Jan 172019
 

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While digging for information, your intrepid blogger stumbled upon this article: WHY CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS ARE PAYING KEVIN MCCARTHY’S WIFE. Whoops. It looks like Mrs. McCarthy is a fundraiser that receives a commission for donations she arranges via her Husband to the CAGOP. Kevin McCarthy appears to be paying his wife with 10-15% of the money he raises for the CAGOP. 

There have been similar problems – such as Patricia / Buck McKeon, David Stafford Reade (who is managing Patterson’s campaign for CAGOP Chair) being a fundraiser and State-Paid Chief of Staff for Doug LaMalfa and later Jim Nielsen. While none of this is illegal – what a conflict of interest it poses! David Reade for example was accused of taking kickbacks and peddling influence many times in the North State and for good reason (though it appears Mr. Reade was right on the line not over it). The small, insular universe is not healthy – the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure is living in the grey zone seeing what they can get away with. (I base this statement on 20+ years of first-hand experience seeing what has gone on)

What happens when the unaccountable power brokers in the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure face challenges to their empire? Then the line between legal and illegal activity gets obliterated.

While I have disclaimed several posts saying I do not know Mrs. Patterson, and have several friends that speak highly of her, the cadre of folks around her should give people pause as should the circumstances. 

The face of Controlled Failure

Witness 2011 – a front page article featuring then Senator Doug LaMalfa and Senator Ted Gaines accusing now CRA President Tom Hudson of money laundering. Hudson and others had the audacity to tell the powers that be no when they came calling on the Placer GOP to stop endorsing candidates. It was also retaliation from a war within CRA fought earlier in the year where a series of fraudulent chapters created by David Stafford Reade (and other operatives) were caught and dismantled before they could send delegates to control the outcome of the CRA’s officer elections. 

There are people to this day that believe the FBI is and was investigating Tom Hudson, Myself, my brother and others. David Reade and Mark Spannagel were actually quoted in the Redding Record Searchlight confirming there was an FBI Investigation! 

“If that’s the way they want to go, that’s the way they want to go,” he said. He pointed out members of the Placer County Republican Central Committee, including Park, are under investigation by the FBI and state Fair Political Practices Commission.

Reade said he’d also make note of the ongoing investigations.

“The once venerable California Republican Assembly has fallen into disrepute under the current rogue leadership,” he said. “They’ve lost any legitimacy as an organization, and it’s sad.”

It has been 8 years. No one from the FBI has called or visited me. Yet, some idiots out there still believe it. The power of a smear. I have to wonder if similar tactics are being employed (or are going to be employed) in 2019. 

It has been put to me by several people that delegates are indeed being pressured, maybe even crossing the line in to implied threats. This, if true, would be a continuation of the events of the past and should be repudiated.

Luis Buhler arranged for an expenditure of $100,000 in the 2012 Placer GOP Central Committee election targeting all of us accused by Reade of being investigated by the FBI for elimination from the Placer GOP Central Committee. The smears were a central part of that campaign. To this day Luis Buhler brags to insiders about that. The independent expenditure was funded by Charles Munger. 

For those of you with heritage in the CRA, the YRFC or the CYR pre CYRF merger… you might remember when Kevin McCarthy pulled out all the stops to try and stop the merger of the CYRF. 

Ken Mettler, a long-time thorn in the side of the McCarthy machine, while President of the CRA showed those of us on the CRA Board at the time evidence his computer was hacked by someone he identified as Zach Scrivner. Anyone on the CRA’s board of directors at the time will remember this. It appears that several years later the investigation was halted or no charges were filed. It should be noted that the Kern County DA is in the orbit of McCarthy as the current and past DA’s were supported by him. When Mettler showed us that stuff, we remembered wondering if McCarthy’s crew had been reading our own email in real time.

Scrivner is a former council member in Bakersfield and now is a County Supervisor. Scrivner has a bit of a record of his own. These are the kind of people Mr. McCarthy has available to deal with political enemies.

Remember the 5-year legal battle over the Merger of the CYRF? McCarthy controlled the CYR’s and the Conservatives controlled the YRFC. Both organizations were small and struggling. They wanted to merge. McCarthy did not want that to happen. Enter Zach Scrivner again, it is alleged that he was using access to various people’s email accounts to smear leaders in the merger.

Some of the allegations being spread via emails included accusing 22 year old women of being whores, sluts and the like. Any of us that were in the CAGOP remember this drama. Some people still quote the smears to this day. 

It is also common knowledge that when the CAGOP rules committee had approved the merger of the YRFC and the CYR that Kevin McCarthy is alleged to have called then CAGOP Chairman Ron Nehring and threatened to pull all of his funding and support for the party. 

Subsequently, a second meeting of the rules committee was called. Most all of the members of the committee boycotted it. So new members including Luis Buhler (remember that name?) were appointed who did the bidding of Kevin McCarthy. 

After the outrage ensued, at the subsequent convention the Merger was ratified on the floor and a few years later the 5 year legal drama was resolved.

Why did all of this happen? Kevin McCarthy wanted control. David Reade wanted Control. It did not matter who got smeared or whose reputation got destroyed in the process. It did not matter if CAGOP Volunteer Clubs got destroyed in the process. 

Reade is Jessica Patterson’s campaign manager and Kevin McCarthy is her primary funding source. While past political fights are no guarantee of future issues – anyone with life experience knows that you judge the future by the existing pattern.

Can you trust Jessica Patterson to rebuild the CAGOP given the patterns of those around her? Can you trust her to rebuild the CAGOP given what she herself has participated in as a paid operative? Can you trust her to be independent and act out of the best interests of all of us? Can you contest the assertions your intrepid blogger is making that the oligarchy of controlled failure is making a play to keep control of the CAGOP with Jessica as the figurehead leader of the party? 

Frankly, given that I have personally lived through the wrath of some of the people around her I am concerned that empowering these people will lead to many others experiencing the same. It could be anyone from their crew running for CAGOP Chairman, these criticisms and questions are not unique to Jessica Patterson. They are however very pertinent to the whole Oligarchy of Controlled Failure from whence she comes.

For those of you out there that are equally as worried, I get it as not everyone has a blog that got 2.2 Million hits in 2018 to defend themselves with. Remember, the vote for Party Officers is indeed a secret ballot.

I got a better idea, instead of the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure How about electing Travis Allen instead? None of the people featured in the last three posts control or have influence over him. Perhaps this is why they are pulling out all the stops… to be continued.

Jan 152019
 

Your intrepid blogger was introduced to the CAGOP in 1997, by a former officer in the CRA and a former Placer County GOP Chairman Jeff Atteberry. I have 21 years and counting of knowledge and experience. What I am writing, I believe to be true and I have a lot of evidence to back it up as well. Thank you for reading and sharing these blogs. Knowledge is power and the more you know – the more powerful you will be. 

Most people refer to the insider game as the Swamp. I call it the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure. The failures have been legion, but they are in control.

Jessica Patterson’s Place of Employment

Once again, I’d like to disclaim this and other posts by saying I am not accusing any of the players involved of illegal activity. What I am saying however is that the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure that has controlled the CAGOP need to be introduced to the CAGOP faithful as many have attempted to hide in the shadows. There needs to be accountability. 

The delegates of the CAGOP need to know who the players are and then decide if they want one of their top operatives to be in charge of the CAGOP. 

Let’s take a look at the California Trailblazers and the New Majority. Since the New Majority is all over the California Trailblazer’s Financial Reports, your intrepid blogger decided to do a little digging for the purpose of finding out some of the connections and how small the insider swamp really is. (At less than 25% statewide registration, how big can it be?)

The California Trailblazers Board of Directors

You may recognize some of the names. I’ve written about a few of them before. I will have more to saw in some future posts. Let’s look at some high points:

Jeff Randle and Lydia Beebe both were in the Pete Wilson administration. Randle was there when Pete Wilson recruited primary opponents for Conservative Republican incumbents who would not vote for his tax increases. Jeff Randle ran some of those campaigns. Randle also ran Meg Whitman’s $150 Million trainwreck in 2010 – he employed Jessica Patterson then as he does now as the CEO of Trailblazers. 

Mario Rodriguez was on Jessica Patterson’s announcement email as some sort of volunteer leader, but here he is on the board of directors of her employer. I know Mario, he is a good dude, but the deception in the announcement email was unnecessary.

George Andrews is a good man and a paid political operative. He works for the Assembly GOP Caucus. He is another operative that makes his living from the system.

Howard Hakes is the connection between the New Majority and the Trailblazers. I’ve met him once and he acted like I was not in the room. Apparently this is not an uncommon occurrence as Mr. Hakes did not acknowledge my attempt to shake his hand after someone introduced us. (The Introducer was also not surprised by this at all) Mr. Hakes is reputedly wealthy and based on my experience chooses to associate only with those of like means. 

David (Stafford) Reade has been the subject of many posts on the Right on Daily Blog. He is the Chief of Staff for Senator Jim Nielsen and has a long storied history as a paid operative. He earns a 6-figure salary from the taxpayers while earning at least that much more for his side work. Reade’s work alongside Jessica Patterson will be and has been the subject of several posts on RightonDaily – stay tuned.

And here is the New Majority – click the photo to see it more clearly

You will notice that Andy Garakhani is on the list. He is paid by the New Majority. He is also a key kingmaker in the LAGOP. I have worked with Mr. Garakhani on a few things over the years. Andy has one of my favorite nicknames of all time Andy “Gimmecandy”. Again, Garakhani as a paid operative and his role in leadership and influencing outcomes in LAGOP events can not be understated. 

Note the Political Director of the New Majority – Tom Ross. Ross is a polite, professional man. He is also a liberal Republican and can be found on the wrong side of almost every issue within the CAGOP politically. Ross as a board member of the CAGOP did indeed abstain when the CAGOP board considered calling on Chad Mayes to resign. This underscores that Mr. Ross, (while deep in the swamp) has professional integrity. 

Ross is a Partner with Matt Rexroad and former SLO GOP Chairman John Peschong (that’s right, a one-time County Party Chairman was a paid consultant while serving as a county chairman) in the Political Consulting firm Meridian Pacific. All are liberal Republicans (IMO). Ross’ firm was one of the leads in attempting to communicate Chad Mayes’ talking points for the Cap and Trade debacle. 

The purpose of this exercise is to show you the small world of insiders and the inter-connectivity of their lives. The fact that I have been in CAGOP circles and barely know some of these people (who have been around as long as I have or longer) should underscore that there are two worlds within the CAGOP.

There is the “Consultant World” also referred to the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure on this blog. This is the small group of players – some of whom are referenced above – the are attempting to wield the levers of power to keep their people in positions of authority and control within the CAGOP.

Then there is the world for the rest of us. There is a healthy reason for my cynicism. The brutal reality for party faithful is that it is an illusion that the ordinary grassroots are valued much less allowed to have a say in matters. 

Kevin McCarthy may well be able to rig the results of the Chairman’s election for his preferred candidate Jessica Patterson. However, in the process of this it is time for the rest of us to learn who the crew are and what they are doing – to be continued –

P.S. BONUS: Many (but not all) of the above players were staunch opponents of President Trump despite their current attempts to re-write history. 

Jan 132019
 

When you got Jessica Patterson’s announcement, the intention was to inspire a reaction of all the endorsements leading you to believe she is a near-lock to win. (Uh, no… basic math shows that is untrue)

Others asked me how some conservative stalwarts like Senator Shannon Grove could be on the list. It is simple – Grove is from Kern County. You can’t run for anything in Kern County without the blessing of Kevin McCarthy. In the case of Grove, her Chief of Staff is Kathy Abernathy, wife of the Late Mark Abernathy who ran all of Kevin McCarthy’s election campaigns.

As you read RightonDaily.com you will learn that EVERYONE has entanglements and the oligarchy of controlled failure is very small. Knowledge is power and I intend to lay out 21 years of experience educating those of you that care about restoring the power of the “little guy” about what and who you are up against. 

McTrailblazers

Jessica Patterson touts her work with California Trailblazers as one of her primary qualifications to be elected Chair of the CAGOP. A quick trip to the website reveals the power behind Trailblazers. 

A check of the California Secretary of State’s Website reveals a list of donors. You will recognize the names of several people endorsing Jessica Patterson. You will also recognize the names of Chevron, the Dental Pac, the Realtor’s Pac, PG&E, SOCAL Edison and others – all have funded independent expenditures attacking Conservatives in favor of moderates that are willing to “cut deals” on things like Cap and Trade or massive tax hikes.

Vincent Fong, Shannon Grove, Jim Nielsen and Frank Bigelow are clearly displayed on the donor report. Charles T Munger Jr as well. Note that the New Majority is on the Report for well over $50,000 in the 2017-2018 cycle alone. (More on them soon).

While I do not know how large Mrs. Patterson’s salary is, (It appears to be $12,000 a month) what is clear are the donors paying for it. This is not illegal, nor am I accusing anyone of breaking the law – what I am saying however, is that the list of endorsements Mrs. Patterson is touting ring quite hollow as they are all interconnected and beholden to each other. It is not an indicator of independent support. Secondly, there is no way Mrs. Patterson could claim to be independent of any of this – which should concern anyone that wants a CAGOP Chair that will balance grassroots, donors and elections. 

It is quite clear that the swamp is fighting back against the grassroots that have been shoved out of the decision making of the California Republican Party. Jessica Patterson is the ultimate insider. 

Coming up in the next installment – get to know more of the puppet masters trying to control the outcome of the 2019 CAGOP Organizing Convention. 

P.S. Take a look at the 2015-2016 report. The same donors + about $400K from Mr. Munger

DC Sources: Kevin McCarthy to Resign / Retire From Congress?

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Oct 082015
 

UPDATE2: Now the calls from DC are saying that NOTHING is going to happen, when followed up regarding the subject matter, the sources are back-peddaling. Was McCarthy the victim of a smear drill? (Updated 10/13)

UPDATE1: Late Friday: The story has changed to McCarthy retiring.  Early Monday 10/12 Erick Erickson reported that McCarthy told colleagues he is not resigning. Still no answer as to the reason or whether he is retiring. Rumors and calls are persisting.

Reason: Multiple affairs. No one confirmed whether or not the allegation involving Congresswoman Renee Elmers was true.

The building is abuzz and insiders are calling people in an attempt to warn them that McCarthy will be leaving Congress (either immediately or simply not running for re-election) as the sex scandal is about to break.

If this is true – then we now have context for his abrupt exit from the speaker’s race.

I am writing about this because the sources are impeccable and have been for years.

RNC Appoints Moderate Attack Dog as California Grassroots Chair?

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Jul 252013
 

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Clinton Soffer will become its first California state director. Credit San Luis Obispo Newspaper.

Who is Clinton Soffer? He was an outspoken supporter of the Jim Nielsen-Abram Wilson – Charles Munger Financed – effort to annhiliate the California Republican Party Platform.

He signed every letter and email in support of the so-called 21st Century Platform.

Clinton Soffer appears to be heavily connected to the Kevin McCarthy squish machine in California. He was a past President of the CR’s – a young Republican group with a socially liberal bent they control.

Soffer also worked for Moderate Turncoat Nathan Fletcher when Fletcher infested the Assembly. Fletcher left the GOP and became an independent when he thought it could help him gain an advantage over fellow Liberal Republican Carl DiMaio in the 2012 San Diego Mayor’s race. (Embattled current San Diego Mayor Bob Filner won that election)

Soffer is only 23.

While we could care less how young he is, the problem for Mr. Soffer is experience dealing with a state as enormous and diverse as California.

The second issue we have with the RNC’s choice is why they chose someone with a history of aggressively fighting against the Conservative base of the California GOP.

We have to conclude that Kevin McCarthy and likely Charles Munger had something to do with this choice by the RNC. The RNC has long preferred Moderate Republicans to their more Conservative Counterparts. Soffer fits that mold.

Soffer has also served McCarthy and Munger well in his short tenure of “service” to the GOP.

Count us as skeptical about Mr. Soffer’s ability to unite and organize – especially once the Conservative base finds out about his pedigree.