Mar 312020
 

There has been a school of thought since at least 2008, maybe before that the “leadership” and the “insiders” (see also Oligarchy of Controlled Failure) resent the amount of work they have to put in to keeping the CAGOP under control. There has been more than one person suggest that “they” would shut down the party if they could.

On Saturday, 3-28-2020 – the CAGOP’s Board of Directors cancelled the 2020 Convention and delegated the disposition of Fall 2020 Party endorsements to a small committee of insiders.

Then there is the overall apathy and attitude of defeat that comes from a generation of grassroots being shunned from any positions of real consequence and mocked for their beliefs. People only endure relegation and insults for so long before they either become terrorists intent on burning the organization down or just giving up and leaving.

After Meg Whitman won her governor’s race, everyone that supported Steve Poizner and worked for him was targeted and shunned. This matters because the same people that worked for Whitman then are swinging the axe now – Jeff Randle (who made $7500 a month from the new defunct California Trailblazers and at reputedly least double that from CAGOP Contracts), David Reade, Andy Garakhani are the people behind the curtain circa 2020. We detailed that the blacklist has returned. We’ve written about several insider machinations. We’ve detailed the serious condition that several legislative districts are in.

Your intrepid blogger even had first-hand knowledge of (some not all) “leaders” defending outright corruption/misbehavior in AD72 and AD73.

I have been told by several insiders that a survey that was sent out via email to the CAGOP’s members had next to no responses. The key aim of the survey – sent via email only – was to determine what people wanted to do with the CAGOP Convention in the #Chinavirus world. Did the party bosses really want any response?

(Note, after three months I am still not getting CAGOP Emails, others have to forward them to me. If you want to forward them to me use [email protected] or if you prefer [email protected])

I believe that the cancellation of the 2020 Convention is a toxic combination of apathy and “leadership” really not wanting to have to deal with a convention. Again, I believe the apathy is in no small part created by the psychotic grasp of control exerted by the shrinking coven of consultants and staff inside the oligarchy of controlled failure. I’ve watched for years as they have systematically dismantled and demolished organizations they could not control and killed organizations they did. Why should the CAGOP suffer any different a fate?

The State Party By-Laws call for 1 Convention Every Calendar Year. The Feb 2021 Convention is now the next convention. This means that the CAGOP will be in violation of its’ own by-laws. What is the consequence – someone could sue the CAGOP? This is not the first time the CAGOP leadership have flouted their own by-laws, I’ve seen it many times. Mostly the By-Laws have been flouted to ensure endorsements of incumbent legislators or to circumvent insurrections against the wishes of party bosses.

If more Apathy, disconnection, exasperation and separation is what the consultants that are making 6-figure incomes off of the CAGOP want, they are on their way.

What are the potential consequences of the CAGOP skipping and deliberately not re-scheduling the Convention in May? Please note that a lot of County Chairs wanted the convention to be re-set for September. So add Anger and disenfranchisement to the list. Did the regional vice chairs talk to their county chairs about how they felt? Did they care?

IT is the opinion of this blogger that Former Congressman Doug Ose is ramping up a Governor Campaign, and John Cox is looking at running again as well. However, given the abject bias and the movement of insiders – the Trump-Hating former Mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer is being lined up by the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure. They believe that we need yet another Chad Mayes Republican to run statewide. Remember Randle and Reade raked in $15,000 a month from Meg Whitman. Garakhani and Patterson also cashed in off of Meg Whitman, this is their paradigm.

What has their leadership brought us? (Quoting an email I actually get)

  • No voter registration effort by the CRP since March, 2013   They did a one month effort in September, 2019.  Current registration figures are 44% Democrat, 27% NPP and 23% GOP
  • The November, 2020 ballot will NOT have Republican on the ballot for:

19 Assembly Seats <<< 22.5% of Assembly Elections with no GOP Candidate on the Ballot.

9 out of twenty State Senate seats <<< WHAT!? That’s 45% of the State Senate Elections with no Republican on the Ballot! (note, in SD05 the party bosses wasted $150K on a Republican that finished 5th)

8 congressional seats

Out of Ose, Cox and Faulconer – only Ose is an original Trump Supporter (although Cox was endorsed by Trump for Governor in 2018) and Cox is easily the most Conservative of the three. Faulconer is the most liberal – hence the love of the insiders.

There would be a clear nexus to keep the grassroots at bay. There will be no debate about proxy rules and Jessica Patterson can go in to the 2021 CAGOP Convention with 257-275 proxies lined up making her a prohibitive favorite to get re-elected. This favors Faulconer.

Perhaps the very ambitious and very liberal CAGOP Northern Region Vice Chair Deborah Wilder (a client of David Stafford Reade’s) will be tapped to run for CAGOP Chair after the November Elections are complete? (It is the opinion of this blogger that at least 3 more Legislative seats are gone, perhaps as many as 6) Remember, Wilder has served party bosses well, arguing against grassroots supported rules changes at at least two conventions that I am aware of.

Another sick irony is that with the 2020 convention shuttered, none of the never-trumpers currently raking in money off of the Trump effort have to face any of the rank and file CRP delegates until the Feb 2021 officer election convention. (Note, that while David Stafford Reade worked for Marco Rubio and later Cruz in 2016 – he is bundling money for Trump in 2020, this will undoubtedly set him up for a run of his own in 2022 or more high-profile work. Of the crew, Reade is the most conservative and the most friendly to Trump) It is my estimation that Jessica Patterson, Jeff Randle, David Reade and Andy Garakhani (among others) split a $500K kitty from the 2020 RNC Convention drill – despite their past history of openly opposing President Trump (scrubbed social media or not).

The only decision made by the CAGOP Board this past weekend that I agreed with was making the election of two RNC officers a mail in ballot deal instead of a jam down from the 159 hand-picked RNC Delegates. Had the CAGOP board not designated a mail-ballot election, Harmeet Dhillon would have been at the mercy of 159 hand-picked RNC Delegates that Andy Garakhani and Jeff Randle selected for the RNC Convention instead of being re-elected by the rank and file CAGOP delegates.

The other major decision of the CAGOP Board is related to the election in November 2020. There are going to be a ton of ballot measures on the ballot in November. The initiatives committee – 100% of which were appointed by Jessica Patterson and 100% of which were supporters of Jessica Patterson is making the recommendations. (Remember, in Jeff Randle’s world, anyone that did not tow the line is excluded. It is my opinion and knowledge that Randle directed the process of forming the current CAGOP committees) Then the recommendation of the initiatives committee will be sent to the executive committee of the CAGOP for debate and ratification. 50% of the executive committee is also appointed by the Chair. The Rank-and-File delegates are shut out again.

No by-law debates, no endorsement debates just a couple of party insider committees calling the shots.

Perhaps party activists that care about the party should organize their own convention? I’d support something like that were it to get traction.

Perhaps party activists should openly petition the party bosses to actually hold a regularly scheduled CAGOP Convention in August or September in order to satisfy the PARTY’S OWN BYLAWS? The only way to set aside the party by-laws is with unanimous consent and the cancellation of the convention was not done unanimously. I would also support a VERY PUBLIC effort to petition party bosses to do their job and hold a convention in 2020.

If you care about the CAGOP – please forward this to people that are delegates and alternate delegates to the CAGOP. This is our party and what is being done is not right.

Mar 312020
 

When I saw the list of Trump delegates to the RNC, it caused me to start investigating a lot of things. For one, West Walker was retaliated against for helping Travis Allen. Despite being a very early Trump supporter and a key volunteer leader in 2016, Andy Gimmecandy made sure he was eliminated. In fact, the list of delegates are replete with establishment types – including many who vociferously opposed the President up until Election Day. I had also been told there were several internal fights over the delegate list as Gimmecandy was assembling it. The fee for a delegate went from $900 to $1200 and Gimmecandy was asking for it 100% up front, suggesting it was supporting his consulting fees.

This is the type of ham-fisted dictatorship I have become used to. The goodwill post 2019 CAGOP Convention is gone. None of the follow-up meetings I personally had been led to believe would happen did. Jeff Randle, Andy Gimmecandy, David Reade and crew are doing the EXACT SAME THING THEY DID post Meg Whitman when they were all pulling down $10,000-$15,000 a month salaries off of her. Anyone that was a part of Steve Poizner’s campaign was excluded, shunned and blacklisted from future participation. It was not just me in 2010, and it is not just me in 2020 being punished for refusal to accede to the wishes of the elite.

Remember, the connection between these consultants and Jessica Patterson was first solidified in the Whitman effort in 2010.

Worse, Travis Allen and Steve Frank supporters were willfully exterminated from CAGOP Committees by Jessica Patterson, Jeff Randle and crew. It was seeing the lists of CRP Committee-members that told me we were in for a long two years as conservatives. It also told me that the blacklist had returned (which I confirmed with off the record sources). I personally did not even ask for an appointment to anything, I knew better. Others found out the hard way.

So when I looked at the current list of CAGOP Delegates – I went through the list looking for Congressional Staff, Legislative Staff, Political Consultants, Staff of Consultants, employees of firms that are political in nature (aka treasurers, fundraisers, etc). I figured the near psychotic grip being exerted had some sort of basis in numbers and control. I was not disappointed.

Note – that I included myself in the count of political consultants.

I determined that 29% of the current delegates, based on the list I got in January fit the list of people with financial interests in CAGOP politics (don’t worry CRP, I am not publishing the list nor am I spamming it either). It took me a few hours to look up names, but I am 99% convinced this number is accurate.

What this means is that Travis Allen, Steve Frank or anyone else seeking to dethrone Jessica Patterson starts with a 27-2 deficit. (Not all 29% of the aforementioned are part of the machine, just most of them)

The system is rigged. Any candidates running for CAGOP office have to win 2/3 or more of the 71% of renaming delegates in order to win election against the establishment.

It gets better. In case you are wondering why any efforts to reform the proxy system are eviscerated, this is why. The rules committee, stacked with establishment, will torpedo any attempts to reform. Then you have to get 2/3 from the floor to adopt reform to override the stacked Rules Committee – which is also impossible due to the rigged system.

Proxies? Jessica Patterson got 584 Votes for CAGOP Chairman. This was 54% of the total vote. 257 of those 584 votes came by proxy. (This assumes that every proxy I thought was a Patterson vote actually was a Patterson vote)

257 out of 584 is 44%.

You can literally draw the conclusion that Jessica Patterson is a Proxy Chairman and that the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure are in complete control of the CAGOP.

This is not a representation of real Republicans. This is Failure, Inc.

Mar 262020
 

It is obvious that our political leaders in California are tone deaf and completely out of touch.

During the run up to the CAGOP Chairman’s Race we talked about the scarlet memo called “Reframing the Message“. This document was allegedly created by $350,000 worth of Chad Mayes’ money. (Mayes is no longer a Republican, and Mainschein who is featured all over the document is also no longer a Republican)

The goal of the project was to figure out how to sell sentencing reform, global warming and other leftist pillars to a Republican Audience. The paper claims that it is how to sell Republican ideas to non-Republicans.

It is clear that the leadership of the legislature and to a lesser extent the leadership of the state party are on a suicide mission to implement the “Reframing the Message” plan. The voter registration materials I saw from the state party were so watered down and uninspiring that they were hard to read – but lines were pulled out of this disaster verbatim.

So why would I not be surprised to see Pardoned Murderer Esteban Nunez and Far-Left Wackjob Van Jones (nominated by Obama and torpedoed when video of him calling all Republicans “assholes” surfaced) as part of an inmates’ rights group? Remember, Esteban Nunez’ sentence commutation was done late in Governor Arnold’s tenure as governor and Nunez’ father is none other than former Dem Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. (Who happened to be a business partner of Arnold’s post office) Based on what I read, Nunez murdered someone in cold blood and law enforcement objected to the commutation given by Arnold. Worse, the victim’s family learned about it from a reporter because Arnold was too much of a coward to notify them himself!

 

Cut50 is a group that advocates for sentencing reform – aka go soft on criminals. #dayofempathy is their signature event where they tell sob stories about convicts to make people forget about the crime victims.

Here is Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Marie Waldron participating in undermining law enforcement.

There is no discussion of fatherlessness. There is no discussion of the correlation of the social welfare system to crime. There is no discussion of any of the societal trends that are leading to higher crime – just typical feel-good pablum about the poor criminals.

If you want to know why the GOP in California is teetering on extinction – it is because leaders like Marie Waldron are attempting to adopt the same policies that have turned California in to a disaster in many ways, and…

Leave us not forget she was a huge impediment to getting rid of the scandal-marred William “Bill” Brough in AD73 as well as defending the corrupt, liberal Tyler Diep in AD72.

We deserve better as a party and we deserve better as Californians.

Mar 232020
 

I have been sharply critical of decisions being made by California Senate Republican Caucus Strategist Matt Klemin – the issues are two-fold, he is paid $152,000 a year to lose races and number 2 it has been put to me by several people that he makes a lot of decisions in a vacuum which may mean some of my past criticisms permanent minority leader Shannon Grove may have been misplaced. Did I mention that Matt Klemin loses races? SD12, SD14 and SD34 in 2018. (SD-XX = California State Senate District XX)

Only Scott Wilk in SD21 looks like he will be OK, but he is in for a slugfest. However, the problem vexing Scott Wilk is the overlaid CA25 Race. This is the Katie Hill seat and she was the millennial golden girl for the national socialist party. She was taken down when her out of control lifestyle was exposed by Red State Blogger Jennifer Van Laar – the scandal was quick and ferocious. Now the national dems want to assuage their bruised ego.

Relatively unknown businessman Mike Garcia is the GOP Standard-Bearer in CA25. If the DCCC pours money in to CA25, Wilk could be in trouble due to the over-spray. Do note that I am endorsing the nominee of the GOP Mike Garcia in CA-25 in addition to always being a fan of Scott Wilk.

Wilk’s strong showing was pretty much because of his efforts and relationships. He got token support from Matt Klemin and the Senate Caucus – while outside interests came in strong for him.

Remember – Matt Klemin is paid $152,000 a year from the State Senate Caucus (even though it shows up on the CAGOP’s financial report – see the end of the post for why that is) to get the Senate Caucus shrunk from 15-10 members over the last decade. I could hire people from the rescue mission and get the same result.

You will see that Matt Klemin decided that pumping $150,000 in to SD05 candidate Jesus Andrade was a great idea. Andrade is in 4th place and that result is unlikely to change. In fact, Klemin’s decision could have cost the GOP a candidate in the runoff. Now Andrade is replaced with a democrat on the Stockton City Council.

It gets better – Both Ling Ling Chang and John Moorlach received tepid support from the Senate GOP Caucus – again at the direction of Matt Klemin:

Both of these incumbent State Senators are in clear and present danger. When the incumbent is held under 50 (remember there is no 50+1 provision) regardless of the unique rules of Prop 14, it is a signal of danger. In this case, both Moorlach and Ling Ling received less support than the 4th place finisher Jesus Andrade.

It is the opinion of this blogger that Matt Klemin will be overseeing the loss of two more State Senators. I’d love very much to be able to write something different. The ray of hope for Ling Ling Chang is that CA-39 is going to be competitive in the fall with Young Kim running strong against Lotto Boy. That will be a $10Million Race for Congress almost certainly. Will Michael Bloomberg take all those employees he lied to (he laid his political staff off after promising them jobs through november) and send them in to Orange County like he did in 2018?

Similar to how CA-25 could affect Scott Wilk, so will CA-39 affect Ling Ling Ling Chang.

John Moorlach has no such help in CA-45 as John Thomas’ incompetence led Don Sedgwick in to a political brick wall and Greg Raths finished second. Raths is noted for not being a good fundraiser and the NRCC appears to have pulled back from CA-45.

This leads us to the $1.5 Million Golden Girl Rosilicie Ochoa-Bogh. On paper, she looks like a strong candidate. In the primary, I lit her up good largely because of my frustration over the jam down of party endorsements and the coronation of her by political insiders.

The lie that was being told was that the money had to go in to Rosilicie because Lloyd White was going to split the GOP vote up causing a D vs D runoff in SD23. That became a proven lie as on election night Lloyd White was in first place. This means that absent $1Million in attacks, Lloyd White finishes first in the SD23 Primary. Based on my knowledge of the situation, I am of the belief that lie was largely propagated by Matt Klemin. Despite my frustrations with Shannon Grove, I do not see her as a bald-faced liar.

Before you celebrate the 9.5% differential between Republicans and Democrats – remember the $1.5 Million poured in to Rosilicie. Will another $1.5 Million be there in the fall – AND – how much do the dems pour in to Abigail Medina? $5Million? They have money to burn.

Also note that the dems spent very little on Medina in the primary. This fact alone should give everyone pause. Since Bogh herself was not responsible for the actions of the party people around her, and despite my real reservations about the situation in general, I do want her to win the SD23 Election. I may at some point get her side of the story and write a piece about the merits of Bogh. (if Bogh’s campaign wants to reach out [email protected] is the place)

There is also the matter of the SD-28 special election. Klemin and crew did finally engage late, but not nearly enough to life Melissa Melendez over the 50% threshold. It remains to be seen if the democrats mount a serious effort. They (the dems) did put a goat on the ballot, John Schwab who was a lifelong democrat and re-registered Republican specifically to split votes off of Melendez. He has also refused to endorse Melendez post primary. The net effect is this is going to cost the Senate GOP Caucus a lot of money to deal with a potential onslaught from said dems. Then layer on persistent rumors that Shannon Grove does not like Melissa Melendez very much and you understand my concern even though I think Melendez will hammer any dem challenger.

This is the state of things on the GOP Senate side as I see them.

Note – The “One Ask” program is where the CAGOP Chair, Senate Caucus Leader and/or the Assembly Caucus Leader make fundraising calls and the money raised is split in thirds between the caucuses. In the case of the Senate – you see a lot of their expenditures (including Klemin’s Salary of $152,000 a year to lose races) come out of the CAGOP’s State Account. This arrangement has existed for years and is perfectly legal. 

Also note that SD-XX = California State Senate District XX

Mar 182020
 

The Country is in a state of panic. Conspiracy Theorists are running amok. Democrats across America are practically declaring Martial Law, the Stock Market is down 30%. A Recession has been created literally overnight. You’d think that the State Party Leadership would be cognizant of the dynamic.

Yup. Got a solicitation from the State Party Today. This was sent in the last 3-5 days.

You’d think the CAGOP would stop fundraising activity? The number of annoying emails I am getting from candidates has gone backwards considerably.

Now – this is where my very public criticism of Party Leaders (which are different from the feckless Assembly and State Senate Leaders – but related), comes in. We’ve detailed how high their salaries and consulting fees are. We deserve better for our money.

Then there is this:

I am sure that Madam Chairman / Chairwoman / Jeff Randle / David Stafford Reade / Andy Gimmecandy / (fill in name of $100K+ year consultant here) get that 50% of the delegates to the CAGOP (including the ones they harvest proxy votes from) are over Age 60? Perhaps they are OK continuing with the convention because there will be less people in attendance making the outcome easier to control? (See also the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure)

The CAGOP Could Pay me $2500 a month and I’d save them $1 Million a year in consulting fees and disabuse them of these kinds of blunders. I am sure the CADEMS are laughing hysterically right now as they prepare to use these mistakes in voter registration drives.

The party had to send the above out after sending a survey the previous day making a big deal out of the National Committeeman and National Committeewoman Elections that are supposed to occur at our convention. Both of these people get to vote on the Nominee of the GOP Nationally, so it is a big deal. However when you see the next…

This was the survey question that caused several recipients of the email to believe that the CAGOP’s staff was soliciting opponents to Harmeet Dhillon and Shawn Steel.

I have been convinced more than ever that the CAGOP is a shell that exists to help about 15-20 people live comfortably. It has been years since I have seen actual work in the field on fundamentals. There have been effective board members (such as Harmeet Dhillon or Jim Brulte), but largely due to the almost psychotic level of control executed by a handful of people that try to hide in the shadows there is no room for innovation or vision.

Regardless of the culprit(s) – This sort of mixed message and confusion is not a good look for the CAGOP. Continuing to fund-raise at this moment is also not a good look for the CAGOP. But, remember we were supposed to support the current regime because Travis Allen would have been a disaster for the CAGOP.

Please also note – there is a technical issue that has precluded the CAGOP from sending to the yahoo.com account I have used for 20 years, it has yet to be fixed as I have not been getting their emails for over 3 months now. The above emails were forwarded to me.

It is the opinion of this blogger that we deserve better from our State Party. This needs to stop.

P.S. This email from the Tea Party California Caucus I 100% agree with and endorse:

Dear California Republican Activist:

You may have received a survey from the California Republican Party, asking if the May 1-3 convention should be postponed, cancelled or handled as a conference call.  It is suggested that it could be held in “Summer” of 2020.  That means it could be held between June 20 and September 22.

One issue mentioned is how do we endorse, or oppose ballot measures for the November ballot.  Actually, by holding a convention May 1-3, we could NOT be discussing and taking a position on November issues, since the Secretary of State will not finalize the ballot measures until sometime in August.  Remember, the CRP did NOT take a stand on Prop. 13, nor did the Board of Directors make a recommendation.  In fact the September convention never agenized the endorsement of President Trump, and the Board of Directors NEVER took a vote to endorse him.  Instead, at the last minute, someone listed on the CRP voter guide that President Trump was endorsed.  Yet NO vote was ever taken.

We urge you to send an email to the California Republican Party, to the Chair, saying you want a real convention, in September, when we can have a real discussion of our positions on the ballot measures.

In the survey sent by the California Republican Party, it was noted that the Executive Committee could take positions, without the delegates being heard.  In fact, the bylaws mandate certain people to be appointed to the Executive Committee.  But, the by-laws also allow the Chair, one person, to choose a majority of the members of the Executive Committee.  In other words, one person will be deciding our position on up to fifteen November ballot measures.

There was also a question as to the election of national Committeewoman and Man.  As the question itself states, if we do not, then the delegates to the GOP National Convention can do so.  We are a little more than forty days before the May 1 convention—and yet, there are no opponents to the incumbents.  This is a non issue as to the calling of a convention and the date.

We are a political Party.  Not endorsing Donald Trump for re-election, not taking a position on Prop. 13—which lost due to grassroots opposition, both Republicans and Democrats, shows the need for a fully run convention.

Please send emails to the Party asking for an early September convention.  Otherwise, imagine the California Republican Party will not have a meeting for almost eighteen months—September, 2019 till February 2021—almost makes delegates irrelevant.

Please send me a copy of your email to the CRP.  We will win in November, both elected offices and ballot measures if we are unified.  Unity comes from everyone having a seat at the table.  Losing is because a few people make the decisions.  Are we winners or losers?

Sincerely,

Randall Jordan, Chairman Tea Party California Caucus.