Fresh on the heels of the suicide run announcement by David Hadley, more information has poured in to your intrepid blogger.
It has come to our attention that someone who may or may not have been Jessica Patterson had been busy at work trying to recruit an entire slate of down-ticket Republican candidates for things like LG, SOS, Ag, etc. to go along with their Governor Candidate. David Hadley had first expressed interest 3 months ago, but took a step aside when San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer became the flavor of the month.
The significance is that Patterson, along with David Stafford Reade, Ssssteve Davey and others work for “GOP Leadership”. That is a nebulous term for the “establishment”, they are professionals who do the bidding of their paying clients. I’ve asserted in earlier posts that Davey’s affiliation with them was as much to try and advance his next paycheck (Ted Gaines) as anything. Patterson has worked for Meg Whitman and other similar efforts in the past and her movements and actions are very purposeful.
While on one hand, I am glad to see that there was a bona-fide effort to recruit “down ticket” candidates, I am quite frustrated that they were impervious to John Cox and his basically limitless resources. Soon, Mr. Cox will release his 6/30 campaign finance reports that will show a slew of donors. It is likely that John Cox already has more donors than the entire “Squish Team” being recruited by Mrs. Patterson and the others on the leadership team.
This weekend is an event called the “Reformers” weekend. It is held at the ranch/house of world-famous liberal Republican ICON Brooks Firestone. Travis Allen has been invited, as has Mr. Hadley. John Cox? Nope. The Reformers weekend is a who’s who of “moderates”, “Liberals”, “Country-Clubbers”, “RINO’s” and any other label you want to apply that omits the word Conservative. I guess this is another endorsement of John Cox.
That said, the following weekend is a meeting of the CAGOP board of directors. (July 15th)
In advance of said meeting, I was also informed that the CAGOP Vice Chair Kristen Olsen had reached out to all three Governor Candidates to schedule interviews. While I am glad the Vice Chair called all three, the timing is clear. The day after David Hadley announced, following three months of insider machinations to find an opponent to John Cox, the calls have gone out.
As a man who reads tea leaves and prognosticates about biased media polls, I can predict with a great degree of confidence that David Hadley will get endorsed by the CAGOP.
There is a second nexus – proposition 14. Mr. Munger poured a ton of his personal wealth in to getting proposition 14 passed. It has been a disaster that has caused the price of elections to skyrocket and has seen Republicans off the ballot in as much as half the state of California. It has hastened the demise of the CAGOP. I respect Mr. Munger’s actions with regard to voter registration and large donations to the party, but he also mortally wounded the CAGOP with Prop 14.
I do believe that the discussion will be started at the 7/15 CAGOP Board Meeting, if not a position taken IN FAVOR of keeping Proposition 14.
The labor unions are indeed readying a campaign to overturn Prop 14. They are furious at the amount of money it has cost them, you can make bank that they have had their fill.
I take pause at Travis Allen’s invitation to the RINO-fest on the coast with Brooks Firestone and company. I also take pause that when Travis Allen was a newly minted assemblymember, we was frequently seen with the “Mod-Squad” at events, including having Mr. Munger himself on the floor of the Assembly for bring-your-spouse-day.
The battle lines are clear. The establishment is going to establish. David Hadley endorsed, Prop 14 supported and a slew of previously unknown statewide candidates within that orbit will be revealed.
I’ll take John Cox.