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While digging for information, your intrepid blogger stumbled upon this article: WHY CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS ARE PAYING KEVIN MCCARTHY’S WIFE. Whoops. It looks like Mrs. McCarthy is a fundraiser that receives a commission for donations she arranges via her Husband to the CAGOP. Kevin McCarthy appears to be paying his wife with 10-15% of the money he raises for the CAGOP.
There have been similar problems – such as Patricia / Buck McKeon, David Stafford Reade (who is managing Patterson’s campaign for CAGOP Chair) being a fundraiser and State-Paid Chief of Staff for Doug LaMalfa and later Jim Nielsen. While none of this is illegal – what a conflict of interest it poses! David Reade for example was accused of taking kickbacks and peddling influence many times in the North State and for good reason (though it appears Mr. Reade was right on the line not over it). The small, insular universe is not healthy – the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure is living in the grey zone seeing what they can get away with. (I base this statement on 20+ years of first-hand experience seeing what has gone on)
What happens when the unaccountable power brokers in the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure face challenges to their empire? Then the line between legal and illegal activity gets obliterated.
While I have disclaimed several posts saying I do not know Mrs. Patterson, and have several friends that speak highly of her, the cadre of folks around her should give people pause as should the circumstances.
Witness 2011 – a front page article featuring then Senator Doug LaMalfa and Senator Ted Gaines accusing now CRA President Tom Hudson of money laundering. Hudson and others had the audacity to tell the powers that be no when they came calling on the Placer GOP to stop endorsing candidates. It was also retaliation from a war within CRA fought earlier in the year where a series of fraudulent chapters created by David Stafford Reade (and other operatives) were caught and dismantled before they could send delegates to control the outcome of the CRA’s officer elections.
There are people to this day that believe the FBI is and was investigating Tom Hudson, Myself, my brother and others. David Reade and Mark Spannagel were actually quoted in the Redding Record Searchlight confirming there was an FBI Investigation!
“If that’s the way they want to go, that’s the way they want to go,” he said. He pointed out members of the Placer County Republican Central Committee, including Park, are under investigation by the FBI and state Fair Political Practices Commission.
Reade said he’d also make note of the ongoing investigations.
“The once venerable California Republican Assembly has fallen into disrepute under the current rogue leadership,” he said. “They’ve lost any legitimacy as an organization, and it’s sad.”
It has been 8 years. No one from the FBI has called or visited me. Yet, some idiots out there still believe it. The power of a smear. I have to wonder if similar tactics are being employed (or are going to be employed) in 2019.
It has been put to me by several people that delegates are indeed being pressured, maybe even crossing the line in to implied threats. This, if true, would be a continuation of the events of the past and should be repudiated.
Luis Buhler arranged for an expenditure of $100,000 in the 2012 Placer GOP Central Committee election targeting all of us accused by Reade of being investigated by the FBI for elimination from the Placer GOP Central Committee. The smears were a central part of that campaign. To this day Luis Buhler brags to insiders about that. The independent expenditure was funded by Charles Munger.
For those of you with heritage in the CRA, the YRFC or the CYR pre CYRF merger… you might remember when Kevin McCarthy pulled out all the stops to try and stop the merger of the CYRF.
Ken Mettler, a long-time thorn in the side of the McCarthy machine, while President of the CRA showed those of us on the CRA Board at the time evidence his computer was hacked by someone he identified as Zach Scrivner. Anyone on the CRA’s board of directors at the time will remember this. It appears that several years later the investigation was halted or no charges were filed. It should be noted that the Kern County DA is in the orbit of McCarthy as the current and past DA’s were supported by him. When Mettler showed us that stuff, we remembered wondering if McCarthy’s crew had been reading our own email in real time.
Scrivner is a former council member in Bakersfield and now is a County Supervisor. Scrivner has a bit of a record of his own. These are the kind of people Mr. McCarthy has available to deal with political enemies.
Remember the 5-year legal battle over the Merger of the CYRF? McCarthy controlled the CYR’s and the Conservatives controlled the YRFC. Both organizations were small and struggling. They wanted to merge. McCarthy did not want that to happen. Enter Zach Scrivner again, it is alleged that he was using access to various people’s email accounts to smear leaders in the merger.
Some of the allegations being spread via emails included accusing 22 year old women of being whores, sluts and the like. Any of us that were in the CAGOP remember this drama. Some people still quote the smears to this day.
It is also common knowledge that when the CAGOP rules committee had approved the merger of the YRFC and the CYR that Kevin McCarthy is alleged to have called then CAGOP Chairman Ron Nehring and threatened to pull all of his funding and support for the party.
Subsequently, a second meeting of the rules committee was called. Most all of the members of the committee boycotted it. So new members including Luis Buhler (remember that name?) were appointed who did the bidding of Kevin McCarthy.
After the outrage ensued, at the subsequent convention the Merger was ratified on the floor and a few years later the 5 year legal drama was resolved.
Why did all of this happen? Kevin McCarthy wanted control. David Reade wanted Control. It did not matter who got smeared or whose reputation got destroyed in the process. It did not matter if CAGOP Volunteer Clubs got destroyed in the process.
Reade is Jessica Patterson’s campaign manager and Kevin McCarthy is her primary funding source. While past political fights are no guarantee of future issues – anyone with life experience knows that you judge the future by the existing pattern.
Can you trust Jessica Patterson to rebuild the CAGOP given the patterns of those around her? Can you trust her to rebuild the CAGOP given what she herself has participated in as a paid operative? Can you trust her to be independent and act out of the best interests of all of us? Can you contest the assertions your intrepid blogger is making that the oligarchy of controlled failure is making a play to keep control of the CAGOP with Jessica as the figurehead leader of the party?
Frankly, given that I have personally lived through the wrath of some of the people around her I am concerned that empowering these people will lead to many others experiencing the same. It could be anyone from their crew running for CAGOP Chairman, these criticisms and questions are not unique to Jessica Patterson. They are however very pertinent to the whole Oligarchy of Controlled Failure from whence she comes.
For those of you out there that are equally as worried, I get it as not everyone has a blog that got 2.2 Million hits in 2018 to defend themselves with. Remember, the vote for Party Officers is indeed a secret ballot.
I got a better idea, instead of the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure How about electing Travis Allen instead? None of the people featured in the last three posts control or have influence over him. Perhaps this is why they are pulling out all the stops… to be continued.