I am not sure why Dan Brown of Yolo County is being fingered as the puppet master of Michelle Guerra in Solano County. Several sources who have found themselves in the crosshairs of the I-80 West Rampage have indicated that Dan Brown is the brains behind the borderline psychotic actions of Michelle Guerra in Solano County.
One thing I find amazing is that Brown purged Rob and Allison Olson off of the Yolo GOP. Those two were mainstays of that County Party and while they are squishes, they are good people and have generally been productive for the Republican cause. I like them both. I have more respect for them supporting Jessica Patterson over Steve Frank because they were honest about it. Dan Brown was not.
While Brown’s portion of the I-80 West Rampage has been smaller than that of Michelle Guerra, he was present and ran a recent meeting where Guerra was able to finally exact final revenge on the last holdout members of the Solano GOP.
Why does the rampage of Michelle Guerra matter? She sold her soul to Jessica Patterson in the Chairman’s election and is now in Solano County on a rampage against RINO’s. Got it, she supports the queen RINO and is now going full Bannon on her local county party.
And, note – I had a front row seat to see the Bannon People take over the Washoe GOP. Washoe is the swing county in the swing state of Nevada. It will be a labratory for weather this national effort is constructive or weather it is the tea party on acid.
Several of your intrepid blogger’s sources believe that Guerra’s near psychotic rampage is related to purging undesireables to purify the Solano GOP to conform with what she thinks is Bannon’s mission.
Guerra has publicly attacked and threatened Republican Electeds in Solano County. (Remember Solano is about 28% Republican)
Guerra publicly attacked a disabled member of the Solano GOP threatening them in front of a lot of witnesses.
She staged a public lynching of a long time Solano GOP member that was presided over by the aforementioned Dan Brown.
I was sent a list of former Solano GOP members who endured withering attacks from the crazed Guerra before they resigned. I recognized several of the names and all are recognized conservatives and leaders within the Solano GOP. They are gone now.
What I have also found is that I no longer know who to trust on SCRCC or even our local republican community. I now find myself wondering I’ve seen aggressive behavior by newer persons who are supportive of Michele, but who have been antagonistic toward certain elected members – specifically XXX and XXX. I felt Michele was dismissive and disrespectful to (three names deleted). I even suspect this other group is starting to try and permeate the Solano Republican women’s group.
They’re entitled to their opinions but I do not trust their intentions, whatever they are revealed to be. Hard to know because at this point in time, they keep their intentions to themselves. (BLOGGER’S NOTE: Classic tactics of the Bannon Precinct Strategy Types)
New associate member Bonnie Horn’s comments and recent placement as a Education committee leader, the absurd trial-like central committee hearing against XXX, the heated and disparaging comments toward (XXX and XXX) by Michele and members who align with her, the disrespect shown toward XXX, XXX, XXX, Earl and Tamika Hamilton, the ZOOM electronic interference coupled with Michele’s efforts to manipulate bylaws for her needs … these all combine to take the elected central committee in a different direction I’m not comfortable with. It is becoming a committee of followers and there is no decision making power but with Michele, no planning or any communication or authority for decision making with the elected district reps themselves. It’s more like the elected reps are considered to be in the way until Michele can somehow remove them and appoint those who align with the other group’s agenda.
Then a different source said this:
One example, Bonnie Horn has been with SCRCC for less than 1 month; however, Michele has placed Ms Horn in charge of the Education Committee (we’ve never had an education committee) and of course, you saw Ms Horn’s widely circulated email, extremely biased against Tamika and encouraging “happy hunting” of RINOS.
If Tamika Hamilton is a RINO, then most Republicans are communists. Hamilton is guilty of aligning with Patterson, and that is the extent of it – but apparently, Guerra gets a pass for what she did.
It should be noted that the rampage queen has gotten her 30 pieces of silver for betraying conservatives in February. Guerra is on the CAGOP’s coveted Rules Committee – and has participated in the cover-ups of the by-law violations your intrepid blogger exposed.
Guerra is on the proxies and credentials committee and participated in lynching at least 20 legitimate conservative delegates to the CAGOP at the Feb Convention. So, it appears she used the CAGOP as a test lab for what she was going to do in Solano County.
Guerra is on the CAGOP’s Executive Committee.
Guerra is also on the new “Blind and Disabled” committee. Do they know what she recently did to a blind member of the Solano GOP? Several people witnessed Guerra verbally abuse this blind woman reducing her to a blubbering mess. As Jessica Patterson is known to be quite mean herself was this some sort of interview for the position?
Guerra is a unique breed, she sold her soul to the squishes and the establishment to make a name for herself and get on committees within the State Party. In Solano County she is on some sort of false crusade masquerading as a Bannon-ite. She is a fraud and both Patterson’s people and Bannon’s people should be extremely wary of her and Dan Brown.
Then people wonder why the hell the CAGOP is headed south of 23% registration?
One of the issues I have with Kevin McCarthy, and his minions like Jessica Patterson is their obsession with recruiting candidates of color without regard to what they actually do. What good is having a Republican Mayor of Fontana who does and says the same things as democrats? Literally, I have watched for years as they have recruited sock puppets because they can check a box or two correctly on an application.
In fact, Warren openly endorsed Norma Torres-Barillas for Congress. Torres is a complete communist from Guatemala and I have written about her before.
I have always known Acquanetta Warren as a squish that endorses and votes for every baby-killing tax raising rino moderate that runs for CAGOP office. It was not a surprise to realize that this so-called “Republican” endorses communists and supports BrokeBack America.
Oh and did I mention that this person sits on the executive board of the CAGOP? The perfect Andy Garakhani / David Stafford Reade Republican.
With friends like this…
I’m not picking on Mayor Acquanetta Warren because she stood in front of the White House and championed the infrastructure bill she worked on with HER president. A bill that was designed to destroy our country and one that was opposed by our entire party, with the exception of a few traitors.
And I’m not picking on her because she publicly supported my Democrat Guatemalan Communist opponent, Norma Torres, or the fact that she used her visit to D.C. as a photo op to mug with a whole host of Democrat leaders.
I am picking on her because she sits as on the Executive Committee of the California Republican Party while doing all of the above.
See for yourself: ClickHERE or on the image below to watch.
And I blame Kevin McCarthy and Jessica Patterson for turning a blind eye to it! What kind of feckless leadership allows such blatant subversion and undermining of our party and our principles? One thing is for sure, we need new leaders.
With friends like Judas McCarthy, Ronna Iscariot and Benedict McConnell, who needs enemies?
The CAGOP has been a colossal failure. You have to judge it by the results – only massive injections of pass-through money from the National Party (think Kevin McCarthy) got us half the lost Congressional Seats Back from the 2018 disaster. Otherwise the registration numbers keep falling and the legislative caucus can fit in a special-ed bus.
Insider info indicates that the CAGOP has a black list and are actively working in a vain attempt to retaliate against your intrepid blogger, Steve Frank and others. This behavior tells you that they are not leaders and deserve the scrutiny now more than ever.
Your intrepid blogger has been watching the tweets and emails from the CAGOP – in addition to the mail I am still getting from the CAGOP. The message is clear, ignore the failure at the ballot box and concentrate on all these feel-good measures.
Lindsey Stetson has long been viewed as a doppelganger of Jessica Patterson, and now she is showing up at Trailfailures events, CAGOP events and is delivering pre-canned content to the 10-15 people that attend said events. Your intrepid blogger has seen this sort of pattern for years – everything the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure does is positioning for the next paycheck. I have no doubt that the rumors I started hearing 2 years ago are coming in to fruition. The timing delay was created when Ronna McDaniel unexpectedly ran for re-election as RNC Chair, putting the timetable back 2 years.
Think of how Jessica Patterson became Jessica Millan Patterson. Her maiden name was seldom, if ever used before the Chief Controlled Failure Officer Kevin McCarthy got her to run against Travis Allen. Why? Pander-Bear 101 baby. She is a Latina, bow to her. What ever happened to the GOP being the party of people regardless of backgrounds? I remember when I first got involved in this stuff that race was a bonus if you were not white, but now it is the first or second consideration in recruiting. How is that not racist? These sorts of moral failures are common when the metric is control and paycheck protection.
I have been told by at least a dozen people now that Jessica Patterson is being positioned and talked up by the Chief Controlled Failure Officer Kevin McCarthy to replace Ronna McDaniel. These conversations started 2 years ago and have intensified.
However, pay attention – currently her Majesty is the Chair of Chairs at the RNC. Next Step is the RNC itself.
When Her Majesty is crowned in DC, then she needs one of the members of her court to come behind in the province she is leaving for her ascendancy. Look at who her majesty is favoring. Track the movements and communication.
Then posit this for another reason why these people are so fragile and aggressive to protect their turf:
Jessica Patterson, Sarah Nelson, Bryan Watkins, Rebecca Luby, Katie Wheeler, Molly Parnell and some others are all alleged to be making over $150K a year off of the CRP directly or indirectly. I’ve been told there are more – but with these 6 I’ve seen their names all over the CAGOP and related entities’ reports suggesting this number is easily proven. Never in the 20+ years I have been around the CAGOP have I seen this many gigantic salaries. Add in Andy Gimmecandy, David Stafford Reade, and the host of others making consulting fees that could be triple this number, and you could have 20-30 people hauling in $150K – $1MM a year off of the Controlled Failure of the CAGOP.
Please note – I am not alleging any of the above are breaking the law. What I am alleging is an insider game and absurd salaries absent results. Paying cronies and insiders regardless of results is bad business and certainly not consistent with Republican Values. When the moral disconnect exists at the top of leadership in any organization, it fails.
Further, if the CAGOP was registering voters and winning elections then 90% of the basis of my complaints would evaporate and it would be down to a personality squabble (which would be easily resolved). I could care less how much people make if there are results.
Finally, layer over the abusive behavior against conservative activists exhibited by most of the insiders and you have the complete package. Jessica Patterson is a never-trumper and her resume as a political operative reads like the ingredient panel of purple Jell-O. Lindsey Stetson has been on the endorsement list of every leftist Republican ever shoved in front of us all. It is what it is.
Perhaps going forward the dissidents within the CAGOP will recruit a candidate that delegates can not disregard with personality based excuses. Then we may be able to have a real debate about the future of the CAGOP and why millions of dollars in salaries that keep getting the same results should be gotten rid of.
P.S. and then there is Kevin Faulconer’s campaign too…
I supported the main effort over the effort Marc participated in but Marc made some valid points. I vehemently disagree with his decision to leave the GOP – I fight on as a Republican and I continue to make the lives of the CAGOP leadership a living hell.
For a national party that speaks so much about being for the common man, these days, the Republicans in California are still stuck in elitism. This dying breed in Orange County simply cannot engage with those in Los Angeles that are experiencing the real effects of Democratic overreach. This Gascon campaign is the perfect example.
I engage with many of these elitists in Orange County and hear their concerns. While they are well meaning donors, digging into the details is not their strong suit. They waste their time on minutiae details like complaining why Larry Elder has a live-in girlfriend, which is none of their business. Or writing blank checks to college kids who end up becoming Democrats in the end, or funding any candidate that is black and espouses something conservative, but without researching their background.
It’s funny but Republicans are acting like the Democrats they claim to hate. They are not practicing what they preach. Republican efforts are not run as a business. They don’t hold behaviors and results accountable. That’s why a consultancy like this can continue to drain money from the movement with no results needed.
They refuse to do normal things or engage with normal brands, sequestering themselves into micro communities that never touch the average person. Then they wonder why they lose elections big. They operate under too many rules. In a grassroots group, I was berated for sharing a picture with a girl in a bikini. Their priorities are whack when the ship is sinking.
They’ve lost the entertainment industry and now the churches. That’s on you, Republicans. You refuse to engage with the media or effect any change in the institutions that are impactful to the culture. You refuse to look at yourselves in church and examine your own hypocrisy. That is why your kids have been alienated and many of you are lonely. Maybe you should stop critiquing others’ lives and Karening, when you can look at yourself and your own efforts and audit the results. Maybe you should not be so obsessed with the titles and the glory which mean nothing in the end.
I was at a conservative fundraiser last night with Jesse Waters as the keynote speaker. He spent a good part of his talk, about the glory of being around President Trump. I get that it fired up the crowd. But I was bored. I do not like the sycophantry. I like results more. Democrats donate like conservatives. Republicans donate like liberals. Donors do not do their research and they just want to feel good, so consultancy firms and this crazy woman running “Recall George Gascon” get to run around wild. Maybe make the ones closest to you accountable for results first, and we can start winning elections?
Then came Heather Carbone.
Until recently, Carbone operated a Facebook page, Defend the LAPD. The Recall Gascón campaign was started there. After filing the paperwork in March, organizers had 160 days to obtain at least 579,062 valid signatures from registered L.A. County voters. Collecting such a large cache is no easy task. To succeed, organizers needed to raise between five million and eight million dollars to fund a small army of signature gatherers. But the campaign waited until the 160-day clock had already started before raising money and hiring professional consultants. This time-consuming gaffe garnered media coverage but little in the way of actual signatures.
But the campaign had bigger problems. After an impressive start, fundraising stalled. Police unions had spent millions to prevent Gascón’s election in the first place and balked at spending more to recall him, partly because their internal polling showed removing Gascón would be a tough sell. But they were also put off by the campaign’s infighting. A cryptically worded press release from the sheriff’s deputies union, ALADS, said the union was aware of “at least four different groups involved in the effort to recall Gascón. Are they working in harmony toward a common goal? No comment.” Adds a prosecutor involved with the first campaign, “Heather had all kinds of fights with the unions. It didn’t help that the LAPPL [the LAPD’s union] issued a cease and desist letter to her.” On September 16, with only 200,000 signatures gathered, the campaign announced they were forming a new PAC and yet another campaign, Recall District Attorney George Gascón, and letting the clock run out on the old petition. The new group’s organizers include all the same names from the first group—Andrade, Owen, Cooley, Zine, and former deputy DA Sam Dordulian—minus one: Carbone.
I took a few shots at the group Marc Ang was a part of during the recall effort but the common thread to everything I saw was the proponent of the recall being its’ biggest liability – Heather Carbone.
“I would not comment on any sort of personnel matters,” says Cooley. “A lot of people contributed to a lot of good things in the first effort. It got started late because it was strictly a grassroots, volunteer, Facebook kind of thing. It took a while to get the professionals. That will not happen with this effort.”
Those professionals include Tim Lineberger, the campaign spokesman, and Jeff Corless, the new campaign strategist. Both were hired while Carbone was still in charge, and both worked on Larry Elder’s campaign to recall Governor Newsom. They are staying on with the campaign and were recently joined by a new campaign manager, Gregory Foster.
WOW – Marc Ang NAILED IT. He recognizes that Peter Kuo is a straw man and that the CAGOP itself is a shell to pay consultants. See the original article here.
LOS ANGELES, CA – This past weekend, I was invited to be a “trainer” for the CA GOP convention for a session called Asian Community Voices. While I am disillusioned by the GOP, which has slowly become a toxic fringe party that plays politics poorly, focused on infighting, and can’t achieve real results or tangible outcomes, I see glimmers of hope for the future.
I felt it was a good first step and I should be slightly encouraging but more importantly I needed to show up and speak my truth. Will they learn something new, break out of old habits and become a true viable opposition party to give checks and balances to the one party Democratic state or maybe that is just asking for too much? Walk before we run, maybe? I also know that enough people inside the party structure are hungry for the truth, many who are my friends and people I respect who are trying to save the sinking ship, but who are earnestly and honestly fighting the good fight. So I showed up.
Unfortunately, party leadership remains emblematic of just where the party is and has been for the better part of the last two decades, stuck in 1995 style campaign messaging. The party seems to have no clue how the brand is even perceived, and that’s the worst part. I have, in the past, stood up for Republicans and will continue to do so, but I’m under zero delusion that I’m contrarian to where the culture is. The insiders in the political party don’t seem to understand this, and are completely delusional about their own importance and think that anyone actually cares that they have some title for a brand that was beaten down by 25 points in an off year special election, when the opposition made it about the same brand they keep peddling nonstop, with no critical thinking.
I also really dislike the idea of “training”. Our segment was really a panel and I knew enough people in the room that did not need to be talked down to like they were dumb on who Asians are. My great friend and co-panelist, Jeff Wang, touched upon this simple fact and asked the question to the audience, “who are actually friends with Asians?” If you knew how to cultivate relationships as regular everyday people, all these racial barriers wouldn’t need to exist and I thought we achieved this in California. But political California Republicans seem to be lacking on regular social skills so I can fathom why this is foreign to them. This “training” should have been billed as a conversation. The word “training” comes off condescending, like I know better than you, emblematic of the political Republicans.
Asian community voices should not be about cynically waking up the dumb, but instead, gently guide people to vote Republican based on our values, something I have done in my organization, Asian Industry B2B, with business owners and those who have a freedom loving entrepreneurial bent. It should also not be about uninspired voter registration efforts when the greater brand is dying. Amplify a bad brand, and you’re actually doubling or tripling your work.
What the GOP has now attracted in the Asian community is those who are living in the past, or those who are interested in climbing some political structure or hierarchy. No wonder the Democrats have made so many inroads in the younger generation because they involve people and were previously low on condescension, though now, that is changing as they become more comfortable, lazy and hell bent on growing their power. Yet the GOP cannot take advantage of the opportunities of Democrats failing, because they themselves are doing similar things, unable to strike a real contrast.
But what gives me hope is that so many are registering out of Republican into Independent. Because in California, the NPPs are truly the “replacement” Republican party. Free thinkers who do not want to be associated with the party, which really is the “fringe” party playing politics instead of finding solutions. If you are intellectually honest, you cannot be a Republican or a Democrat, at this point. What finally made me register out of Republican was watching the good honest Republican grassroots donors donating $50 here, or a $100 there, sometimes, their own meager life savings, and then watching that same money spent ridiculously on salaries for consultants who actually were poor fiduciaries to the campaign and cause. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen this over the last few election cycles.
Right after our Asian Community Voices segment, the Vice Chair Peter Kuo, my co-panelist, posted his typical uninspired rantings on Twitter calling this training “historic”. It is this type of desperate hyperbole that turns off your average person. First of all, this is 20 years too late. The Democrats have made this outreach way back, and just now we are doing this? Second, do we even need to pander? I think issues like law and order, school choice, wildfires, affordable housing, etc., all affect all races equally. Using words like “historic” just made me cringe like I have never before. I reject this grandiose mentality – can we just be real?
Peter also had the nerve to make a quip that I should return to the party and not “sit on the fence”. That is laughable, if you look at my record of work in the community and in the media promoting conservative values. But this is par for the course. Meanwhile, Peter is symbolic of an out of touch older generation. My heart actually went out for him as he talked about not having a connection with his daughter. In contrast, I know so many parents, including my own late father, who actually took time to listen. After being around so many Republicans in my activism, I found a common thread: many had broken relationships with children. There was a disconnect because they didn’t bond and connect, and were too rigid and didn’t evolve with the changing world. It doesn’t mean throw out your values, but at least know what’s going on and talk to your kids. And this goes beyond race. This seems to be common in successful Asian families. I can certainly admire Peter’s immigrant story but this is not what we need in 2021, especially with a 2nd generation of Asian Americans who are intermarrying and overwhelmingly Democrat, breaking with their parents and concerned about other issues. I encouraged the party to start embracing things like cannabis or bitcoin, or at least having a conversation about it, to get to this new bloc of voters, who are open to not voting lockstep with Democrats. Stop thinking you know it all, Republicans.
A title doesn’t make you a leader. The current GOP leadership may look outwardly diverse, with a Latina and Asian as chair and vice chair, but after many years of poor results and no change in trends, is actually more indicative of how the CA Republicans seem to only uplift “yes” men and women. Can we practice meritocracy in a party that claims it’s all about it and the free market, and performance? Can we bring up leaders who actually have solid community connections and tangible credentials? Not titles, but true accomplishments.
Another person who attended texted me and told me to turn down my “anger”, focused more on the animation of my voice, while missing the point that she was projecting her own to me and that no one likes to be told what to do or condescended to. Funny that the ultimate response to my words on the panel was overwhelmingly supportive, because in the end, the convention goers and hardcore activists needed someone to match the anger and frustration. Once again, Republicans need to learn some humility and maybe look at results versus “Karening” what others are doing. I certainly wouldn’t have the nerve to tell someone else what to do with their own public presentations. Hey, you do you. But I’ll do me.
Both Peter and Madame Critique need to understand how out of touch they are, in general. The biggest takeaway is not that they are bad people, but that they are focused on being accepted by this dying structure and toxic political brand. I am not here to win a Mr. Congeniality award. I have never cared about that, and could care less about shallow accolades or titles, as I have turned down many opportunities to get involved in the political parties, because the community is my focus. There’s some serious work that needs to be done, in a state I have invested my life in. And the work doesn’t start or end in the political structures or elitist social clubs.
What the GOP has become is a cult of misfits, and has self-attracted myopic types of people, distracted by warped priorities, with a consultant class ripping flesh off the dead carcass of the roadkill. What is left are sycophants who are woefully clueless on how dead the brand is, and are busy brown-nosing other sycophants with titles that mean nothing, because the structure itself is compromised and is not even the 2nd biggest organization in California. The bottom line is the GOP in California isn’t even a viable party. Independents and NPP’s are higher in registration by 4 percent, while the GOP can’t even clear a quarter of registered voters, languishing in third place.
And this is not just limited to the establishment. The grassroots are just as misguided in a dying party. While I earnestly worked hard to get the grassroots engaged on our Facebook group for the recall election and in real life rallies, nonstop talk about electoral fraud became a quick defeatist excuse for those who are low on action, and high on rigidity, and are not even open to understanding the simple fact that our state is culturally liberal.In addition, there are many grifters who live on dead-end candidacies sucking up the money and oxygen from well meaning donors, and fake self-fashioned leaders who end up playing their own political games in the grassroots, the moment they are given a little bit of perceived power. This was so evident in the Recall Newsom campaign and I highlighted this on my Newsweek op-ed.
The fact remains that our once conservative state has had a huge demographic shift thanks to affluenza. Nowhere more evident than the formerly hardcore conservative Orange County, where the older generation is dying off and the newer generation is polar opposite liberal. Bottom line: electoral fraud cannot account for a 25 point loss in California, so it’s time we start cleaning house on the conservative side.
It’s not just about showing up, it’s how you show up. While Asian vice chair Peter Kuo is a nice guy, his flamboyant red suits and violin-playing as his gimmick, is once again a distraction from the real impactful work that needs to be done on a daily basis. It is almost poetic how in the Titanic movie, you have the people in denial playing music, dancing and having fancy dinners as the ship was slowly sinking. When Peter plays the violin, I picture Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet sinking into the ocean. The type of sycophantic hierarchy-worshipping behavior is also what I have seen in the Chinese Communist Party’s ability to infiltrate the San Gabriel Valley, which I have discussed in previous op-eds.
I had to also laugh at affirmative action hire, Latina Chair Jessica Patterson’s attempts to strip the California College Republicans from their charter status because they put out a few memes to make fun of her. I’m sorry but if you want to be a leader, you better learn how to laugh at yourself and maybe look at some harsh truths of why we are not succeeding in growing our movement. Humor does go a long way. Suppressing it is as bad as censorship in China.
Once again, we are post partisan and the GOP is playing catch up 20 years later, and now they’ve once again missed the pulse of the average person. The fastest growing bloc of voters in California are those with “no party preference”, mostly disaffected Republicans and Democrats, who don’t need to be boxed into partisan food fights and who actually want to work towards solutions. I am glad I went to the GOP convention to see exactly where the baseline is, but I see the enormity of the work that needs to be done. I will be fighting for my conservative values and commonsense solutions outside of their dysfunctional structure, but wish them all the best.