This meme was sent to me by Tamika Hamilton in Feb 2020. She complained to me repeatedly about the party doing nothing to help her. Now that she is running for CA03 again, she is supporting Jessica Patterson. Hamilton beat a fully funded opponent based largely on the assistance of several local county parties, whom she abandoned for her own gain. This is the system of bondage and patronage that needs to be shredded.
Many of you have read or heard about Modoc County. Modoc is the poster child for the refusal of Jessica Patterson to address or pay attention to the grassroots, we’ll get back to it in a bit.
Jessica Patterson has bragged about 37,500 volunteers recruited (and like a fish story, it has grown to 44,000) when she started to run her re-election campaign. Overwhelmingly, Those volunteers were brought in by Donald Trump not Jessica Patterson. The lie about the 44,000 volunteers gets worse when juxtaposed with the dilapidated state of county parties across California.
Juxtapose this 10 County Central Committees that did not have a single person file for office – including 8 in the territory of Deborah Wilder, the CAGOP “Vice Chairwoman” North. Wilder is Patterson’s heir apparent to succeed her once Kevin McCarthy is elected speaker of the house and Jessica is rewarded with an RNC or NRCC job in DC. I have long believed that the consultant class would be happy if most all county parties collapsed and did nothing. It would make controlling endorsements easy. Wilder is part of that culture as she did nothing to help organize the 8 counties that collapsed in her territory.
A Chair that cares about grassroots and local parties would have sent the 37,500-44,000 names to the county parties. They could have used those names to recruit people to run for county party? Think of it. Glenn County filed 3 people, Shasta 3, Modoc 2, Yuba 1, Marin 6, San Benito 6, Merced 2, and there are a host of others with less than 10 as well. Either those names do not exist and Patterson is lying or she and the consultants that control her only wanted to leech campaign dollars from the list. They certainly did not care about helping local parties even in the most basic ways.
Shrink the delegate universe, easier to maintain control. Since the lemmings in elected office get 11 delegates including themselves – crushing 10 county parties at an average of 5 delegates a piece makes those 11 vote blocks loom even larger.
Worse than allowing several county parties to collapse is what the CAGOP Staff and leadership did to Modoc County. This is the response I got from the staff:
In the Modoc County Republican Party instance, two people filed for central committee office (Chair of the Modoc Republican Party) and therefore became the elected members.
They held a first meeting, but they did not notify all of the “members” of the committee which includes the ex-officios. (Elec. Code sections 7413 and 7425 both provide that ex-officios cannot be removed.)
The ex-officios were unaware of the election of any members, and they attempted to revive what they believed to be a dead central committee by holding a meeting and making appointments to fill vacancies. In doing so they failed to notify the elected members.
Both sets of meetings failed to properly notify all of the members of the central committee, therefore their actions in purporting to appoint officers and fill vacancies were both void, and had to be redone in a properly noticed meeting open to all of the members. The party notified both the ex-officios and Mr. Zane of this.
This problem, unfortunately, came to CRP staff’s attention just hours before the deadline for submitting delegates, and couldn’t be cured prior to the deadline, making the county ineligible to appoint delegates under the CRP’s bylaws. We expect the central committee will hold a properly noticed meeting and get organized, appoint a chairman and other officers, and be entitled to its delegates for the fall 2021 convention.
Note – Mark Spannagel Called Bob Zane on 1-31-2021 yelling at him and threatening him. Danielle Cullum called Bob Zane on 2-5-2021 suggesting that the CRP’s staff delayed their investigation on the competing claims until there could be no resolution. It also suggests that Mark Spannagel, Doug LaMalfa’s Cheif of Staff waited until 2-2-2021 to make an issue. I am also aware that the two sets of organizational meeting information were submitted weeks before the deadline.
Please also note that I told the ex-officios that Modoc did indeed have elected members. The CAGOP’s staff has ignored the multiple instances where I told them this. Again, this is clear evidence that the CAGOP’s staff are active participants in the effort to re-elect Jessica Patterson. I can draw no other conclusion.
The 7 delegateds from Modoc will be Steve Frank Supporters and Laurie Wallace Supporters, not Jessica Patterson or Deborah Wilder supporters. This is 100% the nexus for trashing Modoc County. This is one example of what is being done to re-elect Jessica Patterson and her hand-picked successor Deborah Wilder.
There are other counties that did what Modoc did when they organized, but their delegates are still on the list. Worse, the Chair of Modoc, Bob Zane freely admitted his mistake and that was used to slit his throat – similar to how the same CAGOP staff participated in lynching Ted Howze and Mike Cargile without a hearing or chance for recourse. How’s that for building the party – take advantage of someone’s integrity to strip him of his delegate status and lynching nominees without a hearing?
The CAGOP staff could have fixed this. Don’t worry, we have several more examples of things they have done that should give everyone pause. And I am not done with the Modoc issue either – it is a key to understanding what is being done to everyone in the name of re-electing Jessica Patterson.
Here is another – the CAGOP Staff waited until 4PM 12-23-2020 going in to the Christmas Holiday to send out notices to nominees of their appointments. This allowed several people from the Bay Area to contact unsuspecting Conservatives and get themselves appointed by Conservative nominees who were supporting Steve. I spoke to some of them and confirmed this to be the case. It also cause dozens of follow-up phone calls and complicated the drill. By itself, this would not be an indicator of game playing – but add the way Modoc County was handled and…
The Final Delegate List. Team Steve did not get theirs until 3PM 2-5-2021 some 3 days after the deadline. The following Wednesday the bogus Leadership Proxy Harvest Letter arrived with a mail-merged pre-filled out proxy form. I spoke to two mail houses who indicated such an operation would take 6 and 7 days respectively. This suggests that Jessica Pattersons team could have received their final delegate list a day before we did.
We’ve received several reports of confusing and conflicting information. The electronic voting system is primed to be a disaster as we’ve fielded dozens of complaints about the training for that system.
I have requested to speak with the vendor to ask a series of confidential questions and have gotten one response with something about setting up a meeting – no suggested dates, no suggested times. You’d think I could get an email or a phone number to call.
I have also made several specific requests about procedures and verifications. I’ve yet to receive replies. Some of the questions I have ask directly pertain to the integrity of the delegate selection process – especially in light of the CRP’s staff slitting the throat of Modoc County citing a rigorous enforcement of the rules. They seem to be grotesquely lax on the rules in other areas, we are going to go in to graphic detail about those as well.
As I continue this series, I am going to talk about a variety of methods I have seen David Stafford Reade, Mark Spannagel and others employ to control organizations. Most are unethical, some would be illegal if laws applied to organizations.
Remember, Reade, Spannagel and others attemtped to take over the CRA in 2011. As I lay out the story of what they did, you will see distrubing parallels to today. One such parallel was Karen England telling Phyllis Wing and a few others at the CRA convention “It’s all about the money for them”. Ironic given I’d never done a paid gig – but 100% consistent with the false smears of racism against Steve Frank these desperate consultants are employing today in 2021.
This was sent to a high-profile endorser of Steve Frank by a Sacramento Based Consultant. I will reveal the name of the Consultant when it suits me to do so
David Stafford Reade and another Sacramento Consultant ran a public smear campaign against the Placer CRA that led the effort to save the CRA from the consultants. It culminated with Doug LaMalfa and Ted Gaines accusing my Brother and Tom Hudson of felony money laundering on the front page of the Sacramento Bee. Some in the Tea Party were led to believe that the FBI was investigating us. 10 years later, no FBI, no criminal charges, no investigation. Here is an archived copy of the article from the Modesto Bee. Reade literally got two State Senators to attack Republican volunteers in the Statewide media!
This is what these people do to wreck volunteers and destroy anything they can’t control. This is why the Modoc Caper and the actions of the CRP staff have not surprised me at all. This is why the bullying, the smear campagn, twisting proxies, fraud, cheating and the like are not surprising me. I’ve seen it all before and I will lay out the evidence to explain why I am seeing a lot of this stuff again in 2021.