This post is an editorial from Placer CRA Editorial Board-Member Aaron F Park.
Rodney Stanhope – why was he a candidate? Why was he even viable for even a short time? And why did this blog have to annhiliate him?
It is simple. An Epic Fail of leadership in the California Republican Party and in the Conservative Movement.
Harmeet Dhillon is not a liberal, she never was – but because she is from San Francisco and is a Sikh – several out there got rooted in their skepticism. But, no one in the Conservative Movement could recruit or tried to recruit a third candidate in to the Dhillon vs Stanhope race.
The California Republican Assembly (the CRA) – the top Conservative Group in California, refused to endorse either Dhillon or Stanhope out of concerns over Rodney’s character (none of the stuff posted on this blog was known yet) and concerns over the much-railed-on association of Dhillon with the ACLU.
I was drawn in to this race when the CRA’s email list was used by a political consultant with the President of the CRA’s blessing to launch attacks against Dhillon that included some erroneous information and a ton of hyperbolae.
It appeared that the CRA was supporting Stanhope.
Many leaders in the CRA were shocked and angered by the unilateral action.
I have known Rodney for 11 years and have always had concerns about his character – having witnessed firsthand an affair on his then wife during a campaign in 2004. I’ve seen him get canned from multiple campaigns, launch profanity laden rants, drink excessively and the stories I’ve heard are legion.
But – I was personally unprepared for the horrific details and the sheer volume of his life pattern.
I was prepared for the Local (defined as Sacramento Area) Tea Party’s response. I have had a negative interaction with many local tea parties for years. Starting in 2009 when several local tea parties were infiltrated by political operatives and used to settle political scores – I have seen them as agents of chaos in the political process. I’ve know many of them to respond to single issues and to refuse reason even when shown irrefutable evidence otherwise.
Witness their attacks against Harmeet for her alleged opposition to the conservative GOP platform while supporting Jim Nielsen who actually made the motion to adopt the “liberal munger platform” in the drafting committee in 2011. It should also be noted that Stanhope was on that platform committee and was no-show to several if not all the meetings.
The Local Tea Parties’ credibility is forever damaged by their conduct in this campaign – including trashing Harmeet for her Sikh faith, using the name of a Tea Party leader from another area to launch an attack without her consent (aka fraud) and their consistent ignorance of the facts of Rodney Stanhope’s lifelong war on women should give many pause before identifying with them.
For as much as I respect Harmeet Dhillon as a leader – I went to war to save the CRA’s credibility. Rodney Stanhope thinks it is all about him. It is typical of alcoholics to believe that everything is about them. I decided to go 100% public with my sobriety to both establish the basis as to why I believe Rodney is an alcoholic and to establish that I was not claiming moral superiority as I started exposing his record.
Rodney has been caught in multiple lies trying to explain himself. Three separate women tried to get restraining orders against him – they put copies of profanity laced threats and communication in the court documents – but if you ask Rodney, they are all lying since the Judge didn’t grant the requests.
Rodney has called people and sent them messages threatening them (to sue them and otherwise) over the disclosures on this blog.
Rodney has been hit with 6 tax liens, been sued for bad checks, had a contempt hearing for back child support, and appears to have taken money from one girlfriend to pay child support to an ex-wife. But everything is just a lie. He’s the victim here.
Rodney was on probation for assault until 2011 and he is still under the terms of a mediated settlement for a harassment complaint until 6/2013.
The CRA on the other hand is without excuse for giving aid and comfort to Rodney. The 14 Principles of CRA are at complete odds with who Rodney Stanhope is. Sending anonymous emails – even if the cause was to try to recruit a third candidate in to the race against a dues-paying CRA member (Dhillon) was not justifiable under any circumstances as it overrode the decision of the board of directors not to endorse.
Those that acted in the name of the CRA failed. The Tea Party Failed.
When I came to on the floor of my apartment 10 years ago – I came face to face with my own addiction to alcohol. The only hope for me was that I got honest with myself and admitted my life was a mess. I found God at the lowest point in my life. Once I stopped blaming other people – my life turned around. I have not taken a drink since.
The Tea Parties in the local area here need to get honest with themselves – they were used to elect some of the very liberal “RINO’s” that they allegedly were formed to fight against. Many in local Tea Parties have given aid and comfort to those that tried to destroy the very GOP platform they claim to support and have marginalized themselves because their arrogance won’t let them admit that they’ve been sucked in to a vortex chasing “a true Conservative” while completely ignoring character.
The rise of the candidacy of Rodney Stanhope was just the symptom of the team failure of the Conservative / Tea Party Movement.
In the time I have been active in GOP politics – I have not seen a better team than Brulte and Harmeet Dhillon. Their job has an extreme chance of failure… the damage is extensive. Let’s hope that this vice-chair fight was the end of the failure of leadership…
… and let’s hope that Rodney Stanhope will finally stop his destructive patterns. Everywhere he has gone, Galt, Sacramento, Solano County, El Dorado County there is a trail of people he has used. Rodney needs help, not your vote for CRP Vice-Chair.
Unless Rodney can get honest with himself and admit his problem – there is little or no hope for his future.
Update: Received this message from a candidate who will remain un-named:
Early in the Campaign I wrote Rodney a check for his bill. He freaked out when it was to him personally. He needed the money desperately but gave it back to me and said change it to Space Promotions, his wife’s company. He told me at the time it was because of unpaid child support.
Why have they not pulled his Driver’s license?
We’ve documented here with court documents, eyewitness testimony and personal experience that Rodney Stanhope should have no place in leadership of anything.
If his threats against several women weren’t bad enough including the actual attempt to blackmail one in to not suing him, we’ve also uncovered evidence that Mr. Stanhope did not pay his child support to wife #2.
Mr. Stanhope ended up in court for a contempt hearing over 11 months of back child support.
In a different court filing – he bounced a check to the court. This meshes well with the other reports of getting sued for bounced checks and his apparently having still unsatisfied tax liens.
If you read the divorce documents between Rodney and his 2nd Ex-Wife – you will realize that there are several instances of court-ordered drug tests. 2 hair tests and one urine test. There is also a notation that Mr. Stanhope was ordered to take a drug test immediately following the particular hearing.
As part of the divorce – Stanhope was ordered to pay $350 a month in child support. He paid $25 according to the documents in an 11-month period.
The $4000 borrowed from apparent blackmail victim Regina Karsh to pay child support was referenced on March of 2006. The above-referenced court document shows a contempt hearing in July of 2007.
It seems that there may have been more than one instance of Rodney failing to pay child support. He also appears to have been ordered to pay $300 a month to his first wife as well (I broke the link to those court docs as they were un-redacted). Any reasonable person would easily conclude that wife #1 hasn’t gotten much and may well have just moved on.
We’ve established that Rodney appears to have used bully tactics to take money from women and then not repay it. He’s been liened several times by government agencies and here is evidence of getting hammered for back child support – which there is no clear evidence has been paid, caught up or anything.
Many of the Jobs we have known Rodney to have in recent years are “cash jobs” making wage garnishment impossible.
The GOP is 800,000 in debt. Why would anyone in their right mind elect someone like this to help balance the books?
The GOP has been getting hammered by the dems for an imaginary “War on Women”. Could you imagine what kind of ammo having this guy as Vice-Chairman of the California Republican Party would give them?
To be continued with the finale…
R Karsh was the victim here.
Rodney Stanhope is quick to point out that the restraining order was denied by the judge. He omits that there was a temporary restraining order.
The details of this case are lurid at best. Again, we apologize to Regina K and her family as it appears that she has moved on nicely.
in an email sent Tuesday March 21, 2006 to Jeff Allen, Ken Barnes, Jeff Rainforth (who Rodney worked for as a candidate) and two others I don’t recognize – Rodney Stanhope threatened Regina K:
P.S. Really, I am getting tired of this, I am getting married and both I and my Girl are really tired of her crap – So seriously if I get one more piece of shit from her – And I’m for real – I will forward all of her communications to my entire Email blast list which amazingly contains the state wide College Republican contact list – you since I ran Volunteer for Tony (Strickland) it was easy to get & It was very easy to get the emails of all Professors at Sac State and each and every club president – Amazing what you can get online – Not to mention my blasts to all of her friends which is also very easy! Just a little cut and paste! So, really I ope you see what has been happening and let her know Back to Fuck off or else! A man can only be pushed so far before he decides to lash out and I am past that point with her shit – I don’t want to I just want her to go away and never contact me again – I will and have moved on and got no problem forgetting she ever existed – Get my point – Do u feel me!!!!
So, there you have it. The one true conservative for CRP Vice Chair threatened to “Out” Regina as a stripper to all the Republicans he had emails for + throw in the Sac State Professors to boot!
Talk about a GOP war on women! No wonder why Regina left the GOP. (And the El Dorado victim also in 2012)
The documents are replete with F-Bombs in all caps and the like. There is one other nugget (pardon the pun) in the documents… (rodney again)
Oh and the whole deformed nut sack thing – Yeah I don’t get that since you didn’t have a problem with it while we were dating! Are furthermore – do you or anyone you know think that’s funny!!!?????? Really????
Not since Bill Clinton has someone’s anatomy been part of the political dialogue.
Why did Rodney threaten Regina? It appears from looking at all the documents that Regina had lent Rodney $4,000 to pay child support that was in arrears. (There are references to in the declarations) She was preparing to go to small claims court to try and get a judgement because again, Rodney wasn’t paying his bills.
The blackmail attempt appears to have been done to try and keep Regina out of court. It is unclear if Regina ever filed a case for the money.
More on Child Support and Ex-Wives… to be continued.
Remember the Moon Case? There is a solid reference in there to Mr. Stanhope admitting Meth Use. May 2008
We got copies of more court documents and they are replete with references to Rodney’s Meth Use and alcohol abuse.
Dated March 21, 2006 from ex-girlfriend Regina K, who arguably got Rodney’s wrath worse than any of the other women documented here. “I truly believe he’s using drugs again… the meth that he’s admitted to using before“.
As we continued through the court documents with regard to the Alcohol Abuse again:
“He drank at least one drink every day. Most days he drank multiple beers, or glasses of wine, or shots of vodka or tequilla…” (The details as they continue are of graphic sexual nature and are too strong to even be posted here.)
Can you see the Headlines in the media? we sure can.
If you read the details of the harassment case in 2012 – The thing that set Rodney off against the petitioner was that she suggested that he get help for his drinking problem.
We have heard reports of Rodney reeking of alcohol at public appearances as recently as a few weeks ago.
People, including one of the authors of this blog have gotten text messages at 2AM as recently as a few weeks ago – the court documents are replete with F-Bomb laced tirades.
The court documents also show that on December 23, 2005 Rodney called Regina at 3am and threatened to kill himself if she did not give the relationship another chance.
The future Vice-Chair of the California GOP?
All we have heard are excuses, the court documents have been altered, she lied, they lied, never a shred of responsibility for anything documented. Even worse, we’ve heard conflicting stories told to different people about the same event… more on that, soon…
Regarding Regina K – the victim here… we have found out that despite the drama in the middle of her education, that she did indeed finish college. In fact, she got a masters’ degree and Is married with two children.
We would like to apologize to Mrs. K for the characterization of her as a stripper. We, like many got our information about her from Rodney and through second hand political gossip. And we have more to say about the smearing of Regina Karsh by Mr. Stanhope …
… to be continued…
One Civil Harassment Case – you can explain, but two? And the second less than a year ago?
Rodney Stanhope has a way with words. His prodigious use of the F-Bomb is legendary.
A couple of Women in El Dorado County found out. The situation was in June 2012 when a little girl, Linnea Lomax went missing. We recall personally when Rodney was posting on his facebook page and tweeting incessantly about it.
Apparently – during the course of the search, many became concerned about Rodney’s behavior and his motives in participating in the search. The person that requested the restraining order did so because she feared for her safety. She indicated to us that she has know Rodney since high school.
Apparently, the issues started when the High School Friend of Rodney suggested that he needed help related to his substance abuse. (Her words) Rodney apparently became enraged and started his established pattern.
Please refer to pages 8 and 9 of the civil complaint – the police report. The report details multiple profanity laden threats from Mr. Stanhope.
The first threat read – “I hope someday it’s your daughter. Don’t bother asking for help” and the second message said, “You think its’ bad now. It’s just begun“. Rodney Stanhope had returned to his pattern of abusive behavior toward Woman he disagreed with or didn’t get what he wanted from.
Remember – this occurred last summer while Mr. Stanhope was still under the conditions of the mediated settlement with the Moon Family.
For reasons I am unaware of, the Judge did not grant a restraining order. The other source for this information said that she seriously considered sleeping with a gun on her nightstand because she had similar fears as the petitioner.
The police report continues with Rodney cursing out the deputy when the deputy spoke to him. He told the officer that when the Petitioner suggested he needed help that she could “take her little prayer” and “bullshit” that he needs help and stay out of his life.
He referred to a well-known political activist as the petitioner’s “stupid little bitch friend Roesanne“. And Mr. Stanhope seeks to be the State Vice Chairman of the GOP.
On 07/03/2012 at 248AM – aka the middle of the night after the 07/02/2012 call with the deputy – Rodney Stanhope text messaged the petitioner with a text that said, “Hahahahaha game on”. It appears that 2-3AM is one of Mr. Stanhope’s primary times for sending text messages. We are sure that other CRP board members will not be looking forward to those should Stanhope win.
As a footnote – it was reported to me that the day after the complaint was filed, that the petitioner’s car had its’ tires damaged (poked, partially slashed, etc) and the following day the car was “keyed”.
This would be consistent with photographing a school and leaving peanut shells near the front door of the house of an adversary with a severe peanut allergy.
Just the facts from the court documents are enough to embarrass all but the most insane for supporting Rodney Stanhope for anything.
P.S. As we understand it, Linnea Lomax committed suicide. After her body was found, Rodney sent the following facebook message to both Women who were the source of this blog:
“Take a real fucking close look at where they found Linnea and where Channel filmed me and my friends searching – Do you have any idea how sad and hurt I am that you 2 bitches attacked me that day because of the news and upset me so bad I gave up and didn’t walk 40 more yards. We would have found her that day!! Fuck both of you! There is a reason you can both rot in hell. this is your fault. Add that to your fucking prayers!!”
Rodney Stanhope, the “True Conservative” for CRP Vice Chair.