CAGOP Update: Shasta, Butte, Yuba – establishment franchise counties. Exclusion, Game Playing and Control.
Did you know that Doug LaMalfa’s Chief of Staff went to Shasta County and trashed Placer County? On the heels of the Placer GOP leading an effort to clear the democrats off of three school boards, electing Danny Cartwright to Loomis Town Council and defending Tracy Mendonsa in Roseville, you’d think someone as politically savvy as Spannagel would recognize the success?
To do so would be a tacit admission that the controlled franchise system set up by David Stafford Reade in the North State is a failure. (except for those all important convention delegates of course) Spannagel literally told the Shasta GOP that the Placer GOP is a failure because the Placer GOP does not raise money for their Republican Members of Congress. This is selfish and stupid – yet consistent with the 20 years of negative history I have with the Reade/Nielsen/LaMalfa regime.
Remember the end game folks. As I type this, the CAGOP “leadership” are trying to figure a way around the by-laws to endorse Faulconer.
Steve Frank got an excellent scoop from Shasta County:
Shocked to see that the Chair of the Shasta County Republican Party has left the GOP. Instead she has decided to join the cult of personality.
Read her email carefully—she is not supporting folks on her committee for their promotion of REPUBLICAN principles and values. Instead, Cathy Kneer is promoting the Cult of Personality—either you support certain people or you can not be a member of the Committee. No free speech, no diversity of IDEAS—just either support a couple of elected officials and a State Chair that does not register voters, does not run candidates for office, takes credit for the work others do without any support or direction from her. Like Moscow and China, Cathy Kneer supports the Cult of Personality—not the values of the Republican Party. Any wonder folks no longer participate with the official Party? The Party has decided it does not want independent thinkers, just drones who do what they are told—even as the Party is diminished.
Did I mention the Shasta County Republican Party had only three people file for the Committee? The rest were “appointed”, so you know no GOP’ers were appointed who were not willing to support the Cult of Personality instead of the Republican Party.—who would run for Central Committee or ask to be a part of it when the Chair says you will support certain people—otherwise leave the room and do not come back.
Then you have GOP County Committees like L.A. and Ventura that hold their meetings in secret and do not allow registered Republicans to even attend unless they are members of the Committee!
I would hope the the Dahles, LaMalfa and Patterson demand Kneer retract and apologize for her email. If they don’t, it shows they are supporting turning the GOP into a Cult of Personality–thanks to the person in the LaMalfa office for alerting me to this email.
The Shasta County Republican Central Committee will meet next week on April 15th at the Salvation Army Headquarters.
I want to let you all know that our bylaws have been updated and are being processed as we speak. I believe they will be available by then.
As to the filling of vacancies on the committee, we have to be very careful as there is a faction out there trying to take over Central Committees to change the focus. So, as we get settled, I will be talking with folks to see if their support lies with our Republican Leadership, including Jessica Patterson, Megan Dahle, Brian Dahle and Doug LaMalfa.
I will be sending out an agenda soon.
(sad to see a political Party in America run for the power of a few over the principles of many)
Remember – only 3 people filed for Shasta County GOP Cent Com. When LaMalfa’s crew had a 4-2 majority, (3 elected and 3 ex-officio met to organize) they abused that majority to appoint 18 Doug LaMalfa staffers and donors to that body. It is fascinating that Cathy Kneer put the agenda of Spannagel in such plain terms in her email – but this has been the M.O. of every David Stafford Reade franchise County Party and “volunteer” Club they have created and maintained to create paper endorsements for their paying candidates.
Butte County? Same stuff. Their Chair Saolo Londono who is a staffer himself has been noted for raging on people he disagrees with (perhaps he is next in line for chair as he shares that key attribute with Jessica Patterson) and he has refused to share any information with anyone he does not like. Several people within Party leadership have noted no one outside Saolo, Spannagel and Reade know who the members of the Butte GOP are. Given that Butte is now a purple at best county (Chico is only 27% Republican and Paradise Burnt causing many Republicans to leave Butte County), you’d think there would be more cohesion there.
Nope – command and control is the order of the day.
Then there is the curious case of Yuba County. One person filed. Somehow, Stephen Heter who works for David Stafford Reade is the Chair there. Yuba did not have a legitimate organizational meeting and when your intrepid blogger called Yuba out on it – the response of Jessica Patterson was to appoint several people from the contested counties on to the proxies and credentials committee in order to cover up the violations of the by-laws. I will type again that I have spoken to a couple of attorneys who agreed that I’d beat the CAGOP in court for the blatant violations of their by-laws but would get little if anything in a settlement. This is why the corruption is so rampant within the CAGOP.
Heter for his trouble screamed like a little girl on a zoom meeting at the CAGOP Convention about being persecuted (while the FBI was coming to my door, mind you) and has subsequently stonewalled local activists looking to get involved.
Yuba County, another franchise of Reade, Inc. Similar to Butte, the rules of engagement have been changing weekly as both Londono and Heter are trying to stave off any attempts from undesirables to get appointed or involved in their committees.
Shasta, Butte, Yuba – establishment franchise county parties. They are not even coy about it. Watch them all closely.
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Spannagel is mad because Placer raised money to help candidates across the board (including LaMalfa +20 in Placer) instead of paying staffers. Spannagel is mad that Placer cut out the middle men (like himself). Placer was highly successful raising money and spending it wisely. Wise spending eliminates Spannagel and others from collecting, while helping candidates win big. He is mad because LaMalfa did BETTER in Placer County in 2020 than he did in 2018 under Spannagel control. He is mad because Placer is fighting for the right reasons and not to pay his salary.
Spannagel is a creep…always has been always will be and it reflects on LaMalfa’s judgement.
I attended that Shasta GOP meeting. It was a full house with both Dahles represented. Kneer appointed 3 people who hadn’t even been attending meetings but according to her they had formerly been committee members and called her out of the blue asking to come back. There were 2 no votes. Kneer never even made any effort to get to know the interested new people who had shown up expressing an interest in becoming committee members. She locked them out and openly stated that she wanted to make sure she appointed people who would get along.