I am one of the authors of a bylaw proposal (#4) in the Rules Committee of the California State Republican Party and I would like the support of the membership if the Rules Committee does not pass it directly. My reasoning for this bylaw proposal is that we need to stop removing endorsements at the dead of night from candidates our current chair finds unworthy because they are perceived to be likely opponents of her administration.
2020 was an ugly cycle for the state party where two endorsements were yanked, and several others had the potential to be yanked. The yanking of Ted Howze and Mike Cargile were done with little to no notice of the membership of the state party or the county parties that compromise the districts of those candidates. We lost the opportunity for capturing one of the congressional districts with Ted Howze because party leadership felt that appeasing leftist pressure group Media Matters was more valuable than winning elections.
Candidates give their time and money to put their name up for election in these races, if we end up discounting these individuals, we will end up likely seeing more districts uncontested where we will end up living in a uni-party where you either want Assembly member James Ramos centrism or Assembly member Alex Lee’s progressive dystopia.
As someone who lives in the district of one of the yanked candidates and happen to be a county party committee member in addition to a state delegate, I was blindsided not knowing firsthand what was going on. The leftists were laughing at the controversy the Board of Directors created with the campaigns when committee members were kept in the dark.
If we want to play yank the endorsement, then we need a basic code of conduct for candidates before attaining said endorsement for the 2022 cycle which could be generated during the 2021 Fall convention, so we do not get our endorsements yanked for some arbitrary reason. However, if this practice continues in 2022, we need a process of transparency and due process for the candidates and the county party organizations that compromise the districts.
There needs to be an opportunity for affected candidates to testify or submit a statement to the board, there needs to be disclosure of the verdict to the county parties involved in the affected districts. Mike Cargile for example only found out his endorsement was yanked days after. We need transparency, without transparency there will be angry members of county parties wondering why their candidates got yanked.
I urge your support for Bylaw Proposal 4.
We are in the cellar more worse than the 2018 Baltimore Orioles and we need to get back to a slightly more marginal team for the next cycle in the California Republican Party.
The first goal is a vision. Without a vision there is no mission for us. We need to tell people why they should choose us over the governing state Democratic Party. What better ideas could we provide to solve the pain points of the California resident and business owner?
After the chairman election we have to get the next platform draft written, the next draft should be a fresh and new platform draft so we can show that we are a new party. Average voters do not pay attention to the document, but the news media and the rabid base in both parties do watch the platform.
The second goal is taking care of the brand, we have to restore the brand after the Democratic Party saying we are a bunch of racists and other pejorative titles. Even though there are people of ethnic communities who may have traditionalist values, they still vote for the Democratic Party even though they don’t like the new graphic sexual education law passed in Sacramento that their state legislator voted for as an example.
The third goal is money, without money we die harder than an airplane test pilot. We have to get people to help register voters, canvass neighborhoods and over ballot collection services with the new legalized harvesting of ballots. 5 or 10 dollars a month, if you are fed up with how our state is going we need to be investors. Democrats donated like there was no tomorrow and we have to do the same. Look into Carl DeMaio’s Reform California or the state Republican Party voter registration effort fund if Travis Allen or Steve Frank win the office in late February.
In addition to being candidate for State Senate District 20, I also sit as member on the state, Los Angeles and San Bernardino County Parties as your nominee for 2018. I am concerned about our future prospects as a state party, the same trajectory is not going to cut it.
I agree we got a decent cash injection in the last five years, but in exchange for the cash injection we sold our soul where many Republicans and people who lean to vote in our party lost the enthusiasm for our candidates after being served statewide candidates that had little or no difference to the Democratic Party choices.
We have to be different because people will want the real thing instead of a pale imitation. We want candidates and office holders to stand up against the state Democrats instead of jumping in the pool with them. Voter registration and voter education will be necessary as soon as possible so we can help get the electorate to make change. Continue reading “Better State Party Leadership Is Needed”