Update: I got this from Scott Wilk:
I have a 100% career pro-life position according to the CA Pro-Life Council.I’m endorsed by HJTA because of my opposition to taxes.If your on Twitter, Equality CA is coming after me because of my opposition to the trans-gender bathroom bill.The reporter never spoke to me or Mike.I think the point of the article is that our campaigns took a different approach. Mike hard-core base messaging & our campaign communicating to “persuadable” voters. That is true.However, we coordinated our campaigns the entire time.If Trump doesn’t tank on the East Coast (and I don’t think he will), we’ll both win, although by closer margins that we would like.STW
Two articles appeared today. It is clear that they were both planted in the media as the narratives and the people quoted in them are way too familiar to not be coincidental.
One article featured Rob Stutzman, a Trump-Hating Alumni of Arnold and Meg who is a buddy of failed CAGOP Chairwoman Jessica Patterson. The other article featured Patterson herself, former CAGOP Chair Ron Nehring and others from the San Diego squish cartel. As I am reading the tea leaves, Stutz and Nehring are part of the Kevin Faulconer for governor crew.
Faulconer is going to campaign on a move the CAGOP so far left they are moderate democrats platform and of course Orange Man Bad.
Not coincidentally the two articles seem to be way too convenient with that narrative. The first article basically says Senator Scott Wilk will get re-elected because he has squished out on Abortion, Gay Rights, Taxes, Environmental Policies and the like. It also asserts that Congressman Mike Garcia will not get re-elected because he likes the orange man too much and has voted as a Conservative.
Bad Mike. No Trump! Rob Stutzman says so.
The article was on KQED – a PBS affiliate. This is the far left media network that we are all ripped off as taxpayers to fund.
“I would say a candidate like Garcia has committed to a strategy that his reelection becomes reliant upon the president likely winning that congressional district,” Stutzman said. “He has decided not only does he have nowhere to hide from the president, but let’s go all in and try to optimize and basically run a base election strategy.”
The article extols a slew of democrat votes by Scott Wilk. At the end of the article (so typical of the leftist media) is this gem:
But Wilk’s bipartisan efforts haven’t shielded him from a fierce challenge from Democratic candidate Kipp Mueller, who has called out Wilk’s past opposition to gun control legislation.
And the very same groups that gave Wilk a positive rating for his votes, including the California Federation of Teachers and Planned Parenthood, have donated to Mueller’s campaign.
So the narrative is set, Wilk’s squishing is good. Garcia sticking to Conservative Values is bad – yet they are both in serious danger of losing. Do not be surprised to see people in Jessica Patterson’s crew blame President Trump almost immediately for the losses. I have information that shows every Republican in a competitive seat in California are in serious trouble, and the only way the people like Jeff Randle, Rob Stutzman et. al. can make the case to re-elect Jessica Patterson Chairwoman of the CAGOP (post a Nagasake style election) is to have a straw man.
Enter the other part of Jessica Patterson’s crew: Team Faulconer. Faulconer needs to have the CAGOP in the bag. He is Meg Whitman without her money. He is Neel Kashkari without his record of success in finance.
Faulconer’s team are a who’s who of trump-haters and Meg Whitman alum. Many of them happen to be taking tens of thousands of dollars from the CAGOP and related entities. And, they are all losing even worse than before.
Add in Maienschein and it is now -14. Will we get to -20 after Tuesday?
The same people that brought us California Trailblazers (aka California Trailfailures) are now trying to Blame President Trump and set up another Leftist Republican for Governor.
Elephant in the Room: California Republican Party needs a Trump Loss to Move Forward. This is the actual title of the Column that Team Faulconer / Patterson had planted in the SD Union Tribune. At least they are blatant and honest in their stupidity.
Moreover, the president may have so fundamentally changed the national Republican Party that Trumpism could be around for a while, whether he’s in the White House or not. He has drawn new people to political activism, and they are passionate in their support for him.
“The impact of the national party brand is consistently underestimated,” Ron Nehring, former San Diego and California Republican Party chairman, said in an email. “. . . The reality is there are no state-level party brands in America. They are always — ALWAYS — set nationally.”
Ron Nehring is a supporter of Kevin Faulconer and is a Never-Trumper.
Note the word “Trumpism”. I am surprised the word Orange is not being thrown around as well.
The Columnist quoted some of Jessica Patterson’s past statements about “Big Tent” and inclusion, but it is clear that Jessica is not speaking to the media except in controlled circumstances to avoid another George Skelton type of disaster.
The Columnist spends another 400+ words tearing in to the Republican Platform and making the case for squishing out an abandoning anything resembling the President as the way to the promised land. The rhetoric is eerily similar to the words being used by Kevin Faulconer – the embattled former Mayor of San Diego who these same people are pushing for Governor in 2022.
The narrative is set – do not Blame Jessica Patterson, Tom Ross, Jeff Randle, and all the others that bled the CAGOP Dry for hundreds of thousands of dollars for the failure. Blame the President. Blame Conservatives. It reminds me of everything I was told by a lot of the same liberals and moderates in 1998 when I first got involved in CAGOP politics.
How many times do these people need to have their tails kicked before they realize that the same solutions aren’t working? It is a testament to Hubiris and establishment inertia.
All the above said, it looks like the narrative is set for the CAGOP officer elections coming soon. It’s not the CAGOP’s fault, it’s all Trump’s fault.