Dec 072019

Bill Brough’s world is collapsing rapidly. Similar to someone in a downward spiral due to self-destructive behavior, Brough is blaming everyone else for his maladies.

Your Intrepid Blogger obtained a copy of William “Bill” Brough’s candidate statement for his re-election attempt. It is clinical – similar to the narcissistic-rage rampage of Chad Mayes, Bill Brough’s spiral is a classic pattern of an addict. Chad Mayes will engage in a series of self-destructive acts to prove once and for all he is right and everyone else is wrong. Bill Brough so desperately wants to keep his frat party lifestyle that he is in a similar trap of calling everyone around him a liar and using a political issue as a straw-man.

All clinical diagnosis aside –  Bill Brough’s Ballot Statement is a disaster.

#1 The tone of the ballot statement is angry and defensive. It sounds like it was written in a drunken pity party while Brough was thinking about all the meanies doing mean things to him.

#2 A discerning reader would compare paragraph 2 to paragraph 5 and realize that out of the list of stuff in Paragraph 5 was not accomplished, only the two items referenced in paragraph 2. Brough just handed his opponents fodder to call him a failure. (In addition to crooked and/or a pig)

#3 There are a few grammatical errors in the statement. Definitely an #EPICFAIL for an incumbent.

#4 There are also two easy to prove outright lies in Brough’s Ballot Statement as well. I am not sure if he will be forced to correct them before publishing or not – but we will detail those lies in later posts.

#5 He focuses on an issue that appears to only matter in 1/3 of his district, and makes it the straw man for everything that has befallen him. No Professional Consultant would ever allow this in a ballot statement. However, when the bottle is your best friend, it does not lend itself to rational thought.

#6 He mentions the scandals that have befallen him. This is quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever seen in a ballot statement. In 22 years in politics I’ve never seen this done before…

… It appears that Andrei Popov or Viatchaslav Smirnoff is William “Bill” Brough’s campaign manager.

This morning the OCGOP endorsed Laurie Davies for Assembly. The vote was 37-6. The 6 votes were refuseniks, not Bill Brough supporters. Bill Brough did not get a single vote for endorsement from the OCGOP, on the heels of getting humiliated unanimously by the OC Lincoln Club – who also endorsed Laurie Davies.

The OCGOP just abandoned an incumbent, something completely unheard of.

I can not understate what a political earthquake this is. Your intrepid blogger is 6 months in to blasting Bill Brough, and it has taken until the last month or so to see real movement from the political leaders. I can not understate how proud I am of the women who stood up to intimidation and came out publicly behind their claims. These brave women gave a human face to what the Right on Daily Blog was writing about William “Bill” Brough. 

I feel like I was doing my part to protect them when I turned in over 200 pages of evidence to back up a multi-faceted FPPC claim against Brough. I’ve written about a dozen posts about Bill Brough’s financial maladies, and a refresher course on the dirty dealings may well be on the docket shortly.

For Bill Brough, no on the Job Training IS necessary, just a political Beer Truck with his name on it is barreling down the 241 Freeway towards his rented home in Dana Point…

Bill Brough getting things done with Gavin…

Dec 052019

I will write this again, anyone that cares about the state of California wants a healthy vibrant GOP. As such, I want Jessica Patterson to succeed as Chairman of the CAGOP.

I have been outspoken in my criticism of the current CAGOP Leadership. This one they got right. Along with others, I was frustrated when Chad Mayes was endorsed by the CAGOP in the first place, but today’s action was excellent.

The first two paragraphs are not conflicting statements, as I attempt to offer solutions with the criticism and attempt to balance criticism with recognizing when they do right.

With Chad Mayes, Jessica Patterson was in between a rock and a hard place. Remember, Assembly GOP Leadership are huge boosters of hers and Chad Mayes endorsed her for Chair. Had Patterson run Chad through, she’d have been guilty of a smaller betrayal than Mayes did by leaving the GOP in the underhanded manner that he did. Given that the Assembly leadership are still angry over the CAGOP standing up to Mayes in the first place, the CAGOP leadership were almost stuck having to wait for Mayes to do what he did.

The truth be told – the fact that four board members stood up against the endorsement was really unprecedented. Usually, by the time an endorsement gets to the CAGOP Board, it is unanimous.

I’ve written that Jessica Patterson has been hopping mad behind the scenes about Bill Brough. I will have more to say about Bill Brough and his sexual misconduct soon – but Patterson was also privately backing up some of my accounts about some of the monsters in the body politic I’ve been writing about recently. Perhaps this very public rebuke of the Assembly Leadership and the CAGOP will be a wake up call and people like Marie Waldron will stop interfering with the CAGOP leadership actually leading.

What Jessica Patterson did today was outstanding. Her leadership in getting the CAGOP to set fire to Chad Mayes was excellent. I am looking forward to seeing her become more bold and being willing to deal with problems before they get to the Bill Brough or Chad Mayes level.

This response was one of the best political emails I have ever seen.

There is no doubt that Chad Mayes’ exit was pre planned. Other things have been happening that I have been writing about that have made it clear there was movement. While Mayes will get the short-term narcissistic supply to fuel his psychosis, long term he will be remembered poorly by everyone whose admiration and opinions he craves.

In the mean time Madam Chairman saddled up a dump truck and took out the trash. Here’s to more housecleaning.

Dec 052019

Thank you North Coast Vice Chair Matt Heath. Thank You RNC National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon. Thank you CAGOP Secretary Randy Berholtz. Thank you to an unknown 4th board member. These are the four CAGOP Board Members that voted against a party endorsement of Chad Mayes. CAGOP Treasurer Greg Gandrud abstained.

To everyone else on the CAGOP Board, you’ve got egg on your face.

There are several dominoes falling as a result of the narcissistic rampage of Chad Mayes – the most obvious and anti-climactic happened today.


This is going to have a ripple effect for a bit beyond the obvious nexus of Chad Mayes getting revenge on the CAGOP for having the audacity to call him out for his bad behavior.

#1 CAGOP Chair Jessica Patterson did a lot of work for this guy in a previous life. All the GOP Establishment types are going to blame the conservative outrage over Mayes’ Cap and Trade in order to assuage their bruised egos and so as not to have to admit that they hitched on to an unprincipled man. However, no amount of blame shifting can change the fact that most of the consultants and elected party leaders were involved in the creation of the Chad Mayes monster.

#2 Marie Waldron loses a leadership vote. One of the repeated theories (confirmed by insiders off the record, mind you) was that Waldron was protecting and running interference for the deranged Bill Brough because he was vote #10 for her in a 10-9 caucus. Well that decision looks even worse than protecting a monster like Brough, there are always too many variables in politics to control. Doing the morally right thing is never the wrong decision. Marie Waldron failed miserably as a political and moral leader.

#3 “Elected Leadership” has made it clear they resent any attempt by the party apparatus meddling in their affairs. AS such, they took a series of moves that gave Mayes a larger megaphone and platform to carry out his rampage. They also made it easier for caucus members to misbehave and lastly, the #MEXIT by Mr. Mayes is the outward manifestation for the complete breakdown in caucus discipline.

#4 This also signifies a complete meltdown and failure of the #NEWWAYCA movement. Once again, after over two decades in politics, I’ve watched squish after squish lecture conservatives. Then they lose and when they lose they exit the party. #NEWWAYCA should be called #MYWAYCA or #MEXIT

#5 Where does this leave Jordan Cunningham? He was to have been the third member of the Chad Mayes “Independent” Caucus. Brian Maienschein, Mayes and Jordan Cunningham allegedly had a mutual suicide pact and were all going to leave the GOP together. Then, Mainschein jumped the gun and took care of himself going full democrat.

Then we have the curious case of Kristen Olsen. She is a sitting County Supervisor and is the disgraced former CAGOP Vice Chair, preceding the conflicted Chinese (ahem Taiwanese) Businessman Peter Kuo. One of my posts about some of the current CAGOP Leaders was showing the money they earned from Olsen’s Supervisor Campaign in 2018. Now Mrs. Olsen appears to be following the lead or acting in concert with her former flame and fellow adulterer Chad Mayes:

So sorry Jesus Andrade – It looks like Kristen Olsen is headlining an event for your Democrat Incumbent Opponent in SD-05. You know, #NEWWAYCA – be a democrat to be relevant.

Rarely have I ever regretted torching a squish. Usually, when your intrepid blogger recognized the egomaniacal narcissism of a candidate without a poilitical soul the pattern repeats with disturbing familiarity.

The next step is for Mrs. Olsen to #MEXIT. Perhaps Arnold will too. It is the #MYWAYCA or the Highway movement.

And in the case of SD05 – it looks like Kristen is on her way out the door too.

Dec 052019

It’s 2010. California’s 5th Assembly District was coming open as Roger Niello was term-limited.

The leading candidate with all the institutional support was Andy Pugno, the author of California’s Proposition 8. He won the primary with 44% of the vote. Suzanne Jones finished a distant third with 12.3% of the vote, despite having no campaign and not raising any money. To this day, everyone involved in that campaign believes that the only reason she did as “well” as she did, was that there were five men and one woman on the GOP Primary ballot.  One would think that, as the only woman running, with any kind of a message she would have gotten at least 25%.

Another candidate, Donald Thompson got 17.4% of the vote, likely because his name was so similar to John Smith (a little inside polling humor).

I was never able to capture a Suzanne Jones Sign in 2010. This one was my favorite though

I witnessed Suzanne Jones at two public events during that primary. She was a very poor public speaker at that time, her message was incoherent and unclear. She did however, establish a theme, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result”. She ran for Assembly again in 2016 and did the same things she did in 2010. (More on that in a future installment of this series)

In 2010, before a lot of us really got to know Suzanne Jones, we saw potential. Several years prior, in 2004 the Placer CRA PAC using money from the late Dave Cox, Tim Leslie and several others worked with the local Charter School Movement. We Spent $45,000 taking out two long term liberal democrat incumbents off of the Sierra College Board. We helped elect Aaron Klein and Scott “Tim” Leslie (the Senator’s Son who is still in office to this day). I met the late Joe Scharrer, Kevin Cooper and David Patterson in the years between 2004 and 2010 largely due to the exposure of the campaign to get a Republican majority onto the Sierra College Board.

After the primary of 2010, Dave Patterson and myself had a chat with Joe Scharrer about Suzanne Jones. She lived in Granite Bay (still lives in the same place today), which was smack in the middle of the trustee area of Trevor Sanders. Trevor was an anti-charter school member of the Placer County Office of Education. At the time, there was a literal war over the Charter of the Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (that Dave Patterson helped found).

Lew Uhler (Kirk’s Father) and Suzanne Jones at a Placer CRA Event in 2010 (Note, I was President of the Placer CRA then)

The Rocklin School Board at the time (only extreme left-wing liberal democrat Camille Maben is still on that board) was fighting with the WSCA people. The Rocklin School Board was able to stuff the charter requests because a majority of the Placer County Office of Education Board was anti-charter school.

We (the Placer CRA that I was still President of in 2010), and the Charter School People recruited some candidates for local office. Among them was Linda M. Park (my mother), for Roseville Joint Union High School District, and Suzanne Jones for Placer County Office of Education. Kirk Uhler and pretty much everyone else in Roseville endorsed them both when we asked them for help.

We never asked Ted Gaines nor Tom McClintock for actual help. They weren’t interested. Ted Gaines did endorse some of the candidates because he was running for State Senate in the wake of the passing of Dave Cox (Gaines was actually on the ballot twice in 2010, before Gaines was on the ballot twice as two different people).

Kirk Uhler, Susan Rohan and others walked precincts with Suzanne Jones’ flyers in 2010. I distributed hers and my mothers’ stuff to all the gated communities in East Roseville as I had the fire department code at the time. Kirk Uhler was with me at least twice. I covered a part of Granite Bay on behalf of Andy Pugno as well.

We had such teamwork that Scott Huber (running for re-election) chipped in financially to split the cost of two-sided door-hanger flyers with my mother.

Suzanne defeated Trevor Sanders by about 5% and my mother blew out her opponents finishing only about 4% behind the top vote getter Scott Huber (he is still on the RJUHSD Board to this day). We put out so many flyers for Suzanne while knocking on doors that she ran out of flyers. The Placer CRA also bought slate mail cards on her behalf as well. Click here if you are curious about the election results.

Because of the election, the John Adams Academy in Roseville was safe (As Linda replaced Jack Duran whose seat came open when he was elected supervisor in 2010) and the Western Sierra Collegiate Academy got approved by a 5-2 Pro-Charter Majority (versus a previously 4-3 anti Charter group).

Kirk Uhler was there when other Republican Leaders had other priorities. Kirk helped raise money for the CRA slate cards in support of Republican candidates. You will notice a pattern with Uhler, he has stood in the Republican leadership vacuum many times over the nearly 20 years I have known him. This is a theme that will repeat…

Your Intrepid Blogger Circa 2010

Dec 032019

Ed Sachs was counting on his endorsement to continue this campaign. Bill Brough used to be bankrolled by these people. This is significant in the face of Republican Leadership who have been refusing to lead for so long. Hat tip to the Lincoln Club for taking the lead on ridding Orange County of the scourge of Bill Brough. A second hat tip for picking a successor to the scandal-marred Bill Brough

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December, 3rd 2019                                                                                                      (760) 807-7029


ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Yesterday, the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Club of Orange County voted to endorse Mayor Laurie Davies to replace scandal plagued Bill Brough for the 73rd Assembly District.

“Mayor Laurie Davies is the strongest candidate in the race with a long history of working to advance the conservative movement in our county,” said Lincoln Club of Orange County President John Warner. “She is a proven campaigner and fundraiser, having recently been reelected Mayor of Laguna Niguel. This is our opportunity to unite behind the candidate best positioned to defeat Bill Brough and avoid giving the Democrats an easy target in November. And when conservatives and Republicans are united, we win.”

In September the Lincoln Club unanimously rescinded its endorsement of Bill Brough for re-election in the face of numerous, serious and credible allegations of sexual harassment, and the State’s opening of an investigation into Brough’s alleged misuse of $200,000 in campaign funds for personal use.

Founded in 1962, the Lincoln Club of Orange County is the premiere political association in Orange County. Its members are businessmen and women and professionals united behind the principles of limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility. For 55 years the Lincoln Club of Orange County has worked to expand freedom, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

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