… and California Republican Party Board of Directors Shoots Tom Del Becarro

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Aug 122012

Convene the circular firing squad.

The California Republican Party Board of Directors met in a secret, closed session and stripped Tom Del Becarro of Check-Signing authority.

This may or may not be legal in the by-laws – but that is not the point.

The effort was led by CRP Vice-Chair Steve Baric and others on the board. It will be seen as a major blow to Del Becarro’s chairmanship.

Baric could have been working in concert with the legislators, but it is doubtful the aforementioned Jeff Miller was a part of it. Jeff Miller apparently is not well liked in CRP leadership circles.

Does this mean that the California Republican Party will now be able to raise money?

It certainly has to mean that the fix is in on the Chairman’s race next year.

Aug 122012

… Jeff Miller could be heard roaming the halls of the Republican Party convention telling anyone who would listen that he was not trying to sabotage the California Republican Party.

From what I was told, few if any, were listening to his pleas.

Charles Munger, Luis Buhler and Jeff Miller were the talk of the CRP Convention and apparently, Buhler/Munger caused the cops to be called twice to the convention.

You, know – control.

The halls of the convention were filled with people who had been targeted by Charles Munger. Charles Munger apparently is a meglomaniac – because if I was trying to take something over, I wouldn’t be attacking 2/3 of the delegates.

As of Sat Afternoon when I left – there were only 370 paid physically present delegates in Burbank.

Dave Gilliard and Phil Paule also had a really bad time, too.

Since this hotel was basically the same place where the 24-man cabal rendered CRP endorsements in March – Phil Paule must have figured that he could get one now that the primary was over and he was a former staffer of Darrell Issa.

He was wrong.

The CRP Board for once grew a spine and sent Phil Paule packing.

Paule left the convention like the building was on fire, not even stopping for a cold one.

However, Phil can certainly find an understanding case of PBR (usually on sale for about $10) and split it with Dave Gilliard to drown his sorrows.

The above is why people like Dave Gilliard appear to be fine with the gambit by Charles Munger and the legislators to attempt to kill the CRP or take it over. It is about controlling the endorsements.

… and that gets me to Prop 40. At the behest of the legislators, they decided to reverse the past position on Prop 40 and support a Yes position, effectively killing the referendum that the CRP spent all that money on.

I guess several legislators have their districts and don’t want to upset the apple cart… and so it goes, control.


Why the CAGOP is “Dead” Part 2- Charles Munger, Jeff Miller, Cal Trailblazers

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Aug 072012

Remember when the San Francisco Chronicle released an article alleging that the California Republican Party was deep in the hole?

We’ve seen media drills before in Placer County – David Stafford Gilliard ran one against the Placer GOP on behalf of clients that wanted to get even with us.

Now, a consultant Jeff Miller (who recently worked for Rick Perry) has been fingered as the man behind the curtain by several anonymous sources inside the California Republican Party. He ran a media drill against the entire California Republican Party.

Unlike Dave Gilliard who abandoned the California Republican Party once there was no money to be made on Prop 40 – Mr. Miller must see some profit in the operation he is running.

Jeff Miller is Charles Munger’s fundraiser.

Jeff Miller has been telling major donors to stop giving money to the California Republican Party. Rather, said donors have been asked to donate to the Cal Trailblazers.

The Cal Trailblazers is allegedly a group that recruits “Good Candidates” to run in marginal districts. In practice – they have been a squish machine for safe Republican Districts while supporting a few candidates in marginal districts that we (the GOP) have to keep to maintain 1/3 in the State Legislature.

Enter Charles Munger – $10,000 donated to Cal Trailblazers. Jeff Miller (reportedly) is on retainer with Munger and the ED of Cal Trailblazers is Jessica Patterson, long known by insiders to be on Charles Munger’s Payroll as well.

The Cal-Trailblazers spent most of its’ money paying Jessica Patterson and Aaron McClear – McClear was one of Arnold’s top guys in his administration.

When you take a first look – Cal Trailblazers does not appear to have a whole lot of money. Then pay attention to who they celebrate – Frank Bigelow, a contestant in a safe Republican seat. There is considerable debate as to whether Bigelow is a Liberal or a Moderate – but he did oppose Prop 26 (fees taking 2/3 to raise) and he did publicly support high-speed rail for example.

If you take a second look at the San Francisco Chronicle article – you will see Jeff Miller quoted in there basically advocating for people to donate money somewhere else other than the CA GOP.

If you take a third look at the California Trailblazers Website – look at who is on the homepage of it. The “Republican Leaders” that I lambasted in a previous post…

… and they send a letter asking for proxies to the upcoming California Republican Party convention?

So – with the amount of Republican territory shrinking, the latest Big Money guy, Charles Munger is buying his way in to everything.

The nexus here  resembles the fight over control of the California Republican Assembly, only on a larger scale.

Finally – if you have any doubts about the California Trailblazers take a look at their homepage closely (I added emphasis):

California Trailblazers are the next generation of Republican leaders in our state legislature. Individuals with fiscally conservative principles and ideas that will restore the California spirit, revive our economy, and lead to private sector job creation.

California Trailblazers is the only recruitment, training, and advisement program for California legislative candidates supported by Majority Whip Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway.

Let those two paragraphs sink in for a bit then we will continue this…