Apr 092018
 

You read it here first on www.rightondaily.com – only one candidate running for Governor is Pro-Life, and that is John Cox. Brian Johnston of the California Pro-Life Council recorded a hard hitting advertisement drawing a clear distinction between Businessman John Cox and Incumbent Assembly Politician Travis Allen.

Listen to the new 60 second ad hitting radio stations all over California by clicking the link above.

Only one Candidate for Governor has impeccable Republican Credentials. Only one Candidate for Governor is viable, that is John Cox.

Mar 152018
 

In the survey of 1,000 likely voters done by nationally recognized pollsterDavid Binder, Newsom corrals 26 percent of the vote; Cox, 16 percent; Democratic state Treasurer John Chiang, 13 percent; former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, 12 percent, Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, 10 percent; Democratic former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, 7 percent; and former Hillary Clinton adviser Amanda Renteria, 4 percent. The survey found 12 percent of respondents were undecided.

Now – the response of the Travis-Bots will be predictable, attack the pollster, cite that it is March, etc.

The problem is that the body of evidence is starting to mount up – John Cox is advertising, Travis Allen can’t. You can talk grassroots all you want, but when you can not organize an effort large enough to contact millions of voters, you can’t get anywhere.

The SF Chron article gets better:

A new poll has Republican businessman John Cox less than a single percentage point behind Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the race for governor, 45.1 percent to 44.6 percent.

Of course, the internal poll was paid for by Cox. And the numbers come after the 496 people in the online survey were asked about the importance of a series of issues or proposals and given undisclosed “positive arguments likely to be made” by Cox and Newsom.

But the most interesting part of the poll is that it simulates a head-to-head matchup in the November governor’s race, ignoring the still very-much-undecided June 5 primary.

No problem. The poll by Smith Johnson Research was designed to show whether Cox had a chance against Newsom in November, so mission accomplished.

“Results of the survey demonstrated the viability of a John Cox candidacy,” the poll’s directors said in a Sunday memorandum.

The brutal reality is setting in for Travis Allen, but rest assured, the kool-aid will continue flowing to the bitter end.

Jan 142018
 

Travis Allen has had a bad week. His garbage Gas Tax initiative failed to even return a single signature.

In a face-saving move, Mr. Allen has attempted to indicate that he is “Joining” the Carl DiMaio / Howard Jarvis effort to overturn the Gas Tax.

While Travis is claiming to have “Won” the USC Debate on Saturday, the truth is he was booed more frequently than a bad act at the $1.98 beauty show.

Travis Allen got owned bad and since then has been on tilt using democrat talking points to attack John Cox. Just how bad did Travis Allen get owned?

. goes after other Republican in the CA Governor race “I want to give my young and immature compatriot a little lesson here.”

Man, it sucks to be Travis Allen. Daddy took him out behind the woodshed.

Not to be outdone, the John Cox campaign has trolled the youngster (who wears Jeans and no Tie when all others are in a suit for a debate) with an epic campaign email:

Obituary
The Join Travis Allen to Repeal the Gas Tax Ballot MeasureCommittee passed away quietly in its sleep at 11:59 p.m. on January 8, 2018 after submitting zeroof the required 365,880 signatures.

Born on May 4, 2017, the “effort” was primarily used to justify Assemblyman Travis Allen’s smoke-and-mirrors campaign for Governor. It will be best remembered for deceptively collecting $87,188 from innocent, well-intended donors that just wanted a more affordable California, but Travis Allen just made it cost more of their hard-earned money.

Its passing generated the attention of news outlets throughout California.

The Sacramento Bee:Gas tax repeal appears headed for failure – but voters may get another shot
The San Jose Mercury News:Gas tax repeal sponsored by Assemblyman Travis Allen fails to qualify, but another effort could reach the ballot
The Los Angeles Times:Assemblyman Travis Allen fails to qualify initiative to repeal gas tax, will support campaign for similar measure

Travis Allen’s “effort” is survived by the Stop The Car Tax initiative, which is chaired by John Cox and supported by Carl Demaio, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and most members of the California Republican Congressional Delegation. The legitimate effort chaired by John Cox has already collected over 400,000 signatures and has until May 21, 2018 to submit the minimum 585,000.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to StopTheCarTax.org if you want to contribute to a real effort to repeal California’s regressive gas and car tax.

Carl DiMaio got in to the act, excoriating the Sacramento Bee – and highlighting how Allen’s self-serving effort hurt all Californians. While Allen was siphoning off much-needed resources from the real effort to overturn the Gas Tax (and volunteers), his duplicate and competing effort was causing confusion. DiMaio did not mince words for Travis Allen either:

Aaron-

I have heard from some of our supporters that they are disturbed about a very confusing story in the Sacramento Bee today with a grossly-flawed headline “Gas Tax Repeal Initiative Fails.” THIS HEADLINE IS DEAD WRONG. The SacBee supports the gas tax hike, and we believe they ran an intentionally misleading headline to dupe voters into not returning the signatures they may still have.   

If you read the story, you realize that they are not even talking about our Gas Tax Repeal Initiative. The story is all about Travis Allen’s fake gas tax petition and how he failed to submit even a single signature for his effort. Let me be clear: Travis Allen’s failed effort has had nothing to do with our broad-based coalition.

The REAL Gas Tax Repeal Initiative has collected over 400k signatures in record time, and we are well on our way to the 584k signatures we need! We are collecting signatures at a record-breaking pace.

Please continue to do the AMAZING work you are doing to get and return signatures on this petition. Even as the article concedes, we are well on our way to winning this thing!

Help us SUCCEED with qualifying and passing the REAL Gas Tax Repeal Initiative by contributing today

-Carl

Carl DeMaio
Chairman
Reform California – Gas Tax Repeal Initiative

But wait – there’s more! Travis Allen’s crew created a page to highlight all their trolls that had been blocked off of John Cox social media. Embedded in this post, you will see that Mr. Allen’s glass jaw got the best of him 5 months before election day and I was blocked. If Travis Allen can’t handle Aaron F Park, how can he handle governing California? Perhaps he should tell his crew that having an I’ve been blocked by page up while they are blocking people makes them look ridiculous.

It really sucks to be Travis Allen. He should call Tyler Diep and tell him he is running for re-election to AD72. Tyler Diep should tell Travis Allen to retire. Heck, I might shake young Tyler’s hand if he did that…

Dec 122017
 

Did you know that Travis Allen is Pro-Choice? Yet his minions would have you believe that John Cox is a “RINO” part of the GOP Establishment. Yes, the same John Cox that was on Jack Kemp’s steering committee. (Most of Travis’ supporters will need to google Jack Kemp to realize that he was Ronald Reagan’s Conscience who kept Reagan Conservative)

Mr. Allen has a pattern of activity that will tell the truth about how opportunistic he is. Mr. Allen’s sudden turn to the right started in about 2015 when it became clear he needed to reinvent himself from the man who had several prominent liberal GOP Donors on speed Dial in order to mount a campaign statewide as a Republican.

If you are a social liberal, with rare exception, you are also very likely to be susceptible to government expanding tax increases. The democrats never go after Conservatives for the few votes they need to pass major legislation. This is a key theme to remember as Travis Allen’s supporters are already equivocating and trying preemptively to defend his record against the scrutiny they know is coming.

There is a second issue as it pertains to the Two Travis Allen’s you will get to know. Which one will govern? Will it be the moderate that got elected in 2012 or will it be the Conservative he is claiming to be in 2018? One thing has been a common theme for the duration: showing up late to events dressed in surfer gear when the rest of the candidates are early or on time dressed in Suits and Ties. (This recurred at a recent candidates forum in San Diego featuring all the democrats and Republicans polling above 3%)

So why did the California Pro-Life Council endorse John Cox over the alleged Arch-Conservative Travis Allen?

According to California ProLife scorecards and voting records, the other Republican candidate for Governor, Travis Allen, has a record of supporting abortion, and has been unwilling to uphold the Republican Party plank on Life.

Wait a minute!? I thought Travis Allen’s core supporters were those I fought alongside with to stop the liburalz from gutting the California GOP Platform?

For a recent example – on 1/20/2016 the Assembly passed a resolution Honoring Infanticide Abortion.

On Tuesday, the resolution passed the Assembly by a vote of 53-22, with four Members not recording a vote. During the floor debate before the vote, Assembly Members Shannon Grove, Jim Patterson, Marie Waldron and James Gallagher each gave spirited interventions in opposition to the resolution. Republicans Catharine Baker, Ling Ling Chang, and Brian Maienschein broke with their party to vote in favor of the proposal, while three Republicans had no votes recorded (Travis Allen, Kristin Olsen and David Hadley). Not a single Democrat opposed the resolution.

So, Travis Allen was counted with #NEVERTRUMPERS Kristen Olsen and David Hadley hiding from the resolution. Meantime, conservative warriors like Shannon Grove and James Gallagher were on the floor fighting. This is what should concern every Travis Allen apologist out there.

In the 2013 political cycle, Travis Allen was rated 47% by California Pro-Life Council (lower than some democrats) and 60% in 2015. Last I checked, when an abortion happens, the baby is 100% dead, so I am not sure how 47% or 60% is anything to be proud of.

Travis Allen and his supporters are deign to point out that John Cox is from Illinois (former Cook County GOP Chairman), as Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson were both from Illinois. FYI: George Deukmejian is from New York and Jerry Brown is the ONLY Gov in the last 50 years from CA. At the same time they conveniently ignore things that are public record, such as this gem from 2007. You see, long before Travis Allen donated to democrats or ran to the left of Troy Edgar to win election in 2012, John Cox was getting attacked for being a social conservative.

My favorite find from ontheissues is this one:

Born poor on Chicago’s South Side to a mother who was raped by a father who split shortly thereafter (he points to his very existence as the reason he’s adamantly against abortion), Cox is a self-made man.

Oh no, there goes all the narratives in a big fat wave of reality. I should be real with Team Travis and tell them it only took a few minutes of surfing to find out the truth. Perhaps Travis Allen would be better served returning to his liberal roots for the sake of honesty as no amount of memes and facebook posts can alter the proven record.

Oct 032017
 

Not to mention that I’d also question the class of it for reasons you will see in a bit.

Public Service Announcement: If you want to donate to a Republican Governor Candidate, you can click here to donate to John Cox.

Mr Cox has also enumerated a specific platform upon which he is running – you can see it for yourself. IT is actually easier to read and shorter in length than the bevy of links that Mr. Allen sent in his fundraising email.

What I know about Mr. Allen? He is a surfer. He is kind of Rico Suave. He obviously needs a new accountant and someone screwed up giving him advice on how to run his campaign.

Somehow the man who would be governor “forgot” to pay $42K in back taxes. While he did self-refer (right before declaring for governor) it makes him look like a surfer dude and not a governor dude.

Dude.

So, like I got this email from some surfer dude inviting me to a soiree and some other dudes house in Santa Ana? And he wants a wad of cash to be there?

But, Like why?

Dude.

There are all these links to newspapers, I mean who reads newspapers anymore? I was like trippin’ out on Tony Hawk’s latest stuff and reading up on the X-Games. Why is this surfer dude trying to be a politician?

Enter your intrepid blogger

Hey Surfer dudes, drop the bong.

Travis Suave thinks you should write him a $1000 check because he posted a list of media stories in his fundraiser invite.

There’s nothing else there.

I am seriously wondering if Travis Allen is thinking twice about his decision to leave AD72, especially now that it is becoming clear that Tyler Diep is a disaster.

In case you are wondering what the rest of the email looks like? I snipped out the RSVP info, because you don’t need it anyway. You can do better things with your hard-earned money like give it to John Cox, take your pet rat to the vet or pay your income taxes on time…

I shrunk the second part to minimize the brain damage it will cause the viewer.

This is what I call a marketing #EPICFAIL. There is no reason why to invest in Travis Allen at all in this email, and my pointing this out is not going to change future emails that much as this pattern has repeated itself.

This looks more like an ego driven move than anything about a serious campaign. Please Travis, just stop now.

Jul 162017
 

First off – the Cap and Trade Issue that some in the Assembly GOP Leadership appear to be ready to “compromise” on. Cap and Trade is a $300 Billion Tax of which 25% goes to Jerry Brown’s ego train (which I believe is a main nexus for it).  Second, Cap and Trade includes job-killing regulations by the buckets. This is a reason why Jerry Brown went to China to defy President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris economy-killer agreement.

So the deal as outlined on the Sacramento Bee reveals that this is about controlling the spending of the money raised from Cap and Trade (see also wealth redistribution), and has nothing to do with the crushing regulation or taxes. This is why Governor Candidate John Cox coined the hashtag #CAPANDTRAITORS

See here for two follow up blogs on the initial story: Chad Mayes Press Release, and Chad Mayes Retrenching on the issue.

I had referenced an internal poll from GOP Leadership. This poll was done months ago amidst the swirling controversy related to the Paris Climate Agreement that would have cost the US Economy $3 Trillion. This poll, which I have known about for months, was being widely discussed at the “Republican Reformers” meeting that is held annually at the Brooks Firestone Ranch.

This is a meeting of liberal and Moderate Republicans that John Cox was specifically excluded from. Please note, I have never been invited, nor have most other conservative leaders I know. However, Travis Allen and David Hadley were present.

That Poll which I had not written about publicly, nor had I discussed outside of insider circles says that Global Warming is the “wedge issue” for the Republicans. I’ve never see the cross-tabs on the raw data, but the “reformers” and the insiders privvy to its’ information are convinced that a $300 Billion Tax Increase that we can spend in a conservative way will win us elections.

It is my opinion that the poll’s results were influenced by the breathless, obsessive coverage of the left media. This is not dissimilar to the Kyoto hysteria of 20 years prior.

Which leads me back to the governor’s race, the California Impact Republicans had their annual BBQ and board meeting. Both Allen and Cox were present.

  1. When asked what he wanted his legacy as governor to be, John Cox said, “A Republican Party in Control of a Stable state for future generations, like Travis…” as he smiled and gestured to Travis Allen
  2. John Cox made it clear he is going to spend significant money on the Governor’s race
  3. I spoke directly to Travis who indicted that he is indeed not running for Assembly and that his Assembly account would be closed when feasible.
  4. Mr. Allen also indicated that his social media campaign would carry the day and that he would be to only Republican to file for governor – apparently he missed the memo about Mr. Cox’ investment in the campaign.

Which brings us to the “Trump Issue”

Travis Allen has bet the early success of his campaign on being the only Trump supporter. This is not accurate.

John Cox was focused on qualifying the Neighborhood Legislature Initiative, and indicated that he voted for Donald Trump as he supported the nominee of the GOP. For those of you that forget, I only became a full-blown Trumpanzee once Dr. Carson endorsed him. This is not dissimilar to Mr. Cox, like many in the GOP John Cox respected the result and supported the nominee.

Any assertion by Mr. Allen to have sole possession of the “Trump” mantle is inaccurate.

David Hadley was publicly critical of President Trump. His old Assembly site was full of #nevertrump. His connection to his current campaign consultant, #nevertrump godfather Jeff Roe was from #nevertrump California Chairman Ron Nehring.

While some have posted articles about Jeff Roe being interviewed for a job with the Trump campaign after Ted Cruz exited the primary, he was rejected quickly due to his issues. We will be sure to continue informing people about Jeff Roe’s issues in the course of our therapeutic endeavor on Mr. Hadley’s behalf.

Jul 132017
 

Whoops.

We’ve alleged that Travis Allen’s campaign for governor is not serious. People are pointing to the coronation of a successor Tyler Diep as a clear sign that Travis Allen is not going to run for his last three terms in the Assembly.

Stop. Travis Allen has not closed down his Assembly Election Account. We all need to call on Travis Allen to publicly declare that he is not running for Assembly in 2018 and see him formally close that account, then let’s talk about his “merits”.

When you see stuff like his Facebook Page with 308,000 likes, getting 0(!) new likes in a week of campaigning for governor, the term Potemkin Village comes to mind. I’ve seen Travis’ self-promotion for at least the last year on Facebook with thoroughly boosted posts statewide. It does not take long to accumulate page likes if you are spending thousands of dollars on Facebook.

How does a serious candidate for governor get 0 new likes after already having 308K in a week on Facebook? If he only had 5,000, I would get it. This suggests that 90+% of Mr. Allen’s social media followers were attracted with click-bait headlines and/or straight up paid for. This is not real support.

Creating an illusion is a common thing in a campaign.

There is a recent example of an Assemblyman running statewide, endorsing a successor and then filing for re-election to Assembly. Rocky Chavez ran for Senate in 2016, realized he could not raise any money and then filed for re-election to the Assembly. Chavez had endorsed Pete Wilson’s stepson to replace him. That candidate had obtained a slew of other endorsements as well. This is the exact same dynamic with Tyler Diep and Travis Allen.

Will Travis close his Assembly account and publicly declare that he is done in the Assembly? This is the question to get answered before we debate what if any merits Mr. Allen has as a candidate for Governor.

Jul 122017
 

Chad Mayes is the Assembly Republican Permanent Minority Leader. Chad Mayes has made some interesting decisions lately, one of which was tweeting about Harvey Milk Day. Milk is a historical nothing whose claim to fame was being gay and elected in a time when being gay and elected was not fashionable. Another was as tweet about paling around with the Democrat Majority Leader Anthony Rendon who rolls the GOP caucus (and Mayes) like they are not there.

So, I was not surprised to hear that Chad Mayes is attempting to undermine the moderate Democrats who are resisting the MASSIVE Cap and Trade tax increase that Governor Jerry Brown is currently seeking. Apparently a $65 Car tax and $.12 per gallon gas tax to raise $52 Billion is not enough. Chad Mayes is currently working under cover of darkness to “cut a deal” on Moonbeam’s climate debacle. Ostensibly, Mayes will then run to the cameras declaring the GOP to be the party of Conservative “Cap and Trade”.

I have been told that “leadership” has a poll that shows that “Climate Change” is a key issue to reaching the vaunted independent and democrat voters. Apparently Mr. Mayes and his friends in GOP leadership (at least on the Assembly side) think this means killing the farming industry, raising taxes and hammering the already last in the nation business environment down further. Mayes and others in leadership also were the prime movers behind David Hadley’s doomed from the beginning run for Governor of California.

Please note, I’ve had several folks cite my blog in attacks against Charles Munger. Mr. Munger is not responsible for this effort of Mayes, nor did he recruit David Hadley in to the race. (Mr. Munger did spend heavily on Hadley’s Assembly runs and Mr. Hadley is claiming more is coming his way in 2018. Duf Sundheim did the same in 2016, and it never came)

Charles Munger is not the one trying to raise your taxes even further, it is Chad Mayes and the assembly portion of “Republican Leadership”.

The effort behind David Hadley was much broader than Charles Munger and this climate change business is central to it. David Hadley is a Northeastern-Style Liberal Republican, his record as a member of the Assembly is clear on that fact. That breed of Republicans are tree-huggers.

Which leads me to John Cox – check out his release today:

Our goal should not be to cooperate with the Democrat leadership’s war on the middle class, but to counter.

California — Republican candidate for Governor and businessman John Cox issued the following statement on the current Cap and Trade bill (AB-398) being negotiated in the California Legislature:

“A Republican Legislator who tries to put lipstick on the cap-and-trade pig only demonstrates their irrelevance,” Cox said. “Our goal is not to cooperate with the Democrat leadership’s war on the middle class, but to counter because our ideas about growth, jobs and pocket book issues are better than theirs. Cap-and-trade is a tax. Even worse, it’s a hidden tax that consumers pay in price increases on a whole variety of products.”

“Any Legislator that doesn’t get that is placing more value on the Sacramento establishment system, than they do on the people they represent.”

“Higher prices for energy means fewer jobs. Businesses ask why they should stay in a high-cost state like California when there are business-friendly states that would welcome them with open arms. Every time the liberal elite passes a tax, a fee or a regulation that raises consumer prices, people lose their jobs. I don’t want to cooperate with the politicians that are doing that. I want to replace them before even one more small business is forced to close its doors.”

Somehow those that recruited and encouraged David Hadley to run for Governor believe that their polling data means that we need to use the Republican brand to tax our way to prosperity. We did that, remember Arnold?

These folks obviously think that Pat McCrory lost his Governorship in NC over the bathroom bill, it was not. McCrory was a Republican Tax-Raiser. The Nevada GOP got slaughtered in 2016 because they also raised taxes a staggering $2 Billion (think of how small Nevada’s population is).

This argument may be completely moot as it appears that the “Climate Change” caucus in the GOP has two missions, to raise our taxes even more and to stop John Cox. (because David Hadley has a lower chance of winning the Governor’s Race than the San Francisco 49ers do of Winning the 2018 Super Bowl.)

I am not sure what Chad Mayes and the Assembly part of “Republican leadership” are doing. Cap and Trade will cause a million or more to leave the GOP in disgust. It seems like 26% Voter Registration is too high a number for them. It is 10.65% in Massachusetts, perhaps that is the goal?

Jul 072017
 

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.

Jul 062017
 

I have no strong personal animus against David Hadley. I don’t really know him, other than the fact that he is an Eastern Liberal style Republican.

The California Blanket Primary puts all candidates on the same ballot with the top two going in to the fall runoff. With the addition of Travis Allen to the ballot, people started asking if Travis Allen was actually going to file for Governor as he still has three terms left. In order for Mr. Allen to run for Governor, he would have to surrender his remaining 3 terms in the Assembly at appx 100K a year plus benefits.

Travis Allen has also said publicly that neither he nor his initiative are getting supported by the institutional donors or incumbent Partisan Republican Politicians. This further suggests that Mr. Allen’s “Run” for governor is more of a fundraising / publicity stunt. The assemblyman appears to be on his own.

However, David Hadley becomes the third notable Republican in the Governor’s race. Hadley will now split the Republican vote in half (as I am of the belief that Travis will not actually run for Governor), basically ensuring that Antonio Villaraigosa  will join Gay Marriage Gavin Newsome in the runoff.

Hadley is a former assemblymember, having served one term in AD66 before getting drubbed by the feckless Al Muratsuchi. Hadley lost re-election by a stunning 8 percentage points.

It has been clear to me since I decided to endorse John Cox for Governor that the GOP establishment, many of whom I consider friends, were not going to sit idly by and let John Cox be the nominee.

Without hearing this directly from any member of the legislature, it is clear that the nexus is John Cox’ neighborhood legislature initiative that would create a 12,000 member Assembly. Public Polls, the same ones that predicted Donald Trump’s doom and that currently say everyone hates Donald Trump, are also claiming that it is unpopular. These polls give people within the establishment cover for refusing to support Mr. Cox – when it is also clear that the neighborhood legislature is an extreme threat to the status quo.

I learned many years ago that you do not threaten the Status Quo unless you have unlimited resources in order to get around the institutional roadblocks. While many Republican officeholders are good people, the problem is that they want to stay in office the same way and reap the benefits. It is what it is.

David Hadley has no chance of winning Governor. He had told people he was not going to declare until he raised $7.5 Million. I’d lay odds he has $1.98 right now. This is despite the fact that Mr. Hadley himself has told several people that wealthy GOP donor Charles T. Munger, Jr. has committed $1 Million to his effort. I am not sure how that works as one donor can only give about $28K.

Even if Mr. Munger could contribute $1 Million, Mr. Hadley would need another Million to get even with John Cox and then would need the gigantic list of small dollar donors that John Cox has amassed to appear as anything other than a foil.

The concept I have written about several times is called, “Controlled Failure”. I’ve seen it repeat itself many times – the 2018 Governor’s race is again a laboratory for that theory. It appears, if everything I have typed is true, that GOP leadership have recruited an already willing David Hadley in to the governor’s race against John Cox not because he can win (remember his humiliating defeat for re-election in 2016?), but because Hadley will ensure John Cox does not make it in to the runoff. It appears to not matter how much we (the CAGOP) lose, just as long as those directing the Titanic are still in command.

Notice, I have not even been able to discuss how liberal Hadley is or any of the issues of the day in California. I can only draw the conclusion that they don’t matter. Controlling failure does.

Welcome to the race Mr. Hadley. Unless David Hadley raises said $7.5 Million on his way to $20 Million, there is no way anyone can draw any other conclusion than he is trying to help Antonio Villaraigosa in to the fall.

P.S. Hadley is an Eastern Republican in the mold of Susan Collins, did I remember to tell you that?