I have been sharply critical of Fred Whitaker in the months leading up to the removal of OCGOP support for William “Bill” Brough. I believe he was too slow to act, too cautious and too indecisive. That said, as I’ve written in the past, once he committed it has been lights out.
Witness this scathing editorial in the Orange County Register. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED MORE OF FROM PARTY LEADERS.
As the chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, I would like to explain why the OCGOP asked Assemblyman Bill Brough to withdraw from the race for the 73rd Assembly District.
As the Register reported on January 21, two other OC Republican organizations recently joined us in asking him to resign immediately: the Lincoln Club and The New Majority.
This is not a frivolous matter. Here is how we got to this position and it is Brough who put us there.
The complaints began with OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. As the Register recounted on June 21, 2019, Supervisor Bartlett “and three other women came forward with accusations that in recent years Brough had made aggressive, unwanted sexual advances against them.”
I personally sat down with two of the accusers, and then talked to Brough himself. I believed the women, while the assemblyman’s explanations rang hollow. Initially these women were anonymous, seeking to protect their families, but Assemblyman Brough retaliated by publicizing their full names, further victimizing these whistleblowers.
The accusations against Brough should not be conflated with the high-profile accusations in 2018 against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The accusations against Brough are different because they are not only recent and convincing, but they are from respected Republican women here in Orange County. These are women I know and trust.
Bartlett also filed a complaint in 2011 with the city of Dana Point when she was on the city council with Brough. She said, “I still have nightmares.” I believe her.
Two of the Republican women have filed complaints with the state Legislature and these investigations are ongoing. The results are likely to come out after the primary, but before the fall election.
As if that weren’t enough, the state Fair Political Practices Commission also is investigating Brough. Reported the Sacramento Bee, “He is accused of using the money to pay off his family’s cell phone bill, go out to fancy restaurants and take a personal trip to a Boston Red Sox game.”
And a new Register story on January 29 reported the “latest financial disclosures show he spent $57,000 in campaign funds during the second half of 2019 and first weeks of 2020 on flights, hotels, meals and entertainment — expenses similar to those that triggered an ongoing investigation by state authorities over potential misuse of campaign funds.”
That partying included blowing $13,000 taking 19 people to a Rolling Stones concert in the Bay Area, giving a new meaning to the song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
The FPPC said its investigation is ongoing and would give no timeline. But the Register estimated, based on the average times of investigations in similar cases, a conclusion could be reached in August – just as the election is heating up.
No doubt a Democratic opponent in the November 3 runoff election would take advantage of all these allegations. Although this has been a reliably Republican seat, with a 13-point registration advantage (41 percent to 28 percent), it’s one we can’t afford to lose.
On a related note – Dear CAGOP Leadership – have you pulled the endorsement of Tyler Diep Yet? If not, why not?
Just three months before he decided to run for CAGOP Vice Chair, Peter Kuo cut a video (purportedly in Taipei Taiwan) with a bunch of Jade Figurines. The Jade Statues are allegedly from a long-passed Chinese Royal Family (yet the treasure trove somehow made it off the mainland to Taiwan), and are to be the basis for a new crypto-currency.
As we researched Peter Kuo, we found an array of business entities he is affiliated with, one such entity is a Chinese Aircraft manufacturing facility.
There have been several posts on social media about this commercial aircraft venture by Mr. Kuo. However, when your intrepid blogger started talking about it in terms of Mr. Kuo being overseas for weeks at a time… Mr Kuo responded that it was #fakenews
It is the opinion of this blogger that the Venture Capital Company he has a website up for is dubious.
Feedback from several CAGOP Delegates who have watched his pitch video for the unregistered Jade Backed Bitcoin has been negative as well. Most people think it is a scam based on the feedback I am receiving.
Another business venture is linked here. You will notice that there is limited information on the three-page site. It is a startup consulting company that alleges to recruit investors from China, Taiwan and Indonesia. I am struck by the typos on the site, lack of “Who we are”, the lack of testimonials and no physical or mailing address listed.
On one hand, you have Mr. Kuo flying to Asia to pitch start up companies. On another hand, you have Mr. Kuo advertising that he can connect your US company to foreign investors.
On yet another hand, you have Mr. Kuo pitching Jade-Backed Crypto Currencies, and still others you have a website purporting to be for an exclusive group of venture capitalists.
Then there is the Farmer’s Agency in America.
… and, then there is this:
Andra Capital is a late-stage, pre-IPO, technology growth fund where investors can choose to invest traditionally or via an optional liquidity feature — an asset-backed security token called the SILICON VALLEY COIN.
Now we have some patterns. Venture Capital and Unregistered Securities. Cash businesses with no regulatory oversight. Not good.
If I was caught promoting unregistered securities by the Insurance Carriers I represent, I’d lose my contracts with them. I can’t even sell Amway, some of the contracts I have are so strict. I am sure Farmer’s has no idea what Mr. Kuo is doing. Mr. Kuo, as a fellow insurance agent should know that this stuff presents a problem for his insurance practice.
It is the hope of your intrepid blogger that if you are a CAGOP Delegate that you take a look at Mr. Kuo’s business ventures. There are some key questions to ask.
Do they look legitimate to you? What would the California media do with these, as we all know the media is grotesquely biased against Republicans. Kuo’s world looks like easy low-hanging fruit for inuendo.
Since Venture Capital and unregistered securities are near the top of the list for money laundering and fraud type of issues – imagine what reporters could do with their ability to spin.
If you think these businesses are legitimate, how does Peter Kuo have enough time for all of these ventures and the CAGOP?
Perhaps some of these ventures are dead shells? Why have them?
Mr. Kuo’s Farmer’s agency is reputed to be large enough to support his lifestyle. This further ads to the questions as to what exactly he is doing overseas.
No matter how you slice the information about Peter Kuo’s current business dealings they present a variety of problems for anyone concerned about the direction of the CAGOP. The media could have a field day with this stuff, and Mr. Kuo likely will not even be in the country to do his job.
There is a better way than Peter Kuo for Vice Chair.
The crap that is being pulled to rig the outcome of the CAGOP Convention is decimating the remaining ranks of the Party. The Oligarchy of Controlled Failure would rather destroy everything than allow real people to have their voice heard. It is the opinion of this blogger that they would be content to collapse every county party and volunteer organization as it would make the political process easier to control.
As of the writing of this blog – your intrepid blogger has determined that nearly 40%(!) of the CAGOP Delegate Universe are consultants, staff of consultants or legislative/congressional staff. This is not a representative sample of California Republicans. This is a control drive.
Heath Flora is the “Republican” assemblymember from AD12. Flora is a #TRAILFAILURES all-star. He also benefitted from over $1.5 Million in independent expenditures directed by Luis Buhler in his favor and attacking Conservative San Joaquin Supervisor Ken Vogel.
Heath Flora is also a cap and trade vote.
Josh Whitfield has been identified as a whip for Jessica Patterson in Stanislaus County. He was employed by Jeff Denham before Denham was defeated for Congress. Josh Whitfield is an appointee of Heath Flora.
Whitfield is reputed to be running the appointment drill in that area (I had thought it was Scott Winn, perhaps Winn is only working San Joaquin County). Enter Luis Vargas. Luis Vargas ran unsuccessfully for SD40 which is in Chula Vista through to Imperial County.
Your intrepid blogger has received 3 concrete rumors, (one firsthand) from Republican Nominees that team Jessica Patterson was offering to help retire their campaign debt in exchange for endorsements. It is the opinion of this blogger that Marla Livengood, a former Richard Pombo Staffer and Lobbyist received such a deal and it appears clear that Luis Vargas was part of this deal as well.
Mr. Vargas appointed three delegates, one from SD39 in San Diego, one from Orange County and Charles Dossett who lives in Stanislaus County. I have solid accounts that Whitfield arranged for that appointment as part of the Jessica Patterson delegate appointment drill.
Add in that Dossett is wanting to run for Jeff Denham’s Congressional Seat and has a close relationship with team Flora. It is also the opinion of this blogger that Dossett is being used as a mule to keep CA-10 warm for Kristen Olsen, who is fresh off of a DUI and needs some time to pass before she can run for Congress without a suspended Driver’s License.
Kristen Olsen is also quite close to Jessica Patterson as we’ve proven on Right on Daily, including $11,000 in payments in 2017 alone. See the web? Flora and Olsen are working together, they attempt to control delegates to the CAGOP to help elect Patterson while trying to set up Olsen’s next run for higher office. It is in both Heath Flora and Kristen Olsen’s interest to get Jessica Patterson elected CAGOP Chairman.
When I was first appointed as a CAGOP delegate in 1998, I had to wait a few months before I could function as a delegate. I first registered to vote in the summer of 1997 and I was told I had to be a Republican for a year.
It appears that someone who may or may not have been Luis Buhler led yet another by-law change to pull that requirement out of CAGOP By-Laws. This means that squishes like Heath Flora could go down to the local IBEW and pluck a few of Mr. Flora’s fellow union members and sign them up as delegates as long as they re-registered that day. Yup, kinda like same-day voter registration.
Dossett was challenged on his registration. It turns out that he submitted a voter registration card with his sign up and dues for the CAGOP. Someone with a complete copy of the Stanislaus County Voter file had Dossett as a DTS as of 1/15/2019.
Once again, we are seeing what the Consultant Class is doing to subjugate the will of real Republican Activists. They are buying off nominees (what it looks like), appointing non-Republicans they can control and are snubbing true party activists in order to control an outcome.
When you couple this with bully tactics and behind the scenes machinations to control outcomes all over the state (as reported constantly for weeks to your intrepid blogger), it is clear that the Consultant Class are content to decimate what little party structure is left as long as they install one of their own as CAGOP Chairman.
Sadly for Jessica Patterson, this is not about her. It is about them and their future ambitions. Where Jessica Patterson has an issue is that she is fine letting them run their rampage as I’ve received nothing to indicate that she has expressed any opposition to what they are doing.
TO BE CONTINUED…
I can only speak of the outright incorrect “rumors” about me in this blog. I can’t speak on the other stuff and theories. I just want to state unequivocally that I have only ever met Mr Dossett once in my entire life and that was most recently at the Modesto Chamber Gala. I spoke with him once on the phone before that. Outside of the 10 delegates that, My Boss, Mr. Flora appoints by virtue of being an elected official, I have had no dealings with delegate appointments. Nor will I in the future for this convention. Personally, the real truth is I am not a big fan of convention. I’d rather be home working on practicable projects as opposed to being mired in the blood-on-blood internal fights of our party. I am whipping for no one, and apart of no whip operation. Currently, I am focused on serving my local community, trying to start a family with my wife, and serving the 12th Assembly District in my role as a district staffer. The only thing here that is correct with regard to me is that I have personally endorsed Jessica Patterson for our next party chair. That endorsement from me is becasue I believe she is only candidate to lead from day one. I’m happy to debate and be told I am wrong on that. I can be reached at (email address) or by phone anytime you ever have questions about what I am doing. Your solid accounts have let you down on this one. Always happy to be transparent and answer any questions any fellow Republican has of me. I am committed to taking the fight to Democrats. I personally have little time or interest to involved in GOP internal swuabbles. Feel free to contact me anytime to get direct answers, directly from me, when it regards me.
Thomas N Hudson sent out an email a few weeks ago referring to Courage Worldwide as a “Bogus Charity”. He lied. Don’t hold your breath waiting for a retraction to be issued to the estimated 1000 people he BCC’ed on the email he sent.
In his zeal to “Be Right” he sent out an email celebrating a hit piece written by an overzealous clearly anti-Christian reporter at the Sacramento Bee.
Once the absurdities of the “Issues” brought by idiot bureaucrats (did I mention that Thomas N Hudson is a $166,000 a year employee of the State of CA?) were day-lighted, guess what happened?
Read for yourself:
STATE DISMISSES NUMEROUS CITATIONS AGAINST COURAGE HOUSE
ROCKLIN – Courage Worldwide said today that after the appeal process and a positive programming conference with state officials, the organization is in good standing with state regulators and plans to rehire and train new staff to reopen Courage House immediately.
The state has dismissed three program citations and the organization has appealed the remaining ones, noting the state’s prior approval of all Courage House programs and policies.
The organization is pleased to announce they will resume accepting girls after staff is rehired and trained, since state officials agreed cell phones can be dangerous to the residents and staff at Courage House. Courage House policies can now deny the use of cell phones and other equipment dangerous to the girls and/or their recovery on a case-by-case basis.
The Courage Worldwide Board of Directors said:
“The population we serve is extremely unique and often existing state regulations regarding the care of minor children do not take into consideration their complex trauma and past association with criminals and the dangerous world of human trafficking.
“We are gratified that the state has granted a number of our appeals and has agreed cell phones pose a real danger to the girls in our care since they link these vulnerable children back to the people who trafficked them. The cell phone is the preferred mechanism of the trafficker to market and sell under-age girls on the internet. Our organization will continue to challenge and appeal any regulations we feel endanger the children we serve or the staff who serve them.
“We are excited to resume serving girls later this year after we rehire and train appropriate staff. All of our fundraising efforts will be focused on recruiting, hiring and training qualified staff. The state agreed that our pause on accepting new residents was wise in light of new licensing that will allow Courage House to now function as a Short Term Residential Treatment Program (STRTP) instead of a Group Home. ”
The organization, which operates 24-hour residential homes in Tanzania and Northern California as well as an extensive program to educate communities about sex trafficking issues, decided to temporarily close its Northern California site in mid-June as it worked to meet new California licensing requirements, hire staff who meet the new requirements while appealing program citations cited by the state that the organization felt endanger residents and staff.
The Northern California 52 acre property currently has beds for 6 girls with a campus plan to build ten cottages for a total of 60 residents. Currently, Courage Worldwide has completed 85% of the county permitting process to begin construction on the first cottage by year end. The Tanzania home is currently serving 6 girls, with a capacity to serve 12. Courage Worldwide anticipates both homes being at capacity by year end since they have had over 350 requests for placement since opening. Courage House Northern California and Tanzania have been fully operational for 5 years, opening in 2011 for girls age 11 to 17, providing round-the-clock treatment services 365 days a year. Its program has received national recognition and to date over 65 girls have called Courage House home.
Though Courage House Nor Cal paused its residential operations for several months, the organization has been fully operational continuing its extensive education, advocacy and outreach programs as well as support for former residents of its home here in the Sacramento region.
I won’t hold my breath waiting for an apology from Thomas N Hudson. He is of a class of political operatives that live in a relative world and his alleged conservative values are but a thinly veneered resume used to make money. Hudson desperately needed to be right as Courage received money from the Placer CRA when it was dissolved. Hudson re-formed a shell in order to assuage his bruised ego and saw the opportunity for a cheap shot as validation.
In the mean time – a fine upstanding Charity, unique in its’ mission was smeared by the Sacramento Bee, using disgruntled former employees and the CRA’s Pol-Pot Bellied Information Minister as delivery vehicles.
Courage Worldwide is not his only recent victim – Hudson wrote a series of deceptive and misleading ballot arguments against a host of measures, regardless of their merits or otherwise. There is no moral inhibition once he thinks he is right on what he does and he got Ken Campbell, Deborah Jackson and others to sign onto his deceptions. Special.