The purpose of this series is to share some of my 20 years of knowledge of the levers of power, the system and the like in order to inform those willing to read how they can really make a serious impact on the California Republican Party. Since it appears there needs to be a major league house-cleaning, (aka Burn it Down) hence the title.
Let’s introduce a few terms to alleviate confusion:
CRP / CAGOP Leadership = The people within the actual volunteer state party apparatus. These would include Jim Brulte the Chairman and Harmeet Dhillon the National Committeewoman. Without getting in to all the board members, etc. The CRP / CAGOP are supposed to manage voter registration drills, participate in trying to elect more Republicans, raising money at the state level, etc. I used the two most recognizable figures in order to draw the distinction between CAGOP Leadership and…
Republican Leadership = These would include the morally corrupt Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Chad Mayes, and the Senate Minority Leader Pat Bates. There are also assistant leaders and Whips, etc. The distinction is that Republican Leadership are leaders amongst those elected to Partisan Republican Office. They are supposed to promote Republican Principles in Government.
County Central Committees / County Parties = Locally elected County Party Committees that appear on the ballot every 4 years. (Next time is 2020) They are allegedly supposed to raise money for local voter registration, turnout drills, recruit candidates for local office.
Volunteer Clubs = California Impact Republicans (CIR), Young Republicans (CYRF), College Republicans (CR), Congress of Republicans (CCR), Women’s Fed (CWF), California Republican Assembly (CRA), etc. These groups are supposed to function
There are basic functions of the party apparatus that I touched on in the above descriptions, but let’s list them:
- Voter Registration
- Candidate Recruitment
- Raising Money to Support 1 and 2
- Promoting Republican Values in the area they are supposed to manage
- The State Party Sets the Party Platform
So controlling the party apparatus has benefits for unprincipled people with agendas. The purpose of this series is going to be to discuss who the players are, what they are, how they control (or think they control) outcomes, when various opportunities manifest to interfere with the agenda of and of course why it all matters.
There is another Group of people to discuss, known as the “Third House”. The “Third House” is California’s version of “the Swamp”. The Third house are the political consultants, the lobbyists and the political action committees that wield influence over the legislative process and elections.
Beyond just looking at the surface to see the California Chamber of Commerce, PG&E, Chevron, the Dental PAC, CREPAC (the Realtors) and the Spirit of Democracy, you need to talk about the lobbyists and political consultants that have tentacles across multiple parts of the process.
Conventional wisdom is that you have to have third house support to win elected office. 95% of the time that is true. One of my goals behind writing this series is to help empower the “little people” despite my withering criticism of some of the groups, to take power and control away from the swamp.
I witnessed the power of the Third House first hand when they spent $2 Million helping to save the feckless, ineffective Beth Gaines from the Author of Prop 8, Andy Pugno. They spent the money for three reasons, 1. they could not allow a citizen revolt against an ineffective, incompetent legislator to succeed. 2. Pugno was not someone they could control or negotiate with and 3. Had Pugno won, it would have empowered citizen revolts in other districts. Separate yourself from the personalities and insert any incumbent and challenger in to the mix and the actions of the third house would have been the same.
This theme will repeat as it is my assertion that part of the nexus behind the suicidal decision of Chad Mayes and others to support the largest tax increase in state history is that they knew they would have little, if any risk of loss personally over doing it. The Third House, which will benefit mightily over this action will spend lavishly on the sell-outs, the party apparatus has been taken over by the Third House to a large degree and the volunteer groups, with the exception of CIR (which is very new) are all in decline.
So, on paper, when those that think they are smarter than us were plotting this pre-meditated sell-out of California as they believed they could get away with it.
My personal agenda is clear, I do not seek to profit from this series, in fact, it will likely cost me paid political work in California. I do not seek to control a movement as so many others have tried to.
I want you, the little people to become educated and informed so that you can organize and deal with the scourge that has prostituted Republican Values and led the State of California in to the third world economically. That means, a citizen’s guide to burning down the California Republican Party is for you to use as you see fit to make a real difference.
Stay tuned, this will continue. (PS, share this post liberally as knowledge is power)