The end game for the consultants that control the CAGOP.
In 2011, I was in a war on the same side with Steve Frank and others to save the CRA from the consultants and most of the state legislature. Sound familiar? IT should, it is EXACTLY what is going on in 2021. They controlled fake CRA units in Glenn, Tehama, Yuba, Sutter, Yolo, and Siskyiou Counties. They were used to generate delegates to screw legitimate CRA units out of a voice in endorsing conventions – and influenced CRA officer elections. The tensions over this fraud came to a head in 2011. Fortunately for the CRA – they lost and the real activists won.
Just so you get a flavor of what we are dealing with – during that same time period they attacked the Placer CRA and the Placer GOP with accusations of money laundering and fraud (Sound familiar? See also the racism whisper campaign against Steve Frank). The allegations made it in to the front page of the Sacramento Bee quoting then Senators Doug LaMalfa and Ted Gaines repeating the allegations. They had the story pulled later because I had been using it to embarrass them, but I got a copy of the Modesto Bee version for all time. They also accused us of being investigated by the FBI. Some people believe that lie to this day 10 years later. No investigations, no visits, nothing.
These are the people I call the 1990’s era consultants. Their playbook is the same every time as they are incapable of deviation.
This is nothing new to David Stafford Reade. 10 years earlier when Rico Oller defeated the late Bernie Richter for State Senate – Reade accused Rico Oller and several of his staff of being investigated by the FBI over some bizarre hunting incident. Reade even created a fake newspaper that was used to reveal personal details of a dark period in Rico Oller’s marriage. The Paper, called the North State Business Journal, sent exactly one edition only. David Stafford Reade has 3 DUI’s, one that included marijuana posession and evading the police. I’ve received dozens of reports from terrified activists all over the north state about his temper.
Reade is Kevin Faulconer’s Grassroots Coordinator. He is also Jessica Patterson’s campaign manager, and the campaign appears to be mirroring his personality. You need to know what is being done to you to keep control of the party and who is doing it. David Stafford Reade, Andy Garakhani, Mark Spannagel, Scott Winn, Tom Ross, et al. I’ve written about the unethical tactics of all of them many times.
Mark Spannagel for his part got hammered by the FEC for violating federal campaign finance law on behalf of now Congressman Doug LaMalfa. He made an attack website against the late Sam Aanestad and tried to make it look like it was paid for by Michael D’Acquisto – an also ran candidate in the same race for Congress. Years prior, I saw Spannagel destroying signs but I could not get a good photo of him with a 2002 era camera. That was 19 years ago. I know these people well.
Your intrepid blogger is one of the very few people that has ever locked horns with David Stafford Reade and come out stronger because of it. He has made sure I am on every blacklist imaginable for political work, yet my part time side job of doing political work has flourished. The crazed grifter Joe Collins, David Stafford Reade, a convicted felon, are all the kinds of people Jessica Patterson has surrounded herself with.
This gets me to Tehama County. There are several county parties in the North State that have been vassals of David Stafford Reade. I wrote about the garbage that went down in Shasta County. Three people filed and the three Republican electeds unified behind the pro-choice liberal Cathy Kneer (The blog linked starts with the Shasta incident before San Bernardnio) and then appointed Doug LaMalfa and Jim Nielsen staffers to fill the 18(!) unfilled slots.
However, in Tehama County they did not even have the same kind of sham meeting like Shasta County.
No one filed for election in Tehama County meaning that the only members of the Tehama GOP were Doug LaMalfa, James Gallagher, and Jim Nielsen. State Law Requires that those three were to have an in person meeting to organize Tehama County as there is no provision for zoom or a conference call in the election code. The odds of that happening are about the same as the Jaguars winning the Super Bowl in 2022.
What I have learned is that the California Republican Party’s Staff are doing minimal follow up on paperwork submitted – except in the case of Modoc County.
I have a now 5 day old request to the CAGOP’s staff to see the paperwork submitted by counties to get extra delegates and the proof. If a county with 15% Republican registration claims to have a precinct operation, I want to see proof that 25% of the precincts in that county were covered. What about the lists of Republican electeds? Are they complete and accurate? What is done to follow up on the “Certification Process”?
The refusal to follow up on these basic items could account for at least 30-40 dubious convention delegates. Most all will be Jessica Patterson supporters. It is also possible that some of the claimed items are legitimate – but given that people like David Stafford Reade are managing the drill you can never take them at their word. See also dozens of nominees promised help that got none.
Somehow, Tehama organized their committee and have a Chairman and a Treasurer. It is like magic. Carl Brickey, the author of the complaints against Mike Madrid and the other three trump haters that openly campaigned for democrats has filed a formal complaint over Tehama County:
February 15, 2021
Danielle Cullum, Operations Director
California Republican Party
1001 K Street, Fourth Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 448-9496 x225
Sections 7400 to 7470 of the California Elections Code governs county central committee membership, elections, meetings, and general business. In Tehama County, no candidates filed for the county central committee in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. As there were no elected members, the three ex-officio members were the only county central committee members: Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CD1), Sen. Jim Nielsen (SD4), and Asm. James Gallagher (AD3). According to the Elections Code, “At the first meeting, a committee shall organize by selecting a chairperson, a secretary, and any other officers and committees as it deems necessary for carrying on the affairs of this party.”
As the Tehama County Chairman, Michael Holtsclaw was a regular delegate during the last state central committee term. He is again listed as a regular delegate for the current state central committee term. Is Mr. Holtsclaw the current Tehama County Chairman? Is he a regular delegate for another position? If he is the current Tehama County Chairman, that raises some pertinent questions. These questions also affect the regular delegate status of the Treasurer of that committee as well.
- Was an organizational meeting held? If so, when and where was the meeting convened? Note there is no provision in election law for anything other than an in-person meeting, which would have still been possible in that part of the state.
- Was the organizational meeting noticed to all members? Is there a date and time stamped record of the notice such as an email or stamped mail that proves there was notice?
- Were bylaws adopted? If so, were the officers of the county central committee selected in accordance with the bylaws?
- Are there minutes of the organizational meeting?
These questions and proof are germane to determining if the Organizational meeting was correct or defective. There is also no time to cure a defective organizational meeting before this convention as well.
It is my goal and purpose to make sure all central committees are being held to the same standards and I am sure you will agree. Thank you for your assistance in answering these questions. If you have any questions for me, I can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at (916) 806-XXXX.
Appointed Delegate, California Republican Party (2021-2022)
Executive Vice President, California Republican Assembly
 County of Tehama, Statement of All Votes Cast for the Consolidated Presidential Primary Election, March 3, 2020, accessed February 13, 2021, http://www.co.tehama.ca.us/images/stories/elections/20200303SOV.pdf.
 Cal. Elec. Code § 7404.
 Cal. Elec. Code § 7441.
 CRP Delegate List, accessed June 12, 2020.
 CRP Delegate List, accessed February 8, 2021.
Remember, Danielle Cullum got her first job in Politics from David Stafford Reade. He also helped get her hired by the CAGOP. It should be interesting to see how they attempt to ignore or discard this complaint.
When I talk about cheating and rigging the election – the examples of staff playing games, refusing to verify paperwork and fake county parties are all items I present as evidence… in addition to the bullying, buying off candidates with empty promises and the deceptive proxy harvesting practices.
To Be Continued…