May 012024

Steve Frank posted some more stuff about the LAGOP. Some of it is deceptive and false. Given that Mr. Frank is attempting to lead the conservative opposition out of the morass in the CAGOP, objectivity and accuracy are paramount. Allow your intrepid blogger to help.

LAGOP Chair Tim O’Reilly Allows NON Republican to VOTE on Central Committee

As far as I can tell only one California GOP organization allows a NON REPUBLICAN a vote in its Committee.  LAGOP Chair Tim O’Reilly told folks that Nathan Hochman, an NPP, is STILL an Ex Officio of the LA Committee.  His reasoning is that Hochman was the GOP nominee for AG in 2022, hence is an ex officio, regardless of his current status.

Yet, on Monday night Hochman proudly stated he was voting for Biden against Trump.  He never answered the question if he was also voting for Schiff against Garvey.  He did not mention a single Republican he was supporting for office.

O’Reilly would not allow the LAGOP members to ask questions of Hochman.  Instead he had one member ask pre-determined questions.  Folks had to shout out questions to Hochman or demand he answer questions one on one—but not during the meeting.  Oh, again the LAGOP did not have a quorum to do all its business.  Of course, under these circumstances, why waste the time?

Rounding off the numbers, O’Reilly finally admitted the Committee had $18,000 in the bank—and still owed one person $16,000.  It is so bad that at the end of June the LAGOP is closing its San Fernando Valley HQ and moving into a joint center in Long Beach—the very south end of a county that is bordered on the north by Lancaster—80 miles away.  He did announce how much two of the recent fund raisers made—but REFUSED to tell how much two others lost.

Remember it was O’Reilly that tried to pass a Democrat Lite Platform for the CAGOP.  He also stopped the LAGOP from endorsing a Republican for DA—since he was supporting a Non Republican, Nathan Hochman.  Now he is working hard to close the CAGOP by CUTTING 16% of the delegates to the CAGOP—while the Democrats continue to increase their numbers (currently the CAGP has 1440 members and the Democrats State Party has over 3200).  At every turn O’Reilly is working hard to demolish the California GOP, its credibility and its volunteers.

#1. Hochman, his Ex-Officio spot became vacant when he left the GOP. I have checked and Hochman has not voted on anything. IF Tim O’Reilly actually said Hochman is still an ex-officio, he was wrong, but the hyperbole about Hochman still voting on the LAGOP is untrue.

#2. Lack of Quorum, was this because of a boycott led by Steve Frank and David Hernandez? There is always more to a story.

#3. Why is Steve Frank protecting Keith Cascio. No one knows the real financial numbers because Cascio refused to do his job and went berserk when people asked him simple questions. That should have been the story. Instead, Frank spun this as O’Reilly being dishonest. This is a terrible abortion of journalism and a complete cheap shot.

#3A. Moving the HQ, the part Steve deliberately omitted is that the LAGOP had donated (or heavily subsidized) office space for years by Andy Garakhani and others, this is well-known all over. With Andy withdrawing from the CAGOP political scene it makes sense that this arrangement goes by the boards. This was spun as some sort of failure by Tim O’Reilly, that is a deceptive lie.

#4. Platform, O’Reilly was wrong to support the garbage platform. The Republican DA candidate was a complete disaster and would have gotten steamrolled by Gascon! It was correct to stay silent when your candidate is a disaster, but the implication of Steve’s post is that O’Reilly was in the bag for Hochman and made sure the Republican candidate got screwed over. That idiot did not need Tim’s help.  Lastly, regarding the by-law amendments, O’Reilly deserves all the criticism over those.

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Time and time again, the legitimate criticisms that Steve Frank makes against Establishment people get lost and muted in a hail of half-truths, cherry-picked facts and/or outright lies. If Frank and crew want to have a legitimate chance of ousting the establishment at next March’s convention there needs to be a strict adherence to facts and not the grifter-style clickbait.

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  7 Responses to “LAGOP Update: Come on Man! Fact-Checking the Tom-Toms”

  1. TOO effing funny……….

  2. David Hernandez, who was not involved in leading a boycott on attending the meeting. In fact, he sent out messages, especially to the c. RA urging them to be at that meeting, so there could be an election of a specific person for Assistant treasurer Who would then become treasurer to fill vacancies

  3. Ohhh that’s intriguing:
    “ Andy withdrawing from the CAGOP political scene it makes sense that this arrangement goes by the boards…”

    Where did GivemeCandy go now?

  4. @Sandra – Thanks!

  5. Follow up to Sandra’s comment – yes David sent out emails explaining why it is important to show up. We were short by 5 or 6 members. I do not think there was an active boycott.

    There is a pattern that only certain ADs show up consistently. Those ADs that are not showing up need change in leadership. Regardless, change is coming. There are many ADs where new people are coming in…sadly not all…but some. I am just hooeful that they are active and not just chair occupiers.

    Blogger’s Note: Appreciate your desire for new blood and active members. What is troublesome, is that Steve Frank lied repeatedly about what is going on with the LAGOP, I hope you guys down there deal with that as well. When the party lacks integrity it makes recruiting impossible.

  6. ballotpedia reports:

    Christine Bish campaign contribution history
    2024* U.S. House California District 6 On the Ballot general $91,175 $89,673
    2022 U.S. House California District 6 Lost primary $83,696 $84,632
    2020 U.S. House California District 6 Lost general $45,504 $45,286
    Grand total $220,374 $219,591

    Hmmmmmmmmmm……………………only 9 grand to go!
    So, what happens when she hits the 100k mark? Did you the blogger, make a bet?

    Asking for a friend…………….

  7. off topic:

    California Supreme Court will weigh removal of Taxpayer Protection Act from ballot.

    (comment below)
    Leo of Sacramento says
    May 6, 2024 at 10:17 am

    There are TWO words, I wish to use, to describe this mess here:

    “Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act”

    That’s right, TWO words to describe the above:

    Your right,
    YOUR taxes,
    your choice,
    to change,
    YOUR government,
    your legislature,
    your Governor,
    neither who,
    want you,
    to decide,
    how to,
    spend your,
    hard earned,
    tax money,
    for their,
    pet projects,
    we don’t,
    benefit from.

    Leo Naranjo IV for California State Governor 2026

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