It would appear that the California Republican Party, which held its state fall convention this weekend in Anaheim, is trying to change, after falling to a new low in last year’s elections. But is it working?
Tim Donnelly, a former Minuteman border watch leader who is the movement’s favored candidate for governor, rolled into the meeting to a standing ovation from nearly 200 tea party supporters, according to the L.A. Times.
A former Minuteman? Wow. No bueno. And the CRP also passed a resolution that would require voters to show identification before casting ballots. Clearly the CRP remains uninterested in Latino voters.
The CRP also approved a resolution supporting the repeal of a new state law requiring public schools to allow transgender students access to whichever restroom or locker room they want to use on a split vote.
That too is a misfire. When the GOP turned on the gay community they lost a lot of wealthy members who used to write checks to the party. Now they contribute to the Democratic Party. Going after the transgender bathroom bill will only remind these folks why they left the GOP in the first place.
I think the CRP would be a lot better off focusing on limiting the size and growth of our state and federal governments, fighting tax increases and opposing boondoggles like the proposed CA high speed rail. Well, on that note, the CRP did pass a resolution opposing high speed rail.
Other developments that came up at the CRP meeting included the fact that rich liberal Republican Charles Munger and a collection of unions has paid off the CRP’s debt. And former CRP Chairman Ron Nehring is now running the campaign of tax-raiser Abel Maldonado, who is running for Governor.
The Nehring/Maldonado coupling prompted Tea Party organizer Mark Meckler to say “I ask myself, is this the Republican party or have we now changed our name to the Loser and Traitor Party?”
Did the CRP get any other business done at their convention? Yes they did. The OC Political Blog reported that:
This morning, delegates at the California Republican Party (CRP) Convention in Anaheim voted to adopt the County-centric endorsement procedure for primary elections proposed by Mike Spence and Deborah Wilder, with the adoption of amendments incorporating portions of the Adam Abrahms procedure. (See the original proposals in OC Political’s Friday report on the convention.) These endorsement procedures apply to partisan offices (i.e. federal and state offices, but not local offices).
Under the new rules, for races for the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Senate, and the State Assembly, any Republican who is the sole Republican on the ballot is automatically endorsed by the California Republican Party, but if there is more than one Republican on the ballot, the following will apply:
- With at least five days’ notice, a meeting will be held with all Republican candidates in the affected race will appear before a County Central Committee, and that County Central Committee will vote to endorse a candidate by a 2/3 vote.
- If each County Central Committee that has at least 5% of the registered Republicans who can vote on a race endorses the same candidate, then the State Board of Directors may be a 2/3 vote endorse that candidate on behalf of the California Republican Party. Any one County Central Committee that has at least 5% of the registered Republicans who can vote on the race may issue a veto by making an explicit 2/3 vote of “No Endorsement” in that race.
More news about the CRP Convention:
- California tea party supporters revel in role in government shutdown
- GOP tensions on display at California convention
- California Republicans work to lift moribund party