional, polite and assisted Bill Halldin like a professional would do.

My interactions with those working for James Gallagher were even better. I have no negative history with Gallagher as I decided to support him in his primary, breaking traditional political lines in the North State. They all seemed to know, but more importantly their communication and approach suggested that they cared deeply about their district and people in it. Despite my issues with Gallagher on some internal party politics issues or allegiance issues – it is clear that James is an effective legislator with a clear reason for serving. His staff is a reflection of that.

Frank Bigelow’s staff blew my mind. What a great group of people. They even explained to me a few things about El Dorado County politics from a completely different perspective. (For example, having positive things to say about Vern Pierson) Without meaning a slight to the staff of the other three, the Bigelow Staff were almost 100% committed and assisting Halldin’s campaign and I had a lot of interactions with them. Bigelow’s staff were some of the most real people I’ve worked with from a legislator’s office in the nearly 20 years in the political trenches I’ve logged.

When I had interactions with Nielsen and Bigelow during this campaign, it was clear to me they were both trying to figure me out. They both made a lot of eye contact when we were chatting at a fundraiser event for Bill. I usually do not try to hide my feelings about anyone, and I will say that I have come from being hostile towards Nielsen to liking him.

Regarding Frank Bigelow, I did not support him when he ran against Rico Oller. Frank is not as conservative as I’d like him to be. However, it is clear to me that Bigelow is a “real dude”. I can forgive a lot of squishyness when I deal with a real dude. Bigelow’s character is clear as reflected in his staff. In most all cases a legislator’s staff is a reflection of the member. It was good to be able to get to know Mr. Bigelow a bit more. I hope that Bigelow, Nielsen and others would choose to start funding voter registration and other efforts as the dems are overrunning this state.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank the above four for helping Bill Halldin and I’d also like to thank the staff members I got to meet and work with. It was a great experience, here’s hoping that we cross paths on the same side again soon.

Footnote: Kevin Kiley won that primary and ultimately won the general election. The above four did indeed raise money and help Mr. Kiley in the fall as any good team players would do.

Apr 042016
 


IMG_3555Joe Montes for Congress is the real deal. He has created jobs, run businesses and also prosecuted the bad guys.

The above resume represents more than trust-fund baby Doug LaMalfa has accomplished in his entire life. LaMalfa has been used to having everything his way and handed to him on a silver platter.

Perhaps this is why he is regularly seen staggering drunk in the halls of Congress now that he is in an environment where he can’t get his own way. The good ole days of wrecking a mustang under suspicious circumstances and having both the $16k bill and the circumstances mysteriously disappear are long gone for Mr. LaMalfa in the meat-grinder of Washington D.C.

Joe Montes has helped create over 200 jobs in Butte County. Doug LaMalfa and his family have ripped us all off for $6 million plus in farm welfare and LaMalfa voted for a bill to make tracking future farm welfare payments much more difficult.

Worse, LaMalfa’s scores from Conservative advocacy groups are horrendous. Heritage has given him a D. When LaMalfa ran for State Senate against Rick Keene, he falsely portrayed himself as a Conservative and as “One of Us”.

He was neither then, and still is not now. I know dozens, perhaps hundreds who were deceived in to believing that Doug LaMalfa was a conservative leader. They are off the reservation now and this is the nexus for the serious challenge to LaMalfa’s hegemony.

The powers that be set up a retirement-handoff for Doug LaMalfa a few years ago to get in to congress and are hastily arranging the deck chairs for LaMalfa’s impending retirement.

Vote for Joe Montes now and send two messages, 1. We are done with insider games and 2. We get to pick our own representatives.

Apr 022016
 

All over the State of California incumbents are running scared.

It is clear from a flurry of insider activity unlike anything I have seen in a long time, that a lot of people are worried. The fealty to the status quo is under assault.

I was told by multiple sources that one such occurrence was at the Nevada County GOP Cent Com this week.

I have been clear in my disdain for both Doug LaMalfa and Ted Gaines for a long time. David Stafford Reade, Karen England and others ran brainwashing drills on local Tea Parties on their behalf back in the 2009-2012 period. It appears that the Tea Party 5-6 years later have figured out that they were lied to on multiple accounts.

David Stafford Reade has also lost control of several Cent Coms in the North State as well.

The Nevada GOP situation is the latest evidence that the “establishment”, Reade and others are having to triage the hemorrhaging in the North State.

Doug LaMalfa and Ted Gaines both requested that the Nevada GOP NOT ENDORSE in their challenged races. Now, why is that?

There is no way that Ted Gaines and Doug LaMalfa request that the Nevada GOP sit out unless it was clear that they both lacked the 2/3 to get endorsed. The talk about “Party Unity” was a fraudulent smokescreen. Neither of them care about the health and welfare GOP and never have, except for token efforts when it is convenient.

If you don’t agree with my take on this – consider also that with the Nevada GOP electing to decline to endorse in SD01 and CA01, it still leaves in tact a potential State Party Endorsement because of the way the State Party rules are written. Cozy.

Incumbents will still be protected at all costs. The leadership is still either missing it completely or they are fighting the will of the little people, or both.