For those of you in a vacuum – you probably are not aware of the arena fight now that a new arena has been approved for the kings.
A lot of us here in the Placer CRA are not King’s fans. Some, even less so after some of our local GOP electeds decided to grandstand on the issue.
It seems a group has shown up to run an initiative to gut the project. Then, recently the prime funder of the effort turns out to be a jilted suitor for the Kings from Seattle.
It gets worse, GOP consultant Tab Berg waited until the day before the revelation to leave as the consultant – not two weeks ago when it appears everyone found out.
Why is that significant? In the intervening two weeks, Berg pulled in a bunch of markers and rammed down an endorsement of the no on arena effort by the Sac GOP – who incidentally shut down all debate and discussion to do so.
OOPS. Now Berg has taken his cut and run and the Sac GOP is left holding the bag.
Oh, and don’t look now – but the Sac GOP is getting an FPPC anal exam. They just got served recently over the California Republican Leadership Fund debaucle. The CRLF was a money operation that was used to fund mostly moderate Republican candidates in target districts… mostly by Charles Munger.
That brings us to Stanislaus. Yikes.
Unlike the article that Dave Gilliard and Doug LaMalfa got planted in the Bee three years ago about nebulous and never proven charges against Placer… there was an article in the Modesto Bee about Stanislaus.
There are several problems. Donations over $32,500, coordination, the decisions made without the knowledge and consent of the full committee and the like. The same goes for Sacramento, apparently.
Contrast this to Placer where Dave Gilliard is purportedly still pushing the moderates (who were helped in to control by the local Tea Party and the local electeds) to try and get the former Chair and Treasurer hauled in front of the grand jury.
If the story about Gilliard pulling the strings is true, it looks like it is too bad for him as there are real problems elsewhere that the FPPC is chasing.
So when the local Tea Party members brag about getting rid of the old guard – in favor of Mike Holmes and Jon Green (both of whom are over 70) and others… maybe they should take a look at the articles about other Cent Coms. But, we digress, it might take the fun out of a witch hunt and require unheard of discernment from the Tea Party.
Now, we actually feel sorry for Charles Munger in all of this. Why? While we still fault him for attacking Conservatives in R vs R races while we lost 8 legislative seats – he spent a ton of money trying to win a few other races. (Tateishi, Rios, Zink, etc.) They all lost.
Now, the funding vehicle is being dismantled because the people that put it together didn’t do their job right and tried to tightly control everything, which will cost them everything…
… which closes the loop… control lost 8 seats, control has several cent coms in a state of chaos and we get to sit here blogging about it all. (While trying to figure out how to win an election or two in 2014…)
How many of you remember the AD-03 Race in 2012?
Tehama County Supervisor Bob Williams ran against Assemblyman Dan Logue in 2012. Dave Gilliard talked Bob Williams in to spending $50k +/- (of his own money, no less) running against Dan Logue. In addition, Bob Williams is in debt – as Dave Gilliard typically spends all of his clients in to substantial debt.
Invariably, Williams was promised the pole position in the 2014 AD03 race.
Bob Williams was used. Dave Gilliard and David Stafford Reade knew 100% that Doug LaMalfa was going to quit the State Senate after winning his Congressional Primary.
The purpose of Williams running was to bleed money off of Dan Logue, making it much more difficult for Logue to compete with Jim Nielsen.
Then Logue’s Kidney kicked in, Nielsen won without a fight.
Bob Williams, no longer useful to Dave Gilliard and David Stafford Reade found his way under the David Stafford Reade bus. (With Willie Preston and others)
James Gallagher is now the chosen favorite – he has the endorsements of Gentleman Jim and Doug LaMalfa. Gallagher is also Dave Gilliard’s latest paycheck in the North State.
Too bad for Gallagher, he is a lawyer that Gilliard is trying to re-brand. (Gilliard seems to have a pattern of re-branding candidates, like taking someone that has never held an insurance license and transforming them into an owner of an insurance agency).
Gallagher has an opponent – Ryan Schohr, a real farmer. Looks like the reverse of Keene vs LaMalfa. This should be fun – and it would not surprise me if there are a few pissed off people in Tehama County looking to assist his effort.
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Of these Four – Only AD67 was an R vs R race. However, these districts illustrate the further consequences of Connie Conway’s deal with Charles Munger and the self-focus of the GOP leadership.
Craig Huey in AD66 got left to the wolves. He lost by about 9 percentage points and could have won easily.
A PAC calling itself Californians for Fiscal Accountability spent $508,271.95 attacking Craig Huey. A look at their donors reveals a list of suspects that should surprise no one:
California Association of Realtors, California Dental Association, the SEIU, AFSCME and the Educational Employees Union!
What was spent on Craig Huey’s Behalf? Zero. Nada. Zilch. But – Huey did indeed have a RINO challenger in the Primary to bleed money off of him.
Once again, Craig Huey is a Conservative Christian and, therefore was likely never given serious consideration for support by GOP leadership.
AD41: Donna Lowe also lost by less than 10. This district was identified as a “target district” yet Lowe did not receive a dime in independent support from anywhere.
AD61: This is a district that got attention by Charles Munger. Batey got a little bit of money from Howard Ahmundson in the Primary in support and got $65,447.26 from Charles Munger via the Spirit of Democracy. However, William Batey was a train-wreck and lost by 21 points. Again – the one race that money was spent on ended up being a complete disaster.
AD67: This race pitted a Dave Gilliard Client, Phil Paule against Melissa Melendez (endorsed by CRA) in the runoff. Phil Paule was the establishment choice.
True to form – Howard Ahmundson rode in on behalf of a Gilliard Client – in this case with $34,000 attacking Melendez and $16,500 on behalf of Phil Paule. Again, this was a waste of resources in an R vs R race.
This race featured the usual Dave Gilliard dirty tricks – a racist mailer against Melissa Melendez and an organization pulled their endorsement of Melissa Melendez late in the campaign. I believe that this was at the behest of Dave Gilliard as I have seen this pattern repeat itself several times, especially when Gilliard’s client is losing.
Melendez ended up winning by a fairly comfortable, yet close margin.
AD65 – this is a seat that the dems snaked by about 5,000 votes. This was the Chris Norby seat. It is the opinion of this blogger that the Republican leadership was still angry at Chris Norby for beating their heir-apparent in 2010 and left him to swing. Also, Norby is very conservative so the chance of Munger helping him was nil.
The Orange County Police Officer’s Union came after Norby (to settle a score dating back to when he was supervisor?) with $123,098.36.
JobsPAC and Howard Ahmundson came in way late with a combined $35k on Norby’s behalf – way too little, too late. I’ll bet Conway wishes some of the millions spent in R vs R races found its’ way to AD65? What about the $65k wasted on Batey?
AD41 – Lowe down by 9.5
AD66 – Huey down by 9.5
AD61 – Batey down by 22 with support
AD67 – money wasted on an R vs R race
AD65 – Republican Seat Lost because of too little, too late support.
But, they stopped Rico Oller, Andy Pugno, Sherry Hodges, Gregg Imus (all of whom are Conservatives and leaders)!?
To be continued…
Remember this is the same Dave Gilliard that got lit up for racist mailers and for mailers that were bald-faced and outright lies.
As is a custom for political consultants – they send out Press Releases bragging about the results of elections. Sometimes they also reference settling personal scores in the press releases – like Dave Gilliard’s complicity in getting Charles Munger to attack the Placer GOP for not kissing the ring of his client Beth Gaines.
You’ll note that Gilliard omits the $200k he made off of the CAGOP before bailing out on Prop 40 and the IE’s he ran ostensibly to benefit democrat Larry Agran of Irvine.
ROCKLIN, CA — Clients of the political consulting firm of Gilliard Blanning & Associates Inc. won outright, or came in first, in 17 of 20 races on Tuesday, with one race still too close to call. (As of today, the number drops to 15.)
Included in the list were two high profile races in Northern California. In the first Congressional district, Doug LaMalfa was the top vote-getter and will face Democrat Jim Reed in November. LaMalfa defeated Republican rival and former Senator Sam Annestad in the hard fought race to represent the rural district. In the 6th Assembly district, Beth Gaines was the top vote-getter in a furious race against fellow Republican, Andy Pugno. Gaines will face Democrat Regy Bronner in November. (Oops – Andy Pugno made the runoff and omitted from this email was mention of the $450k from uber-liberal Charles Munger in to Beth Gaines. Also omitted: the Nomilaki Band of Lusenio Indians that poured money in to both candidates, using the services of Carlos Rodriguez whose office is next door to Dave Gilliard’s. Cozy. Coordination of Independent expenditures is allegedly illegal.)
In Riverside County, GBA client Jeff Miller received 51% in his Senate race in SD 31, beating second place finisher Richard Roth by over 22 points. GBA client Phil Paule was the top vote-getter in AD 67 and is well positioned to win the conservative district in November. (Phil Paule went down in flames as did Jeff Miller in November)
In Orange County, every one of GBA’s clients won and the GBA led campaign for Allan Mansoor in AD 74 for the Orange County Republican Party routed Leslie Daigle, who had nearly $1 million in outside help that proved futile. (Please note that Munger went after Mansoor with $700k – in the mind of Gilliard this was bad, but the $450k in to Beth Gaines was good… )
All told, GBA helped elect clients at all levels of state and local government, including races for Judge, County Supervisor, Assembly, Senate and U.S. Congress. GBA also produced direct mail that helped elect much needed new blood to the Placer County Republican Central Committee.
Dave Gillard teamed up with Charles Munger to teach the conservatives on the Placer GOP Cent Com a lesson for not supporting the Gaines… who are both irrelevant now.
And then there was the independent expenditure to help Democrat Larry Agran… (who lost)
As I write this – Chris Norby just conceded defeat. This is the final seat the dems needed for their supermajority in the assembly.
The leadership of the GOP never liked Norby. He beat their hand-picked candidate the last cycle and he certainly was not a vote for Connie Conway. They let him swing and put no resources in to him whatsoever.
Meantime – $700k in to Beth Gaines, because the author of Prop 8 had to be stopped. $400k of it at least was from Charles Munger.
Munger – $250K in to a the Safe SD-04 race for Jim Nielsen. This was Nielsen’s reward for leading Charles Munger’s attempt to gut the Republican Party Platform.
Charles Munger – $175k in to a Doug LaMalfa-backed effort to try and stop Brian Dahle in AD01. Other interests poured in $225k for a total of $400k spent in another R vs R race. Dahle won anyway.
AD-05: $600K+ spent by groups trying to stop Rico Oller in, you guessed it, another R vs R race.
Got all that – $2Million Plus spent in safe R districts in just the north state trying to elect moderates more to the liking of Charles Munger, Connie Conway and those that crave control.
Paul Cook in CD-08 running against minuteman founder Gregg Imus drew $750K of Charles Munger’s money – an R vs R race while Bono-Mack and Brian Bilbray lost to Democrats. Both of them are regarded as moderates (aka people Munger should have supported) and both got only token amounts for the CAGOP establishment.
Dan Lungren got some help – but none from the CAGOP establishment, he lost.
Tony Strickland got nothing. He lost.
Abel Maldonado, the most Liberal Republican California has to offer, was obviously to Charles Munger’s liking as he got $1.2 million in IE’s but still lost.
Pedro Rios (another seat in the assembly we needed to hold) got about $200k in assorted IE’s but was swamped by the Dems. Charles Munger was nowhere to be found.
A terrible candidate named William Batey in AD-61 benefited from about $300k of Munger’s money after Munger helped muscle out the conservatives in the primary. Batey lost.
Munger did spend big bucks in the AD-76 Primary attacking Conservative Sherry Hodges in favor of RINO Rocky Chavez another R vs R race that drew roughly $400k.
The Target State Senate Races? Lost 3 of 4. The only one that was won was Bill Berryhill who managed to get about $750k spent on his behalf. Where was Munger?
Todd Zink lost. Jeff Miller lost. George Plescia Lost.
Republican Central Committee Races? They drew a combined $200k of Munger’s Money – it was necessary to reward lemmings and punish anyone with independent thought…
… and the money poured in to R vs R runoffs. Congratulations Charles Munger and Republican Leadership you earned irrelevance.
Hey, but Beth Gaines voted for Connie Conway to remain Assembly Permanent Minority Leader! (And Dave Gilliard got to keep a paycheck)
P.S. Not mentioned – the $35 million Munger wasted on Prop 32.