Sep 182017
 

UPDATES: Feedback post posting indicate that Kristen Olsen is disputing the account of her actions related to her own Church. And, Seren Taylor was employed by the State Senate and did not move to the Assembly until after Olsen was out as leader (and Chad was in). Sources indicate that Olsen was involved in Taylor’s move to the Assembly side however.

This morning an anon source made me aware of a series of tweets from a political insider, well known in political circles. Ben Adler is the bureau chief of Capital Public Radio and has some credibility.

Adler noted that Jerry Brown gave props to 2 political consultants in the Republican minority. We’ve written about Seren Taylor, who is an extreme left-wing Republican from New York that was brought in by Kristen Olsen when she went on a Stalinistic rampage against the Assembly Caucus Staff.

I was of the opinion then that it mattered more to Ms. Olsen to put her own people in than anything as her ego dictated that she was in charge and it was time to leave her own mark on the building. In the years since, seeing the insanity coming out of the caucus staff with a consistent flow of recommendations to adopt democrat positions on the issues of the day confirms the ideological element.

While no one will know short of asking Jerry Brown himself who he was referring to, the suggestion that Joe Justin and Seren Taylor were the objects of Governor Brown’s affection at the UN climate change jihad meeting is as valid as any. It is also very reasonable to assume that Adler’s assumptions were based on off the record conversations with insiders familiar with the sausage factory. Given Adler’s history of being fairly accurate with his facts, I am inclined to agree with his assessments.

Mr. Justin who I regard highly as a campaign consultant is far more liberal than most Republicans I have ever met and he does drive a Tesla, by the way. Justin is indeed very green in his personal ideology and as Chad Mayes Chief of Staff would have been intimately involved in Cap and Trade.

Seren Taylor, who I recently introduced the readers of this blog to, is also very far left on the Republican Spectrum and would fit in well with Susan Collins, but not the other 90% of the GOP. His job is reading polls and giving advice based on them. One of the things I was told by several folks on the inside is about polling data showing that environmental issues were a must for the GOP to compromise on. The legacy of cap and trade is owned by Kristen Olsen as much as it is Chad Mayes via the staff that Olsen hired (Seren Taylor and others) that her ex-boyfriend retained.

Back to the tweets – Mr. Adler was not done with outing Seren Taylor and Joe Justin as the Cap and Trade Masterminds. He had a bit more to add.

The last tweet is also credible as I have been familiar with the rumor that Chad Mayes, ever the narcissist, was seeking to control everything he could.

Remember, on his way out the door, Mayes blew up the CA GOP fundraising apparatus (or attempted to), called donors to dissuade them from participating, retaliated against Melissa Melendez, Jim Patterson and a couple others, took all the best committee assignments for himself, held fundraisers to do a last-minute cash in on his leadership and of course several of his staff were walking around beating their chest as if they were still in charge. Even in the final week of the legislative session, Mayes was in the middle of some of the worst bills trying to “cut deals” to deliver Republican votes for some complete garbage that passed.

Then, there is this tweet.

Once piece of contrary information – Mike Zimmerman, the strategic director for the Assembly GOP Caucus was ousted. He was replaced by now former Tom Lackey Chief of Staff George Andrews. Lackey was a solid opponent of Mayes. It appears that Brian Dahle’s (The Leader that replaced Mayes) first move has been to reward an opponent of Chad Mayes.

I am going to reserve judgement as my knowledge of Dahle and his Chief of Staff Josh Cook suggest to me that there will be changes, but it did not stop the malignant narcissist Chad Mayes from trying.

Speaking of Kristen Olsen, I’ve spoken to a few people with knowledge of her divorce situation. She has been demonstrating the same sort of arrogance and hubris as her now former boyfriend Chad Mayes. Once the affair became known, her Church confronted her on it, not only did she refuse to accept responsibility or apologize, she showed up to that church multiple times to show everyone who was boss.

It makes sense, then that she’d be at the next CAGOP board meeting, (Chad’s last as leader where he informed the board they would never raise any money again) acting like she was in charge. It also makes sense that she would be out making public appearances. It is as if the preponderance of evidence, including several photos of her with Chad Mayes even while she denied the affair was happening are fake in her mind. Her lack of conscience and complete inabililty to see her own shortcomings should scare us all as much as the same behavior in Chad Mayes did scare many.

Those that helped get Kristen in to the CAGOP Vice Chair slot apparently want her to ride out this storm and run for CA GOP Chair in 2019. Remember, beyond her arrogance, hubris and lack of integrity are the staff within the Assembly GOP Caucus that aborted the GOP Platform multiple times, culminating with Cap and Trade. We will all be told, there is no one else in the North State that can do the job, so we have to elect Kristen… wait for it, it is coming.

Even if Kristen did not have institutional support, anyone that thinks Kristen Olsen will go away on the natural is a fool. Anyone that tries to find an easier softer way should look no further than Chad Mayes’ Narcissistic Rage on his way out the door as a blueprint for how Kristen will deal with anyone and everyone she thinks is disloyal. The only solution is to make sure she is run out of any position of leadership with extreme prejudice.

Aug 272017
 

What about Brian Dahle? I first met Dahle in 2011 when I was helping Andy Pugno against Beth Gaines and Shasta County Supervisor Les Baugh against Ted Gaines. Les told me what a great man and Christian Brian was. Dahle was then a Lassen County Supervisor. Dahle was supportive of Les against Ted Gaines despite the fact that Gaines was a prohibitive favorite. Seeing Dahle honor his friendship of Les Baugh meant something in the political world of shifting sands, backstabbing and expedience. This was even more amazing as Dahle was in an uphill fight for Assembly.

I could not reconcile myself to support Vince Fong who opposed Dahle for Assembly GOP Leader. I had told some people I was leaning heavily towards Fong until I spoke to Jay Obernolte about a hour before the sudden caucus and vote to replace the disgraced Chad Mayes. Jay told me something that still resonates, “Do not let Chad Mayes’ endorsement of Brian bother you. It was about getting back at me for running against him. I ran because we needed change and was happy to step aside when someone stepped up that could get an easy majority…” Chad Mayes’ endorsement of Dahle was so disturbing that is was causing me to doubt 5 years of experience with Mr. Dahle.

I may not remember Jay’s words exactly and I kept the conversation in confidence until the information he gave me was outdated. I waited until Mr. Obernolte told me he was done running for leader before deciding on who next to support. I then called Josh Cook, Dahle’s Chief of Staff to ask him two questions (which I will detail later) as I had made up my mind to stick with Brian Dahle after seriously considering Vince Fong. I spoke to Jay at around 8AM 8/24 and called Cook around 8:30AM 8/24, Dahle had won election by 10AM so I had no chance to tell Cook of my decision beforehand.

Why I could not support Vince Fong:

His associations with Jeff Randle, Mitch Zak and David Reade were the single largest reason I could not reconcile myself to support Vince Fong for leader.

Randle and Zak are Pete Wilson alum, on their watch, they attempted primary challenges of most of the conservatives in the legislature, oversaw the appointment of liberal judges based on an abortion related litmus test and were reliable to oppose every major California Conservative that ran for office anywhere in CA. It was clear they, along with their #1 Ally Kevin McCarthy were trying to set up shop again under a Vince Fong leadership. Reade has been a lieutenant of theirs for years.

I tangled with Randle/Zak in a very public way in the run up to the Meg Whitman for Governor Campaign in 2010. I had breakfast with Zak on Christmas Eve Day of 2008, they made an offer. I took said offer to Steve Poizner as I wanted to warn him before I completely turned on him. About a year later on Dec 2, 2009, they wrote a $25K Check to greenfaucet.com, a sister company of the defunct Red County Blog (where I was blogging while being paid by Steve Frank). On 12/6/2009, I was expelled from the Red County Blog and became the subject of a media drill while they denied ever having made an offer to me. I’ve never had a serious conversation with either of them since other than exchanging pleasantries at CRP Convetions as Zak is a pretty easy guy to interact with. (I should note that the proprietor of Red County ended up in massive legal trouble for fraud, related to a fake financial planning business he ran as well as the blog)

In one respect, I owe those two a debt of gratitude as I have made a fair amount of money in paid political consulting fees since that debacle and the attacks, while painful at the time, hardened me and made me far stronger than I would have ever been before the attention.

David Stafford Reade? I’ve written about him for years, but suffice to say he was responsible for the very brief, but intense smear campaign against Dahle. I’d alleged that he wanted Joe Justin’s Job, when in actuality any of the $170k-$200k a year jobs at the top of the Assembly Caucus food chain would have spiked his pension for the rest of his life. (The corrupt state worker pension bases your lifetime payments off of your highest year) As well, a Fong Leadership meant Reade would be even more influential, giving him veto power over future legislative candidates.

Given that he has been a capo of McCarthy, Spirit of Democracy and a host of “Third House” PAC’s, it would have been a brand new swamp. Except, Mr. Reade would have been one of the head alligators. Given that the North State is littered with the expended remains of Reade’s scorched earth, it would not have ended well for the GOP.

They brought Kevin McCarthy, the liberal Republican Godfather (whose record in congress is quite a ways to the right of Paul Ryan ironically) in to the mix. All the 2nd in command of Congress accomplished was delaying the inevitable by 3 days.

Then, Brian Dahle beat the establishment in 2017. Ironically, aided by the fallen tyrant Chad Mayes against this machine

I just could not ally with Vince Fong, knowing that these guys were going to set up shop, for party reasons, ideological reasons and personal reasons. I am sure Fong is a good dude, but ‘ya dance with those that brung ‘ya.

What about Brian Dahle? I first met Dahle in 2011 when I was helping Andy Pugno against Beth Gaines and Shasta County Supervisor Les Baugh against Ted Gaines. Les told me what a great man and Christian Brian was. Dahle was then a Lassen County Supervisor. Dahle was supportive of Les against Ted Gaines despite the fact that Gaines was a prohibitive favorite. Seeing Dahle honor his friendship of Les Baugh meant something in the political world of shifting sands, backstabbing and expedience. This was even more amazing as Dahle was in an uphill fight for Assembly.

Dahle’s opponent, Rick Bossetti was an arrogant jerk. The entitled, primadonna attitude was likely due to the fact that he was an ex-MLB star. Dahle was such a stark contrast to Bossetti that David Stafford Reade, who brought the machine against Dahle could not dent him. Kevin McCarthy, Doug LaMalfa, Jim Nielsen, all the donors and their massive expenditures attacking Dahle rang hollow. The Spirit of Democracy spent about $220,000 before withdrawing with about 3 weeks to go in the election.

Dahle routed Bossetti. Brian Dahle beat the establishment in 2012.

For those of you scoring at home, that’s twice that Dahle beat the Establishment. Yet, he was smeared as a liberal. It was recounted to me that Jon Fleischman, who still has a relationship with David Stafford Reade was involved in the attacks against Dahle as a conduit of information. Reade was attempting to pin down the Orange County Delegation and carve them from Obernolte to Fong versus Dahle.

When Mr. Fleischman and others in Orange County were presented with the pure fact that Dahle beat the world in 2012, it unraveled that narrative then the following facts decimated any further narrative against Brian Dahle:

California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights: 100%

Lifetime 14% from California League of Conservation Voters – despite being smeared as a green Republican by David Stafford Reade and others. Heck, the Sierra Club came in at 18%, I guess we should tar and feather Dahle for apostasy.

Despite getting blasted for taking Labor Union Money – here is the California Labor Federation giving Dahle a PERFECT 0% Committee Vote Lifetime Score. I wonder if this came up in Reade’s research? Ok, so Dahle gets a 15% lifetime rating for his floor votes, what a union stooge.

The Capitol Resource Institute – who supported Dahle’s opponent in 2012 after taking thousands from Doug LaMalfa and Jim Nielsen, rated him 100%

Howard Jarvis rated Dahle at 98% in 2016

The NFIB chipped in a 100% rating.

In 2016, Howard Jarvis, the CA Pro-Life Council, Crime Victims United, and the California Labor Federation all endorsed Dahle. Heck, the NRA rates him a lifetime A and endorsed him for good measure.

Yet, somehow this is the pedigree of a moderate? I guess the Police (PORAC) and the Firefighters Unions, who frequently endorse Republicans were supposed to be alarming?

Even though I have history with Dahle, I don’t know him super well but he does return my calls. I have talked to him several times over the years. He has not been involved in party politics, due once again to a string of County Republican Central Committees under the control of David Stafford Reade (in 2016, Reade directed over $500K in to about 16 County Central Committee Races in the North State) that had been pretty much hostile to Mr. Dahle. His experience with the CRA was basically the same as the genesis of mine and David’s mutual animosity was a fight over several paper clubs all over the North State. As a result, I have not had much opportunity to cross paths with Dahle. Can you blame him? When the GOP on the ground looks like a paper empire of David Stafford Reade, I’d rather get my wisdom teeth pulled while conscious than deal with that.

Let’s answer the $64,000 question: Was there a deal with Chad Mayes? No. Refer to my opening comments from Jay Obernolte.

Will the staff brought in by disgraced former Assembly Leader and current CAGOP Vice Chair Kristen Olsen be left in place? For those of you new to this, Kristen Olsen terminated all of the Conservatives that had been on staff for years and replaced them with left-wing Greenies who believe that decimating the economy in the name of Mother Gaia is the way to the promised land for the CAGOP. They are so convinced they are right, they hatched this Cap and Trade plan and then became enraged when the grassroots revolted.

A few examples of the players are below:

While Mike Zimmerman was hired by Connie Conway, his legacy is a net loss of 6 seats in the Assembly. He needs to go.

Seren Taylor’s profile shows that he is a “Republican” from Brooklyn. Enough said, his advice may as well be Sarin Gas to the CAGOP.

Joe Justin is also employed as a consultant beyond his job being Chad Mayes’ Chief of Staff. He was involved in the run up to Cap and Trade heavily.

I’d put David Stafford Reade on the list, but his quest to get one of these massively overpaid positions ended (for now) with the defeat of Vince Fong. Reade works for Jim Nielsen (who I like despite Reade) as his Chief of Staff and will live on to fight another day while we here at Right on Daily chronicle his political life in graphic detail.

There are a host of others involved in the disaster of the last 5 years for the GOP since Ms. Olsen’s rampage and it is clear that some of them may not be employed for very long.

I don’t envy the job Brian Dahle and Josh Cook have ahead of them. But, I trust a Lassen County Supervisor whose brain has not been polluted or chemically altered by a big city to make some clear decisions. Cook? He is as hardcore LDS as Dahle is Evangelical Christian. We do have moral, ethical leadership at the top of the GOP now.

I want Brian Dahle to succeed. I hope you do too. What’s left of the CAGOP depends on it.

Aug 222017
 

Disclaimer: I have about a dozen sources, all of whom are in and around the capitol. I will not go any further than this description in order to protect their identities, most all talked to me off the record. Therefore, all will be off the record. The conversations have given me the rest of the perspective I needed and if the accounts of this post contradict a past post, it is because I believe what I have learned in the last 12 hours to be the most accurate information I can come by.

I had originally believed that I was going to tear in to the Membership for their arrogance against the grassroots or their cowardice for avoiding conflict as I have seen both many times. Instead, it is more related to anarchy in a small group of people, some of whom meet the previous descriptions.

I have been searching for answers over the seemingly bizarre decision of the Assembly Republican Caucus to punt rather than taking a stand on Chad Mayes.

This is what I have been able to discern:

There were 18-20 votes to push the leadership vote to next Tuesday.

They chose not to vacate the chair because they needed to leave someone in place until they could resolve the replacement of Chad Issue. (this is a motive I deduced, not was told specifically) There was motion to vacate the chair that did indeed fail. A contributing factor may have been congressman McCarthy intervening.

There will be a secret ballot as voted on in today’s Caucus Meeting

In today’s meeting, a motion by someone stating if the caucus does not get to 13 for a replacement for Mayes has the effect of re-electing him also failed.

A San Diego Assemblymember, Rocky Chavez tore in to the Republican Grassroots and the San Diego Republican Party specifically about how they did not matter and “how dare they try to pick our leader” (paraphrased by me). He was either preceded or backed up by Jordan Cunningham who ripped in to the grassroots as well. (Apparently, he forgot about the dozens of people that drove to his out of the way district to help him). Cunningham’s incendiary comments included a rant about “who cares what they think, they did not help me at all”…

This anecdote buttressed my gut feeling about the absolute lack or regard or fear of the GOP Groups, Committees or State Party, originally, I believed it was wider-spread (as in caucus wide)… but is more specific to some of the members.

It is, however clear that the partisan electeds know that 90% or more of the GOP / Tea Party Groups out there are ineffective. I went in to detail in my “Burn it Down” series about how to fix that and the concepts in that series were referenced by more than half the sources I spoke to. (It is hard to get people to listen when you don’t have the right voice – I will write about that subject later)

Yesterday, Marc Steinorth demanded the cell phones of all of the members and put them on a table in order to prevent people from recording, texting or tweeting about the meeting. He also blew his stack over leaks in the caucus enabling the unwashed masses to know who to target in their efforts to unseat Chad Mayes.

This has led me to deduce that Chad’s remaining support is Baker, Chavez, Cunningham, Steinorth and himself.

The following people are running for Minority Leader: Jay Obernolte, Melissa Melendez, Brian Dahle, Vince Fong and Frank Bigelow.

IN addition, the Assembly Caucus will be using a “collapsing ballot” for their leadership elections where the bottom vote-getter on each ballot drops off, meaning that the result could be unpredictable.

If your goal is to get Chad, the only monkey wrench is the caucus failing to come to a consensus on the replacement allowing Chad Mayes to slip through multiple votes.

Today, as well, Dante Acosta went one step further than Marc Streinorth, labeling other members as “traitors” for identifying to people (like this blogger) who other activists should target with their contact.

Personal side notes – I called Mike Zimmerman a Cockroach in a heated exchange with the wife of a legislative staffer on facebook. I’ve been a friend of this staffer for many years and know his wife less well – I do not apologize for being upset, but I do apologize for calling Mike Zimmerman a Cockroach. Zimmerman is just wrong for the Republican Caucus and I should have left it there. It has been difficult to not destroy friendships in this argument amongst family.

Also – I’ve asserted that David Stafford Reade wanted Joe Justin’s Job. I was actually referring to the Caucus Chair job held by a man by the name of Richardson. I’ve been told that Mr. Reade is not seeking that job. So I missed on two accounts, and while I have the issues I have with Mr. Reade, I should at least be accurate when I light him up.

Lastly, should Mr. Reade end up with either Zimmerman or Richardson’s Job, it would be a major upgrade for the Republican Party as Reade is a Conservative who would never run a cap and trade drill.

The following is the complete contact list of the members of the Assembly, as this is now a wide open deal:

Assemblyman Dante Acosta
(916) 319-2038 Dante.acosta@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Travis Allen
(916) 319-2072 Travis.allen@asm.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker
(916) 319-2016 Catharine.baker@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow
(916) 319-2005
Frank.bigelow@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Bill Brough
(916) 319-2073
William.brough@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Phillip Chen
(916) 319-2055
Philip.chen@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Steven Choi
(916) 319-2068
Steven.choi@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Rocky Chavez
(916) 319-2076
Rocky.chavez@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham
(916) 319-2035
Jordan.cunningham@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Brian Dahle
(916) 319-2001
Brian.dahle@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Heath Flora
(916) 319-2012
Heath.flora@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Vince Fong
(916) 319-2034
Vince.fong@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman James Gallagher
(916) 319-2003
James.gallagher@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Matthew Harper
(916) 319-2074
Matthew.harper@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
(916) 319-2006
Kevin.kiley@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Tom Lackey
(916) 319-2036
Tom.lackey@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein
(916) 319-2077
Brian.maienschein@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Devon Mathis
(916) 319-2026
Devon.mathis@asm.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez
(916) 319-2067
Melissa.melendez@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte
(916) 319-2033
Jay.obernolte@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Jim Patterson
(916) 319-2023
Jim.patterson@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth
(916) 319-2040
Marc.steinorth@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Randy Voepel
(916) 319-2071
Randy.voepel@asm.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron
(916) 319-2075
Marie.waldron@asm.ca.gov

And here are their twitter handles:

@BrianDahleCA
@J_GallagherAD3
@FrankBigelowCA
@KevinKileyCA
@HeathFloraCA
@CBakerAD16
@JimPatterson559
@AD26Mathis
@JayObernolte
@VFong
@Cunning_Jordan
@DanteAcostaSVC
@MarcSteinorth
@PhillipChenCA
@asmMelendez
@DrStevenChoi
@RandyVoepel
@JoinTravisAllen
@Bill_Brough
@AsmHarper
@AsmRocky
@BMaienschein
@ChadMayesCA

And their official government-staff-maintained Facebook page handles:

@brianDahleCA
@ASsmblymemberJamesGallagher
@BigelowforCA
@AssemblymanKiley
@Heath.Flora.7
@AssemblywomanBaker
@AssemblymanJimPatterson
@AssemblymanDevonMathis
@AssemblymanObernolte
@AssmVinceFong
@AsmCunningham
@AssemblymanLackey
@AssemblymanDanteAcosta
@AssemblymanMarcSteinorth
@AssemblymanPhillipChen
@MelissaMelendezCA
@AsmStevenChoi
@RandyVoepel
@JoinTravisAllen
@AssemblymanBillBrough
@AssemblymanHarper
@AssemblymanRocky.Chavez
@BrianKMaienschein
@ChadMayesCA

Marie Waldron
@StateAssembly75

Aug 192017
 

For those of you that read this blog, you may recall that sometimes I take a break from news reporting and excoriating political targets for personal updates. This is such a time. This post is intended to be serious. If you’ve never read a post of mine before please read this one.

As I have been advocating for the ouster of Chad Mayes as Assembly Permanent Minority Leader, I’ve noticed some extreme behavior and disturbing personality traits that have manifest that have given me serious pause. As a man nearing 15 years of Sobriety, and as a man with extensive experience working with some profoundly sick people in recovery groups, alarm bells are going off.

I know that Mr. Mayes is being supported by a close-knit inner circle that are attempting to insulate him from the firestorm. I know that “3rd House” Donors and lobbyists are putting pressure on Republican Members to keep Chad Mayes in Place. I know people are being threatened as well. It is also clear that many members of the Assembly Republican Caucus are very uneasy over the entire situation. It is also clear that the democrat leadership have been supplying Mr. Mayes with donors in order to fill his warchest for the coming election.

If you’re a Republican Member of the legislature – there is an angle beyond the donors, lobbyists, money, threats, chaos and turmoil to consider. What do you do when your current leader demonstrates an incurable behavior pattern that will destroy himself and everyone else around him?

When someone overcomes a major life issue like addiction, it is because you take a good hard look at your life, who you are and how you got to be where you are at. In AA, it is known as the 12 steps. At the beginning of every AA meeting, a passage of the AA Big Book called “How it Works” is read… there is a key part that is the basis for the remainder of my post:

    Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a way of life which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

The most disturbing thing about watching Chad Mayes speak to the Riverside GOP and listening to him address the California Republican Party Board of Directors was his absolute lack of honesty. Some try to dismiss it as him actually believing the absurdities coming out of his mouth.

I know what that is like, I used to live there and until I could get honest with myself, I kept getting drunk. It was not until I was breathless at 325 pounds at the age of 31 that I had the moment of honesty. I could not tell the truth even though I meant well, and it was because I was not completely gone that the integrity stuffed deep inside of me was finally able to come out. It saved my life, literally – I was on blood pressure medication and cholesterol medication at the age of 31.

I fear for Chad Mayes. I fear for anyone near him. He has retaliated against Melissa Melendez, he has cut off the “One Ask Program” in an attempt to retaliate against Republican Groups that have spoken out against him.

Mr. Mayes was trying to control the circumstances of his appearance at the Riverside GOP, demanding to speak before Melissa Melendez, threatening several times to not come unless he got his way on things, and attempting to intimidate volunteers in to doing what he wanted. It is my belief that Mayes may well have had a hand in the leftist protesters that showed up at the RivCO GOP Meeting.

Mr. Mayes told a string of lies leading up to the Cap and Trade vote, issuing deceptive tweets, telling GOP Board Members there was no deal, telling constituents there was no deal – even as he had enablers like Rocky Chavez, Marc Steinorth and others lined up and ready to go.

Despite 20 County Parties, the State Party, the Impact Republicans, 4 Big Donor Lincoln Clubs and a host of local groups calling on Chad Mayes to resign, he has defiantly told the LA Times, “I am not going to capitulate,” he said. “I’m going to continue to keep pushing forward.”

It is clear that Chad Mayes’ ego is out of control. He has bought a lie of epic proportions and has determined that he would rather be completely destroyed than back down from the grotesque error he has made. He has based his behavior on polling data few people have seen, but those that have drew a completely different conclusion than him.

It is also clear that Chad Mayes sees everyone around him as an extension of himself and therefore they are expendable and inferior. There is no other way to explain why he is so dug in despite the firestorm and body of evidence that surrounds him. There is no other way to explain his sexual exploits as juxtaposed with the faith he claims.

When I encounter someone who is incapable of grasping their own faults and is incapable of contrition, it is truly a scary experience. It nearly killed me as the price I paid for my own delusion of perfection was alcoholism.

Chad Mayes seems content to let everyone and everything burn down with him in his spiral.

In politics, people throw the word Narcissist around so much it has no meaning. I know a few Narcissists in politics. It is my untrained, 15 years in recovery working with a lot of messed up people opinion that Mr. Mayes is such a person.

Most in psychology will tell you that you can not cure a Narcissist. I was told I was a Narcissist when I was younger, but the spirit of the Lord that was inside me from a young age (I accepted Christ at age 5), was greater than the illness and addiction.

It is my own personal battle with arrogance, ego, addiction, honesty and the like that allows me to have a perspective for these people.

I am divulging some personal details on purpose (as I know some people in politics may attempt to use this information against me), I believe I know of which I speak. Seeing Chad Mayes was like looking in a mirror from years ago before the power of the Lord and the 12 steps of AA helped save me from myself.

Chad Mayes needs to rekindle his relationship with the Lord and needs to do so somewhere far away from the spotlight.

Meanwhile, I am imploring his fellow assemblymembers to take a break from the political firestorm to consider his behavior and the toxic effects it is having beyond the political realm. Please relieve Chad Mayes of command and get as far away from him as possible. And, if you are a person of faith, pray for him that he will find the ability to be honest – because only a willing honest heart will make it possible for Chad Mayes to become a whole person. Right now he is dangerous to everyone and everything he is around.

Aug 192017
 

This is from Harmeet Dhillon, CAGOP National Committeewoman

Assembly Leadership Update: there are plenty of votes for a new leader if Chad resigns (he’s announced he “won’t capitulate”), but a good contingent of members will not vote to vacate the chair, don’t ask me why.

It’s time for every activist represented by a Republican in the Assembly to pick up the phone and keyboard and ask those members to do the right thing — vote to vacate the chair, vote for a new leader.

Here is contact info for all of them. These calls/emails are most effective when made by their constituents or better yet, leaders of conservative groups active in their districts.

Assemblyman Dante Acosta – (916) 319-2038 – or email Assemblymemberacosta@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow – (916)319-2005 – or email Assemblymemberbigelow@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Phillip Chen – (916) 319-2055 – or email Assemblymemberchen@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham – (916) 319-2035 – or email Assemblymembercunningham@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Brian Dahle – (916) 319-2001 – or email Assemblymemberdahle@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Health Flora – (916) 319-2012 – or email Assemblymemberflora@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman James Gallagher – (916) 319-2003 – or email Assemblymembergallagher@asm.ca.gov 

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley – (916) 319-2006 – or email AssemblymemberKiley@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Tom Lackey – (916) 319-2036 – or email Assemblymemberlackey@asm.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron – (916) 319-2075 or email Assemblymemberwaldron@asm.ca.gov

Aug 112017
 

Given that President Trump has had such virulent opposition, I have been remiss to disagree with him in public the few times when I have. Here’s one of them. Recently, I started looking in to what is happening with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the review of a ton of National Monuments designated in the last 20+ years.

Anyone who knows me, knows that my wife and I spend our vacation time traveling to National Parks and getting outdoors. I’m far from being a tree hugger, but as a hardcore conservative I also see the value in public land and preservation of these designations.

Currently under review by the Trump Administration, and I say this as a full-fledged Trump/MAGA supporter, are a list of lands designated by the previous Administration as parks or monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906. My understanding of the purpose of the review by the Department of the Interior is to determine whether these designations should be rescinded by proclamations through executive order. In California for example, the areas under review include the Cascade Siskiyous, San Gabriel Mountains, Mojave Trails, Giant Sequoia, Carrizo Plain, Sand to Snow and others that aren’t just for hikers and bird watchers – but also used by hunters, campers and horsemen.

Apart from my understanding and appreciation for National Parks and monuments, as a conservative I have no problem with reviews of these land designations per se, but I would have an issue with any action being taken through executive order. While we conservatives crowed when Obama governed recklessly using the executive order, we can’t turn around and then say it’s ok if our guys do it; Congress must be included if this is a path that this Administration wants to explore. Truth be told, I get very nervous any time I hear “executive order” outside of clear national emergency or defense purposes.

I am far from the only one using my Ronald Reagan era cowboy boots to kick up a little dust on this, a number of other Constitutional conservatives have raised a red flag on the potential rescinding of monument status through executive order. Apart from the process however, let me be clear, I want  Secretary Zinke to keep all of these lands designated parks and monuments unchanged because it’s good for the taxpaying public.

Conservatives are the original and the true conservationists. Despite current events in California, we don’t hold these views because we are acquiescing to a left-wing agenda aimed at climate change. Rather, many of us understand that the preservation of our natural heritage is important for the future, and it also maintains both economic and recreational opportunities for families, outdoors people, hunters, off-roaders, campers and the thousands of jobs supported by these lands.

In a very selfish way I also support keeping parks and monuments because I also have seen and experienced some of the most beautiful country at our National Parks and monuments traveling with my wife on our yearly adventures – and to be brutally honest as I always am, I doubt those experiences would be open and available if they weren’t designated as such.

Aug 102017
 

I just got a political nuclear device delivered to my inbox.

The Placer GOP, by a vote of 37-0 (3 ABS) unanimously censured the 8 #CAPANDTRAITORS and called on Chad Mayes to resign.

There is significance to all of this. This is the first GOP Committee to light up ALL the #CAPANDTRAITORS. The previous 10 committees had focused on the philanderer only.

The fact that the vote was 37-0 means that Senator Jim Nielsen, in particular is on board with this as some of his staff are on the Central Committee. (BTW, one of the Abstentions was Frank Bigelow’s rep. Bigelow supported Cap and Trade but voted no on the floor)

Before I explain further the machinations – let’s look at the letter. It is incendiary.

This is the most strongly worded letter from any GOP Central Committee yet and will likely result in Media Calls to Placer GOP Chairman Dennis Revell, who is also a Public Relations executive by trade.

The part that resonated with me is the references to Ronald Reagan. Revell was a son-in-law to Ronald Reagan.

While this is not the censure resolution against the 8 Republicans that actually voted yes, that will follow and will be posted when I have received a copy of it.

Back to the machinations.

There are staff of Jim Nielsen and Doug LaMalfa on the Placer GOP Central Committee. Some or all of them had to vote yes. I was of the belief that an attempt by the Placer GOP would fail to reach 2/3. I held my tongue when I was alerted that David Stafford Reade had led the effort to blast Chad Mayes at the Yolo GOP Central Committee.

The connection is this: David Stafford Reade is Jim Nielsen’s Chief of Staff. Reade was also Doug LaMalfa’s Chief of Staff before he went to Congress. Reade has staff loyal to him deployed amongst several GOP Central Comittees all over the north state.

They include Saolo, the chair of Butte, staffers on Sutter, Sacramento, Glenn, Colusa, Tehama and of course Placer. All of those counties are in Jim Nielsen’s Senate District. I’ve written about the money that David Stafford Reade was involved in the deployment of all over the north state to influence the outcome of GOP Central Committee Elections in the North State (actually, 44 counties statewide)…

Yolo is David’s home county. David led the effort there. (Note: I had written that Reade made the motion, that is inaccurate, it was Rob Olsen that made the motion in Yolo)

Now, David’s top lieutenants were involved in yet another County Party lighting up Chad Mayes. I was told that one of Reade’s people spoke out against the resolution against the 7 others and suggested the committee stick with lighting up Mayes only. (implied is that Mayes is the real target)

I wrote before and I will write again that David Stafford Reade wants Joe Justin’s Job. It is a huge pay raise and would make Mr. Reade a kingmaker giving him real power to go with his paper castle in the North of California. Remember, Joe Justin is the chief of staff and strategist for Chad Mayes. While Justin and Reade have been aligned mostly in the past, it was a marriage of paycheck, donor appeasement and convenience. Now that Justin and Mayes are wounded, they are getting the Reade treatment.

I wish I could enjoy the Placer County Republican Party unloading on everyone – but I just can’t see it for what is in the surface. I feel the Earth moving and I have no one to root for.

I sincerely hope the new GOP leader, (and mark my words – Chad Mayes may survive on 8/22 at the Caucus vote… but he will not make it through 2017 as leader) cleans house. We need real conservatives without personal conflicts of interest (ahem, paychecks) clouding the advice they give their members.

Aug 092017
 

Today, I received a notification that Chad Mayes had Melissa Melendez stripped of her committee assignments and moved her to the Beth Gaines office. (Known as the Dog house – a tiny 300 square foot office in the corner of the 5th floor of the legislature building)

Gaines held this office for an extended period until various and sundry legislators earned the wrath of leadership. Now, Melissa Melendez is in the doghouse for heresy. Note that Vince Fong and Jay Obernolte have also challenged Chad Mayes, but it is Melendez who is getting singled out. Is it because Chad Mayes has issues with women he can’t sleep with? Or is this an out of control ego episode from someone experiencing the devastating loss of control similar to March of 1945?

That said, it has come to my attention that my post (on this blog that no one reads, but everyone seems to react to) about David Stafford Reade leading the Chad must resign charge in Yolo County the other night has drawn a reaction. Mr. Reade has been telling insiders that Mayes and his entire staff need to go. (Note: I had written that Reade made the motion, that is inaccurate, it was Rob Olsen that made the motion in Yolo)

Does this mean that David Stafford Reade wants Joe Justin’s Job? Were Reade to get some sort of Assembly Caucus senior staff job, he’d be a king-maker and get $160-$175K a year salary versus the roughly $110k he is making now.

David Stafford Reade, like Steve Frank, ran for Assembly in 1996. Reade got hammered for having 3 DUI’s and was defeated by Sam Aanestad. Similar to Steve Frank, it appears that Mr. Reade has never recovered from that campaign. As I have documented on this blog, Reade has had a pattern of years of abusive behavior and ethical issues. However, Reade is a top lieutenant of “Republican Leadership” and would have the connections and be familiar to the power brokers fearful of real change in leadership.

While I rail on Reade, he is an ideological Conservative. In that regard he’d be an improvement over the young inexperienced staff brought in after the Kristen Olsen purge.

And, to be clear, Reade is doing nothing wrong by earning tens of thousands of consulting fees from PAC’s and Republican Leadership. Reade needs to focus on trying to build the Republican Party, but prefers to try to get even with your intrepid blogger by threatening people directly or bullying people through proxies or attempting to meet out retribution on anyone else that he deems to have crossed him. When your political life is characterized by a string of people in multiple counties that you’ve bullied, threatened, tried to destroy and the like, your effectiveness as a leader is diminished.

Mr. Frank on the other hand, languishes in irrelevance after a failed attempt to monetize the Tea Party. Having suffered a recent heart attack, he has spent his recovery from his health issues trying to settle personal scores rather than trying to rally Conservatives to oust Chad Mayes.

It is people like Reade and Frank that make me despair that the CA GOP is salvageable.

CA GOP Chairman Jim Brulte on the other hand has a five star mess that he could extricate himself from quickly. I will go on the record as saying I have investigated his consulting firm and his role in it and it is my belief that he has no conflict of interest. I do believe that Mr. Brulte should be much more demonstrative in his treatment of Chad Mayes and Kristen Olsen with regard to helping remove them both from positions of influence, and by not doing so he is creating the appearance that he supports what they have done.

While the Chairman has told me emphatically that he is not calling on Jay Obernolte’s behalf, I spoke to a legislator today and a legislative staffer today that indicated he has. I will be having follow up conversations with them both where I will request a three way call with the Chairman so we can hash out what is happening. This is creating an appearance that Mr. Brulte is trying to control an outcome, which then leads to speculation and questions about motives.

The main injustice here is that it is even a debate about weather Chad Mayes will survive the leadership vote on 8/22. I’m being told that he just might, and the King Jong Un move of throwing Melissa Melendez in the Dog House bears that out. The number of fake no votes on Cap and Trade also suggest that the Jay Obernolte (or anyone else) leadership drill may not succeed.

If Chad Mayes’ lack of personal integrity and his ego are so completely unbalanced that he stays in office, let alone leadership, after 8/22 he should be moved to the Dog House.

Aug 092017
 

I’ve heard it for years. Munger. Blame everything on Charles Munger.

Charles Munger has help. CREPAC – the Realtors. Dental PAC. Chevron. PG&E. The California Chamber of Commerce (aka Chamber PAC) also JOBSPAC. If you look at the reports, you will see this crew behind every effort to take over partisan offices and central committees. Heck, if you look really close, you will see Sierra Pacific Industries, Eli Lilly and a host of other household names in there as well.

If you look even closer – you will see that Charles Munger is no longer bankrolling the California Republican Party and further research shows that his voter registration efforts have abated. If those statements were not clear, take a look at the CAGOP Treasurer Report at the next convention, you will see much smaller checks from Mr. Munger to the CRP. Ask any of the major vendors that do voter registration, they will tell you their efforts are no longer funded by Mr. Munger. It appears that he is focused on buying mail and TV ads for campaign independent expenditures only now, and who knows if that continues with the irrelevance of the GOP in California.

The lesson here is know your enemy. Know who they are and what they are doing. You can learn a lot from searching the California Secretary of State’s Website.

Lesson Number 2? Know why Donors do what they do. For most it is a business decision and is not steeped in ideology. They need people they can work with. It sounds slimy, but it is the world we live in.

If you’re a conservative activist in California, you know that your candidate for Assembly, State Senate or Congress is not going to be in favor. This means from the beginning of the campaign, the volunteers and activists have to organize and work smart.

  1. Stay off social media with conspiracy theories while you are campaigning actively for a candidate. Chemtrails, Flouride, Illuminati stories are a few such items I see, it does not matter if you believe this stuff is true, most think it is crazy. Accept it and drive on. Persist and you will make your candidate look bad.
  2. Sign-Waiving is useless. If you are on overpasses or street corners, you are wasting your time. I have seen this time and time again amongst tea party and conservative groups.
  3. Walk Precincts, knock on doors and talk to people. This is what people / volunteers hate doing. This is the single most effective thing you can do for a candidate. Even the most poorly funded candidate can afford voter lists from the county that can be used to make precinct lists.
  4. Make Phone Calls if you are not physically able to walk neighborhoods.
  5. Let the candidate and their staff do all the public events. You simply can not meet enough people by going to rotary clubs, republican clubs, etc to win an election. The candidate and their staff can find new volunteers at these events you can work with, but you should be on the phone and at the front door.
  6. Give your candidate money. Ask others to give them money. The more donors a candidate has, the more likely “The Swamp” does not go after them. There is strength in numbers.

Too many times, when the mass money from “The Swamp” comes, it overwhelms the Conservative Target because there has been precious little contact in the neighborhood. When the Mail and Ads come down and the target of them is standing on the street corner with signs, it actually makes the attacks more effective because raising the visability of the subject of smears causes people to ask the wrong questions.

IF you’ve actually been out there doing the work and telling individual people the story, then the attacks do not work.

Once “The Swamp” starts dropping the money bomb then what?

  1. Get ahold of everyone you know on a personal level, tell them that “CREPAC, the Spirit of Democracy or whatever” is spending huge to elect a tax-raiser (or whatever the issue is). Are you going to let them win? Can you help us reach people?
  2. Then late at night or early in the morning when you can’t call people or walk precincts, use social media and email to forward your guy’s stuff. It takes 7-10 repetitions, so once a day on social media and once every other day via email is the right interval. Again, if you are doing this without also walking precincts or making phone calls – it is a waste
  3. Give your candidate money. Ask others to give them money.

Money – Conservatives are the worst donors in the world. This is why Conservative candidates are sitting ducks a lot of the time for “The Swamp” to take out. Stop calling yourselves “Fiscal Conservatives” as an excuse for not donating to causes. If you support something, yet are unwilling to even give $20 to it, you really don’t support it. Remember “Faith without works is dead”.

I have a really hard time feeling bad for groups of people that complain about a Heath Flora or a Rocky Chavez in a safe district who are “Moderates” that go up on Cap and Trade when they never knocked on a door, made a call or gave a dime – yet there they are on Facebook fighting the good fight.

Drop the campaign sign, get off of Facebook, stick a crowbar in your checkbook and then let’s complain about election results.

Next up – I am going to tie posts 1-5 together so that there is a clear sense of what it takes and what you can do to burn down the California Republican Party and take our party back from the donors, squishes, unprincipled, elitists and (fill in the type of heresy here).

You can’t win unless you take ownership of your part. You can’t win unless you are willing to do the work. To be continued.

Aug 082017
 

I want to repeat a couple things:

I know Jay Obernolte to be an ethical, honest man of integrity. I trust his judgement, but some things have been happening around him that give me pause. This is a report of insider machinations that needs to be made so that the rest of us understand what is happening.

On Tue of last week, I spoke to Mr. Obernolte on condition of confidentiality. He indicated that a few people had approached him about running for leader. I said nothing until He had started making calls and it got out.

Jay is extremely intelligent, successful in life and has an excellent work ethic. In short, he has the skill set to do the job.

All of the positive attributes I lavish on Jay Obernolte also apply to Melissa Melendez – the key difference between the two is that Melissa is a full-portfolio Conservative. Jay is not. Melissa is rumored to be looking at running for leader. If Melissa ran against Jay Obernolte and I had a vote – it would be extremely difficult to choose as it would pit a long-term high school friend I respect against a Conservative hero.

The Republican Caucus in the legislature is 25 members. You need 13 in order to get elected leader. At one point Vince Fong of Bakersfield had 10-11 lined up. It is alleged that Mr. Obernolte has 15 as of today, I believe the number is in the 10-13 range with a lot in flux. What I hope is that Vince Fong and Melissa Melendez are tapped by Jay for key roles in the team and they avoid a meltdown in the 8/22 Caucus meeting.

Events are leading me to believe that the “Leadership / Donor community” is rolling off of Chad Mayes and on to Jay Obernolte for leader. Either Jay locked up the votes and forced them to join in or there is an anointing going on. This will make it extremely difficult for Melissa Melendez or anyone else to get to 13, and this may also be part of the nexus for some of a few key pieces of evidence:

  1. CA GOP Chairman Jim Brulte, who has been lambasted for appearing to be defending Chad Mayes in recent weeks has now started making calls on Obernolte’s behalf. Was Brulte one of those that had talked to Mr. Obernolte about replacing Chad Mayes? (Update: Mr. Brulte indicated that while he did call legislators, he did not discuss Jay Obernolte or the leadership fight specifically)
  2. Mr. Brulte and Mr. Obernolte are indeed close, Brulte has flown several times on Mr. Obernolte’s jet to events or vacations.
  3. It is alleged that Chad Mayes will be “passing the baton” to Jay Obernolte – by stepping aside and asking his leadership team that have not committed to Jay to commit to him. (This may have already happened, contributing to the estimated vote count of 15)
  4. David Stafford Reade, a key lieutenant in the leadership team was the maker of the motion on the Yolo GOP last night (8/7/2017) to endorse the removal of Chad Mayes as leader. This suggests that the donor community has also pivoted with Mr. Brulte away from Mayes and onto Obernolte.
  5. It is alleged that Jay is making deals with individual members for their participation and support. This is smart politics.

I have ripped on Chevron incessantly for their lavish spending on liberal Republicans as a part of the small crew of large donors. They and other Oil Companies popped up with large amounts of money donated during the run up to the cap and trade disaster.

Three other Assembly lawmakers who are not typically swing votes also received more than $10,000 from oil interests. They are Democrat Blanca Rubio, who backed the deal, and Republicans Jay Obernolte and Vince Fong, who opposed it.

While the money concerns me, it is standard fair for industry to lobby and spread cash out during major bills. Seeing arch-conservative Fong and Mr. Obernolte bring in similar amounts of Oil Money concerns me less. I was indeed told by an oil man that the oil industry dodged a major bullet with the Cap and Trade bill – don’t worry, there is always next year for the democrats.

I have several questions for an Obernolte leadership tenure:

Since Jay has been with his wife since I first met him in 1985 (she was his girlfriend then), I know that the recent string of Republican leaders who have used the CA GOP as a dating service or their position of government power as a mating/dating service will end with Jay as he is a faithful man. Will Mr. Obernolte enforce some sort of personal discipline standard on his team?

Joe Justin is one of the best campaign consultants I have ever met. Working with him on the Bill Halldin Campaign was one of the best experiences of my career as an operative. I’d recommend him to anyone who wants to win election.

However, I have been fiercely critical of his part in the drill for the cap and trade deal, his potential conflicts of interest and his very liberal ideology for a Republican. There is another man by the last name of Zimmerman that appears to have a similar pedigree within the capitol staff (he is not a campaign guy in addition like Joe is). Zimmerman was brought in after disgraced former permanent minority leader Kristen Olsen purged all of the old-school conservatives and brought in new, inexperienced younger caucus staff.

Will Jay Obernolte bring in new staff that are Conservative Republicans who are dedicated to their jobs (aka free of potential conflicts) who will give good solid advice to the Assembly Republicans, or will the Kristen Olsen staffers continue?

Will Jay Obernolte allow the “One-Ask-Program” to be dismantled as Chad Mayes had threatened to do on his way out the door? Will Mr. Obernolte keep it in place, thus securing 80% of the CA GOP’s budget for several years to come? (This, by the way is why “leadership” has so much influence in the CA GOP) Will Obernolte figure out another arrangement to keep the CA GOP solvent?

What will Jay Obernolte’s role in CAGOP leadership be? Who does he support to replace Kristen Olsen, Jim Brulte? What does he do to rally the demoralized and enraged grassroots?

I am going to finish this update by saying that I trust Jay Obernolte as a man. I am concerned that some around him could manipulate him in to a similarly destructive course as happened to Chad Mayes.

He has the skill set and the potential to be extremely effective for the California Republican Party and I am cheering for him to succeed.