Jan 072023

One of your intrepid blogger’s many friends sent me this meme. I could not stop laughing.

I remember Kevin McCarthy. He came from the Bill Thomas, Mark Abernathy squish machine in Kern County. When McCarthy was first elected to the Assembly, you knew he was ambitious and would quickly climb the ladder of leadership.

And he did. Permanent Minority Leader in the Assembly, Congress, then up the leadership ranks.

Regardless of the hyperbole, as someone who has watched Kevin for 20+ years, I can tell you with certainty why Kevin got put through a meatgrinder. Kevin McCarthy and Bill Thomas before him have always had an antipathy for ideological conservatives. McCarthy and his crew (Think Andy Gimmecandy, David Stafford Reade, Jeff Randle, etc.) have assaulted Conservatives for years in safe R seats.

Kevin McCarthy’s second sin is that he likes to control stuff. Wars have been needlessly fought in GOP Organizations between Kevin’s crew and the activists. The war in the College and Young Republicans of the 1990s was slightly before my entrance into the scene in 1997, but I heard a ton about it. I watched and was in the middle of an unfolding CRA drama with his fingerprints on it. The CYR / YRF Merger and the lawsuits were other needless fights.

The current CAGOP Chair and staff are basically all adjuncts of McCarthy. Jessica Patterson got her start in that machine.

You’d think, then, that I’d declare war on Kevin McCarthy and root for him to fail. Nope. McCarthy needs to succeed as Speaker of the House for the benefit of Republicans everywhere.

The net end effect of the war that caused 15 ballots before McCarthy finally was elected speaker was critically essential and represents a seismic shift in the GOP political scene. If you are opposed to McCarthy, stop for a second and consider the following:

McCarthy agreed to put several members of the Freedom Crockus on critical committees. Jessica Patterson has retaliated against Conservatives the entire time she has been chair; she could learn from McCarthy and do the same in California. Jim Brulte and other chairs before him used to give CRA members slots on CAGOP committees. McCarthy agreeing to do this at the federal level means that he was willing to cede a lot of power to the party’s right wing. That is healthy.

McCarthy agreed to several specific demands for investigative committees – including a committee that will investigate the FBI and other corrupted government bodies that have become the Gestapo for the democrat party. This never happened under previous GOP speakers; they have largely taken token measures.

Lastly, if you have read the Right on Daily Blog for any length of time, one of my biggest criticisms of the GOP is that the leadership (almost always squishes) spends too much money and effort on Safe R seats in an obsessive rampage against ideological conservatives. One of the first concessions McCarthy made was an agreement that the Leadership Fund would concentrate only on “target” seats.

Lastly, I am thoroughly disgusted with the behavior of Matt Gaetz. It seemed abundantly clear that his opposition to McCarthy was personal, almost as if he blamed McCarthy for the investigation into sexual misconduct against him from a couple years prior. After vote 14, it was clear that Gaetz had lied to McCarthy about what he would do, which precipitated the confrontation on the floor of Congress. In addition, Andy Biggs and Matt Gaetz were sending fundraising emails bragging about mucking up the process. This self-aggrandizing deceit is another example of so-called values conservatives lowering themselves to the level of the democrats they purport to fight.

Had I been a member of Congress, I’d have approached Kevin McCarthy with a list of things I wanted to see. Once I made a deal with him (in writing), that would have been the end. I am proud of the 14 that did so and exacted several critical concessions (including a slew of rules changes) and then honorably held up their end of the bargain once McCarthy and crew agreed with them.

The people criticizing the 14 need to understand how to govern. The people that still hate Kevin McCarthy after all he did to give the right of the party more of a voice than they have had since 1994 just want to fight and burn stuff down. At some point, when the fight is over and the anger abates, you have to govern.

McCarthy got his ass kicked and was held accountable in a short and very public spectacle for all of this stuff and more. It’s over. McCarthy was elected speaker fair and square, and it cost him a lot.

Kevin McCarthy gave a speech as Speaker for the first time after vote 15. It was clear he had learned some lessons, and the direction of it was consistent with anything and everything your intrepid blogger would want as someone comfortably on the social right of America. It is incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to help McCarthy succeed. Does this mean I endorse Kevin McCarthy? No. It means I want him to succeed, and I will do my part to help Republicans win office. If Kevin does his part and honors his agreements and commitments, I will wholeheartedly endorse him for re-election in 2024. That is fair and constructive.

I hope those of you reading will agree and do the same.

Mar 132022

This is what happens when squishes and consultants take over a party. This is 100% at the feet of Congressman McCarthy who controls the CAGOP via proxies. (The Reade-Gimmecandy Axis)

This statement of values is a joke. It presents “Better Government” as the solution for the list of problems that California has. This is a classic moderate-I-don’t-believe-in-anything campaigning. It is so grossly watered down and presents NOTHING in terms of actual solutions and policy to solve the problem.

It is also defensive and overly pandering.

However, this is a clear picture in to the minds that are feasting off of the stripped carcass of the CAGOP.

If anyone thinks this will motivate anyone to vote Republican, think again. Typical of squishes, there is no passion, nor a call to action.

Sep 212020

Josh Harder has raised north of $3MM and is spending the whole amount. The below screenshot illustrates $1.37MM in TV ads. Harder has also spent money on other stuff and is over the $2MM mark.

You’d think after Scott Winn and Jessica Patterson executed a lynching of Ted Howze and the resulting media drill that Howze would have been finished. Think again.

The only reason why Harder is having to spend this much money is because Ted Howze is competitive. Just imagine a political party without vindictive petty consultants, a minority leader who has no political acumen and a state party chairman that has to wait for orders before acting.

If we do not pick up #CA10 in 2020, thank Kevin McCarthy, Jessica Patterson and Scott Winn. With Republicans like these guys, who needs democrats? Oh, and they are helping bring us Kevin Faulconer for governor in 2022 (speaking of democrats).

Jan 172019

Blogger’s Note: Regarding Emails, Text Messages, etc. There is a guaranteed way to know I wrote it – I signed my name to it. There is also a guaranteed way to know I did not write something, it is not signed by me.

While digging for information, your intrepid blogger stumbled upon this article: WHY CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS ARE PAYING KEVIN MCCARTHY’S WIFE. Whoops. It looks like Mrs. McCarthy is a fundraiser that receives a commission for donations she arranges via her Husband to the CAGOP. Kevin McCarthy appears to be paying his wife with 10-15% of the money he raises for the CAGOP. 

There have been similar problems – such as Patricia / Buck McKeon, David Stafford Reade (who is managing Patterson’s campaign for CAGOP Chair) being a fundraiser and State-Paid Chief of Staff for Doug LaMalfa and later Jim Nielsen. While none of this is illegal – what a conflict of interest it poses! David Reade for example was accused of taking kickbacks and peddling influence many times in the North State and for good reason (though it appears Mr. Reade was right on the line not over it). The small, insular universe is not healthy – the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure is living in the grey zone seeing what they can get away with. (I base this statement on 20+ years of first-hand experience seeing what has gone on)

What happens when the unaccountable power brokers in the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure face challenges to their empire? Then the line between legal and illegal activity gets obliterated.

While I have disclaimed several posts saying I do not know Mrs. Patterson, and have several friends that speak highly of her, the cadre of folks around her should give people pause as should the circumstances. 

The face of Controlled Failure

Witness 2011 – a front page article featuring then Senator Doug LaMalfa and Senator Ted Gaines accusing now CRA President Tom Hudson of money laundering. Hudson and others had the audacity to tell the powers that be no when they came calling on the Placer GOP to stop endorsing candidates. It was also retaliation from a war within CRA fought earlier in the year where a series of fraudulent chapters created by David Stafford Reade (and other operatives) were caught and dismantled before they could send delegates to control the outcome of the CRA’s officer elections. 

There are people to this day that believe the FBI is and was investigating Tom Hudson, Myself, my brother and others. David Reade and Mark Spannagel were actually quoted in the Redding Record Searchlight confirming there was an FBI Investigation! 

“If that’s the way they want to go, that’s the way they want to go,” he said. He pointed out members of the Placer County Republican Central Committee, including Park, are under investigation by the FBI and state Fair Political Practices Commission.

Reade said he’d also make note of the ongoing investigations.

“The once venerable California Republican Assembly has fallen into disrepute under the current rogue leadership,” he said. “They’ve lost any legitimacy as an organization, and it’s sad.”

It has been 8 years. No one from the FBI has called or visited me. Yet, some idiots out there still believe it. The power of a smear. I have to wonder if similar tactics are being employed (or are going to be employed) in 2019. 

It has been put to me by several people that delegates are indeed being pressured, maybe even crossing the line in to implied threats. This, if true, would be a continuation of the events of the past and should be repudiated.

Luis Buhler arranged for an expenditure of $100,000 in the 2012 Placer GOP Central Committee election targeting all of us accused by Reade of being investigated by the FBI for elimination from the Placer GOP Central Committee. The smears were a central part of that campaign. To this day Luis Buhler brags to insiders about that. The independent expenditure was funded by Charles Munger. 

For those of you with heritage in the CRA, the YRFC or the CYR pre CYRF merger… you might remember when Kevin McCarthy pulled out all the stops to try and stop the merger of the CYRF. 

Ken Mettler, a long-time thorn in the side of the McCarthy machine, while President of the CRA showed those of us on the CRA Board at the time evidence his computer was hacked by someone he identified as Zach Scrivner. Anyone on the CRA’s board of directors at the time will remember this. It appears that several years later the investigation was halted or no charges were filed. It should be noted that the Kern County DA is in the orbit of McCarthy as the current and past DA’s were supported by him. When Mettler showed us that stuff, we remembered wondering if McCarthy’s crew had been reading our own email in real time.

Scrivner is a former council member in Bakersfield and now is a County Supervisor. Scrivner has a bit of a record of his own. These are the kind of people Mr. McCarthy has available to deal with political enemies.

Remember the 5-year legal battle over the Merger of the CYRF? McCarthy controlled the CYR’s and the Conservatives controlled the YRFC. Both organizations were small and struggling. They wanted to merge. McCarthy did not want that to happen. Enter Zach Scrivner again, it is alleged that he was using access to various people’s email accounts to smear leaders in the merger.

Some of the allegations being spread via emails included accusing 22 year old women of being whores, sluts and the like. Any of us that were in the CAGOP remember this drama. Some people still quote the smears to this day. 

It is also common knowledge that when the CAGOP rules committee had approved the merger of the YRFC and the CYR that Kevin McCarthy is alleged to have called then CAGOP Chairman Ron Nehring and threatened to pull all of his funding and support for the party. 

Subsequently, a second meeting of the rules committee was called. Most all of the members of the committee boycotted it. So new members including Luis Buhler (remember that name?) were appointed who did the bidding of Kevin McCarthy. 

After the outrage ensued, at the subsequent convention the Merger was ratified on the floor and a few years later the 5 year legal drama was resolved.

Why did all of this happen? Kevin McCarthy wanted control. David Reade wanted Control. It did not matter who got smeared or whose reputation got destroyed in the process. It did not matter if CAGOP Volunteer Clubs got destroyed in the process. 

Reade is Jessica Patterson’s campaign manager and Kevin McCarthy is her primary funding source. While past political fights are no guarantee of future issues – anyone with life experience knows that you judge the future by the existing pattern.

Can you trust Jessica Patterson to rebuild the CAGOP given the patterns of those around her? Can you trust her to rebuild the CAGOP given what she herself has participated in as a paid operative? Can you trust her to be independent and act out of the best interests of all of us? Can you contest the assertions your intrepid blogger is making that the oligarchy of controlled failure is making a play to keep control of the CAGOP with Jessica as the figurehead leader of the party? 

Frankly, given that I have personally lived through the wrath of some of the people around her I am concerned that empowering these people will lead to many others experiencing the same. It could be anyone from their crew running for CAGOP Chairman, these criticisms and questions are not unique to Jessica Patterson. They are however very pertinent to the whole Oligarchy of Controlled Failure from whence she comes.

For those of you out there that are equally as worried, I get it as not everyone has a blog that got 2.2 Million hits in 2018 to defend themselves with. Remember, the vote for Party Officers is indeed a secret ballot.

I got a better idea, instead of the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure How about electing Travis Allen instead? None of the people featured in the last three posts control or have influence over him. Perhaps this is why they are pulling out all the stops… to be continued.

Jan 152019

Your intrepid blogger was introduced to the CAGOP in 1997, by a former officer in the CRA and a former Placer County GOP Chairman Jeff Atteberry. I have 21 years and counting of knowledge and experience. What I am writing, I believe to be true and I have a lot of evidence to back it up as well. Thank you for reading and sharing these blogs. Knowledge is power and the more you know – the more powerful you will be. 

Most people refer to the insider game as the Swamp. I call it the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure. The failures have been legion, but they are in control.

Jessica Patterson’s Place of Employment

Once again, I’d like to disclaim this and other posts by saying I am not accusing any of the players involved of illegal activity. What I am saying however is that the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure that has controlled the CAGOP need to be introduced to the CAGOP faithful as many have attempted to hide in the shadows. There needs to be accountability. 

The delegates of the CAGOP need to know who the players are and then decide if they want one of their top operatives to be in charge of the CAGOP. 

Let’s take a look at the California Trailblazers and the New Majority. Since the New Majority is all over the California Trailblazer’s Financial Reports, your intrepid blogger decided to do a little digging for the purpose of finding out some of the connections and how small the insider swamp really is. (At less than 25% statewide registration, how big can it be?)

The California Trailblazers Board of Directors

You may recognize some of the names. I’ve written about a few of them before. I will have more to saw in some future posts. Let’s look at some high points:

Jeff Randle and Lydia Beebe both were in the Pete Wilson administration. Randle was there when Pete Wilson recruited primary opponents for Conservative Republican incumbents who would not vote for his tax increases. Jeff Randle ran some of those campaigns. Randle also ran Meg Whitman’s $150 Million trainwreck in 2010 – he employed Jessica Patterson then as he does now as the CEO of Trailblazers. 

Mario Rodriguez was on Jessica Patterson’s announcement email as some sort of volunteer leader, but here he is on the board of directors of her employer. I know Mario, he is a good dude, but the deception in the announcement email was unnecessary.

George Andrews is a good man and a paid political operative. He works for the Assembly GOP Caucus. He is another operative that makes his living from the system.

Howard Hakes is the connection between the New Majority and the Trailblazers. I’ve met him once and he acted like I was not in the room. Apparently this is not an uncommon occurrence as Mr. Hakes did not acknowledge my attempt to shake his hand after someone introduced us. (The Introducer was also not surprised by this at all) Mr. Hakes is reputedly wealthy and based on my experience chooses to associate only with those of like means. 

David (Stafford) Reade has been the subject of many posts on the Right on Daily Blog. He is the Chief of Staff for Senator Jim Nielsen and has a long storied history as a paid operative. He earns a 6-figure salary from the taxpayers while earning at least that much more for his side work. Reade’s work alongside Jessica Patterson will be and has been the subject of several posts on RightonDaily – stay tuned.

And here is the New Majority – click the photo to see it more clearly

You will notice that Andy Garakhani is on the list. He is paid by the New Majority. He is also a key kingmaker in the LAGOP. I have worked with Mr. Garakhani on a few things over the years. Andy has one of my favorite nicknames of all time Andy “Gimmecandy”. Again, Garakhani as a paid operative and his role in leadership and influencing outcomes in LAGOP events can not be understated. 

Note the Political Director of the New Majority – Tom Ross. Ross is a polite, professional man. He is also a liberal Republican and can be found on the wrong side of almost every issue within the CAGOP politically. Ross as a board member of the CAGOP did indeed abstain when the CAGOP board considered calling on Chad Mayes to resign. This underscores that Mr. Ross, (while deep in the swamp) has professional integrity. 

Ross is a Partner with Matt Rexroad and former SLO GOP Chairman John Peschong (that’s right, a one-time County Party Chairman was a paid consultant while serving as a county chairman) in the Political Consulting firm Meridian Pacific. All are liberal Republicans (IMO). Ross’ firm was one of the leads in attempting to communicate Chad Mayes’ talking points for the Cap and Trade debacle. 

The purpose of this exercise is to show you the small world of insiders and the inter-connectivity of their lives. The fact that I have been in CAGOP circles and barely know some of these people (who have been around as long as I have or longer) should underscore that there are two worlds within the CAGOP.

There is the “Consultant World” also referred to the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure on this blog. This is the small group of players – some of whom are referenced above – the are attempting to wield the levers of power to keep their people in positions of authority and control within the CAGOP.

Then there is the world for the rest of us. There is a healthy reason for my cynicism. The brutal reality for party faithful is that it is an illusion that the ordinary grassroots are valued much less allowed to have a say in matters. 

Kevin McCarthy may well be able to rig the results of the Chairman’s election for his preferred candidate Jessica Patterson. However, in the process of this it is time for the rest of us to learn who the crew are and what they are doing – to be continued –

P.S. BONUS: Many (but not all) of the above players were staunch opponents of President Trump despite their current attempts to re-write history.