Apr 192016

No incumbent deserves re-election. They have to earn it. Period.

John Moorlach is selfish and does nothing to help anyone but himself. Moorlach is also reputed to be acerbic and aloof to people he deems unimportant and he also holds life-long grudges so the story goes. That was the nexus of Don Wagner’s run against him.

Mimi Walters is a freshman Congresswoman whose inaugural Heritage Score was a “D”. Apparently, this is the nexus for Greg Raths to run against her.

Hold the above thoughts for Dana Rohrabacher’s Press Release:

Statement by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

I intend to run for re-election in 2018.

I very much enjoy and am honored to represent my constituents in the 48th Congressional District. My only plans are to continue to do so in 2016, 2018, and beyond. There has been some recent speculation as to appointments if there is a new Republican Administration.  They are simply speculation at this point and not part of my plans.  I can think of nothing more important than serving my constituents and my country in the United States Congress.  It’s an honor and a privilege.

I am disappointed to hear that Scott Baugh has been raising money for a 2018 campaign against me.  Scott Baugh represented to me and many of my supporters/donors that he would never run against me and was only raising money for when I retire. Baugh now seems to be evolving out of that commitment.  I hope that he would return contributions from those who were assured it would never be used in a race against me.

I am proud that I have served our country and my constituents with integrity and will continue to use my experience and my seniority to look out for their interests.

Scott Baugh is a hypocrite. Fred Whitaker is a hypocrite. Many others in OCGOP Leadership are hypocrites.

Whitaker and the OC GOP leadership are attempting to hold up chartering two local volunteer clubs because they don’t like what I am writing on this blog. I am not sure how I, living 440 miles away have gotten so much power that a few small minded people that can’t handle accountability want to hurt other people to vent their frustrations about what I am writing.

Orange County is turning Blue under their watchful eye. I know some that are trying to stop it – but the institutional inertia for the status quo outweighs morality, innovation and any vision for the future.

Scott Baugh is a former Chairman of the OC GOP. He and others on the OC GOP (including current Chairman Fred Whitaker) in their attempts to defend the status quo pointed out that the over $300k raised by Don Wagner, including the 30+K in recent years directly to the OC GOP did not matter. John Moorlach deserved re-election at all costs.

One such cost will be that $30k that Wagner raised is now gone and Moorlach will not raise a dime. He has told leadership as such – even as they were preparing to try and save him from Don Wagner! Apparently, the OC GOP leadership does not need the $30k, a small price to pay to maintain the status quo.

Mimi Walters was defended by Fred Whitaker in a conference call. His primary defense WAS ALL THE MONEY MIMI WALTERS RAISED FOR THE PARTY. Don Wagner raised more. He does not matter, he is not an incumbent.

Real people don’t look at incumbency. Only other incumbents worried about the precedent and what it means to them. We call this self-serving party organizational suicide.

If Mimi Walters deserves re-election because of her fundraising and recruiting of other candidates – then John Moorlach (the double-dipping, pension-spiking “conservative”) deserved to go.

Nope. The OC GOP has no moral high ground to stand on or credibility in my opinion and I write this as some of the same power brokers are rigging the election of the upcoming Orange County GOP Central Committee.

The OC GOP has no moral basis to oppose Greg Raths or attempt to bully him. They need to stand up and be counted as a part of the establishment that has brought us the rage-based coalition of Donald Trump. Trump’s rise is 100% due to the epic moral failure of GOP leadership characterized by situational ethics and prizing the status quo more than anyone or anything else.

This leads us to Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher was FORCED TO DEFEND HIMSELF. Why? The OC GOP actually looks like they did not defend one of their incumbents!!!

So, I can’t even say the OC GOP are denizens of the Status-Quo? It appears that the desire to avoid conflict took them in to a state of paralysis.

Dear Congressman Rohrabacher. I don’t know you. I have met you only once. I will defend you. You deserve better than to be discarded by a new generation of self-serving pseudo-conservative opportunists.

Not everyone in the OCGOP are bad people. There are many good, solid people there. It is time to discard Scott Baugh. It is time to discard Fred Whitaker and let’s get leadership with consistency to principle and a spine.

As a concluding note: To my friends in the newly forming OC GOP volunteer clubs, my apologies if the leadership of the OC GOP uses me as an excuse to protect the status quo. If they deny your charter because of me, that’s on them, not you.

Apr 172016

Every election cycle, I see something new. This particular cycle with the advent of “Make America Great Again” and everything else that has occurred to give that credence, incumbents are sweating bullets.

As I have written so many times before, I have had a front row seat to the conflict avoidance that has plagued GOP leadership. It is so endemic that it has defined a generation of GOP leaders.

So, it came as no surprise to me that they arranged a private conference call with Greg Raths, instead of taking him on publicly. I am still unsure why Greg Raths went on this call as I’d have bet him his entire military pension that Mimi Walters would get endorsed unanimously. Those that reached out to Raths claimed that the call was for the purpose of determining who they were going to endorse in CA45.

The call involved a few names Mr. Raths remembered, notably Fred Whitaker (the allegedly unbiased OC GOP Chairman who stood in for Mimi Walters who was not on the call). That is correct, this conference call with roughly 25 GOP leaders was skipped by Congresswoman Mimi Walters.

The fix was in.

That said, they attempted to use this forum to determine what Raths’ strategy was to be against Mimi Walters. Greg Raths, a retired Colonel from the Marine Corps talked a lot about veterans issues. Within minutes of the conclusion of the conference call, Mimi Walters had added a page to her campaign website about veterans issues in an attempt to gain superiority over a Retired Marine Corps Colonel.

A nugget of particular interest from said call was one Fred Whitaker talking about how much money Mimi Walters had raised for GOP candidates in the past as one of her selling points!!!

For those of you with painfully short memories, when Don Wagner was vetting a run against John Moorlach, he rightly castigated Senator Moorlach for REFUSING to help other Republicans. Scott Baugh (and Whitaker for that matter) made it clear that Wagner’s over $300,000 raised and given to other Republicans was irrelevant!

Now that we clearly have the OC GOP leadership in a bear-trap of hypocricy, I can rightly say that the fealty to the status quo is going to turn Orange County Blue. This is the kind of equivocation and two-faced double-speak I have become accustomed to in 18 years of being active in politics.

I do believe that this meeting was borne out of paranoia as well. The entire political establishment regardless of party knows that incumbents can be beaten. The prospect of seeing that precedent has everyone in office bearing their fangs. It is not about Mimi Walters, John Moorlach or (fill in the name of target here), it is indeed about themselves and their next paycheck. Values be dammed.

We wrote about the scandal surrounding Mimi Walter’s retread Chief of Staff who was indicted on 8 felony counts. This overreaction to Greg Raths and seeing a group of people like the crew assembled on the call and the amount of planning for such a ruse is a pretty extreme one at that. The indictment of a staffer for actions well before his current employment is good fodder for a piece of mail and a news story, but it is hardly fatal to a campaign…

… but the extreme fear in the OC GOP establishment sincerely makes me wonder what the heck else is lurking out there about the Freshman Congresswoman.

Apr 132016

The Department of Justice on Wednesday indicted the former chief of staff to then-U.S. Rep. Paul Broun in connection with misusing taxpayer money to finance campaign activities and obstructing a congressional investigation into the matter.

The eight-count indictment charges David Bowser, Broun’s longtime top staffer, with one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts and five counts of making false statements.

Bowser’s arraignment and initial appearance have yet to be scheduled. The Justice Department said the FBI is investigating the case.

Bowser, now the chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., did not respond to requests for comment.

You can continue reading the story here.

Some on the right will decry how Hillary Clinton has not been indicted yet. However, such does not give Mr. Bowser a free pass. An indictment means they believe there is enough evidence to convict Mr. Bowser on one or more counts.

Mimi Walters now has a five-alarm problem. Walters decided to hire staff from the same cesspool that so many others pull from. She is a freshman Congress-Member who ironically replaced Congressman John Campbell who retired because he grew to despise Washington D.C.

While Bowser has now resigned, the issues are multiple. Who the heck vetted this guy? Does anyone believe that the Congress-Woman did not know that this investigation was going on?

At best, this was careless. At worst this is a scandal whose tentacles will suck many in to the vortex.

Bowser was Mimi Walter’s Chief of Staff and he is now indicted on 8 criminal counts by a grand jury. This is scary.

Given the way Walters has been reacting to the primary challenge by Greg Raths, I am wondering what else is lurking in the closet?

Sep 102010

First of all – we have to have Steve Cooley as Attorney General. The AG’s office has been used as a Left-Wing partisan hammer by both Bill Lockyer and Jerry Brown.

Steve Cooley also has a proven track record in LA County putting criminals in jail… Kamala Harris loves Cop-Killers.

Prop 8, Prop 187 and others have been allowed to die and the AG’s office has subverted the will of the people – most recently, Jerry Brown has obsessively used his power as AG to sue to stop development.

Which brings me to Meg Whitman.

She has done one key thing that Arnold never did – she has finally enumerated a fiscal plan with some details. I still have significant issues with Meg Whitman – but, she has real-world experience and that places her head and shoulders above anyone who has run for Governor since Bill Simon.

Jerry Brown will decimate what’s left of the state period. Chelene Nightengale can’t even balance her own checkbook or herself for that matter.

Abel Maldonado – he is not Gavin Newsome. Gavin Newsome is a liar, hypocrite and in the words of State Senator Elect Doug LaMalfa, “Evil”.

Damon Dunn – a compelling candidate who is talking openly about dealing with election fraud. Debra Bowen is bought and paid for by ACORN.

Tony Strickland for Controller – maybe for the first time in 30+ years we can have someone who is not a rubber stamp of the Democrat leadership who uses their office to exacerbate the year after year budget crisis.

Mimi Walters for Treasurer – see comments about Strickland

Mike Villines for Insurance Commissioner – if you want socialized insurance vote for Dave Jones. Jones also hates insurance agents, insurance companies and small businesses – he scored a perfect 0 from the NFIB and other groups. Villines is to the right of the current Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.

Doug LaMalfa for State Senate – he will score 100% from the CRA year after year. Need I write more?