Feb 232021

Graham Ledger tore in to Jessica Patterson on his rumble account. I have heard of at least 40 people who were not able to vote – most of whom were registered and paid.

The electonic voting system was a disaster – not because the system was hackable, it was actuall pretty secure. It was glitchy, the communication was terrible (see also feckless, biased and dare I say corrupt CAGOP Staff again?) and the problems persisted throughout the weekend.

By the time Sunday rolled around, the game playing, rigged committee meetings and the voting system were the talk of the convention. Again, Steve Frank publicly requested mail ballots and of course the CAGOP in another secret deal that was sprung on the board last minute hired the electronic election vendor – almost to tell Trump supporters with electronic voting fresh in their memory to go to hell.

I have written about CAGOP elections and conventions for years. They have been scripted and tightly controlled for as long as I can remember. As a long time member of the conservative resistence, it is my job to help people detonate the script as much as possible. Forcing the consultant class to feel a loss of control is easy and usually yields instant results.

Leading up to the convention – we scored the first script-breaking victory. The RNC, who were most likely brought in to meddle in the convention by Kevin McCarthy announced amid much fanfare they were sending the “Chairwoman” her majesty a $200,000 check. Inside sources told us that money was never intended to benefit the recall directly, but it was to pay salaries because the CAGOP was running short on cash.

Our team sprung in to action and because the inexperienced, incompetent and dare I say corrupt CAGOP staff did not have their talking points down and we caught them admitting the truth. A media drill and campaign blitz ensued, resulting in a humiliated and embarrassed staff acquiescing to $125K of the money going to the recall. Patterson herself was furious (which seems to be her only emotion) with us for denying her the false self-aggrandizement of the moment.

That was the moment when the CAGOP’s staff communication with myself and others on the Steve Frank team took a turn for the worse. Remember, this was after the game playing that had been going on for two months. We had damaged the script for the first time.

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.

The second script-destroying moment, that I also believe was part of triggering Titus and the CAGOP’s staff to the point that they tried to get me thrown in prison, was wrecking the now infamous Rule 5.

Rule 5 as it became known was a by-law amendment regarding endorsing in Recall Elections. Rule 5 would have made the CAGOP’s Board of Directors the governing body on all recall endorsements. Given that there are only 3 members of the board that consistently will vote against Jessica Patterson (who wrote down the names of two of them after the just completed convention so she could remember who to retaliate against), it was clear that Rule 5 was pivotal to jamming down an endorsement of Kevin Faulconer.

There were political consultants and activists making calls, social media posts and sending emails to trash Rule 5. While this effort was going on, Titus and the CAGOP’s staff called the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department on me 2-17-2021 that led to the FBI knocking on my door on 2-19-2021. The Rule 5 amendment was pulled on 2-18-2021 after it became clear that it was emperiling the re-election of her majesty.

If those two victories were it, the FBI visit and all the BS would have been worth it. But tearing up a script usually has a ton of benefits.

You’d also think that with momentum like this going in to the convention that Steve Frank would have been well positioned to win. It turns out that Steve’s long history in politics was his biggest liability, and I will get in to that in the next part of this series. The bottom line is that Frank has a lot of the same baggage I would bring in to a similar circumstance.

What we learned is that we had dignosed the problem correctly and that we knew how to effect change within the CRP even as they were pulling out the entire playbook. This included abusing law enforcement, cheating, rigging outcomes, backroom deals, smearing Steve as a Racist (classic liberal tactic that was also done to Bill Back in 2002), and of course the standard he can’t raise money attack. (Neither can Jessica, but I digress)

Just a couple hours before the FBI knocked on my door, I was celebrating the 26-14 Win of Lani Kane of Lake County in the County Chairman’s Association race. Since Jessica Patterson is a revenge based character, you can make bank she will be working to undermine Lani and will also be working on an opponent to her in two years. Lani Kane’s victory was the third script-shredding occurence that happened before the convention.

The FBI visit was actually the 4th. I am not sure the idiots that called the Sheriff on me expected that. I can guarantee you they were not expecting me to put it out in the public domain either.

So, as the convnetion started, it appeared that all of the momentum was with the conservative resistence

We’d humiliated the CRP in to sending 125K of the RNC’s conveniently timed $200K to the recall, and people were hounding the CRP about the remaining $75K.

We’d generated State Level Media coverage against the infamous Rule 5 Kevin Faulconer endorsement. Jessica and crew were humiliated in to withdrawing the by-law change despite having the entire process rigged to jam it and the endorsement of Faulconer down.

We’d elected a hard-core conservative to an important CAGOP Board position, Chair of County Chairs. This highlighted the sad state of county parties (which I believe Jessica and her consultant controllers want), one of Patterson’s primary weaknesses

I had gotten to these people so bad, that they called the FBI on me. And the pivot was the CAGOP’s attorney who has multiple personal axes to grind with your intrepid blogger…

But – while this was happening, Steve Frank was doomed.

To be continued…

Feb 232021

I have served as a volunteer activist since 1980, giving my time and legal services to conservative and Republican causes that I believe in.  I recently decided to “retire” from my volunteer work.  Then a very brave woman named Trish Todd, who I had never met before, reached out to me last November and asked me to help her.

She told me a gut wrenching story about being severely beaten, raped, and sodomized by then Assemblyman Bill Brough in 2015, while working for then-state Sen. John Moorlach.  She also told me that she had reported it to Moorlach’s then-Chief of Staff, Tim Clark, who she says told her to keep silent.  Clark claims Todd, his subordinate, told him to remain silent but admits he was told about the rape and did not report it.  Clark omits that Brough’s campaign paid him over $40,000 in 2016, after he failed to report the rape.

I am not naive.  I was aware that this case would be high profile and politically charged.  Moorlach had already declared his intention to run in the county supervisor’s special election.  There was simply no way that this case would not become caught up in that election given that one of the central questions was whether  Moorlach and Clark covered-up the rape after it was reported to Clark?

In two editorials, The Register has questioned my motives for representing Ms. Todd.  Ms. Todd was very clear with me as to her motives:  “Brough should go to prison for what he did to me and Moorlach and Clark should be held accountable for silencing me.”

The Register, in one editorial framed me as a “long time Orange County political operative” and in a column, Steven Greenhut claimed that “[Schroeder] shops around the idea that Moorlach can’t be trusted.”  Greenhut goes on to complain that “Schroeder is blowing smoke on a side issue.  He claims Moorlach tried to smear Todd during a meeting with this newspaper.”

Not fair or true.  I have made no public statements about Moorlach.  I merely pointed out verbally to the editorial board that Moorlach falsely claimed when he first heard about the rape of my client.  Moorlach first claimed that he had not heard anything about the rape of his employee until last Election Day, November 3, 2020.  He also claimed he believed the victim and he would fight passionately in any case where he encountered sexual assault.  He was forced to admit that, in fact, months earlier, he had discussed the matter with former Sen. Dick Ackerman and later claimed he forgot being told something so monumental.

Moorlach also claimed on the record that he did not support hiring Ms. Todd and that she had performance issues as documented in her confidential personnel file.  I am told that Moorlach then claimed to have been talked into hiring her.  In response to this smear, Ms. Todd authorized me to publicly release Ms. Todd’s entire personnel file.  Again, the file tells a different story, reflecting no such doubts.  In her file was a letter written and signed by Moorlach when he hired her lauding her skills and referring to her as his “de facto Deputy Chief of Staff.”  When Ms. Todd finished her service, John Moorlach issued and signed an official California State Senate Resolution praising and thanking her for her service.  This would very much seem to contradict Moorlach again.

Ms. Todd did file a gender discrimination complaint to the Senate Rules Committee at the end of her employment alleging that Moorlach did not promote or give raises to women. In response, the Rules Committee turned down her claim and stated that Ms. Todd had allegedly not let some members into an event at the Outdoor Caucus. Ms. Todd disputes that.

Yet, the editorial suggests that in raising questions, “justice is taking a back seat to politics”.

What every reader needs to consider is if you had to face these types of attacks on your honesty, professional abilities, and ethics to report a rape or represent to a rape victim, would you do it?

Michael Schroeder was chairman  of the California Republican Party and represents Trish Todd.

Feb 222021

WOW. I got this mailer at my Sun Valley Nevada address on Thurday 2-18-2021. I was tracked in to the Steve Frank Campaign and did not stop to digest it before I threw it out.

It appears that the whole thing was planned. This mailer was supposed to Arrive Fri-Sat and appears to have gotten the COVID Treatment from the Postal Service. It typically takes a bulk mailer 5 days from Print to mailbox. As this proves, it can sometimes be 8 days.

It arrived at CAGOP delegate’s email addresses today in most parts of California. The code on the mailer indicated it was 4+ day bulk. It appears that the mailer went to current and former CRP delegates from the previous term. I got it and a couple others got it that were not current delegates but were last term. The rest are all current delegates.

This means that Kevin Faulconer’s crew sent this mailer on 2-12 or 2-13, allowing an extra day for President’s Day 2-15 being a federal holiday. As you recall, the now infamous rule five made state news headlines and Jessica Patterson was humiliated in to having it pulled 2-18-2021, the same day my mailer arrived.

The fix was in, until they got blown up (uh-oh, another trigger phrase).

This is a piece I wrote about the CAGOP’s Rules Committee which is full of Faulconer Alum and Attorney’s to make sure the CAGOP’s By-Laws were gutted to enable a small group to endorse a governor candidate in place of the 1,428 delegates. In the piece I outlined how the circumstances were controlled, the system rigged and why Kevin Faulconer had to have the CAGOP completely mortgaged to him.

Even the author of the By-Law admitted to the Sacramento Bee that the purpose was to allow the executive committee (of 100 people, 50 appointed by her majesty) to have had the jurisdiction had it passed!

Given that the CAGOP’s Rules Committee had pre-written substitutes for submitted by-laws, you know this whole thing had been rehearsed.

Now, lastly – notice the common messaging between Kevin Faulconer’s campaign, this mailer and the CAGOP’s sham on-line convention. Does it look the same?

Same consultants. Committees full of Faulconer Alum. Biased, incompetent CAGOP Staff full of Faulconer Alum. They had it all planned, then it got blown up. Not even a visit from the FBI could slow your intrepid blogger down.

Oh and how dare the rank and file have an opinion.

Feb 222021

Thank you Steve Frank!

Thank you, Steve Frank, for your valiant and principled campaign for Chair of the California Republican Party and your 60 years of service to the Republican Party and the conservative moment.

The California Republican Assembly was proud to support your candidacy. Although you did not win your race for party chair, your Contract for California Republicans provides a blueprint for future Republican victory in California.

We look forward to our continued work together to Make California Great Again.


Johnnie Morgan

CRA President

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Feb 222021

One of the most common comments I get from the people that go to CAGOP conventions is how they are planned out and scripted.

While the statewide media was willfully blind to what happened at the convention, the benefit of doing this Zoom trainwreck was that dozens, if not hundreds of people got to see the disaster up front and in detail.

It is one of those things I have written about for over a decade, but that has to be experienced for people to fully comprehend what is being done to them and who is doing it to them.

I am going off of the feedback of several who emailed and texted me repeatedly. I had made a decision after the last dust-up with the feckless, biased CAGOP Staff that I was not going to attend the convention in any form at all… two days before I told the FBI agents the same thing. It actually worked out better than I had imagined as I was not there to be a distraction from the corruption.

The convention started out with a string of victories for Conservatives (will cover those in a future post) – but starting after lunchtime on Sat, people got to see why your intrepid blogger trashes the CAGOP routinely.

It started with the Rules Committee. (Warning, snowflake trigger words) We lit them up a couple times going in to this weekend as something that needs to be burnt down the the ground. You can read an expose’ we wrote on the CAGOP Rules Committee. Take a close look as to who is on that committee – one name you should recognize is David Stafford Reade. Having Reade on the CAGOP Rules Committee is like having Ivan Boesky at a financial management seminar.

The rules committee is where the complaints against the three fake county parties in Glenn, Tehama and Yuba County will be killed. Reade’s minions are responsible for violating state election law – and were still allowed to vote in the Officer Elections. Had the elections been closer – I’d have sued the CAGOP over their refusal to adhere to State Election Law and the game playing. IN addition, the grotesgue conflict of interest of having David Reade on the Rules Committee overseeing the complaints would have been part of the court case.

Glenn, Tehama and Yuba will have ample opportunity to have a proper organizational meeting because the game playing and legal nuance used by the control agents of the CAGOP delayed any sort of hearing until september. (as did the malfeasance of the CAGOP’s Staff)

The issue was that none of the three were organized correctly, similar to the violation of election law that was used to trash Modoc County. Modoc was not treated the same. And now Reade will be able to cover the tracks of his minions from his spot on the rules committee.

As to the convention? When SD-20 Nominee Matt Munson’s By-Law Amendment regarding giving nominees due process before a Mike Cargile or Ted Howze-Style lynching (orchestrated by Scott Winn) was heard a lot of people noticed something very interesting. Seveal people were rather surprised that members of the committee came in to the meeting with pre-written language to gut and water down Munson’s amendment. Scripted. Pre-Determined.

They of course killed the reduction to one proxy per carrier amendment – with some of the most bizarre agruments and intellectually dishonest arguments against the amendment. Several present commented that the arguments themselves seemed pre-written as if the political theater was planned.

Similar to the CAGOP Staff’s grotesque bias and meddling in the process, you can make bank the whole rules committee meeting was planned weeks in advance…

… until their precious Kevin Faulconer endorsement jam-down amendment was humiliatingly withdrawn due to general outrage and state level media coverage.

Their spin on the withdrawal was as sincere as Jessica Patterson’s calls for unity while not even mentioning Steve Frank by name in her acceptance speech.

The proxies and credentials committee meeting was another example of the corruption of the CAGOP. We wrote about that in detail as well. The complaints against the three counties that violated state election law were thought to be heard in that committee. We now know that a likely deliberate lie was told in order to forestall the complaints in order to keep the questionable delegates in the pool for the election.

This committee literally determines who gets to vote and who does not.

Even as Jessica Patterson’s people knew they were going to win big – she doubled the size of the committee. She added 6 delegates whose status was being challenged. She also added Scott Winn, Jason Scalese and Corey Uhden – all of whom were paid to harvest proxies. Now, they were going to get to vote on the validity of the proxies they were just paid to harvest!

This move was clearly a David Stafford Reade/Jeff Randle middle finger to everyone concerned over the corruption of the process. They knew they were going to win by 250 or more votes – but their ghasty egos could not resist the opportunity to tell the grassroots to go to hell. This attitude is similar to how these people are happy to see 10 dead county parties and zombies like Yuba, Tehama and Glenn that they control for delegate votes only.

According to an attorney I spoke to – I’d have been able to nail the CAGOP to the wall for the clear political bias against Steve Frank aligned proxies, violations of the rules that were allowed, people like the chair of the questionable Tehama GOP Central Committee talking about “Intent” versus the actual rules, having him and 5 others with their own credentials challenged making decisions on the committee, 3 paid consultants with a direct conflict of interest making decisions on the committee and the game playing over the valid complaints regarding by-law violations and election law violations.

I was told that attorneys present at the meeting were mortified at the violations of the rules that were allowed. Basically, Proxy Rule #5 as printed on the proxy was thrown out by Drew Mercy (Who works for Scott Wilk or Tom Lackey) and others who were talking about “intent” versus the actual rules. They knew I had cause to sue the CAGOP over what happened.

Hundreds of people got to see this process via zoom. Similar to the scripted Sunday morning session, people were muted, questions were ignored and the two committee meetings were jam-down sessions. It was like shining light on cockroaches.

Proxy Voting is an inherently corrupt system. Organizationally it has allowed the consultants to take control of the CAGOP. Now 40+% of the delegates are staff and consultants who turn in proxy votes in order to enable the oligarchy of controlled failure to keep a death grip on power.

Scott Winn and his crew were paid a monthly retainer and something like $100, perhaps as much as $250 a piece for gathering the proxies. This is literally buying votes.

So this brings me back to Lisa Moreno (glad she’s gone off of the CAGOP Board) and her insane argument about Covid as some sort of defense for proxy vote buying – she and the attorneys and consultants on the CAGOP Rules Committee can’t tell the truth about proxy voting. Without proxies the small corrupt elite could not control the party.

Two of the biggest victories conservatives had over the weekend bear that out… to be continued…