May 222020
 

I have gotten quite an education on Jessica Patterson since her rigged election to CAGOP Chair. (remember 44% of her support was via proxy) She is obsessed with identity politics, she is ruthless and vindictive. When I did opposition research on Patterson I heard tons of stories about her conduct in campaign offices and her reputation as the “Little General”. Recently, #CA10 GOP Nominee Ted Howze came under fire from Politico by virtue of opposition research sent to them by a Tom Steyer staffer from San Francisco. Jessica Patterson responded the way all squishes respond at the first sign of trouble – surrender and collaborate with the liberal media in hopes they won’t hurt you.

We are constantly reminded that Jessica Patterson is the first female chair of the CAGOP and that she is a latina. Anyone that has to run with labels and advertise them is over-compensating for something. Secondly, Patterson has made it clear most White Males are not welcome in her world. (Just Ask Lloyd White who was on the receiving end of $1Million of the scant resources the CAGOP could bring to bear in SD23)

About A week before Jessica Patterson engineered a withdrawal of the CAGOP endorsement of Ted Howze, an email went out on the CAGOP email system. (Note: I have been scrubbed from the list and do not receive any of them. Please forward any you get to [email protected] and you can remain anonymous) Stephen Frank wrote about the email on 5-20-2020 on his blog:

The Big Story

This came in the email from the California Republican Party: “We have some great candidates on the General Election ballot that reflect the strength and diversity of our state.  These candidates include Michelle Park Steel (CA 48), Young Kim (CA 39), Suzette Valladares (AD 38) and Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (SD 23), among others. And of course, we need to get Congressman Mike Garcia re-elected to the 25th District.“

What about Greg Raths where the GOP got 49% of the primary vote against radical AOC type Regressive Katie Porter?  Or David Valadao, who is LEADING in the polls against the openly corrupt and investigated T.J. Cox?  Or Ted Howze in the 10th CD, the old Jeff Denham seat, who raised more than one million dollars and is running an aggressive campaign???

Why are Raths, Valadao and Howze ignored?  Plus in the 38th Assembly District there are TWO GOP-ER’S in the race! One is a Hispanic and the other is a LEGAL immigrant—why isn’t she mentioned as well?  What is the commonality that causes the California Republican Party to promote one set of candidates that can win over another set of candidates that can win?

You will note the sexism in her choice of candidates to highlight. Not even David Valadao, a former Congressman made the cut for being highlighted. Mike Garcia got an afterthought mention. Greg Raths (CA45) and Ted Howze (CA10) were both shunned. Now we know why Howze was shunned, and I’d imagine that Jessica Patterson and her friends are lining up Greg Raths for a similar fate. Valadao is Portuguese so he does not check a box either and failed the vetting for Jessica Patterson’s racial pandering.

Note the labels, labels, labels.

Why was Jessica Patterson so quick to slit Ted Howze throat? Also note that Ted Howze was not given a chance to defend himself to the CAGOP board. While I have no evidence to prove this, I believe that the NRCC did not give Howze a chance either before they turned their back on him. With Republicans like these who needs the Mueller investigation?

  1. Ted Howze voted for Travis Allen for CAGOP Chairman. 
  2. Scott Winn and Jeff Acquitaspace ran the campaign of Marla Livengood who was humiliated in the CA10 primary. They are close to Patterson and crew having done paid work for the CAGOP establishment for years.

Winn could get vindication with a take-down of Howze and Jessica Patterson could seek revenge on another Travis Allen suppoter – similar to the Trump delegation being thin on Travis/Steve Frank People and next to none of them being on anything CAGOP.

Patterson’s crew have threatened people for talking to your intrepid blogger. This is why you can email me at [email protected] and remain anonymous if you have information you think needs to be brought in to the light.

The offending social media posts? Criticizing Islam for violence and pedophilia. Talking about black fatherlessness and crime. Apparently Patterson is cool with Marie Waldron talking about letting felons out of jail but Howze’ social media accounts discussing the CAUSE of said crime is bad. Nothing Howze is alleged to have posted is any different than President Trump’s words.

But then, Jessica Patterson, Scott Winn and most others in the sphere of CAGOP leadership are never-trumpers.

Patterson did not stop at just ramrodding a withdrawal of the CAGOP endorsement for Ted Howze. Your intrepid blogger received a scarlet letter twice. This is a letter that is reputed to have been written by Jessica Patterson (see below) and sent to the County Chairman of Stanislaus and San Joaquin County for them to sign and return AFTER the CAGOP yanked their endorsement. Jessica Patterson was trying to enlist the local GOP Chairs in giving her vendetta political cover.

The letter was emailed to the county chairs by Jessica Patterson, However, If you pull the metadata off of the letter, none other than Scott Winn created it. Checkmate – this is the CAGOP of 2020. There is your connection, a jilted consultant who was humiliated in the primary working with the CAGOP Chairman to get revenge on a candidate they both have reasons to hate.

When these people preach unity in public, you know they are lying through their teeth. They don’t want unity, they want control – including helping Josh Harder beat Ted Howze in 2020 so they can run someone like Kristen Olsen in 2022 for #CA10.

Everything Jessica Patterson and her crew are doing is to position their candidates for office in future elections. The rest of us be dammed.

May 212020
 

In less than 2 weeks your intrepid blogger has been given firsthand knowledge that Politico is attempting to perform the work of DCCC opposition research in targeted congressional races. 1. Politico attempted to spin the loss of Christy Smith to Mike Garcia in #CA25 5 days before it happened – suggesting that the reporter was tipped off as there was no public polling available. 2. Politico wrote a cheap shot hit piece article against Ted Howze in #CA10.

It appears that the Democrats are using Russian fake twitter-bot farms. Just today, I checked Ted Howze’ twitter feed and an account with 0 followers quoted DCCC pablum and had 9 tweet likes from accounts with 10 or less followers.

One of the goals of the democrats and their partners in the media and twitter is to try and play Republicans off against each other. This includes Mentioning President Trump repeatedly in order to try and get skittish consultants (or party chairman) to acknowledge they are trying to avoid President Trump.

Another tactic is using fake twitter accounts – which Politico cited in their first hit-piece against Ted Howze. The “Reporter” Ally Sputnik-Mutnick penned both pieces referenced previously. Another Politico reporter Carla Marinucci is on a CNN-Level rampage jihad against President Trump and CONGRESSMAN Mike Garcia.

This behavior is not unique. For example, Josh Richman parlayed slipshod reporting in to a Press Secretary gig with Eric Swalwell.

Yet another tactic is re-airing decades old un-vetted smears, which they appear to be doing in #CA45 against Greg Raths. (Hey NRCC, I thought #CA45 was not on the target list?)

In the case of #CA10 it has been made clear to me that Politico and other media outlets are vetting more social media smears against Ted Howze. Politico already admitted they got the poorly vetted Twitter smears from a democratic operative.

This does seem to be having an effect on Republican operatives that are continually looking over their shoulder. You’d think that after 4+ years of a psychotic media rampage against President Trump that these political insiders would be prepared for the media to expand their creative reporting to Congressional Candidates.

Still others, it appears resent the presence of President Trump in the first place and use poorly vetted smears as confirmation bias of the wrong-headed opinions they still hold.

Whatever the cause, Republican political insiders need to grow a spine and/or finally accept that the President is indeed Donald Trump and the future of the GOP in 2020 is indeed in his hands. Fighting against it or deliberately falling victim to the same un-vetted political attacks against the President will have disastrous consequences.

The media knows that establishment are weak at the knees which is why they continue to run cheap shot articles in hopes they will break through and have the desired effect – in this case trying to separate Ted Howze from institutional support as they know Josh Harder is vulnerable.

P.S. – here is a facebook post that is unlikely to be covered by the DCCC Hacks at Politico:

May 202020
 

Victory has 1,000 fathers.

The primary criticism is that the CAGOP, Kevin McCarthy and others stymied a party endorsement of Mike Garcia Pre-Primary. The LAGOP and the Ventura GOP both endorsed Mike Garcia. The CAGOP, clearly at the behest of Kevin McCarthy ignored the local parties and did not consider an endorsement. The board tabled the idea. (With Shannon Grove – an acolyte of McCarthy – leading the charge) While the By-Laws of the CAGOP state that the party does not have to endorse – the refusal to do so is a slap in the face of the local GOP activists and a nod towards the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure. In the case of Garcia, he had 100% of the local county parties supporting him.

The irritation I have with Jessica Patterson taking credit for the victory post May election is partly rooted in this fact and…

… the $500K or so that came through the CAGOP to send some 30 pieces of mail in to #CA25. Why am I irritated by this? It’s great that it came. It’s great that Tom Ross’ Cal Plan was the conduit. It is 100% legal for the NRCC and RNC to pour money in to the CAGOP in unlimited amounts because the CAGOP gets an insanely cheap rate for mail.

What is not cool is when people are taking credit for other people’s efforts. (which included going on National Media)

What is also not cool is the continued hostility amongst insiders for all things Trump. Mike Garcia bear-hugged the President and it aided GOP turnout immensely.

Insiders tell me that the money spent on Garcia’s behalf that was run through the CAGOP via the Cal Plan came from back east and not the efforts of Jessica Patterson or others in California (beyond Mr. Ross playing a role in directing it). We’ll know soon enough the truth as the financial reports will be available shortly.

The sources of money are a key point to remember as the media is trying to rattle the National Republicans by taking cheap shots at candidates. Without a solid local base of money and support to keep the skittish national people on the reservation, money like the $500K that Cal Plan facilitated coming from back east could disappear quickly if left-wing rags are successful in spooking the institutional people. Mike Garcia raised a ton of money in his own right and will need to continue to rely upon that as the NRCC appears to be afraid of its’ own shadow.

More on this concept to follow.

May 202020
 

Remember when I posted that Marie Waldron has surrendered and entered collaborate mode with the democrats?

Marie Waldron wrote a piece in the local patch, apparently at the same time as I was roasting her for her love of get out of jail free cards for felons.

Governor Newsom recently created the California Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery to get the economy growing again as quickly and safely as possible. As Assembly Minority Leader and a small business owner, I was honored to be selected as a member of this critical team.

In between her tweets about “Criminal Justice Reform” – Ms. Waldron tweeted about how honored she was to be a part of Gavin Newsom’s wreck the economy the rest of the way team. It features Tom Steyer as the chairman – which is like asking Jack the Ripper to babysit.

Yup – she was talking about how excited she was to be on some committee presiding over the economic destruction on California.

Van Jones ladies and gentlemen and his get out of jail free cards for felons program.

Apparently, not only is Marie Waldron “Honored” to be a part of Governor Newsom’s task force, she appears to agree with springing felons from prison too.

Stories have come in from all over America about prisoners re-offending post Covid-19 release. Studies have shown that “criminal justice reform” has not slowed recidivism and in California 3500 felons have been released with bail reform allowing one man to steal three cars in the same day getting arrested three times and not held in jail.

So, given that Marie Waldron supports get out of jail free cards, and is a willing enabler of Gavin Newsom’s terrible leadership during COVID as honest citizens are being arrested... (I guess the empty jail space was reserved for business owners)

…Waldron must also support filling skate parks with sand, stupid fences on beaches and a variety of other idiocy perpetrated by the Newsom administration because all I see from her is “Bi-Partisanship” and support.

I was first alerted to Marie Waldron’s latest sell-out to Gavin Newsom courtesy of Doug Ose. Ose is alleged to be looking at a Guv run along with John Cox and the Waldron / CAGOP / Establishment choice Kevin Faulconer.

When you add in that she ran interference for the sexual harasser / campaign finance felony William “Bill” Brough and defied local GOP leadership again defending the feckless corrupt Tyler Diep – you have the full breadth of a disaster. (And two GOP members defected on her watch Mayes and Maienschein with at least 2 more rumored to be looking at it)

Did Frank Bigelow, Heath Flora, Jay Obernolte, James Gallagher, Vincent Fong, Stephen Choi, Randy Voepel and others know Marie Waldron was going to sign on to this?

Is supporting a federal bailout of deficit spending and out of control fraud, waste and welfare part of “Reframing the Message”?

All this and the leadership of the California GOP are preparing to take credit for the actions of real conservatives in the November elections, have completed a purge of the staff and are preparing to set up shop for only approved candidates of the regime.

The California Republican Party is indeed dead. Our leaders have made a conscious decision to abandon any pretense of Republican principle in search of a fleeting victory their moral/ideological failure will prevent.

Meantime – Waldron is promoting candidates for the November Election in hopes it may work out better than it did for Bill Brough and Tyler Diep. Stay Tuned…

May 182020
 

The Oligarchy of Controlled Failure. Remember the term. First – have a look at what appeared on the California Political Review Today:

LEADERS LEAD

The Big Story

We are about 170 days from the November election.

Yet, on Thursday the long term, highly professional Executive Director of the California Republican Party “resigned”.  Cynthia Bryant has been with the Party as ED for seven years.  Well respected in California and Washington, she built a Team getting ready for the November election.  She tried to unite all parts of the Party, for victory.

Does anyone believe that a consummate professional like Cynthia Bryant would leave so close to the election?  Yes, she “said” she was tired—but professionals do not quit this close to an election.  Think about it.  Oh, they made her a “Senior Advisor”, she will continue to get paid, along with the new Executive Director, and the $250,000 a year to the Chair.

In her place Sarah Nelson was hired.  The one campaign she worked in California was as a political director for Meg Whitman in 2010—who in 2016 was a National Co-Finance chair for Hillary Clinton.  In 2012 she worked for Romney—need I tell anyone who much Romney has sided with the Democrats to harm the GOP and the President.

(Disclosure: in 2007-8 I worked for a more moderate candidate for President, Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  As we all know he has been a major DEFENDER of President Trump—unlike Whitman and Romney)

Remember it was on March 2, 2020 in the Los Angeles Times the Chair made the sophomoric advice to GOP candidates NOT to mention President Trump.  It is a good thing that Mike Garcia did not listen.  From the earliest days in his campaign he made clear he supported President Trump and his policies.  Also note the numerous tweets from the President in support of Garcia.  In 2018 a Democrat won the seat by 7 points, in 2020 Garcia won it by 12 points—plus the Dems had 17,000 more registrants than GOP’ers in the intervening 18 months.

I presume our other candidates see the lesson here.  Trump is a winner.  Ignore him and the volunteers will go elsewhere.  Think I am wrong?  Remember Catherine Baker, Steve Knight, David Hadley—they did not endorse Trump are now FORMER Legislators.

When I wrote about the purge of CAGOP Staff Last week, I did not mention the new ED by Name. The connection to the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure is clear. Hers is a pedigree that is the same as the current control agents of the CAGOP: Whitman, Romney and Marco Rubio. With all due respect to the new Executive Director of the CAGOP it is clear that she is an acolyte of Jeff Randle, Cynthia Bryant was not.

It is the opinion of this blogger based on off-the-record conversations that Randle and crew have completed a purge of the CAGOP’s Staff. It is also clear that Never-Trumpers are in charge now (labeled as such because of their heritage, not their current rhetoric).

The last time Mr. Randle and crew had significant influence in things GOP – they rigged a CRA endorsement of Mitt Romney in 2008 with a string of fake clubs. This was replicated in other organizations and only hastened all of their decline. It is the 1990’s era consultant model – Control it, it you can’t control it, destroy it. Do not forget that Jeff Randle and crew were responsible for recruiting primary opponents to conservative republican opponents of Pete Wilson’s then unprecedented tax increases. (I’ve found little evidence of a similar effort directed against democrats)

Why do I mention the CRA and other organization’s issues from 2008? It is my opinion based on years of observations that the people in charge of the CAGOP neither want participation nor input from people they don’t pay and/or control. Some of us long time observers point out the deleterious effects of decisions on the grassroots and they appear to not care. (unless it is showing up on national TV to take credit for Mike Garcia’s victory that they actually opposed pre-primary by ignoring the CRP ByLaws and the will of the local GOP committees)

Kevin McCarthy – to co-leader of the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure was actually arguing against Proxy Voting on the floor of Congress – yet his CAGOP Chairman was elected with 44% proxy votes. Real GOP Activists resent proxy voting – yet Deborah Wilder (rumored to be a successor to the current CAGOP Chair), Luis Buhler, Jeff Randle and others run proxy drills funded by Kevin McCarthy and others to control the CAGOP.

The CAGOP Committees (like initiatives, rules, etc) have next to no one on them that did not support the current CAGOP Chair.

The CAGOP’s staff has been completely turned over since the current CAGOP Chair got elected.

The CAGOP ignored the will of the local GOP in AD-72 and CA-25 at the behest of politician leaders refusing to endorse Mike Garcia and ignoring the opposition to Tyler Diep. On more than one occasion people like Deborah Wilder and other acolytes of Jeff Randle tried to rally votes against the will of the local parties to thwart party endorsements.

The CAGOP had long since given up on running voter registration programs, bounty programs or any of the natural things you do to rally grassroots.

What’s the endgame of Trump denial syndrome, shutting grassroots out of the party organization, shunning volunteers, controlling the party with proxy votes, ignoring local GOP’s creating apathy, purging the CAGOP Staff and publicly taking credit for the efforts of the same people?

It is the 1990’s era consultant playbook of setting up a monopolized political machine. It is the opinion of this blogger that these folks are lining up the pieces to promote Kevin Faulconer for Governor in 2022 and then a Presidential Candidate in 2024 (Marco Rubio 2.0?). The pattern is recognizable, purge staff that are not your people, isolate enemies, stack the internal organizations only with acolytes, foster apathy and division among those on the outside and then monetize the operation.

The problem is that the CAGOP is already dead. They finished it off. They are in control of a shell with empty pacs and volunteer activists that are going elsewhere with their efforts.