Jan 282019

In 2011, Right on Daily, working with a series of activists who had a site called www.knowyourproxy.info blew the lid off of a proxy drill that was unlike any other. David Stafford Reade, Andy Garakhani, Jessica Patterson and others were paid by Luis Buhler (and others) to harvest Proxies to support the “Platform for California’s Future”. It sounds a lot like “New Way California” just 8 years ago.

Remember and focus on this – the issue is not Jessica Patterson’s character, she is an employee of the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure. The issue is Jessica Patterson’s actions and her pedigree as a staffer for Luis Buhler, Kevin McCarthy, “Leadership”, Jeff Randle and others that have long sought to eliminate Conservatives and Grassroots activists from influence. Further, these people have also sought to shrink the number of people with influence and have sought centralization of influence within the CAGOP in order to ensure their continued income from the process. It could be anybody doing this kind of stuff – in this case the names are who they are.

Ask yourself if a career political operative will be able to lead the California Republican Party out of the Morass. This is a key question to ask. The second key question to ask is why did all of these players do what they did and why are they going all out now to install one of their employees as CAGOP Chair? A Third Key Question is how can we expect the same people that presided over electoral failure to deliver different results?

The New Platform was a disaster. Click here for an analysis of the Platform for California’s Future

Trying to Control Outcomes is so much work…

In the drafting committee of the CAGOP, the New Platform was introduced. It abandoned the Pro-Life and Pro-Prop-8 planks, had next to nothing about gun rights in it and was barely discernible related to taxation. Eviscerating the CAGOP Platform has been a life goal of Luis Buhler and with Megadonor Charles Munger’s money behind the operation, Buhler was poised to realize some of his goals, which include: expel conservatives, moderate the party and ultimately centralize control of the power structure.

To those of you that are stalwart activists that are being denied Convention delegate appointments in favor of paid staff: This is nothing new, they do this every time there is an officer election in an attempt to control the outcome. Facts don’t matter, service does not matter, it is about the next election…

The specific issue related to 2011 that involves Jessica Patterson is the Proxy Harvesting Operation she was paid to run. Click here to see the proxy list from that convention. You will notice that the proxies of several well-known Conservatives ended up in the hands of well-known liberals. I wrote an expose’ over some of it. (Note the list of familiar names) 

Your intrepid blogger obtained the minutes of the drafting committee meeting. Again, you will see a lot of familiar names. The people promoting Jessica Patterson today were in the middle of trying to shred the values of the CAGOP. (The Oligarchy of Controlled Failure).

The reason this happened is because once the drafting committee was done, outrage ensued and the full platform committee overrode the actions of the drafting committee. The so-called “Pruner Platform” was adopted 65-50. 

The 2011 Platform Committee meeting has been the subject of legend and is still talked about within activist circles. 

After the Pruner Platform was adopted over the top of the disaster known as the “21st Century Platform”, it still had to get ratified by the convention. This is where the Proxy drill that Mr. Reade, Mrs. Patterson and others were paid to execute comes in. The proxy harvesting operation in 2011 was unique – many people did not know who ended up with their proxies. Below are some examples:

Phyllis Wing – a Tea Party Patriot and a Conservative Christian from Lincoln ((SNIP)) her proxy ended up in the hands of Suzanne Caro from the Alameda Central Committee – not someone from Placer nor someone who believes as Wing does.

Bill and Bonnie Williams? Both are members of the Placer CRA and have been for years. ((SNIP)) Bill Williams Proxy was given to Peter Ohtaki, Jr from San Mateo County and Bonnie’s was given to Michael Pelzel from Santa Clara County.

(note: Bill Williams passed away in 2018)

Kelly and Casey Lawler gave their proxies to David Reade. (She told me as such) Their proxies ended up in the hands of Morgan Kelly, the CRP Vice-Chairman Bay Area who voted against the conservative platform. So, Glenn County was represented by San Francisco County, Sacramento County by Santa Clara and San Mateo, etc etc etc.


In 2011, then Chairman Tom Del Becarro pulled a procedural trick in order to forestall a vote on the Platform while the Convention was in session. A Major reason was your intrepid blogger, working with Chris Mays and others did not discover true nature of the Proxy Harvesting operation until about two weeks before the convention. A lot of the evidence I cited was not discerned until after the convention. 

About the only thing Del Becarro did right as Chairman of the CAGOP was the switcharoo against the David Reade/Jessica Patterson/ Luis Buhler Proxy Harvesting Drill that was aimed at eviscerating the CAGOP Platform. The Platform vote was taken at the next convention with all eyes watching proxies.

It is alleged that $200,000 was spent by Luis Buhler (with Charles Munger writing the checks) with the aim of achieving one of his lifelong goals. (Shredding the CAGOP Platform) What I know for certain is money was spent, Luis was the ringleader and Jessica, David and others got some of that money. 

In 2015 – CAGOP Chairman Jim Brulte intervened and told everyone he would not tolerate another run at the platform nor another attempt to gut it. The Pruner platform from 2011 was adopted with some minor revisions.

It is 2019. It is time to adopt the platform again. Who do you trust to do the right thing with the CAGOP Platform? 

This is the issue – Mrs. Patterson can claim to be a conservative but when the chips were down she did a job as a paid operative to undermine the values she claims to hold. Can we trust her to uphold the current CAGOP Platform? 

We all know where Travis Allen stands and have no doubt the values he will advocate for.

  1. The Oligarchy of Controlled Failure are likely lining up their next batch of contracts and dividing up the shrinking pie. See the truth about the $2.3 Million Dollars Wasted by the California Trailblazers on salaries for Jessica Patterson ($1.2Million to her), Jeff Randle and others
  2. These people have failed miserably as the GOP has lost a net 13 seats in the State Legislature since founding Trailblazers on 2011.

P.S. Disclaimer once again – I am not alleging any illegal activity by anyone. The point is what people do versus what people say. It is also one of independence, will Mrs. Patterson be independent of those who have been paying her salary all these years? Why do we expect anything different going forward from a group of people getting paid gobs of money to fail?

Jan 272019

When you got Jessica Patterson’s announcement, the intention was to inspire a reaction of all the endorsements leading you to believe she is a near-lock to win. (Uh, no… basic math shows that is untrue)

Others asked me how some conservative stalwarts like Senator Shannon Grove could be on the list. It is simple – Grove is from Kern County. You can’t run for anything in Kern County without the blessing of Kevin McCarthy. In the case of Grove, her Chief of Staff is Kathy Abernathy, wife of the Late Mark Abernathy who ran all of Kevin McCarthy’s election campaigns.

As you read RightonDaily.com you will learn that EVERYONE has entanglements and the oligarchy of controlled failure is very small. Knowledge is power and I intend to lay out 21 years of experience educating those of you that care about restoring the power of the “little guy” about what and who you are up against. 


Jessica Patterson touts her work with California Trailblazers as one of her primary qualifications to be elected Chair of the CAGOP. A quick trip to the website reveals the power behind Trailblazers. 

A check of the California Secretary of State’s Website reveals a list of donors. You will recognize the names of several people endorsing Jessica Patterson. You will also recognize the names of Chevron, the Dental Pac, the Realtor’s Pac, PG&E, SOCAL Edison and others – all have funded independent expenditures attacking Conservatives in favor of moderates that are willing to “cut deals” on things like Cap and Trade or massive tax hikes.

Vincent Fong, Shannon Grove, Jim Nielsen and Frank Bigelow are clearly displayed on the donor report. Charles T Munger Jr as well. Note that the New Majority is on the Report for well over $50,000 in the 2017-2018 cycle alone. (More on them soon).

Since its’ 2011 inception, the California Trailblazers has been present and participated in the net loss of 13 GOP Seats in the State Legislature. 28-19 in the Assembly, 15-11 in the State Senate. How low can we go? Since its’ inception in 2011, the California Trailblazers has paid $2.3 Million in Salaries against a paltry $142,000 in candidate contributions. Jessica Patterson’s haul has been over $1.2 Million.

What is clear are the donors paying for it. This is not illegal, nor am I accusing anyone of breaking the law – what I am saying however, is that the list of endorsements Mrs. Patterson is touting ring quite hollow as they are all interconnected and beholden to each other. It is not an indicator of independent support. Secondly, there is no way Mrs. Patterson could claim to be independent of any of this – which should concern anyone that wants a CAGOP Chair that will balance grassroots, donors and elections. 

It is quite clear that the swamp is fighting back against the grassroots that have been shoved out of the decision making of the California Republican Party. Jessica Patterson is the ultimate insider. 

Most people refer to the insider game as the Swamp. I call it the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure. The failures have been legion, but they are in control.

Jessica Patterson’s Place of Employment

The Oligarchy of Controlled Failure that has controlled the CAGOP need to be introduced to the CAGOP faithful as many have attempted to hide in the shadows. There needs to be accountability. 

The delegates of the CAGOP need to know who the players are and then decide if they want one of their top operatives to be in charge of the CAGOP. 

Let’s take a look at the California Trailblazers and the New Majority. Since the New Majority is all over the California Trailblazer’s Financial Reports, your intrepid blogger decided to do a little digging for the purpose of finding out some of the connections and how small the insider swamp really is. (At less than 25% statewide registration, how big can it be?)

The California Trailblazers Board of Directors

You may recognize some of the names. I’ve written about a few of them before. I will have more to saw in some future posts. Let’s look at some high points:

Jeff Randle and Lydia Beebe both were in the Pete Wilson administration. Randle was there when Pete Wilson recruited primary opponents for Conservative Republican incumbents who would not vote for his tax increases. Jeff Randle ran some of those campaigns. Randle also ran Meg Whitman’s $144 Million trainwreck in 2010 – he employed Jessica Patterson then as he does now as the CEO of Trailblazers. 

Mario Rodriguez was on Jessica Patterson’s announcement email as some sort of volunteer leader, but here he is on the board of directors of her employer. I know Mario, he is a good dude, but the deception in the announcement email was unnecessary. The deception was also repeated as another group of Mario’s called the Hispanic 100 was introduced as another separate endorsement.

George Andrews is a good man and a paid political operative. He worked for the Assembly GOP Caucus. He is another operative that makes his living from the system. He is now Tom Lackey’s Chief of Staff again while working on Jessica’s Campaign.

Howard Hakes is one of the connections between the New Majority and the Trailblazers. I’ve met him once and he acted like I was not in the room. Apparently this is not an uncommon occurrence as Mr. Hakes did not acknowledge my attempt to shake his hand after someone introduced us. (The Introducer was also not surprised by this at all) Mr. Hakes is reputedly wealthy and based on my experience chooses to associate only with those of like means. 

David (Stafford) Reade has been the subject of many posts on the Right on Daily Blog. He is the Chief of Staff for Senator Jim Nielsen and has a long storied history as a paid operative. He earns a 6-figure salary from the taxpayers while earning at least that much more for his side work. Reade’s work alongside Jessica Patterson will be and has been the subject of several posts on RightonDaily – stay tuned. (Defending Prop 14 and trying to shred the CAGOP Platform are some of the highlights…)

And here is the New Majority – click the photo to see it more clearly

You will notice that Andy Garakhani is on the list. He is paid by the New Majority. He is also a key kingmaker in the LAGOP. I have worked with Mr. Garakhani on a few things over the years. Andy has one of my favorite nicknames of all time Andy “Gimmecandy”. Again, Garakhani as a paid operative and his role in leadership and influencing outcomes in LAGOP events can not be understated. 

Andy Gimmecandy, Soon to be NPP Assemblyman Chad Mayes and Howard Hakes. Note Jessica Patterson in the background

Note the Political Director of the New Majority – Tom Ross. Ross is a polite, professional man. He is also a liberal Republican and can be found on the wrong side of almost every issue within the CAGOP politically. Ross as a board member of the CAGOP did indeed abstain when the CAGOP board considered calling on Chad Mayes to resign. This underscores that Mr. Ross, (while deep in the swamp) has professional integrity. 

Ross is a Partner with Matt Rexroad and former SLO GOP Chairman John Peschong (that’s right, a one-time County Party Chairman was a paid consultant while serving as a county chairman) in the Political Consulting firm Meridian Pacific. All are liberal Republicans (IMO). Ross’ firm was one of the leads in attempting to communicate Chad Mayes’ talking points for the Cap and Trade debacle. Meridian Pacific has also done millions of dollars in business with the CAGOP. (More on that soon)

The purpose of this exercise is to show you the small world of insiders and the inter-connectivity of their lives. The fact that I have been in CAGOP circles and barely know some of these people (who have been around as long as I have or longer) should underscore that there are two worlds within the CAGOP.

There is the “Consultant World” also referred to the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure on this blog. This is the small group of players – some of whom are referenced above – the are attempting to wield the levers of power to keep their people in positions of authority and control within the CAGOP.

Then there is the world for the rest of us. There is a healthy reason for my cynicism. The brutal reality for party faithful is that it is an illusion that the ordinary grassroots are valued much less allowed to have a say in matters. 

Kevin McCarthy may well be able to rig the results of the Chairman’s election for his preferred candidate Jessica Patterson. However, in the process of this it is time for the rest of us to learn who the crew are and what they are doing – to be continued –

P.S. BONUS: Many (but not all) of the above players were staunch opponents of President Trump despite their current attempts to re-write history. 

Jan 252019

I am going to preface this by saying I do not know Moises Merino, Ruben Barrales or Hector Barajas. I know Hector and Ruben by reputation and similar to the lack of interaction with Jessica Patterson, despite my 20+ years within the CAGOP I continue to be stunned by the two separate worlds within it. Today’s email from Jessica Patterson – while designed to look like something special, was further evidence of the insider game rising up to wipe out the rest of the grassroots to cease total control of the CAGOP.

Moises worked with Jessica Patterson on the John McCain Campaign

The issue I have with the latest email is that it is deceptive. The endorsements touted are from organizations whose front people are paid political consultants. It would be more accurate and fair for Mr. Merino to have cited his work with Jessica on specific campaigns, rather than deceptively making it look like “Independent” Hispanic / Latino groups are endorsing Jessica Patterson.

To get an idea of the insider game, take a look at Part 1 and Part 2 of our expose on the names and connections of the players.

Start off with the fact that Moises Merino has been paid by California Trailblazers for consulting work. (see also teaching some classes)

Further – Moises Merino, Ruben Barrales and Hector Barajas are all open and public critics of the President. #NEVERTRUMPERS are all over the pedigree of Jessica Patterson, suggesting even more strongly why Mrs. Patterson had her social media professionally scrubbed.

Barrales and Barajas were also key players in the 2011 attempt to completely re-write the California Republican Party Platform. In particular, the effort to eliminate pro-life language, water down immigration policy and the near elimination of the gun issue.

After the 2018 Election, I’d imagine that demand for Mr. Moreno and Mr. Barrales to give presentations about winning elections will decline. It was a bad year for all of us in the paid political game.

The overriding point of this criticism of Jessica Patterson’s Chairman Campaign is this:

Grow Elect’s PAC is run by the San Diego Membership Director of the New Majority. The New Majority kicked in $230,000 to Trailblazers over the years. Howard Hakes (another New Majority officer) is on the Board of Trailblazers. Grow Elect does contribute money to a lot of candidates though, and my only criticism of them is the deception by Mrs. Patterson’s campaign to downplay the insider ties between them and other members of the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure. If you check Grow Elect’s website you will see Mario Guerra, Mitt Romney, Chad Mayes and a host of other #Nevertrumpers, many of whom have endorsed Jessica Patterson. (what a small world)

Moises Merino is a paid political consultant that has worked with Jessica Patterson on various campaigns. Making him appear otherwise is deceptive.

Once again, Mrs. Patterson’s Campaign continues to prove what an insider game her campaign for CAGOP Chairman is. This is not healthy for the California Republican Party as the same people that have presided over the disaster at the ballot box are fighting to strengthen their grip on the party.

Since its’ 2011 inception, the California Trailblazers has been present and participated in the net loss of 13 GOP Seats in the State Legislature. 28-19 in the Assembly, 15-11 in the State Senate. How low can we go? Since its’ inception in 2011, the California Trailblazers has paid $2.3 Million in Salaries against a paltry $142,000 in candidate contributions. Jessica Patterson’s haul has been over $1.2 Million.

Jan 242019

Hell has frozen over.


Chad Mayes has just given CAGOP delegates the ultimate reason to vote for Travis Allen for CAGOP Chairman!

Does This Mean Chad Mayes is leaving too???

GASP! Chad Mayes will leave the CAGOP if Travis Allen is elected Chairman! What an AWESOME reason to VOTE TRAVIS ALLEN!

BTW – for those of you tracking the stupidity in Sacramento, understand that behind the scenes, Chad Mayes was reputedly working to for an “Independent Caucus”.

The plan was for Maienschein, Jordan Cunningham and Chad Mayes to re-register NPP together and then announce their new caucus. The problem is that Maienschein was to be the dems #1 Target in the Assembly in 2020 meaning he was assigned to the dungeon. The dungeon is not the “Doghouse” where Assemblymember Tyler Diep is. (Diep endorsed Jessica Patterson despite all of the assistance Travis Allen gave him to win AD72 and succeed him there)

Mayes’ plan was foiled by Maienschein being upset over being assigned to the dungeon by Anthony Rendon. I guess getting hammered for months in a campaign, being lined up as target #1 and the like was not enough… it was a damn office in the capitol that was the final straw.

Three California Trailblazers Star Recruits – Maienschein, Cunningham and Mayes plotting to ditch the GOP and form their own caucus… until the small matter of an office in the capitol came up.

Remember – there are also extremely strong rumors that Maienschein was negotiating with the democrats before the 2018 election seeking some sort of a deal. This, if true, means that the cover story about Maienschein’s office being a factor in the decision may be quite false.

Since its’ 2011 inception, the California Trailblazers has been present and participated in the net loss of 13 GOP Seats in the State Legislature. 28-19 in the Assembly, 15-11 in the State Senate. How low can we go? Since its’ inception in 2011, the California Trailblazers has paid $2.3 Million in Salaries against a paltry $142,000 in candidate contributions. Jessica Patterson’s haul has been over $1.2 Million.

It looks like the net loss is headed up to 15. #EPICFAIL

Jan 242019

Brian Mainschein was barely re-elected in the dem onslaught of 2018. It appears that is his nexus for leaving the GOP for the dem party. Similar to my criticism of so many Republican electeds, the facts don’t matter, nor do the ethics… it is all about the next election. Period.

Whoops. And Mainschein endorsed Jessica Patterson for CAGOP Chair as well!

The California Trailblazers website was scrubbed of any mention of Brian Mainschein (similar to all the stuff on Jessica Patterson’s twitter account praising Chad Mayes and attacking President Trump), however, they missed a few mentions.

Several years ago, it was Nathan Fletcher the last golden boy of the GOP’s squish caucus. They also poured millions in to Rocky Chavez (while savaging Sherry Hodges) in a nearby district. Chavez rewarded the establishment by voting for Cap and Trade then bailed out of AD76. Today, Brian Mainschein joins Rocky Chavez in the Trailblazers Hall of Fame – both used the GOP to get elected then bailed when accountability came.

Since its’ 2011 inception, the California Trailblazers has been present and participated in the net loss of 13 GOP Seats in the State Legislature. 28-19 in the Assembly, 15-11 in the State Senate. How low can we go? Since its’ inception in 2011, the California Trailblazers has paid $2.3 Million in Salaries against a paltry $142,000 in candidate contributions. Jessica Patterson’s haul has been over $1.2 Million.

There he is captured in time and space

No matter what Mrs. Patterson’s pitch is for election to CAGOP Chairman, the point stands, when you favor the unprincipled you get unprincipled results. California Trailblazers is an abject failure that should more properly be referred to as a Ponzi Scheme. Mrs. Patterson has a long, storied history of working for candidates that have betrayed the GOP:

John McCain
Meg Whitman
Mitt Romney
California Trailblazers (See also Chad Mayes, Brian Mainschein)
Supporting Proposition 14
Gutting the CAGOP Platform of Pro-Family, Pro-Life, Pro-Gun Planks
Stripping 8 County Parties of their Delegations
Aiding massive independent expenditures targeting Conservatives

As I typed this blog, I am looking at a CAGOP Delegation list that is replete with Staffers and Political Consultants while long-time activists are being shut out completely. The Oligarchy of Controlled Failure is in full swing, as long as the cash flows, who cares about the results of the elections…

To be continued…

P.S. Remember – one way to tell I wrote something is that my name is signed to it. One way to tell I did not write something is when you can’t find my name signed to it.