Are you willing to fight for real Republican values? Are you willing to hold people accountable for building the party instead of their wallets?
Don’t forget that fighting the establishment has consequences. I played a major role in taking down an incumbent assemblyman with almost the entire establishment against me, as the corruption and inertia in favor of these people is engrained and very deep. The FBI visiting me was only the most recent example.
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you will know that I have written about Bill Brough, the monster of a former assemblyman I believe raped my wife’s friend Trish Todd. What many of you don’t know is that the attorney that responded to the 200+ count campaign finance complaint against Bill Brough (that was over 15 pages long) was Ashlee Titus. Ashlee is the CAGOP’s attorney.
I have a lot of negative history with Mrs. Titus dating back to 2004 when her affair with a married man of 20+ years led to her marrige to him and his divorce from his wife with whom he had children. I saw this firsthand while helping a congressional campaign in Sacramento County.
If you think for a second that this had nothing to do with Mrs. Titus being instrumental in the FBI coming to my house, think again.
If you fight these people, make sure your own personal affairs are in order and you are prepared for legal threats (I’ve gotten 31 legal demand letters in my political lifetime) in addition to the FBI at my front door. I’ve been physically assaulted 7 times, had my name smeared multiple times in the local media at the behest of consultants like David Stafford Reade, been thrown out of groups, have people I’ve never met that hate me – all this only to work for a bunch of candidates that forget my name 5 minutes after getting elected.
At least I’ve been getting paid most of the time to do this stuff the last 12 years so I get a soothing ointment before the inveitable.
What can you as Conservatives do to deal with the establishment?
Many County Parties are moribund – which is the way the establishment wants it. Vibrant county parties disperse power. Still others like Santa Cruz, Glenn, Yuba, Tehama, Alameda are shells that are controlled by consultants. Activists need to get involved in these groups weather or not those currently clinging to power want you there or not.
CRA and CIR – these are the two conservative groups in California. There are large parts of California with no CRA units or CIR chapters. If you have groups of like minded activists, there are opportunities to form clubs that will give activists a rallying point. There are other areas were clubs are weak and in need of new blood. Having strong volunteer clubs forces the local electeds to take notice and participate. When you have influence like this, you can force change.
One of the biggest ways the establishment keeps power (besides flaunting the by-laws and maintaining fake county parties) is a cadre of nominees for office in marginal districts. It is time to challenge the perenial moderate losers that keep running year after year and handing their delegates to the establishment. Luis Buhler recruits an opponent to Conservative Pastor Mark Gilham in AD22 every election cycle, why can’t we do the same to the squishes in other districts?
There are some rules I have learned in 20+ years of blood soaked political battle. (Uh-Oh trigger words again)
There is no such thing as a conservative once they get elected. 95% of them will follow and do whatever “leadership” tells them to.
Never ever put anyone in office on a pedastool. Beyond being flawed human beings, the pressure of the system breaks all but the strongest of people.
Always track people’s self interests. Politics attracts extreme people that are not a representative sample of the real world. Expect the worst out of people and 90% of the time you will be right.
Conservatives had better unify and work together or we will all get hung separately. Those in power will hunt us all down, let my own story stand as proof of that. Part of the reason why I get attacked as much as I do is obvious, I have a platform, I am bombastic and effecitve. However, people feel emboldened to retaliate against me, because I am perceived as a lone ranger. If you have numbers, there is safety in numbers. The fact I have been able to survive as long as I have been able to without severe personal consequences is a testament to the calling I feel to do this stuff – this may not be the case for others of you, so heed the advice about forming groups.
I have made it clear I do not like Jessica Patterson at all. It is only my loyalty to the cause that keeps me from openly cheering for her to fail. However, let’s take a look at her attributes as a “leader” as an antedote for others to learn from. Also, let it be an allegory to why Trump lost. People in the CRP seemed to care more about Steve being aggressive than the totality of the issues within the CAGOP. The voters appeared to care more about Trump’s twitter account than the consequences (see also $4 a gallon gas, on its’ way to $5… green energy fails, open borders, iran and the like) of electing Joe Biden. It is a sad truth that the truth-teller (Steve) becomes more of the issue than the truth.
Jessica Patterson has zero empathy and is as mean as a junkyard dog. I have not written about this a lot, but people have told me stories about how she treats her husband and campaign staff. I spoke to a campaign staffer that ended up in counseling because of the treatment by Mrs. Patterson. Do not treat people like this. The Establishment had to gloss this over because keeping control of the CAGOP Chairmanship was paramount.
Jessica Patterson is vengeful. When she won the election and gave her pre-canned acceptance speech, she made no mention of Steve Frank or those that supported him. I’ve been told by insiders that during floor sessions her handlers are constantly nervous that she will snap at people and drop F-Bombs on the floor of the convention. She also wrote down the names of the two new CAGOP Board members when they dared to oppose some of her conflicted consultant appointments to committees. It is clear she intends to retaliate against them later. This sort of boorish behavior is nothing new, most of her handlers operate the same way.
She refused to interact with county parties that supported Steve or Travis in 2019. They deliberately left conservative groups off of party communications. She presided over the collapse of 27 county parties – because it suits her and her handlers. This is not leadership, this is the behavior of a tyrant.
I am expecting her to continue her pattern – emboldened because of the margin of victory. Anyone that complains about her behavior should look in the mirror because your vote (or non vote) has enabled it to continue. At least the 438 people that Voted for Steve will have a legitimate gripe when Patterson and crew try to isolate and marginalize them.
The calls for unity are a lie. Her track record proves that.
The claims of voter registration are a lie. The GOP has had a net loss of about 70K so far this year alone.
The claims of fundraising are a lie. Several insiders have detailed that to me and why.
She and her crew opposed the recall and only came forward kicking and screaming. Then, they attempted to rig the CAGOP convention in favor of Kevin Faulconer.
The failures will continue. In 2022 there may not be the temporary reclamation of 4 seats in congress (that she had nothing to do with) to paper over the rapid decline of the CAGOP. People ignored the loss of 3 legislative seats because it was easier to do so than face failure. It is human nature.
With the facade shattered in 2022, what will be the excuse of CAGOP delegates in 2023? Given that roughly 40% of the CAGOP’s delegates are staffers and consultants – it is going to require a much younger and dynamic conservative to strip away the excuses from people that hate change to bring the focus on to what is important within the CAGOP.
I had attempted to extend an olive branch to Jessica Patterson after the 2019 campaign. It was rejected. My decision to not congratulate her on her re-election was deliberate and especially after the FBI came to my door, I intend to continue shelling her and her crew for as long as it takes to break them all. (more trigger words) I am only 50 years old and I am patient.
If you are a Conservative, that cares about the CAGOP – heed my advice, organize, set specific goals and acheive them. Recruit good candidates and rally. This is the solution, you have 13 months to the March Primary and about 2 years before the next CAGOP convention.
P.S. I do not send anonymous texts or emails. I also do not blog anonymously. Remember that if you’ve received any, thank you.