As major donors push the California GOP to the “center,” the following anonymous e-mail critical of party chairman, Ron Nehring, has been making the rounds of party activist inboxes.
THE RON REPORT — PRE-ELECTION EDITION.
I know what you’re asking. What do they mean pre-election edition? The election was just held. True. But the real election doesn’t happen until February 2009 when Chairman Ron Nehring runs for re-election as Party Chairman. That election for President we just had was just the “warm-up” act for the main event.
And to start, Chairman Ron welcomes his Board of Directors to the newly minted Democrat county of San Diego on Friday for a Board meeting where he will attempt to explain the following:
A) How John McCain lost California by the largest percentage of an Republican presidential candidate in over four decades
B) How under his watch Republicans have lost five counties in voter registration to the Democrats, including the important counties of San Diego, Ventura and San Bernardino
C) How Chairman Ron presided over the defeat of two open Republican Assembly seats both in southern California, one of which in San Diego
D) Why Chairman Ron sat in his car playing with his Blackberry instead of knocking on doors with one of the loosing Republican Assembly candidates
Two years ago the Grassroots Champion promised us that we would have an organization worthy of our ideas. So what failed, our organization, our ideas, or our Chairman?
From the campaign trail…the Ron Report heard over and over from candidates and their staff that the Chairman didn’t want to go out precinct walking with the candidates, and when he did make the trip he wouldn’t even get out of the car. One such campaign official in Riverside noted… I couldn’t believe what I saw. Nehring came to knock on doors, but all he did was sit in his car and play with his blackberry. Maybe Ron was too busy or too shy to actually meet voters. Talking to real people can be scary.
Candidates are also complaining that Nehring refused to make a single donor call to help our targeted districts. As legislators and board members were out making phone calls, raising money, and trying to salvage some of these races, Nehring was jet-setting around the world teaching people what he refused to do…build an organization by rolling up your sleeves and working….living up to the true adage, “Do as I say, not as I do” or the other appropriate adage “You got a problem? I got a flight to Dubai. Goodbye.”
But back here at home, our Republican Women’s Federated organization continues to do the heavy lifting in voter registration. According to one of our Women’s Federated – the San Diego Party only registered 1200 Republicans in the past year. That’s what happens when your San Diego County Chairman is being the bell boy for the Robin Leach of State Party Chairmen.
All that foreign travel has paid dividends.
Under Ron’s leadership the State Party had to deal with an immigration scandal that made us the laughing stock in the nation, and the butt of jokes on late night TV shows. Somehow Chairman Nehring never understood that hiring an illegal alien who sued the federal government, and hiring a Canadian citizen to be the Party’s political director, would cause a problem. It’s no wonder the Party sunk into debt, and no wonder that Chairman Nehring refused to ever pick up the phone and make one phone call to ask a donor for money – even though he teaches fundraising at the Leadership Institute.
The only person who should be more upset than Republican activists and donors is our good friend Sam Hardage from San Diego. Sam is Ron’s mentor and “benefactor.” We hear Sam pays Ron $160,000 a year to build a grassroots conservative movement in California. Sam should fire Ron and demand his money back for lack of productivity.
And so should we.