I want to serve the CRA as Membership Secretary, because growing the CRA with dedicated grass roots activists should be our #1 goal. Like most of you, I want to see the CRA return to the days when we had countless thousands of members in large units all over the state of California, who influence candidates, make phone calls, walk precincts and make an impact for conservative principles in the California Republican Party.
I am sick and tired of those who seek to use the CRA like a political slot machine who’s lever is to be pulled whenever a candidate and their supporters want an endorsement.
Let me tell you the story of the Yorba Ranch RA – this “Unit” was chartered to send delegates to the 2007 Presidential Endorsing Convention by a current CRA Vice President.
It turns out that the Yorba Ranch Unit was one of several units that mysteriously appeared just before the CRA Presidential Endorsing Convention in 2007 and was one of several units that were chartered for the purpose of helping Mitt Romney get the CRA endorsement. For the first time I have been given evidence in the form of the unit roster from the CRA member that became the unit President in 2008. Below are the Yorba
Ranch members on the official roster for 2007-2008:
Dick & Linda Ackerman Irvine
Patrick & Robin Bole Lake Forest
Mark & Hanne Bucher Tustin
Keith & Amy Carlson Huntington Beach
(Keith indicated in an email he is a member of Huntington Beach RA!)
Paul & Nelda Haggard Laguna Woods
Marc & Christina Heins Lake Forest
Jim & Jonnie Hoover Tustin
Dale & Laura Phillips Orangevale * Paid in to 2007 Convention by Romney
Karen Shaw La Habra
Glenn & Donna Skene Santa Ana
Nadine West Fair Oaks * Paid in to 2007 Convention by Romney
Gina Zari Mission Viejo
William Shaw Yorba Linda
Sean-Paul Carrillo La Habra
Gordon & Marianne Sharp Whittier
Please note that Orangevale and Fair Oaks are 400+ miles away in Sacramento County!!!
According to the new President of that unit at the time (who is now President of the Brea-LaHabra Unit) almost all the people on the membership list had expired dues by the time he became president in 2008 (After Romney had been endorsed by CRA).
No wonder no one wants the membership rosters to be reviewed by CRA board members. And no wonder why those involved in this unethical activity are trying to stop our efforts to expose this the attempted hijacking of the CRA in 2011. There are at least 25 and maybe more “Yorba Ranches” out there that have submitted delegations to the upcoming CRA Convention.
From the Desk of Cliff Wagner…
I am saddened to have to share the following information and I know that it will make some folks very upset, but I am unwavering in my conviction that the integrity of the CRA is worth fighting for.
When exactly should the CRA endorse a liberal? Answer is: NEVER
A Pay-to-Play History:
Unfortunately, at the 2007 CRA statewide convention, under the leadership of then President Mike Spence, Mitt Romney, a pro-choice, liberal – easily bought the endorsement of the CRA. Romney paid a Sacramento political operative, to coordinate the CRA endorsement. That operative, with the assistance of Karen England stood up several paper units and paid the registration fees of 75 delegates – delivering the CRA endorsement to a pro-choice, pro-gay rights liberal.
Mitt Romney a liberal? Please don’t take my word for it – listen to him describe his own positions on abortion and gay rights. Click Here to See the Video
Is this a record of leadership that Mike Spence is proud of? Karen England serves as the Executive Director of the Capitol Resource Institute and is a self described staunch, pro-life conservative. However, is partnering with consultants in standing up dubious units, in order to help secure the CRA endorsement for a liberal presidential candidate and a succession of liberal, pro-choice politicians the type of qualifications we can afford for our CRA President? I don’t think so.
Now, as we gear up for another presidential election cycle – these same folks and the politicians they represent are desperate to regain control of the CRA to ensure that the pay-to-play culture of CRA endorsements continue.
Over the past several years, I have been saddened and disappointed to find out just how wide spread this scandal and the pay-to-play culture is and how far some are willing to go to preserve it.
England Delivers the Units:
In the lead up to this endorsement – then CRA VP Karen England chartered 4 units in Northern California. The Tehama, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba CRA. Karen knows that to this day – 3 of the 4 are fake, which is why she does not take credit for their creation specifically in her campaign.I live with these units – time and time again, I have seen them send Capitol Staff and relatives as delegates to local endorsing conventions to endorse the liberal Republican option for years. I brought my concerns to the Charter Review Committee, but Peggy Mew has singlehandedly blocked any and every effort to responsibly address these concerns.
All this happened under Mike Spence’s watch! – What did he do? Nothing…
Now that Celeste Greig has proposed a series of reforms to clean up this mess and put an end to the pay-to-play scandal. Mike Spence and the Arnold/Meg & Mitt team are trying to attack her credibility, integrity and leadership because she has the guts to put a stop the fraud and corruption of the CRA endorsement process.
What They Don’t Want you to Know:
You be the judge. Please have a look here at a check for $2,625 from Romney for President, Inc. to the CRA for 75 Delegates. You’ll see names you recognize on the list – including Jordan England – the daughter of Karen England.
Connect the dots – 75 delegates paid for by a liberal, pro-choice presidential candidate. Many of those delegates who claim unshakable conservative credentials. How does this happen and what were their motivations? Can it happen again? Absolutely, if we allow it to. This happened under Mike Spence’s watch!
One Endorsement Paid in Full:
Mitt Romney was endorsed 148-73. This means that over half of Romney’s delegates were paid in – including family of those running to “England’s Restore the CRA” campaign! Restore what? Pay-to-play?
Today, we are looking at a repeat of the same in the CRA. I am told that roughly 2/3 of the CRA units supporting Karen England have delegate irregularities. The Credentials Committee are having to look up voter registrations one at a time to try and locate people as they are being refused access to membership rosters.
The corruption needs to be stopped. That is why I support President Celeste Greig, The Contract with the CRA and those committed to ending the CRA’s pay-to-play culture.
Update 4/21/2011 – I was made aware of a LaMalfa blog post where he took a cheap shot at my brother. I meant what I wrote in this post – but apparently Mr. LaMalfa did not believe me or he decided to renew hostilities. Unbelievable.
Many who read this blog remember that I went after now Senator Doug LaMalfa with the fury of a vandal warrior.
I don’t apologize for the political disagreements – that’s part of the game.
This is being written because I went too far when I lit up Doug LaMalfa. The writings were over the top and personal in nature.
I allowed my issues with people associated with Mr. LaMalfa cloud my judgement in what was written.
Even political opponents deserve better than what I wrote about him. The posts were removed after LaMalfa won the primary and I had considered writing this post for several months.
Irregardless of what happens in the near or farther future related to political battles (I am sure we’ll be on opposite sides of) – this apology to Sen LaMalfa stands in perpetuity.
Ever wonder why I haven’t posted in six days? The CRA is in election season and this looks to be the most heavily attended CRA convention in years.
Opponent Imitates President Celeste Greig “Restore CRA” is “Contract With The CRA” Just On Her Letterhead
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In politics it is evidence of a lack of original ideas.
For several weeks CRA delegates, board members, past presidents, CRA members from all over the California have been endorsing the “Contract With The CRA“, created by President Celeste Greig.
Yesterday, President Greigs’ opponent admired, endorsed and asked her supporters to support the Greig originated “Contract With The CRA“. Then she realized this was reminding her potenital supporters that the only candidate with original, aggressive and refomist ideas was Celeste Greig.
Now, 24 hours later she has come out with her “own” ideas. These are actually the ideas of President Celeste Greig, but in different words.
We welcome Celeste Greig’s opponent on board the CRA reform band wagon, that has been so clearly articulated by President Greig.
As the “Contract With The CRA” makes clear, we need to clean up the chartering process, the endorsement process and provide political leadership and activism for grassroot conservatives. President Greig has spoken to numerous independent GOP clubs, Tea Party leaders and at Tea Party events. She is a proven leader in the conservative movement in California.
Some talk about doing this, while supporting candidates running against CRA leaders on County Central Committees, but Celeste Greig has been consistent in only supporting CRA endorsed candidates and CRA members for Party offices.
President Celeste Greig will continue to run a positive, issue oriented campaign and will bring the message of reform to CRA delegates who will be gathering all over the state in April.
Take a moment to compare the endorsements between President Celeste Greig and her opponent. See for yourself who the CRA membership and leadership endorsed for President of the CRA.
CRA MEMBERS AND LEADERS ENDORSE CONTRACT WITH THE CRA AND PRESIDENT CELESTE GREIG
Partial Endorsement List:
Alexia Deligianni VP
Elsie Gufler VP
Karl Heft VP
George Park VP
Cliff Wagner VP
Craig Alexander Recording Sec
Janine Heft Corresponding Sec
Aaron F Park Sgt at Arms
Angel Zarobinski National Committeewoman
SD01 Director Tom Hudson
SD02 Director Norman Reece
SD03 Director Mike Denunzio
SD05 Director James Shoemaker
SD06 Director Steve Macias
SD08 Director Martin Gufler
SD13 Director Rohit Joy
SD16 Director Steve Frank
SD17 Director Bob Haueter
SD18 Director Larry Luketta
SD20 Director Val Cymbal
SD25 Director Rick Marshall
SD28 Director Thomas Vidal
SD30 Director Richard Rios
SD31 Director John Mitchell
SD32 Director Robert Rego
SD33 Director Jay Peterson
SD34 Director Steven Sarkis
SD35 Director Richard Nichols
SD36 Director Bob Kowell
SD37 Director Jason Zarobinski
SD38 Director Kevin Richardson
SD01 Dep Dir Jeff Atteberry
SD02 Dep Dir Mike Gomez
SD05 Dep Dir Greg Goehring
SD06 Dep Dir Carl Brickey
SD15 Dep Dir Mike Zimmerman
SD18 Dep Dir Paul Olson
SD20 Dep Dir Gary Aminoff
SD28 Dep Dir Bill Schmidt
SD32 Dep Dir Earl DeVries
SD34 Dep Dir Baron Night
SD35 Dep Dir Cao Cuong
SD36 Dep Dir Sylvia Sullivan
CRA Past Presidents:
Northern California CRA Units / Unit Presidents:
Colusa County RA
El Dorado RA
Fresno County RA
Glenn County RA
Greater Tulare RA
Humboldt County RA
Kern River Valley RA
Kings County RA
Modoc County RA
Nevada County RA
Placer County RA
Porterville Area RA
San Francisco RA
San Joaquin RA
San Mateo County RA
San Pedro Harbor RA
Santa Barbara RA
Shasta County RA
Southeast Kern RA
Southern Solano RA
Western Nevada RA
Southern California Units / Unit Presidents:
Buena Park RA
Chatsworth Northridge RA
Corona Del Mar RA
Costa Mesa RA
E San Diego County RA
Garden Grove RA
Greater Irvine RA
Laguna Beach RA
Newport Beach RA
Orange-Villa Park RA
Palos Verdes RA
Rancho Santa Margarita RA
San Bernardino Valley RA
San Pedro Harbor RA
Santa Ana RA
South Bay RA
South Orange County RA
Tri Cities RA
Tustin Area RA
West Valley RA
1. The Prop 14 Solution that passed was a wild-card solution that was a sneak-atttack from a Political Consultant Mike Spence and Congressman Tom McClintock. It was a brilliant strategy and an Idea that took the convention by storm.
There will now be a mail canvass to determine Republican nominees in every district. How it’s paid for and done is TBD I guess.
It puts an exclamation point on the upcoming CRA elections – with the fake units and consultant-controlled units coming out in force to protect the status-quo, the CRA Convention will be an interesting one for sure.
What’s at stake? The future of the CRA and the integrity of the CRA endorsement. www.contractwiththecra.com is one slate. The consultants that control the fake CRA units that exist only to send delegates to CRA endorsing conventions are the other slate / group (or are promoting it).
The CRA is a conservative stamp of approval and its’ presence in the new era of Prop 14 elections is a big deal. People covet it.
2. Mike Osborn was Elected CRP treasurer. There are some that think Mike Osborn drank the moderate kool-aid. I know Mike Osborn, I like Mike Osborn, he’ll be fine.
3. Hat Tip to David Reade and Team LaMalfa (including Karen England) for getting moderate Republican Arnie Zeiderman elected CRP Vice-Chair North. The vote was 83-55.
Robin Cook was endorsed by CRA, but her campaign got started too late and Reade & Co spent $10K to $15K buying hotel rooms and paying delegate registrations.
You’ll remember that Karen England is running for CRA President – the CRA is the most conservative grassroots group in California – yet Zeiderman who she supported told the Nevada County GOP that they needed to get away from their “Rigid Positions” and Compromise. Zeiderman also told Ed Rowen that he had no position on Abortion and had never read the GOP platform!
This is consistent with her opposition of CRA officers for local Central Committee office.
What CRP Vice-Chair race was – was a proxy fight for the upcoming Dan Logue-Jim Nielsen primary. Nielsen is the candidate that team LaMalfa will be supporting.
Will Ziederman have an impact on that race? Not likely, and I am not sure why they spent so much money unless it was an attempt to “get” Tom Hudson and Josh Cook again.
(insert sound of democrats laughing)
4. I got to re-connect with an old friend Dave Titus. He was one of the first Capitol Staff I ever met. He worked for Rico Oller at the time – he still looks like he is in his mid 30′s.
I fought more than one trench war alongside Dave Titus and his crew. Dave Titus is going to be Beth Gaines’ Cheif of Staff.
Did the Republican Party Convention change anything? No, not yet.
I asked several people while I was there if all these officer elections were going to change anything. None really had a straight answer.
Now the CRA? that’s a different story – people want the CRA’s support.
I am hopeful that Tom DelBecarro will bring some real change to the California GOP – because right now the California Republican Party couldn’t stop a nosebleed.
The CRA? There are still a few units that make an impact. If the Contract with the CRA wins – there will be a lot more. Those CRA units stand in stark contrast those that are shuffling the deck chairs on the CAGOP Titanic.
That’s what I believe.
Right here in my backyard, the Placer CRA raises money and provides volunteers! Now, wouldn’t that be cool to replicate statewide?
Think about it.