Oct 182019
 

I urge people looking for an alternative to the Communist Jackson Hinkle and the Monster Gene James to support Christina Setler for San Clemente City Council. 

Mail. With an OCGOP endorsement you get $.25 stamps vs $.50 stamps. The bulk mail permit is a big deal. I’ve been of the opinion that the OCGOP Endorsement was pushed hard by political insiders and was a joke. Now we see the endgame. I was pretty much done writing about Gene James until I received a copy of the OCGOP mailer. I can’t sit in silence with the only political party I have ever known following this disaster off a cliff.

Read More about Jackson Hinkle Here. < this is the democrat supported candidate. (See also #OCCUPYICE #ANITFA, etc…)

I will follow up later on how this mailer was financed and who produced it. I don’t have enough proof to pin it on the owner of the outlet mall (only a $25K check to the OCGOP by him) for financing it or Jim Bieber for producing and sending this out. I can only tell you it is my opinion that those two were the players.

The OCGOP should be ashamed of themselves for endorsing this disaster. Note that Assemblyman William “Bill” Brough is nowhere to be found on this mailer.

Research has indicated several new issues about Gene James – a foreclosure in 2011, a wage garnishment in 2012 because he refused to pay a $12,000 Judgement despite earning $300k a year and the Federal Tax Lien was actually 8 liens levied over a 3 year period.

The Gene James Scorecard:
8 Federal Tax Liens
3 State Tax Liens
1 Foreclosure
4 Civil Judgments

Get a good look – 8 separate liens levied on 7 separate dates spread out over 4 years!

You don’t get 11 lifetime tax liens from being a responsible citizen. Given that Gene James first judgment occurred in 1992, he has a lifetime pattern of willfully refusing to pay his bills. Gene James can not be trusted to manage the finances of San Clemente under any circumstances, much less the cop-hating communist Jackson Hinkle.

Your Intrepid Blogger is also in receipt of documents from the divorce from his second wife. The Marriage lasted 11 months. In the Divorce Documents, it clearly states that Gene James was making $305,000 a year as the national loss control officer for Jack in the Box.

Despite making $305,000 a year, Gene James could not afford to pay cash for a car nor qualify for an auto loan. Quoting the divorce documents:

Despite Respondent’s claims that he earns $305,000 per year or more, he has a very bad credit history. Recently, he attempted to finance a vehicle and was unable to secure suitable financing without my assistance. We jointly purchased a 2008 Honda Accord, which Respondent Drives. I request that Respondent be ordered to make all of the payments on the vehicle during the pendency of these proceedings and until a determination is made regarding to whom the vehicle will be rewarded.

There is a theme here. From another Ex (this is an ex-girlfriend)

XXXXX met Gene on Match.com in 2003, Gene represented himself as divorced.  He was extremely attentive to XXXXX and her 2 young sons, 7 and 9 yrs, in the beginning and quickly moved into their home.  They got engaged and Gene spoke to her sons about changing their last name to James.   Gene wasn’t divorced but was separated from his 1st wife, YYYY.  YYYY and their sons lived in Ohio.  They had 3 sons, about 21+ yrs, about 18 yrs and 15 yrs.  He had a verbally violent relationship with YYYY; screaming and cursing at her whenever there was phone contact.  Gene wanted to purchase a large screen TV and stand in 2004 and was unable to qualify for the credit card.  Diane found a court judgment paper under the passenger seat of Gene’s company car and saw that AVI Food Systems, his prior employer, had a large judgment against Gene in an amount close to $50,000.  It was then discovered that Gene had not filed or paid Federal or State taxes since 2001He refused to file taxes or address the judgment.  Collection agencies are now calling and sending letters to Gene.  Gene had defaulted on several credit cards after maxing out the credit limit.  He negotiated a much smaller amount to pay these off and borrowed $25000 from XXXXX, that she had borrowed against a home equity loan…

Gene’s second wife got a $12,000 Judgement against Gene James. If you read pages 5 and 6 of the documents – she had to Garnish Gene James’ wages to get the final $6,000 as he tried to skip out on paying the bill. Remember, Gene James made over $300,000 a year at the time (2008). He was also Liened by the IRS a few years later for 8,521.63 for not paying income taxes in 2008.

When you make $300,000 plus a year and attempt to skip on two bills of $6,000 and $8,500 – this is a willful and deliberate act. 8 Federal Tax Liens, 3 State Tax Liens, 4 Civil Judgements, a Wage Garnishment and a Foreclosure. Is this the new definition of a Conservative Republican?

The Orange County Republican Party and State Senator Pat Bates should be ashamed of themselves over this endorsement of Gene James. To Be Continued as we detail the Tax Liens and we tell the story from one of his Ex-Girlfriends who knows a lot.

Sep 132019
 

Marie Waldron – are you paying attention? (assembly permanent minority leader)

Pat Bates – are you paying attention? (Bill Brough’s protector in the legislature)

Shannon Grove – are you paying attention? (Senate Permanent Minority Leader)

Madam Chairman Jessica Patterson – are you ready to stand up publicly and tell Bill Brough the CAGOP is done with his trail of destruction? Will the soon to be retired from the legislature David Stafford Reade give her some new talking points?

The Right on Daily Blog salutes the Orange County Lincoln Club for being the FIRST Republican organization to say, “Bad Billy Resign Now”. The Right On Daily Blog salutes the Orange County Lincoln Club for standing up for the victims of Bill Brough’s rampage. The OC Lincoln Club decided to lead when others waffled. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT: JOHN WARNER
September, 12th 2019                                                                 (760) 807-7029

LINCOLN CLUB OF ORANGE COUNTY

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Today, the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Club of Orange County voted unanimously to rescind its endorsement of Bill Brough for the 73rd Assembly District.

“Serious allegations have been made against Assembly Member Brough, and the Lincoln Club takes them seriously,” said Lincoln Club of Orange County President John Warner. “One-party rule in Sacramento is bad for our state, and it’s a disaster for middle class families who are struggling in California. Republicans need strong, unencumbered leadership, undistracted by disturbing accusations about personal behavior.”

The Lincoln Club will be actively seeking alternative candidates for the 73rd Assembly district.

 —

Founded in 1962, the Lincoln Club of Orange County is the premiere political association in Orange County. Its members are businessmen and women and professionals who are united behind the principles of limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility. For 55 years the Lincoln Club of Orange County has worked to expand freedom, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

Bill Brough is being investigated by the FPPC for nearly 100 alleged violations of the political reform act and has 4 known (as many as 7 rumored) investigations in to sexual misconduct pending with the Assembly #METOO working group. This is what the Orange County Lincoln Club is referring to. Since this sort of stuff does not happen in a vacuum, I am sure more of these are coming.

So to those of you worrying about what people will think of you or what the stakes may be for standing up to Bill Brough – I dedicate this meme to you:

It’s time for everyone to say, “Bad Billy, Resign Now”…

Aug 272019
 

There is often a price to making a knee-jerk decision for political expediency. That knee hits you in the chin. William “Bill” Brough and Bryan Maryott have no one the thank but themselves for their stupidity in joining this effort against the toll roads, not because of the issue itself (which he is dead wrong on), but because of the tactics being employed.

Electioneering Much? This is clear and on the anonymous FB Page we believe to be funded by the City of San Clemente VIA Harvey Englander

Harvey Englander has a lot of explaining to do for the tactics being employed. Again, his contract his linked here for reference.

“A significant investment in research is needed to make sure that the communications and outreach strategy is well-founded, and metrics driven . . . It would be futile to propose specific strategies before this comprehensive research is completed.” (Page 5)

“Probolsky Research* Minimum $29,700 Maxium 39,650

Where’s the poll???

Research Option: Minimum: Up to 25 Questions, 400 Respondents . . . +/-5% Maximum: Up to 35 Questions, 400 Respondents . . . +/-5%”

In the $97,000 paid to Harvey Englander was an allotment for a “Poll”. See the above excerpt. There has never been a poll published?

However, an anonymous Facebook Page seems to have had an advance copy of the poll. How is that possible Harvey?

See the link in the post? At one time it worked. Whoops, Harvey. Whoops.

Why did this anonymous Facebook Page have an internal copy of a polling instrument? Did Bryan Maryott leak it? Did Bill Brough leak it? Is this facebook page being run in violation of Campaign Finance Law by the City of San Clemente? Or, is it part of Harvey’s “Racket”? Or, how about all four?

Click here to see the 6th Draft of the poll. This is what was linked to this facebook page. The results have never been published, yet the taxpayers funded this.

Now we have a connection between Harvey, San Clemente and the electioneering that has been going on.

This is very likely an FPPC violation for not disclosing who paid for the political campaign elements and even more so for the City of San Clemente for engaging in a political effort without filing the appropriate paperwork.  If not a political campaign, then surely the gifting of $30-40,000 in survey work to a private citizen group is not legal. Lastly, if the City and its consultants are responsible for this page and its content it is illegal to do so anonymously using public funds for their work.

Note that the City of San Clemente is advocating the defeat of a candidate

Now we get to the meat of the issue: This facebook page is full of love for the OCTA. (the Orange County Transportation Authority) In the poll obtained by your intrepid blogger they (Harvey / San Clemente) asks repeated, one-sided questions to promote the concept of the OCTA taking over the TCA. (the TCA is the separate entity running the toll road effort)  The OCTA has been openly and aggressively hostile to the TCA and to anyone that does not agree with San Clemente and the OCTA.

It sounds like there is a turf war. No wonder why this whole drill by Harvey Englander looks like Racketeering. He lost the initial contract with the TCA and is now in bed with the City of San Clemente and the OCTA? Were it not for Bryan Maryott being a short-sighted knucklehead and William “Bill” Brough’s ragers in Sacramento and his incomplete passes, I’d have never stumbled upon this. What did Bryan Maryott and Bill Brough get? What did Harvey Englander Promise them? Are Bryan Maryott and Bill Brough complicit in this entire insane drill being financed by San Clemente? 

Does anyone think that someone with the pedigree of Harvey Englander would run this kind of sustained attack for 2 years for just $97,000? Who else has paid Harvey Englander? Again, what else have Bryan Maryott and Bill Brough received that we don’t know about?

Within 24-48 hours of Barbara Delgleize voting against the OCTA and for something in the TCA, this popped up on the Harvey Englander / San Clemente Page

Did Harvey Englander get Barbara Ward to attack the finances of the TCA? Were Ward, Englander and San Clemente aware that attacking an entity you are on the board of while said entity is considering a public bond offering is a potential felony under securities laws? (insider trading and tampering?)

Former San Clemente Mayor Kathy Ward (current San Clemente council member) was a Board Member of the TCA during this episode and was one of the approving votes for Englander’s obstruction plan funded by her city. As a fiduciary of the agency she knew full-well that the TCA’s investor ratings had been upgraded by Fitch’s and Moody’s, however the poll she approved makes the statement that the TCAs finances are suspect, and that TCA could be insolvent.  She doubles down on what she knows is false information (all of it message tested in the city’s poll) in the following op-ed: https://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/06/distrust-of-the-tcas-process/

All breaches of fiduciary duty aside, isn’t it illegal to openly lie and spread misinformation to the public about publicly traded bonds of a company or organization you sit on the board of (in this case, the TCA) in an effort to reduce the investor worthiness of those bonds? (Even if she was not on the board, this behavior, if proven, is still a felony) The SEC has increased their finance purview over municipal bonds in recent years and government fiduciaries in control positions cannot openly lie to the public about a publicly traded bond for their own personal benefit.

Attacking the Bonding ability of the TCA was a specific line item in Harvey Englander’s Contract with the City of San Clemente. If Ward did this at the direction of the City of San Clemente and Harvey Englander, they could all have legal trouble. I think I should start submitting public records requests – that is if the City of San Clemente haven’t gotten a case of bleachbit… 

It is clear that Ward participated in an effort to destroy the finances of the TCA (while on its’ board mind you) in order to cause it to be taken over by the OCTA. You can draw no other conclusion when looking at the known evidence. You can also draw a conclusion based on Harvey “Sun Tzu” Englander’s contract that this sort of action is well within the paradigm of that deal.

Now, William “Bill” Brough attempted to carry a bill in Sacramento that would effectively disband the TCA. By hook or by crook, I suppose. Your intrepid blogger wants to know if William “Bill” Brough got some campaign cash to subsidize his lifestyle as part of this deal? Using legislation is also another line item in Harvey Englander’s contract with the City of San Clemente. 

I think someone should sue Harvey Englander, William “Bill” Brough, Councilman Maryott, the City of San Clemente and Kathy Ward for what they have done. The discovery would be devastating. Ahem, Bill and Michelle – here is a lawsuit we can believe in. 

It is also highly coercive for Harvey Englander to apply for a public contract, be turned down by the TCA, then immediately go to another public entity San Clemente and spearhead an obstruction campaign.  The TCA is left with two options in the face of such coercion, double down on their PR budget to defend the agency; or offer some compensation to the consultant as a ransom payment to keep them from attacking the agency and obstructing the traffic relief project. It appears that the TCA did attempt to hire Harvey for another project, I am still attempting to confirm that.

As a matter of policy, government agencies being forced to make ransom payments from the public treasury to keep PR consultants from obstructing the functions of government and quality of life of local residents is a type of public corruption straight out of Chicago or Russia and must not be tolerated.  To apply for a public contract with the silent threat of retaliation if not awarded said contract is textbook racketeering. Harvey’s fellow ANTIFA leftists would be proud of his work. 

The City of San Clemente and its consultants are free to engage in PR all they want, and if they choose to do so unethically then that is their prerogative, however there are laws that govern public entities from engaging in this very sort of behavior. The taxpayers deserve to be protected from this sort of waste, graft and misinformation. The use of San Clemente taxpayer dollars to produce a poll, make it public on a Facebook page, then remove it from the source and keep it confidential at the city and not turn it over during a PRA request, is a violation of laws and regulations on its face.

The Irony is that Harvey and crew appear to have engineered over 250 Public Records Act requests in their harassment of the TCA. (Guess you missed that detail, Huh LA Times?) 

This deserves a grand jury, FEC, district attorney, and California State Attorney General investigation.

I’ll bet Sun Tzu did not have this sort of stuff in his book, did he?

Bryan Maryott and Bill Brough should hang their heads in shame for their part in enabling this. Better Yet, OC DA Todd Spitzer should open up a can on all of these people. 

Aug 192019
 

Well – the City of San Clemente paid Major Dem Donor Harvey Englander $97,000 to execute Sun Tzu’s Art of War in Southern Orange County. Speaking of Sun Tzu, your intrepid blogger would have never found this had neither Bryan Maryott nor Bill Brough sold out Republican Values for NIMBYism.

Research shows in April of 2017, Bill Brough took $1000 from Business for a Better San Clemente – was this the down payment for Mr. Brough’s sudden reversal on the Toll Road Project?

There is a famous saying in Politics – “If you don’t pay me to do a job for you, I will do a job ON you”. This is also known as racketeering (albeit a soft form that may or may not be illegal – but surely unethical) It sure looks pretty close to what Harvey Englander is doing! It appears that the jilted senior Englander went to the City of San Clemente after his son got sent packing in little pieces by OC TCA.

So, Harvey, Just Why Did You Solicit San Clemente? Inquiring Bloggers Want to Know

I am not sure if Sun Tzu was in to racketeering, (which I think Harvey is doing) but Harvey seems to see himself as some sort of apostle of the guy.

Remember, CA-49 Candidate Bryan Maryott and the scandal-riddled William “Bill” Brough have signed on with the City of San Clemente in their virulent opposition to the Proposed Toll Road. How Virulent you ask? Read on.

Click here to see the “Contract” San Clemente Took Out on the OC TCA.

“the path to success is to increase public antagonism towards the agency; its board of Directors within their home cities, taxpayers and even some environmental groups.” (Page 2)

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.  At EKA, this mean that having a well thought out timetable enables us to be offensive in our activities and be prepared to take a “kill-shot” when the opportunity is presented.”  (Page 1 – Italics quote Tsun Tzu’s Art of War)

This apparently includes filing a ton of Public Records Requests from each city where TCA members reside. Research shows that a small group of extreme left-wing and/or NIMBY radicals are attending local government meetings specifically to harass people in their City Council Meetings that sit on the OC TCA.

Given the fact that physical violence and mass shootings have invaded the body politic (See Also Antifa, the Violent Separatist Movements or supremacy movements), Harvey’s comments and approach are in poor taste at best and at worst may well be part of a national strategy on the left. 

Public antagonism is also sure to include the Hit Piece Harvey Englander is sure to have helped get in to the LA Times. Given that he has donated to a slew of people like Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman and Wendy Greuel – he is sure to have all kinds of connections in LA County. Given that the LA Times is usually a disreputable left-wing rag, it makes perfect sense.

Given the cowardice that usually rules Republican Politics anywhere, I could understand how a hardened democrat donor like Harvey Englander would adopt Saul Alinsky style bully tactics. Sun Tzu was honorable and did not engage in deceit or threatening innocent people like it appears Harvey Englander is organizing. Sun Tzu, if he were alive today would reject Harvey Englander and would be disgusted by Saul Alinsky.

“We envision running this engagement like a ‘campaign,’ designed specifically at moving stakeholder sentiment against the TCA’s plans . . . so that projects are studied and litigated for decades in the same type of campaign that was utilized to kill the 710 North freeway.” (Page 3)

Too bad for Englander, the current consultant for the TCA got the enviro lawsuits remedied and the enviro groups are now neutral or supporting the toll road!

“Investment in research is essential to understand stakeholder sentiment and tailor messaging.” (Page 4)

“EKA also proposes that the City engage a law firm separate and apart from the City Attorney firm . . . it is important to have a firm who is prepared to litigate immediately. EKA will provide recommendations…” (Page 4)

“Probolsky Research specializes in opinion research on public policy.” (Page 4)

It appears that San Clemente Used Taxpayer Dollars to fund the Polling Adam Problosky did. This is key as the poll has never been shared publicly…

Harvey went to the City of San Clemente on June 9th 2017.

Then Harvey got the Contract on July 19, 2017 With NO QUESTIONS ASKED. It is as if the San Clemente City Council knew what they were doing and did not want to clutter their conscience. Shortly after this, William “Bill” Brough joined the opposition to the TCA, telling few of his change of heart until the bill he introduced in early 2019 became public. What did Harvey Englander promise or give Bill Brough? What did the City of San Clemente promise or give Bill Brough? Bryan Maryott is in the opinion of this blogger not smart enough to extract a price for his stupidity. 

Very interesting find indeed.

It appears that Harvey Englander and crew had themselves a social media project as part of their bully campaign. 

Back to the article in the Los Cerritos News:

…Entry in Englander’s proposal shockingly wrote, “increase public antagonism toward the TCA’s Board of Directors within their own cities.”

Got it? Harass Councilmembers in their own cities.

After learning of the antagonism campaign, one local councilperson, who wanted to remain anonymous because they had already received threats, told HMG-LCCN, “this was blatant, I would think twice hiring a firm who called for antagonizing people, it’s outrageous.”

Some of the more egregious steps Englander outlined in its antagonism campaign included:

1. A San Clemente “taxpayer or City-sponsored” lawsuit
2. The San Clemente City Council demanding TCA study a tunnel similar to the 710 freeway “demanding a study is both time-consuming and a heavy expenditure on the agency.”
3. Potential legislation- kill TCA’s borrowing capabilities  and “research whether legislation could be introduced to reduce further bonding authority for TCA.”
4. CPRA requests (public records requests) regular requests under the CPRA should be made for staff and consulting salaries and other expenditures.

Stay tuned for more about item #3

HMG-LCCN has learned that the campaign has done its job related to the last step listed, CPRA requests. In a little over 1.5 years, the TCA has received well over 210 requests for public documents-almost twelve per month – with sources telling HMG-LCCN that the requests have cost the TCA well over $100,000.

The “recommended approach” Englander envisioned was “running this engagement like a ‘campaign’ designed specifically at moving stakeholders against TCA’s plans in and around San Clemente so that various projects are studied and litigated for decades.”

And the word “committee” could land the San Clemente City Council in legal hot water for misuse of public funds.

How did the City of San Clemente and Harvey Englander break campaign finance law? Have a look:

If a city or school district seeks to spend money on an issue, for example a sales tax measure for the city or an infrastructure bond for the schools, the Fair Political Practices Commission mandates the opening of an expenditure committee, attaching a name to the committee such as “Yes on Sales Tax Measure.”

Englander called their engagement a “campaign” with an objective of defeating the toll road extension; it was not a lobbying contract, which cities are allowed to engage in.

The designation could trigger an FPPC investigation of the contract.

“It is a shame the extension has reached this level,” said the local councilperson, “Venture has done an extraordinary job, while people involved in the project, including me, had threats upon their lives for supporting the project. I myself had two and reported them to the Sheriff’s, I know of another who received threats also.”

DEATH THREATS!? REALLY HARVEY???

Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, coastal preservation manager of the Surfrider Foundation, said in a statement after learning about the document, “based on what we know, this misleading (Englander) $100,000-plus PR campaign was designed to pit San Clemente neighbor against San Clemente neighbor. It represents a shocking waste of taxpayer money.”

Oh mama. Harassment at Council Meetings. Abuse of PRA Process. Facebook Pages. DEATH THREATS? Lawsuits? Planting Stories in the LA Times? Is this what the City of San Clemente signed up for? Is this what Bryan Maryott and William “Bill” Brough Signed up for?

Where is the OCGOP? They should take out the trash. The whole San Clemente City Council should be recalled along with Bryan Maryott for the immoral, terrorist, Saul Alinsky tactics they have aligned themselves with. 

Bill Brough? It makes sense he’d swim in this sewer too. 

All this and their buddy Harvey Englander gave $2000 to Mike Levin… to be continued.

Aug 092019
 

Your intrepid blogger has been taking in information from a fire hose.

The most important bit are conversations with party insiders / consultants / staffers who insist that Jessica Patterson wants to make public comments about President Trump and the burgeoning scandals yet is being held back by staff and consultants. I’ve consistently been referring to the “Old 1990’s Era Consultant thinking”, which generally tries to stay silent and let things blow over. George W Bush tried this and as a result was successfully smeared for the WMD Lie (that wasn’t) and Hurricane Katrina amongst others. On the polar opposite end, President Trump torches people like the mayor of Dayton Ohio and Senator Sherrod Brown who attempted to create a false narrative about his visit (and attempted to blame him for the shooting by a left-wing Elizabeth Warren supporter who may be tied to ANTIFA).

I’ve been under the opinion that Jessica Patterson is lukewarn to President Trump, but her competitive spirit and desire to be out front is clashing with the 1990’s era consultants manipulating the shrinking CAGOP. Secondly, it is indeed true that Jessica Patterson has been in contact with one of Bill Brough’s victims privately and that she on the advice of the consultants deferred the AD73 scandals to the local GOP leadership.

In the backdrop of Orange County GOP registration deteriorating so badly that the democrats have caught up and passed the GOP in Orange County – your intrepid blogger has launched withering criticism of GOP leaders in Orange County.

Now, we are being told that OCGOP Chairman Fred Whitaker has decided to engage on the AD73 issue – albeit a month or more later than your intrepid blogger would have liked. We’ve hammered him for refusing to comment (see also 1990’s era GOP Consultants) and the one time he did it was horrible. It is possible that Fred Whitaker is on the road to redemption and is making the calls necessary to apply appropriate pressure to rid the OC Political World of the scourge of William “Bill” Brough from the Assembly. When I have real, public confirmation that Whitaker is leading on this issue, previous posts lighting him up will be removed from this blog.

Your Intrepid Blogger is also aware that at least two local OC GOP Stalwarts who are no longer in office, yet who wield tremendous influence have been in contact with William “Bill” Brough. One of those people is former Assemblyman and OCGOP Chair Scott Baugh. I am still mystified why Baugh played a role in the CA-48 election in 2018, as for the most part his political instincts have been fantastic. He is spot on in the AD-73 situation and apparently was out in front of many others as regard to Bill Brough’s maladies.

It is clear to your intrepid blogger that few if any knew about Bill Brough’s abuses of campaign finance laws before Right on Daily started highlighting them. Several people have talked about correlations between his expenses and what they thought were personal (non-campaign) events they participated in. Almost everyone I talked to were not aware that his campaign paid for retirement parties, birthday parties, charity events, booze and cigars for example.

A piece of bad news – it appears that State Senator Pat Bates has dug her heels in. This is a sad reality that I have observed in the last 20+ years in this game, the ego first rule of politics. Apologizing or retrenching is viewed as a fate worse than death. Fortunately, Mrs. Bates is term-limited so there will not need to be a fight to primary challenge her in 2022. Contrast this to Fred Whitaker who took the time to gather information and changed his stance based on evidence. (again, in my opinion, he took far too long to come around)

Things I am watching for:

It has been put to me by multiple people that donors in Orange County are also beginning to abandon Bill Brough. If true – your intrepid blogger is expecting the OC Lincoln Club and the OC New Majority to take some sort of public and drastic action. This would be a natural response to understanding that their money is subsidizing Bill Brough’s alcohol abuse, junkets, cigars and fancy dinners… amongst other things.

To be quite blunt, I am most frustrated by the failure to protect women by so many in leadership in politics. Worse, the abuse and exploitation of women. The fact that society is so perverted and twisted that my referencing traditional gender roles and leadership by men would even be controversial shows the compound problem. If the Republican Party does not stand up for ethics and integrity, no one will. I think of the crap women close to me have dealt with and I recount the dozens of sickening stories told to me by women and it makes me angry.

In my opinion, this makes Senator Pat Bates even more culpable than the bumbling Fred Whitaker. Whitaker was never interested in trying to hide the problem, he just wanted to be the nice guy and a peacemaker. Bates? She had to know about the behavior of her would-be protege. Based on what I know of her behavior, it appears she wanted to bottle up this scandal and preferred to blame the victim rather than evaluate the evidence in the form of four brave women with VERIFIABLE (key word) stories of abuse and mistreatment. Pat Bates should never be taken seriously as a leader for anything, anywhere again. Covering up malfeasance to assuage your ego is among the worst of behavior politics has to offer.

P.S. End note about the Duncan Hunter Saga – I’ve received information that Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. will be on trial for his issues in September. The San Diego GOP has postponed any action related to his election / re-election campaign pending the disposition of the trial. This is not unreasonable – but were I the Chair of the SDGOP, I’d be calling for his resignation due to his moral failure.

To be continued…

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