Jul 102024

As an evangelical Christian myself, it pains me to have to take on a Church. I am of the opinion that Bethel Church is out of control and has created the 2024 equivalent of Tammany Hall in Redding. This is the conclusion I have drawn from observing the way that outfit is doing business and from the behavior of their shivering denizens in office. Bethel Church is the single largest political influence machine in Shasta County, that is irrefutable.

Tammany Hall was a notorious scandal that evolved and recurred over a century where influence was bought and sold by a small group of business moguls. I am not sure who the Boss Tweed in Redding is, but give your intrepid blogger time…

Here is a link to Tenessa’s campaign finance report to validate the above.

Tenessa Audette took $400 from Joshua Johnson…

Who is Joshua Johnson? Joshua Johnson is a Bethel-Church connected member (and a well-heeled developer) who was Tenessa’s choice to be appointed to planning commission and later was appointed to fill Michael D’Acquisto’s vacancy on the Redding City Council. Just recently, a bunch of Bethel Church-Connected people brokered a deal to arrange the election of City Councilmembers.

Joshua Johnson was appointed to fill Michael Dacquisto’s vacant seat on the Redding City Council on Tuesday in a meeting that took a surprising turn when former Mayor Erin Resner announced during her opening statement that she was withdrawing her name from consideration.

However, Resner said that she will run in November to serve out the remaining two years of Dacquisto’s term.

The council voted 3-1 to temporarily appoint Johnson rather than leave the seat open until the Nov. 5 election, with Councilman Mark Mezzano casting the lone dissenting vote.

Dacquisto, who resigned recently due to health concerns, encouraged the council at its July 2 meeting to leave the seat open, echoing others who said appointing someone would give that person an unfair advantage were they to run in November.

Erin Resner, Joshua Johnson, Tenessa Audette, Julie Winter and the other councilmember that voted to appoint Johnson go to Bethel Church. Bethel has been openly recruiting and supporting people for local office in Shasta County, and elsewhere. Google the New Apostolic movement to understand more what they are doing.

“Let this also serve as my official announcement of intent to run for the partial term in the general election. This decision reflects my continued commitment to serving our community and ensuring we have experienced and dedicated leadership guiding us forward. This approach is a testament to what it looks like to work together, find practical solutions and avoid unnecessary chaos or division,” Resner added.

Johnson said he will run for one of the two four-year seats in November. Both Mezzano and Vice Mayor Julie Winter are up for re-election. Mayor Tenessa Audette’s seat also would be vacated if she wins the state District 1 Assembly election in November.

Redding is one of the few cities left in California that vote at-large. It was put to your intrepid blogger that a deal was cut to make sure Johnson got the appointment because he lacks the Name ID that Resner has. The Bethel plan is to defeat Mark Mezzano in favor of Johnson, Resner and Winter.

We have already seen brown act violations by Tenessa Audette regarding her calling herself mayor 2 months before the acutal appointment. Further details emerged on the insider deal to make Audette Mayor of Redding.

So we have a pattern of insider deals. We have an erstwhile planning commissioner who donated to the Mayor of Redding who then led the effort to appoint him to the council? At best this is a violation of the California Law that requires a 12 month cooling off period (SB1439) between a donation and voting on items that affect the donor. At worst this is a felony, such as selling influence.

Still not convinced? Look at Josh Johnson’s 2022 Campaign filings – did I mention that he ran for council in 2022? Then look at Tenessa’s current site…

Wait what? That’s right – Tenessa Audette’s personal cell phone is the contact for Josh Johnson’s campaign on the California Secretary of State’s website. Cozy.

Bethel Church may see themselves as leaders in the supernatural arena, given that they have some sort of college about that stuff. But their efforts at good old fashioned politics are running afoul of the values they claim to be promoting in their organization. It is time for the leadership of Bethel to denounce this behavior and for these two – Audette and Johnson to resign in disgrace for the corruption this appears to show.

This AD-01 race is getting ugly in a hurry.

Jul 072024

Pictured, Heather Hadwick in Dorris, CA parade on 7-4-2024. Two Days Later She was in Alturas, CA (7-6-2024). The prior week featured events in Central Siskiyou and Shasta County.

Tenessa Audette was at at least two events outside of AD-01 in the same timeframe, including the fireworks show in Rocklin.

The battle lines are drawn in AD-01. It is going to get uber nasty in the fall, make bank on it. Dave Gilliard who is Tenessa’s Campaign Consultant is ruthless and has a history of over the top attacks, especially when he sees momentum shifting. Gilliard also has a ton of clients in the North State as well, because he is one of the better at this game on the R side in California.

There has already been a whisper campaign being promoted among the ranks of a prominent Northern California Politician, by his staff and other acolytes. The rumor is false, but originated with a deranged officeholder long affiliated with said politician. At the end of the day these people are doing it because of long standing resentments over Brian Dahle defeating the political establishment over a decade ago to gain his first election to AD-01. At a time of my choosing, I will name names and provide specific details if necessary. These sorts of things are common in local politics and the North State with all the small towns (except for the crime riddled City of Redding) may as well be a giant local election arena.

Heather has met with and secured the endorsements of several in the logging/timber industry, while Tenessa Audette has been fighting one drama-filled Redding Council Meeting (while the city burns with crime) after another.

The best most recent endorsement Tenessa secured was a group controlled by long time friends and people associated with Dave Gilliard.

The bulk of Tenessa’s endorsements have been from Republican Groups whose memberships are peppered with people who hate Brian and Megan Dahle. Several never bothered to interview Hadwick. As I track the public appearances of both candidates I note that most of Tenessa’s announced events are with those or similar groups.

Another common thread is beyond the irrational hatred of Brian and Megan Dahle, is the “Heather is not showing up to anything”. That sentence should be re-stated as follows, “Groups who have endorsed Tenessa are complaining that Heather is not going to their events”.

So while Tenessa was at some Patriot Group in Yreka, Heather had a meetings with stakeholders inside AD-01 and was in Alturas for a parade. (see the above comments about Loggers)

These are two radically different approaches from two Radically different candidates.

Heather is a Rancher that lives in Alturas. Heather grew up in Siskiyou County. Tenessa grew up outside of AD01 (think bigger city California), and her carefully crafted biography omits that fact. Heather’s Son is a skilled marksman and Heather has been part of the NRA for years. It is debatable if Audette even owns a gun.

In the coming week, Heather will be at more events inside AD01 and meeting with more stakeholders inside AD01 and Tenessa Audette will be at the RNC Convention off the campaign trail. Tenessa promotes her delegate status to the CAGOP on her website. Welcome to the party Tenessa, I was a CAGOP delegate for 20 years and never once used it to promote myself.

This fall, you will find out which strategy works better – meeting with stakeholders inside of AD01, meeting with disparate groups inside of AD01 or spending the bulk of your time with Republican Party types sometimes relying on them spreading rumors to advance you. Having been a Republican Party Type for years, (see also 20 years around Cent Coms, 15 years as an officer in the CRA, etc.) I can tell you that I agree with Heather’s approach more.

There will be more endorsements coming soon for Heather. These will be beyond the Ag Commissioners, Loggers and Mark Mezzano endorsements of the recent weeks.

Jul 052024

Keith Cascio is so clueless that he went to an LA Community Event, then bragged about it on social media. The problem is he tagged a bunch of local leftist activists in his post, now Cascio does not have an instagram account anymore.

From the same brilliance comes this tweet:

The act of desperation was a career criminal and two accomplices robbing and murdering a tourist from New Zealand. The tourist got run down by one of the scumbags.

Keith Cascio is an idiot and may as well have re-traumatized the family of the victim a second time.

It appears that the LAGOP did not do enough by removing this dumpster fire as their Treasurer. He should be removed all together and sent to a state hospital. He already lives in rent-controlled housing so the mental ward is a next logical step in his residency in government facilities.

For those of you wondering, there is such as thing as a Republican going too far left. It is easy to spot the wing-nuts and their conspiracies, but the Ron Bassilian-Keith Cascio version of the left fringe elements of the GOP is alive too.