Thomas N Hudson, (pictured in a haze with State Senator Ted Gaines at the podium) is the current President of the CRA.
The CRA is the group that Jeff Atteberry recruited me in to back in 1998 after registering me in to the Republican Party. At one point, the CRA boasted nearly 7,000 members statewide and its’ conventions were the stuff of legend.
The California Republican Assembly used to be the endorsement to get if you were a Republican running for office.
It isn’t any more. It really wasn’t when I joined it in 1998. When I joined CRA in 1998, its’ President was the late Dick Mountjoy. Mountjoy was a barnacle stuck in the 1950’s. His protege, Mike Spence went on to serve 3 terms as CRA President.
Spence, who is currently facing felony DUI charges was the father of the pay to play endorsement scheme that beset the CRA pretty much the entire time I was involved in it. At least half of the Chapters were fake. They existed to rise up like a zombie army to influence the outcome of officer elections and endorsements. The most infamous drill were the 25 fake CRA units created to deliver a CRA endorsement to Mitt Romney in 2007.
George and I labored 15 years in vain to change that culture. We wanted to bring legitimacy to the organization, yet the organization itself had a culture that was impervious to integrity.
The wars within CRA sometimes made headlines. The genesis of the hatred between Doug LaMalfa, David Reade and others and myself was born within CRA fights.
In 2015, Both George and I were targeted for elimination. I wrote about it quite a bit. In May of 2015, they set up a board meeting in Santa Barbara, where Tom Hudson appointed 17 of the 30 votes on the CRA’s Board of Directors who voted to ban us for life from the organization.
The final straw was when we uncovered that the Santa Clarita RA, which claimed 150 members was a paper tiger. The Ventura RA, fake. The Pasadena RA, fake. The North San Fernando RA, fake. All were shepherded by Alice Khosravy, the CRA’s Black Widow. By the time we had discovered this, the die was cast. There were too many weak-minded people, conflict avoiders and others with paper thin egos that resented our leadership. They had to expel us in order to cover up for their personal corruption and failures. They did exactly what we knew they would do, wrote up bogus charges, blamed us for everything they did and lit their torches.
The leper colony rose up and threw George and I out.
Today, they are in the middle of their annual convention. It is pathetic. The only reason Ted Gaines is present at the CRA convention is because he is lining up his next office and wants the CRA endorsement for his campaign. Rumor has it that Mr. Hudson has requested a sponsorship in exchange for favorable treatment. Rumor has it that Tom Hudson has made several such requests.
The CRA had roughly 60 people for Friday Dinner. It had Roughly 60 people for Saturday Lunch. It had roughly 40 people for its Saturday AM floor session. The embedded picture is of that Sunday AM floor session.
In 2015, the last convention George and I ran – we had around 200 people who paid to attend with roughly 110 at Friday Dinner, topping out at around 180 for Saturday Dinner.
Despite an attempt to take out George at that convention he won by roughly 20% with around 180 votes cast.
Today’s convention features roughly 60 delegates. It is my estimation that the CRA has about 700-800 real members statewide. The real number will never be known because the permanent charter allows them to escape accountability. It had roughly 1200 members at the time we were expelled, including the 200 some proven fraudulent members we uncovered.
In order to assuage their bruised egos, they are blaming George and I for the demise of the CRA… see how that works? When we were expelled, the assembled board members were told that we needed to go in order to allow the CRA to grow again as an organization. They were told that every problem that beset the CRA was our doing.
Now the CRA is dead two years later, it is our fault in their minds. It is similar to Barack Hussein Obama blaming Bush for every problem he made worse.
The CRA lists 51 units on their website, yet according to leaks from within the organization, only 25-30 are in good standing. Half again of those are barely holding on with around 15 members. Fully 2/3 of the CRA’s units are dead, fake, zombies, etc. and are kept on the website for a fake appearance – the very thing George and I fought to reform, as it was that crusade to legitimize the CRA that led to our ouster.
I was leaked a copy of the CRA’s most recent financial report showing $51,000 in the bank. I raised $38,000 of it. The conventions George and I ran made huge money until the 2015 convention when the jihad against us caused many to pay registration only. In addition, I simply did not collect on many donation pledges because I had no motivation to with the self-righteous bathroom boys and others lining up to lynch us.
Many current board members of the CRA resented me for raising the money, and still more that accused me of selling influence. They ought to talk to their pol-pot bellied information minister about that. Perhaps it does not matter, as a shell of a once great organization has no resale value.
Many current board members of the CRA resented George for running a tight ship with regard to CRA units renewing. People complained a lot about the scrutiny about following the by-laws. This scrutiny cloaked as George being a meanie was a reason used to expel George.
Now half the CRA’s units have vaporized – including the 4 that we were accused of abusing and mistreating. I thought expelling us was supposed to free them to grow, endorse and live their lives out from under the tyranny of the evil Park Brothers. It never happened. They were fake. Many of the board members of CRA that expelled us knew it when they expelled us. Their egos were bruised and their ego was put ahead of the CRA.
Now the CRA is dead. The problem for the inmates is that there are no Park Brothers to blame anymore. The only legacy we left is the big bank balance.
There is a price to being right, and they are reaping it all.