Editor’s Note: You decide
By Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views
“A people that wants to remain ignorant and free … wants what never has been and never will be” ~ Thomas Jefferson.”
The Big Story
How do those in power finance staying in power? The Ventura County Republican Central Committee is a great example. Led by Mike Osborn they did a Texas two step. At the last committee meeting his slate of candidates endorsed themselves for election/re-election. Should a Committee be allowed to endorse themselves? Conflict of Interest? Abuse of power?
Not enough. At a previous meeting a member BEGGED those present to give a donation (one person present, running for Central Committee was so moved that he donated $500 on the spot—not knowing his money was going to be used to defeat him!)—that night—“we have to be prepared for the November election” those present were told. Lots of money was collected. How was it spent? Osborn then used the money raised—from that night and membership dues to send mailers to Republican voters—paid for by “Membership Communication.” Instead of using the money to register voters, help our candidates, County Committee “endorsed” candidates got a mailer.
How do we KNOW this was a Mike Osborn mailer? The mailer and the flyer had Mike’s picture on it telling voters these were the people to vote for.
Now you know why people have little respect or trust for GOP leadership (Mike is on the CRP Board). Is it the role of a Central Committee to use its name and money, not to elect Republicans or defeat Democrats, but to continue its ownership of the Party?
LEGAL? Yes. Ethical, Moral—you decide. Should the candidates using donated money give the money back? Absolutely.
PARTY POWER: Both parties yesterday reported spending in the targeted races. Watching this spending gives you an idea (as if it wasn’t clear) where the games are being played. While most will be general election fights, propping up candidates in March is key strategically. (*=incumbent)
- California Democratic Party
- SD21: Kipp Mueller: $5,907
- SD28: Joy Silver: $7,268
- SD29: Josh Newman: $50,734
- AD55: Andrew Rodriguez: $1,960
- AD60: *Sabrina Cervantes: $924
- AD65: *Sharon Quirk-Silva: $1,386
- AD71: Elizabeth Lavertu: $1,386
- AD72: Diedre Nguyen: $28,912
- AD74: *Cottie Petrie-Norris: $924
- AD76: *Tasha Boerner Horvath: $2,079
- California Republican Party
- As of February 12, 2020—from the Nooner:
BALLOT UPDATE (COURTESY PDI):
- Ballots mailed: 15,809,409
- Ballots returned: 191,843
- Small price to pay for breaking the law: “Young immigrants face fee increase for DACA renewal,” by CalMatters’ Jacqueline Garcia: “Currently the cost of the biennial renewals is $495. But the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed increasing the fee to $765, a 55 percent hike.” Does not start to pay for the free education, health care, welfare benefits, being allowed to violate the law.
The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.
Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views. Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant. http://capoliticalnews.com/