Jun 292020
 

Your intrepid blogger has been after Crooked Consultant John Thomas for a while. He really came on to my radar screen after his complete disaster in #CA45 and his insanely stupid decision to take on a self-funding disaster in AD-01. (at least I think he is crooked and this post will explain more of how I arrived at that opinion)

Now, John Thomas is being investigated by the DOJ and the Maryland AG related to his medical supply company Blue Flame Medical. Well, let’s add some more background to how Blue Flame got started.

Blue Flame President John Thomas’ link to Michael Cambron, President of California Healthcom (the company formed by Henry Huang, also the founder of Great Health Companion, a subsidiary of China’s state-owned Hakim Unique Group that Blue Flame stated it was working with to obtain PPE) appears to have sprung from a shady development deal under corrupt and now-indicted former Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford (who apparently John Thomas worked for.) Have a look for yourself:

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/california-healthcom-group-chg#section-current-team 

I am still trying to grasp just how deeply China has penetrated all levels of government and the USA, aided and abetted by the Bush and Obama administrations. But, suffice to say, China does not have a monopoly on corruption, but they seem to attract a lot of the corrupt. John Thomas appears to be on the list.

See our expose on John Thomas’ terrible record as a political consultant. He seems to be just as inept at being a consultant and may even be crooked.

The link between Thomas and Cambron appears to go back to a shady Palmdale development dealThomas Partners Properties was given the $200 million deal by the City of Palmdale to build The Oasis Wellness Village. The Oasis was supposed to be built adjacent to the Palmdale Regional Medical Center “to further stimulate and supplement the resources and services provided by the Medical Center.” At the time, Thomas stated that they would be “working together” with the PRMC.* Michael Cambron’s LinkedIn profile lists that he was the “Director of Business Development” for UHS, Palmdale Regional Medical Center from 2011-2016 (and Crunchbase noted that “Dr. Cambron is the VP Strategic and Business Development at UHS and Palmdale Regional Medical Center.”)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-cambron-15b9b28/  

The John Thomas $200 million dollar development deal with the City of Palmdale was announced in July 2015. Blue Flame listed this deal on their website to give themselves credibility, even though they never delivered on The Oasis project and Thomas Partners Properties even has a suspended license.

Are you noticing the pattern? Blue Flame has been getting HAMMERED in the media for failing to deliver on their vaunted Chinese medical supply contracts.

“Thomas registered Thomas Partners Properties with the California Secretary of State in 2013 and lists the firm on his LinkedIn page as an active healthcare real estate development company. The state says the company’s business license is suspended. A previous version of Blue Flame’s website touted Thomas’ ‘latest project’ as The Oasis, ‘a $200 million, 420,000 square-foot wellness village at the Palmdale Regional Medical Center that focuses on injury and disease prevention through the encouragement of healthy lifestyle choices.’ Thomas Partners Properties announced that project in 2015, with promises to break ground in 2016. Palmdale officials confirmed the project is still stalled, with no updates on when or if will move forward.

Medical importer launched by GOP consultants prompts complaints, federal investigation

Please note that in late 2014 John Thomas stated to a colleague that he was a consultant to the City of Palmdale. (I will lay odds this can be confirmed via City records.) It Doesn’t seem completely acceptable that Thomas was then given this massive development deal by the City of Palmdale in mid-2015, while now-indicted Mayor Jim Ledford was in office. (My source for this confirmation is known to me but requested confidentiality)

It doesn’t appear that the media that is tearing in to John Thomas’ Blue Flameout is aware of the direct connection between John Thomas and corrupt (now former) Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, who gave Thomas the $200 million contract which appears to have first introduced Thomas to the future President of Henry Huang’s California Healthcom. Thomas’ connection with Mayor Ledford also led to an odd connection between John Thomas and Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris (who brought BYD a Chinese Auto Manufacturer to the same Palmdale/Lancaster region).

What did Rex Parris know about this fatally flawed real estate deal?

Again, in late 2014 John Thomas stated that he was a Consultant for the City of Palmdale.

Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris (BYD) signed on to be a trial attorney in a lawsuit against the City of Palmdale. Basically, Parris somehow knew about Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford receiving kickbacks from a consultant with the City of Palmdale and used the deposition in a voting-rights lawsuit as an excuse to grill Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford on the completely unrelated alleged corruption.

“…on a February morning in 2013, Parris peppered the Palmdale mayor [Jim Ledford] with questions for hours — asking him about politics, city affairs as well as details of his own life and work. Now, issues raised in the deposition have become part of a public corruption investigation into Ledford by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Last month, prosecutors charged Ledford, 64, with illegally receiving nearly $500,000 from local consultants and failing to publicly disclose the income on economic statements.” https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-palmdale-20170726-story.html

It is a key question to understand how and where Rex Parris got his information from. Parris is a reputed to be a RINO. It is alleged that he hates #CA25 Congressman Mike Garcia despite endorsing him – evidence borne out by his pivotal role in helping Christy Smith get a vote center (5 days out from election day) in the most liberal part of #CA25 in order to help her campaign harvest ballots. Rex even has a facebook page dedicated to him – that details his hatred of Republican assemblyman Tom Lackey among other things.

Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford has been charged with illegally receiving nearly $500,000 from local consultants and failing to publicly disclose the income on economic statements, prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutors allege that as part of the scheme, Palmdale paid Shaw millions of dollars and then she — through a nonprofit organization and another consultant — funneled money to the mayor. Between Aug. 1, 2009, and May 3, 2017, Ledford received about $5,200 a month through a series of shell companies, according to the criminal complaint. The mayor received more than $483,000 during that period, authorities say.”  https://ktla.com/news/local-news/palmdale-mayor-2-consultants-charged-in-public-corruption-case/

So, is there a pattern of Corruption? We know that in 2014 John Thomas stated he was a consultant with the City of Palmdale under Mayor Jim Ledford. We know that Mayor Ledford has been charged with corruption and is awaiting trial for taking kickbacks from consultants hired by the City between 2009-2017. We know that in 2015 Thomas Partners Properties was given a huge $200 million dollar contract from the City of Palmdale under Mayor Jim Ledford to build the Oasis Wellness Village. We know that Thomas Partners Properties never built the Oasis Wellness Village.

Where did the money go? How much did John Thomas make on this deal? Did John Thomas pay off Jim Ledford? Did John Thomas double-cross Ledford and tip off Rex Parris? How come Rex Parris has not gone after John Thomas to get that any money paid from that $200 Million Contract Back? Or did Parris interfere with this project as the latest installment of the Palmdale versus Lancaster hate-fest? Or is it a combination of all of the above?

Was this failed Medical Center Deal the seed money for Blue Flame? Was it the inspiration for Blue Flame? Or was it both?

Regarding the Oasis Wellness Center, On May 7 OC Register reported: “Palmdale officials confirmed the project is still stalled, with no updates on when or if will move forward.”  Yet, Thomas Partners Properties – which has a suspended business license – is/was (the brochure is dated 2019) attempting to sell a very similar (but smaller) project (including the same plot of land) under the new name Aurora Wellness Center: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/856-W-Palmdale-Blvd-Palmdale-CA/17054596/  The shameless John Thomas is even using Mayor Jim Ledford’s exact quote when he praised Oasis, but have changed the name to Aurora. Don’t take my word for it, have a look at the marketing brochure included in that loopnet listing which shows that potentially doctored quote (to now show “Aurora”) and confirms it’s Thomas Partners Properties: https://images1.loopnet.com/d2/oRscP7gInj6ocMqDba4d-0dibK2XQzkrCES93CtMcUY/document.pdf

John Thomas has been in local media several times about the project:

“We have been pleased to have had extensive conversations with our neighbor, Palmdale Regional Hospital, and are hopeful they will be an active participant in The Oasis. Based on our meetings it is clear our vision at TPP is consistent with the hospital’s long term master plan. We look forward to working together with Palmdale Regional Hospital and the City to help make The Oasis become a reality,” Thomas continued.  http://theavtimes.com/2015/07/01/the-oasis-wellness-village-coming-to-palmdale/

“…the Palmdale Regional Medical Center. The Oasis Wellness Village will be designed to attract medical care providers and services to the site and to further stimulate and supplement the resources and services provided by the Medical Center.”   https://www.cityofpalmdale.org/DocumentCenter/View/4582/Oasis-Wellness-Village-Planned-Development-PDF

“LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Thomas Partners Properties (TPP) announced a first of its kind Wellness Village real estate development called The Oasis in LA County. Ultimately, the Oasis will offer a continuum of care adjacent to Palmdale Regional Medical Center. TPP is collaborating with nationally renowned leaders in healthcare to provide safe, reliable and branded healthcare providers. Groundbreaking is expected in June of 2016.”  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/thomas-partners-properties-announces-the-oasis-wellness-village-in-la-county-calif-300107799.html

Nothing has happened yet. It is time for the District Attorney and perhaps the FBI to take a look at this stuff. It is time for Rex Parris, John Thomas, Jim Ledford and others to answer questions related to this caper. What happened to the money? Who got it and for what? Oh, and there is the small detail of the medical center… it ain’t there yet folks (6 years later).

John Thomas – He’s the Blue Flame President and no one that values ethics or integrity should get within 1,000,000 miles of him.

To be continued, I am sure…

May 062020
 

John Thomas has been on my Radar Screen for a while. Apparently, he has made a lot of enemies as the last 5 days have seen my cell phone light up similar to the days of when I was pillorying Stan Sniff. It is my opinion (and should be yours too) that John Thomas is a bottom-feeder consultant that should never be taken seriously.

John Thomas has overtaken the crazed Deanna Lorraine Tesoriero (the former CA-12 Candidate that has contacts in the Trump White House getting her tweets re-tweeted by the President) for Grifter of the Year in 2020 (and it’s only May 6th). Deanna will be her own best advocate just like John Thomas is and she will be used to embarrass the President and the GOP when she has her inevitable detonation.

We wrote about John Thomas attempting to reinvent himself as a Medical Equipment supplier – starting a company called Blue Flame Medical along with a former GOP fundraiser. The post was entitled John Thomas Update, when ethical issues and electoral failure lead to Entrepreneurship. Thomas makes national news. John Thomas is making national news on a daily basis, only because he gives the media a whipping boy against the GOP with his unethical behavior and stupidity.

John Thomas is the Blue Flame President

John Thomas made it on to the Right On Daily radar screen for a variety of reasons. It is my opinion that he is a bottom-feeder political consultant as evidenced by the pattern of behavior I have observed from him. I wrote a piece about Mr. Thomas going 0-For 2020.

Thomas’ highlights: A Sheriff Candidate that lost his own home city despite being the Mayor there. A $500K Assembly Candidate that got 9.5% of the vote, A Congressional Candidate with $700K+ that lost to a Colonel with a $1.98, and a laundry list of candidates that fired him.

So why was I not surprised to learn that John Thomas is branching out? His political acumen is on display as he calls himself the “Blue Flame President”. I guess he is proud of bending over and lighting his farts. Someone needs to teach this guy how to do ads, it might have helped his CA-45 candidate in 2020.

The leftist hacks at Politico have a crappy track record with articles, having routinely posted inaccurate information about PRESIDENT Trump. However, the article the hacks wrote about John Thomas appears to have checked out based on some follow ups your intrepid blogger has done. I also remember Alex Isenstaat from the “politiker” blog a decade ago. While he is a flaming leftist, he has exhibited some journalistic integrity. (integrity, take notes Mr. Thomas)

Over the last 14 days I have built another business outside politics and will be focusing my full attention there,” he wrote in the email, which was obtained by POLITICO.

The company, Blue Flame Medical LLC, was formed Monday in Delaware, according to state records. Its website says it sells coronavirus testing kits, N95 respirator masks, “a wide selection” of personal protective equipment and other “hard to find medical supplies to beat the outbreak.”

Asked how he’d managed to procure such equipment when there are shortages in hospitals across the country, Gula said, “I have relationships with a lot of people.”

Gula started Blue Flame with John Thomas, a consultant who until recently worked as chief strategist for Don Sedgwick, a Republican who ran against Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) but lost in the primary earlier this month. Gula’s firm raised money for Sedgwick, according to campaign finance records.

The abrupt move to shutter Gula’s firm has set the Republican operative world ablaze, with many in the business wondering about Gula’s intentions and how he was able to move so swiftly.

Thomas declined to specify how he and Gula had managed to obtain masks that have become so rare that some hospitals have resorted to reusing them or having health care workers tie bandannas or scarfs around their faces. “It’s just relationship-based,” he said. “I can’t say anything else.”

Relationship Based? Like the $500 Million they got from the State of California only to have the State of California Claw it Back?

Update May 6, 2020: After this story posted last night, The Washington Post reported this morning that the U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Blue Flame Medical. The Post’s anonymous sources said the inquiry is focused on the firm’s troubled contracts with California and Maryland, and that Blue Flame’s attorney declined comment on the federal probe.

On March 26, as the coronavirus pandemic was mounting and governors across America scrambled to secure medical supplies, the state of California wired almost a half-billion dollars to a company that had been in business for just three days.

The recipient: Blue Flame Medical LLC, a Delaware-based company headed by two Republican operatives who jumped into the medical supply business on March 23. The pair — Mike Gula from Washington, D.C., and John Thomas of Southern California — had vowed, in their words, to help “fight Covid-19 with the industry’s broadest product selection from hundreds of suppliers.”

The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Politico see an opportunity to use John Thomas lack of ethics as a chance to smear Republicans in general as I doubt they would go this far if a firm of democrats was doing the same thing. That said, the Washington Post Article and the Cal-Matters Article have a theme – John Thomas Overpromised and then delivered nothing.

Within hours of the enormous wire transfer, the deal was dead and California was clawing its money back — $456.9 million, nearly half of what the Legislature had allocated for the state’s pandemic response. The payment to Blue Flame and cancellation of the deal six hours later were revealed in copies of checks, wire transfer receipts and emails obtained by CalMatters through a public records request.

It’s unclear why California decided to make such a large purchase for 100 million face masks from a new and untested company. Days ago, Maryland canceled its own order with Blue Flame and asked the state attorney general to investigate the company for its failure so far to deliver the supplies. And California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter also has raised questions about the company’s credibility.

Katie Porter (DEM CA-45) is simply another politician with a ghastly ego taking advantage of an opportunity to get even with political opponents – but John Thomas Makes it easy. I am going to enjoy hammering Katie Porter if I get a chance to.

Back to John Thomas: It gets worse. A Wall Street Journal Article about Blue Flame adds a bunch of nuggets: (Gula is Thomas’ business partner)

Since launching the site, Mr. Gula has struggled to complete some deals. He lost a deal with Henrico County, Va., outside of Richmond when procurement officials balked that the $300,000 cost of shipping equaled the size of the order. An Henrico County procurement official said that office worked instead with another vendor who provided the supplies more quickly with lower shipping costs.

Mr. Gula inked a contract with state officials in Alabama, but those officials said Friday that Alabama’s deposit on the order had been refunded and that the state’s order for equipment was no longer in process. It couldn’t be determined whether Alabama or Blue Flame initiated the cancellation.

Virginia, Alabama, California and Maryland. This is the typical behavior of a political grifter – they move around a lot in order to keep finding new gigs. Maryland? Read on:

The state of Maryland has canceled a large order of coronavirus supplies from a politically connected company and asked state law-enforcement officials to investigate the matter, Maryland officials said.

Procurement officials with the state said they took action after waiting for more than 30 days for $12.5 million worth of masks and ventilators the state ordered from Blue Flame Medical LLC, a company launched a few weeks ago by a one-time fundraiser for the Republican party.

The former fundraiser, Mike Gula, sent a letter to Maryland officials showing that the state’s order for roughly 1.5 million N95 masks was seized by government officials in China, where they were manufactured, according to a copy reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Gula switched to a new supplier and plans to deliver the masks shortly, along with a separate $4 million order for more than 100 ventilators to the state, according to a Blue Flame Medical official.

The Blue Flameout. Except this time it is not ripping off candidates who have little or no recourse after getting screwed, it is appearing to run a scam with medical supplies to governmental entities.

The Coup D’Etat: The Washington Post – one of the least reputable media outlets that has been sued successfully for smearing people and has been forced to retract several straight out lies about President Trump – prints a line that will appear in Democrat campaign pieces for the rest of the year:

Blue Flame was started in late March by Michael Gula, a Republican fundraising and lobbying consultant in Washington, and John Thomas, a California political consultant.

Before entering the medical supply business, Gula was known in GOP circles for his political fundraising skills. His firm has raised campaign money for Sens. Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.), Steve Daines (Mont.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and dozens of other influential Republicans. He startled some longtime clients in March when he announced he was quitting the fundraising world during an election year to start the medical supply business with Thomas.

The Democrats think they can unseat Steve Daines in 2020. Thanks John Thomas for your assistance.

Also take note of how every article references anonymous sources. Basically, people in government leaking to the presstitutes trying to set fire to John Thomas and his business partner.

Now back to the opening sentence of this blog:

Apparently, he has made a lot of enemies as the last 5 days have seen my cell phone light up similar to the days of when I was pillorying Stan Sniff. When I wrote about the former Sheriff of Riverside County, Stan Sniff (who I think should be in prison for what he did) this blog got about 2 Million hits that were likely due to that coverage. During the height of that effort, we had days with 14,000+ hits on this blog. The number of emails, instant messages, text messages and phone calls related to these articles about John Thomas matched the busiest days of taking out Stan Sniff. That means something to me let the sheer volume sink in.

Some people call it Karma. Some people call it fate. I call it God settling a score. John Thomas has apparently left a trail of deceit and destruction behind himself from his years as a political consultant and a lot of people disdain him. It remains to be seen if Thomas gets in real trouble over this scam – but if he escapes legal consequences his name is still mud. This is just another case of the GOP not taking out the trash before it metastasized in to a public spectacle. Good things happen to good people.

Mar 122020
 

Update: I was also informed that John Thomas listed CA-07 Candidate “Buzz” Patterson as a client until he was terminated by Patterson as well. The churn and burn business model. 

I have never met John Thomas. I have only heard about this guy through third parties. None of it has been good, so I went looking on my own for data.

Hi – I’m John Thomas and I ripped off PK Dhanuka for at least $100K in Fees and Commissions.

That’s right – PK Dhanuka, the NPP challenger in AD-01 got hammered and torn in to a bazillion pieces. His consultant? John Thomas.

Did you know that “Marine for Congress”, “Say no to Kaepernick”, CA-08 Candidate Jeremy Staat was also a John Thomas Client? Staat, a former NFL player fired Thomas and his fundraiser in a typical first-time candidate move in January. Staat re-registered Republican from NPP to run against Jay Obernolte and worse, I had video of that loser supporting Kaepernick. I never nuked him because he was never viable… due in large part to the strategic brilliance of John Thomas. (And Staat being Staat)

John Thomas may point out that he elected DA Todd Spitzer in 2018, but it took $1 Million and Spitzer’s massive name ID to do the job. In that same election, Dave Harrington finished 3rd in the Sheriff’s race and even FINISHED THIRD IN HIS OWN HOME CITY. You have to be brilliant to have a Chief of Police lose his own home city that badly. Add to this OC Supervisor Shawn “Marijuana” Nelson who finished 7th in the 2018 CA-39 primary. #EPICFAIL How does a sitting supervisor go up in smoke like that? John Thomas.

John Thomas also worked with Melanie Eustice in AD-73 before she wisely dropped out and Eric Early who fired him in CA-28. Early, who is very smart and who has run an excellent campaign, recognized that John Thomas was trying to bleed him dry of cash. (My opinion based on evidence and OTR conversations) Early’s campaign erupted AFTER Thomas was terminated and the quality of stuff coming from his camp skyrocketed in January post Thomas termination.

Thomas also “managed” Amy Phan West in CA-46. Her campaign was largely on Facebook and accounts from other people in the area indicate that she was difficult to work with. Thomas didn’t care, he took her as a client and her money. Phan West finished out of the runoff by a mile to John Briscoe. You could bet real money that Thomas made sure he got paid first before any of the vendors.

The most egregious campaign failure of John Thomas (beyond PK Dhanuka who was a doomed moron) has to be Don Sedgwick in CA-45. Sedgwick raised a ton of money, something like $700K and Greg Raths thumped him. Raths did not raise much if anything. How do you lose in that scenario? John Thomas figured out how to. But, I am sure that Thomas cashed in for another 6-figure payday similar to leeching PK Dhanuka dry.

The issue is not the gigantic paychecks, it is the results. It is also the fact that John Thomas will work with anyone who pays and does not seem to care that he overextends himself and gets fired before election day by half the candidates that hire him. It appears that similar to other bottom feeder consultants I have written about that this is Thomas’ business model.

Thomas loses almost everything he touches and charges obscene amounts for his services. Now this is how it is similar to my criticisms of the massive salaries that CAGOP Vendors are earning to lose elections as well.

—- what I am watching in the fall —-

Please note: I am watching Tim Clark in SD37 like a hawk. John Moorlach’s showing in the primary was so-so at best. Clark has gotten $35,000 from the Senate Caucus that was confirmed to be both his retainer and payment for services rendered to the current CAGOP regime. (Remember, Clark directed some of the team Trump supporters to Jessica’s camp in the 2019 Chairman’s election. It is my opinion that the ghastly $10K a month retainer he is getting is partially due to this as usual and customary for a State Senate Race is $5k a month)

I am also watching Matt Klemin, the Senate GOP Caucus “strategist”. I’ve used him as a punching bag and will continue to do so until he stops making poor decisions.

I am also watching Axiom, aka Duane Dichara. Dichara is a skilled and talented consultant who has also demonstrated ethical standards of conduct over the years. Therefore, I have a higher regard and hope for the results of his efforts. Dichara/Axiom is part of the Assembly side of things in 2020 as he is a consultant for the Assembly Caucus. Dichara is working with Scott Wilk, the most likely vulnerable GOP Senator to survive, June Cutter who is surprisingly competitive in AD77, and worked with Kelly Ernby in AD74 whose campaign performed better than most expected. It is my opinion that Dichara did well in the March 2020 primary with the exception of Tyler Diep.

It is the opinion of this blogger that Dichara being the consultant for Tyler Diep and Brian Watkins (also a consultant for the CAGOP) relationships with Tyler and the CAGOP are the reasons why the CAGOP ignored the OCGOP’s removal of Diep’s GOP endorsement. This is not a good look for the CAGOP in the conflict of interest department.

In SD-23, David Carney, the $25,000 a month Assembly GOP strategist, appears to have brought in Murphy Nasica West to that race along with Victory Enterprises. I will be watching SD-23 closely because of the jam down of the endorsement pre-primary, the false rationale for directing $1.5 Million in to that district and the connections to the Texas based firms. I detest insider politics and pre-ordaining / coronation of candidates.

Some familiar names are still on the docket, Meridian Pacific in AD-35 (Cunningham), Jim Nygren helping Ling Ling Chang in SD-29, Steve Presson helping Andrew Kotyuk in AD-42. All three are well established GOP Consultants who have made a ton of money from the CAGOP / Caucuses over the years. Like most on the R side in California, they have been on losing streaks lately. Here’s hoping all three break that in the fall. Regardless of how I feel about Ling Ling or John Moorlach, I want them both to win. (Note: Nygren was Megan Dahle’s Consultant in her drudding of the John Thomas NPP Trainwreck in AD-01)

Regardless of my criticism of GOP leadership, I’d love nothing more than to see them win in the fall despite themselves.