Sep 082019
 

When I was first sent a photo of this convention handout, I thought it was a gift from Peter Kuo. I am still not sure who sprung for these, but they should have spent an extra nickel for ones without a sticker.

I wrote yesterday about mixed committee votes on the platform – specifically about the Log Cabin Republican led effort that came within 2 votes of making an earth-shattering change to the CAGOP Platform. Either David Stafford Reade and the oligarchy did not care about this issue OR they lost control over several of their platform committee recruits.

Given that a vote about Parental Notification only succeeded 50-39 and amendments to oppose forced vaccination failed by similar margins there was no scripted outcome, only a direction of influence. This is markedly different than things under Jim Brulte (Or Duf Sundheim for that matter).

Your intrepid blogger discovered that the legislative leadership did not pay a ton of money for a funded operation going in to this convention. This left David Reade, George Andrews, Andy Garakhani and others to have to do a lot of the job themselves. When you do not have tens of thousands of dollars to use on staff, phone calls, social media and mail it makes things radically different.

Reports indicated that there were roughly 600 people in attendance and something like 300 proxies. That is ridiculous that 1/3 of the vote was not present. And the attendance was the lowest I’ve been aware of in the 20+ years I’ve been around this. There are something like 1400 total delegates and less than half were physically in attendance.

I was told that something like 30-40 “Conservative Proxies” were rejected. Most of this appears to be because a Tea Party Group did what groups like that do best – change the rules they don’t like. In this case, they did not use the official proxy form, they made their own. I don’t like the CAGOP’s rules any more than the “Tea Party”, but them’s the rules and until you can change them… deal with it.

The College Republicans Lost their permanent charter. The CFCR – which appears to be a broad spectrum of youngsters (not just squishes) was chartered on equal footing with the CCR. The California College Republicans did not acquit themselves well this weekend as even the most hardcore anti-Jessica Patterson people I spoke to had nothing good to say about the folks present to plead the CCR’s case. Whoops.

Tom Del Bacardi, who is now a former chairman and non board member of the CAGOP has a new girlfriend (at least that is what convention-goers thought). (He usually has 3-5 a year) She apparently is running for congress somewhere in San Francisco against SFGOP Chairman John Dennis. Dennis is a well known quantity and had been a Tea Party favorite in the past. (This is Nancy Pelosi’s district) Both Tom and the woman deny they are dating.

We’ll likely be following up on this later, but suffice to say, this woman was a former flame of the unstable Omar Navarro. Navarro for his part, was escorted out of the CAGOP Convention due to his behavior and this led to a call to the authorities. Apparently the authorities also had to come fetch someone who passed out higher than a kite in a hospitality suite as well.

I was also told by a first-hand witness that the shameless Navarro attempted to engage Brad Parscale in conversation and Parscale said “Not Gonna Happen” and turned away with his security detail stepping in.

On the floor of the convention a couple arguments occurred over proposals to change the proxy rules.

It was reported to me that David Reade, Luis Buhler and others were nervously pacing around the room making eye contact with people attempting to enforce discipline. Having dealt with them both for 20 years this is 100% believable as I’ve seen it myself many times. Only, this time they did not have megabucks behind them.

One rule proposal related to requiring proxies to match the county of the giver was defeated by about 10% from a majority vote.

Another proposal related to requiring proxies to be designated only to an alternate of the giver was defeated by a slimmer margin.

The floor fight over proxies featured the former CRA Pol-Pot bellied information minister in rare form. Without Steve Frank present at the convention and Mike Spence deceased – Hudson was doing the heavy lifting 100% himself.

The accounts of the altercation between Jessica Patterson and Tom Hudson during the Sunday floor session vary, but everyone agrees that Tom Hudson was being a loudmouth and Jessica responded in kind to Hudson’s condescending comments (my opinion) earning her boos from some of the delegates. In the 20 years I have known Tom Hudson, I have known him to be relentless and obsessive yet completely without empathy or shame. Jessica Patterson overstepped her bounds attempting to shut Hudson down, thus enabling a usually pitiless character to have a brief moment of victim hood.

You can make bank Hudson will roll in again and again, convention after convention. If he is the dude leading the conservative movement – we may as well re-write the CAGOP platform now because it will go down faster than Hudson is reputed to slam box wine.

I am not a fan of the people controlling outcomes in the CAGOP – but Jessica Patterson deserves credit for remembering Mike Spence’s untimely and tragic death due to his addiction. She also mentioned Steve Frank’s wife who is seriously ill. I guarantee you 20 years of knowing Tom Hudson tells me if he had the gavel and it was Luis Buhler’s wife in the hospital or David Reade who had passed – he’d say nothing.

I can also tell you this, while I am sharply critical of a variety of things, I am not rooting for Jessica Patterson to fail. There are too many people that don’t think that way and it is a high pressure situation for anyone – especially someone like Mrs. Patterson who is a career operative not an out front leader. Jessica Patterson deserves a chance to succeed and I type this while still scratching my head over her completely one-sided list of committee appointments (95% are moderates or staffers/consultants) and selective responsiveness to various delegates that reach out.

It is my opinion based on talking to about a dozen people present that David Reade / Luis Buhler and crew are losing their grip. The Log Cabin drill / social liberal drill on the left of the party in defiance of the keep the peace edict coupled with the floor fights and the consistent pressure from the right of the party are showing serious fissures in the coalitions that former CAGOP Chair Jim Brulte largely kept together.

Another example that came to mind was the announcement that live streaming from the convention is not allowed unless the oligarchy of controlled failure gave you permission to do so. You only do this when you are worried your machinations will make it out in public. Reade was apparently watching undesirables like a hawk during the floor session. This edict appears have been a response to Luis Buhler being filmed as he was giving instructions to the CFCR faithful in their meeting room. (again, they really don’t like public exposure of their behind the scenes manipulations)

That filming edict was just not a good look with the police state style responses – especially since the media are allowed to film. Got it? The enemy (the media) can film but delegates can’t.

In addition, the nervous pacing in the floor session by Reade and crew was something else I found noteworthy.

The party announced about $1.6MM in the State Account and less than $300K in the Federal Account. I was told that they had to pay a significant sum to get Scott Walker out to speak and several of the meal events had space available. I am hoping for their sake there is a profit as that is all federal money from this weekend.

One thing I will be tracking closely – It will be interesting to see if Harmeet Dhillon and Shawn Steel draw opponents at the May 2020 convention in LAX.

There were multiple sightings of CAGOP Vice Chair Peter Kuo with a youngster carrying his violin for him. Your intrepid blogger was also told that legislators were scarce in any of the contentious or controversial items of the weekend. Why am I not surprised.

Sep 072019
 

I’ve been told by several that David Stafford Reade is trying to make sure the CAGOP Platform comes through the committees largely as is.

To that end, he recruited legislative staffers and political consultants to run against Conservative Activists in several areas of the state. As I’ve learned repeatedly, control is an illusion and Reade’s drill that included recruiting known liberal Republicans for his team about backfired on him.

I had committed to Charles Moran that I was going to support the Chartering of the Log Cabins, I ultimately gave away a proxy because I could not get to peace with making that vote myself. In the back of mind always were thoughts about how that group may work to change the traditional values of the GOP. I was told that the Log Cabin Republicans rank and file members were over-represented in the Platform Creation Process and made a full scale attempt to re-write the values portions of the platform.

By a 43-46 Vote a Preamble to the platform was rejected. This was the first sign of trouble, as the one-page document was basically the CRA or CIR’s principles in a one pager.

(Note – Roxeanne Beckford Hoge’s preamble was adopted. It was different than the one above that failed)

It was relayed to me that Reade was texting like a madman during the meeting and apparently was coordinating with Betsy Mahan and Deborah Wilder amongst others.

An Amendment to add in Parental Notification only passed 50-39. At that, the amendment was watered down significantly from its’ original form. Were those 39 the same ones that wanted to gut pro family and the pro life plank? Or were they conditioned to vote no on everything at the behest of Reade who ran the original drill to try and control the composition of the committee?

90 of the 150 Platform Committee Members were present. Note that most of the votes do not add up to 90. (See my rant about conflict avoidance and cowardice in GOP leadership)

An Amendment stating the GOP opposes Racism and Xenophobia passed 65-22. Does this mean the GOP supported those things before? Or, was this a swipe at the President? Or was this just stupid pandering? You don’t need to tell anyone you oppose Racism and Xenophobia unless you live your life like a defeated idiot worried about what people think of you – otherwise said attacks are idiotic and stupid when juxtaposed with the character of 99.99% of society.

Another amendment sought to use the word sex rather than Gender. That amendment failed 25-59. Remember, the progressives started using the word Gender instead of Sex about 10 years ago as a preparatory move towards the latest chaos inflicting social change. (aka your anatomy does not mean anything anymore)

An amendment that was purportedly from the Log Cabin Republicans seeking to redefine what comprises a family failed 42-44. David Stafford Reade came that close to a disaster with this micro group of insiders that do not represent a real cross-section of the party almost stepped on a land mine.

I want to thank Susan Van Der Schaff from San Joaquin County for speaking eloquently and forcefully related to the issue. Given how close the vote was, I am sure her passion made an impact.

Lastly, as expected David Reade had pre prepared his controlled entities to rebuff any attempts to oppose the crowning achievement of the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure – an amendment opposing Proposition 14 failed 32-51.

Addendum from a comment:

Please update on the position that was rejected to oppose mandatory vaccinations and restrictions on travel and commerce if not within Unconstitutional Orwellian compliance.

The Platform Committee voted against the 5th and 14th Amendments.

This is the sort of disaster you get when the delegates are selected for loyalty and control rather than party service.

There is another possibility, Reade and Jessica Patterson did not care about the disposition of the Gay Marriage and Family Values debate. I lean against that one because Reade has been overheard saying he does not want Jessica Patterson’s legacy to be defined by major leftward changes in the party platform.

That said, Kevin Faulconer was a keynote speaker at the CAGOP Convention. He is a known Trump-Hater, is Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage, a Gun-Grabber and likes open borders. He comes from the same lineage as Nathan Fletcher and Brian Maienschein. I am old enough to remember when Fletcher was billed as the future of the GOP, when I met him the one and only time I was taken aback by his ego and pomposity. I never Met Maienschein, but once insiders started talking him up, about 15 minutes of research revealed how far left of the GOP he was before he followed Fletcher out the door.

Only in the minds of the squishes and country clubbers can candidates use the GOP to promote themselves, bleed out campaign money, lecture people on how wrong they are and then when they bolt the GOP to serve themselves – people who never participated in their election or campaign get blamed for the defections.

When I see Faulconer, I see more of the same squish factory that produces the unprincipled.

Apparently, I am not alone in my opinion of Faulconer.

He’s just not very good at getting the job done.

If this week wasn’t his worst yet, it’s only surpassed by the weeks his initial inaction and the bungling of his administration contributed to 20 deaths and 406 hospitalizations during the 2017 hepatitis A crisis. It’s hard to believe Faulconer was considered gubernatorial material 18 months ago.

Ouch.

Wednesday, a signature-gathering campaign spearheaded on his behalf by labor, business and civic leaders fell embarrassingly short of the signatures it needed to put Faulconer’s No. 1 priority — the convention center expansion — on the November ballot, despite a campaign that cost more than $1 million and an effort that backers called “Herculean.” As the mayor who called the convention center measure “the most important decision before voters in November” and who vowed to “work tirelessly with the coalition to get it passed,” Faulconer merits some but not all of the blame for this failure. But he should have managed the project better and — all together now — seen this coming.

Whoops.

It appears that the convention is fairly lightly attended (about half what was there in March) – but the results are basically the same. Promote (fill in the name here) liberal Republican for statewide office, rah rah stuff and a committed group of insiders lerching the party leftward.

P.S. CAGOP Vice Chair Peter Kuo (and senior adviser to Congressman Ro-Kanna D-Bejing)  has been spotted with someone who is carrying his Violin for him.

Aug 212019
 

 

September 13th is a critical deadline. All GOP Central Committees need to notify their county registrar of their intention to appear on the ballot. Remember, due to rules changes Cent Com elections have to be on the ballot or that county committee loses all of their CAGOP delegates.

Remember, in 2016, knowing they were going to spend millions on County Central Committee races some consultants got the CAGOP rules changed to strip GOP Cent Coms of delegates that did not apper on the ballot. This affected 8 Northern California Counties – even though the rules change was passed by Bay Area and LA liberals. The rules change was designed to force all counties on to the ballot so their millions could dictate the composition of party leadership.

I am not alleging any malfeasance nor am I alleging that they are trying purposely to not tell people so more counties lose their delegates.. I am taking an opportunity to rail on the people that engineered this rules change, and your intrepid blogger will rail on them and tell the story until the rule is repealed from the CAGOP ByLaws. ( This is 100% because I know the intent of the rule and how they intended to use it when they got it passed)

However, I’ve been informed that at least two regional vice chairs (Wilder and Heath) have notified the committees in their regions of the deadline. Your intrepid blogger is joining in to get the word out. I’ve also been told that some of the Bay Area liberal puppet-masters (for obvious reasons) have been telling their Central Committees to notify their registrars.

Aug 062019
 

A lot of people have been seizing upon the latest mass shootings to attack President Trump directly or indirectly by railing on White Supremacy. The fact is that white supremacy has been on the decline for years – as have shooting deaths.

In fact, Black Males account for 7% of the population and 50% of the shooting murders in the USA (source: Larry Elder who is Black). Those taking potshots at White Supremacy (which is rooted in racism, a sin and morally wrong) appear to be remiss to discuss groups like Antifa or the disproportionate violence within Black America. The President is and he is getting assailed for being racist for doing so (see also Baltimore).

In his tweet, Chad Mayes equates “Nationalism” to xenophobia, racism and mass murder. This is and has been a dog whistle for the left to attack Trump supporters with. It is the opinion of this blogger that Mayes will use his proposed resolution coming to the ensuing CAGOP Convention as a platform to attack Trump supporters with by inference or directly.

Mayes has been outspoken in his criticism of the President and since being ousted as Assembly Permanent Minority leader has been on a rampage to assuage his bruised ego.

I am going to roast some marshmallows at the upcoming CAGOP Convention as I could care less (really, I don’t) about Chad Mayes’ resolution – I am more interested in the pain and chaos it is going to cause the oligarchy of controlled failure. The old adage is change or die, it appears they are preferring to die.

Chad Mayes’ tweets make several fallacious comparisons and assertions – but these will be for the weak leadership and consultant-controlled CAGOP committees to hash out. Given that most of the top GOP consulting firms are #NEVERTRUMPERS and most staff of GOP members are lukewarm at best to the President, I can hardly wait to see what they do. There are three possibilities – the Resolution gets aborted in committee, the Resolution gets watered down in committee or it passes as is. My money is on it passing as is, as many of the same people celebrating (privately) the passage of the “Tax Return Bill”, are now in total control of the CAGOP apparatus.

Update: the CAGOP is reputed to have well over $1MM in the bank as of last weekend. Once again, good Job – please keep it up. To those in CAGOP leadership – remember, when you show leadership and do good it will be reported on just as fast as the criticism comes out. 

I’ve consistently railed on the CAGOP leadership for refusing to take public stands on a variety of issues – The Party Platform, the President, William “Bill” Brough’s scandals, Duncan Hunter’s Scandals, Crazy Carl DiMaio, and Omar Navarro’s Scandals amongst them. Remember, Chad Mayes was held accountable for his moral failures under the previous CAGOP Chairman. The current CAGOP Chair has several campaign and financial ties to Mr. Mayes and his former Girlfriend – the disgraced Kristen Olsen. It is not an unfair question to ask about the consultants public record of disdain for the President and madam chairman’s actions (or lack thereof) and past financial connections / campaign work.

Lastly, and most importantly, If the leadership of the CAGOP was perceived to be strong, someone like Mr. Mayes would not have felt empowered to do what he is doing. To be continued…

Aug 042019
 

Chad Mayes was right about the leadership vacuum. He led in the wrong direction but he led in a direction. He continues to rail on the vacuum as justification for going off the left end of the cliff and for ceaseless attacks against the right to assuage his ego. However, I encourage anyone to go back and read Mayes’ comments at the beginning of the cap and trade saga. They were spot on.

However, those in CAGOP leadership now appear to be even more MIA than those we’ve criticized in the past. Chad Mayes as Assembly Leader had a good grip on the members of his caucus until the cap and trade fiasco shattered it. According to accounts there is no discipline left in the Assembly GOP Caucus.

It appears to be the same in the Senate.

While the CAGOP appears to have some (limited) resources with which to operate ($1MM or so in total) – there has been deafening silence from the top.

Where were the leaders when the bill targeting President Trump was actually in committee or on the floor? Unless I missed something, it looks like they showed up after the thing was sent to Gavin Newsom’s desk.

While CAGOP Chair Jessica Patterson has been using Gavin Newsom as a rag doll (good job on that by the way) she and her crew have been oddly silent on a variety of things.

I tried asking Senate Permanent Minority Leader Shannon Grove a couple questions on facebook and succeeded in getting a canned answer about how the GOP is a minority and how I should stop having an opinion (labeled as attacking people). So, I am going to ask some questions of anyone in CAGOP Leadership that wish to reach out to me directly. (You can remain confidential if you like) The embedded screenshot was related to some documents Shannon Grove Published yesterday relating to the Donald Trump Tax Return bill. She responded somewhere between 2AM and 3AM as my reply was at about 8AM today 8-4-2019.

Where has the CAGOP been on the Assemblyman William “Bill” Brough scandals? (AD-73) (4 documented victims with complaints dating back to 2011, several documented incidences of financial corruption with his campaign account) What about CA-45 and CA-49, two key congressional districts we need in order to restore a GOP majority in the house? Both are affected by Brough’s maladies.

Where has the CAGOP been on the Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. scandals? (CA-50) (Federal Indictments, several documented incidences of financial corruption with his campaign account, and several alleged and documented affairs) What about Assemblyman Randy Vopel whose district is completely encased in the boundaries of CA-50? Where does he factor in the inaction related to CA-50?

Where is the CAGOP on the recently exploding Scandal Related to Omar Navarro? (CA-43) (The Woman he cheated on his wife with got a restraining order against him after his now ex-wife did as well)

I’ve been told several things privately about who is calling who, but we have all been treated to a vacuum publicly. It appears that the CAGOP leadership have deferred to the local parties, most of which have been damaged and/or devastated by the rampage of Luis Buhler in 2016 when some $3MM was dumped in to local party committee races targeting a lot of the leaders with tenure.

I’ve been waiting for public moves related to Bill Brough for two months, we’ve all been waiting for public moves on Duncan Hunter Jr for much longer than that. (The RivCo GOP has called on Hunter to resign, but the SD GOP appears to be unwilling to follow suit)

Why have the CAGOP leadership been silent, and if they have not what have they done to show leadership in the face of these scandals?

Where is the CAGOP with regard to President Trump? We’ve seen cagey quotes and media avoidance. We’ve seen several prominent Consultants with a lot of past work for the party publicly trashing the President. We’ve seen staffers of GOP legislators trashing the President. Is the CAGOP ok with this? Are the consultants pulling the strings in the background still of the belief that President Trump is toxic? What have the CAGOP leadership done with the consultants that were celebrating the tax return bill’s signing?

What is the position of the CAGOP leadership and paid consultants with regard to Trump supporters? What message were they sending when they filled party steering committees with staffers, consultants and known #nevertrumpers… with few if any early trump supporters making or conservatives regardless of 2016 preference making the lists? What message are they sending when they have paid vendors who are blanket labeling trump supporters as white supremacists and racists in other campaigns? What message are they sending when they refuse to stand up for rank-and-file Republicans in the state media when the race card is abused?

What message is the CAGOP and their leadership sending with the party platform drill and the secretive way it was handled? Was the resolution of the platform drafting a political calculation or was it done out of core ideological conviction? Why was leadership silent on the platform before the draft was created and why are they still silent now?

Regarding the SD05 fiasco: Should I have just not said anything about Jesus Andrade? Does the fact that Andrade is a former Barack Hussein Obama Staffer who re-registered Republican just before running for his current city council seat an issue? Was Andrade vetted before Bob Elliott was called and coerced in to dropping out of the SD-05 race? If Andrade was vetted, were you guys ok with his personal history and financial maladies? If Andrade was not vetted, why not? Since Bob Elliott was pushed in to the CA-10 Race, does this mean CAGOP leadership thinks CA-10 is a lost cause?

Now – in the interest of accuracy, I’ve corrected some previous assertions as I am concerned to report accurate facts. However, let’s summarize them again:

David Carney was brought in to California by Shannon Grove, who is reputed to have gotten Assembly leader Marie Waldron on board with his hiring as well. Carney’s connections to President Trump appear to be part of his resume’ but not part of the nexus for his presence.

Jessica Patterson, Shannon Grove and Marie Waldron have been working as a team on fundraising (the “one-ask” program where funds are split in thirds between the two caucuses and the party). The caucuses appear to be out of debt, but appear to have small amounts cash at this time. The CAGOP has about $1MM total.

The platform that emerged from the secretive and controlled process is largely the 2015 platform with minor modifications to update it to 2019.

I hope I can make more such modifications to previous assertions based on continued success of the party leadership.

Here is the bottom line – I reserve the right to continue to scrutinize the actions of the leadership of my party. Having been in this game since 1998, I’ve seen a set in pattern of control and failure presided over by a shrinking group of insiders. This is the “Oligarchy of Controlled Failure” I refer to.

If you want to shut up this intrepid blogger, start winning and stop controlling people, places and things. In essence practice the principles of transformational leadership:

  1. Inspirational Motivation

    Leaders should inspire those they manage with an emphasis on mission, values, and vision to create meaning. This is where leaders help workers to understand that the work they engage in is useful and means something to the company.

  2. Intellectual Stimulation

    Transformational leaders specialize in shaking up the status quo. If an old idea is not practical and no longer serves a purpose, then a leader should have no problem discarding it. They set employees up for success and encourage them to be innovative and creative in how they approach problems and produce solutions.

  3. Idealized Influence

    This is the “practice what you preach” stage of transformational leadership. Employees are more likely also to adopt the ethical principles set forth by transformational leadership if leaders become role models concerning the principles. Leaders should treat every interaction with employees as a chance to inspire transformational leadership.

  4. Individualized Consideration

    Leaders then work to recognize the individual talents and skills of each person they work with. They do what they can to encourage their success and create opportunities for them to create, innovate, and make their own decisions that lead to success.

Credit: This link on status.net

Are the current leaders of the CAGOP willing to risk losing control? Are they willing to put in the effort to create a new generation of leaders? Where is the vision? Where are the values? Where is the individualized consideration?

I’ve seen next to none of this in almost any of the situations I’ve been a part of. To be continued…

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