Skip to comments.California Republican Party chooses new communications director (fmr. Clinton fundraiser)
Posted on 02/20/2006 6:31:17 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Patrick Dorinson, a former fundraiser in Bill Clinton's presidential campaign and former member of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration, has been selected as the new communications director of the California Republican Party.
There was no official confirmation from the party, which will hold its statewide convention this weekend in San Jose. Capitol sources said the decision to tap Dorinson, a Republican who served as the chief spokesman of the state's electricity grid during California's energy crisis, was reached several days ago. The party's official announcement was expected as early as Tuesday, but Dorinson confirmed his hiring today.
Dorinson, 54, currently a vice president with the Hill and Knowlton marketing and communications company, replaces Karen Hanretty, who recently left to open her own political strategy and public relations firm in Sacramento.
Dorinson's hiring comes at a turbulent time for state Republicans, who are divided over recent policies and appointments of the Republican governor. Schwarzenegger's decision to hire Susan Kennedy, a Democrat who served as a top figure in former Gov. Gray Davis' administration, and his proposal to borrow tens of billions of dollars to pay for an array of state capital improvements, are among a number of actions that have roiled Republicans.
Apparently, Dorinson's hiring was not vetted by the White House or Gov. Schwarzenegger.
"Yes, 2006 is a pivotal election for California, but I want to look beyond that to build a solid Republican foundation, to build toward a Republican majority in the Legislature," Dorinson told Capitol Weekly.
Dorinson at Capitol Weekly's request also provided a commentary for this week's print edition of Capitol Weekly, in which he described his political odyssey from Democrat to Republican. A version of the commentary was posted online today on Capitol Weekly's web site, www.capitolweekly.net.
A Democrat until 1997, Dorinson bolted the party after a series of personal and philosophical disagreements. "What I observed in Washington was a Congressional Democratic Party that had ossified into an oligarchy of powerful committee chairmen who, after 40 years in power, ran the Congress as their own private domain," he wrote.
"For someone who as a 12 year old in 1964 had a Barry Goldwater bumper sticker on his school binder, it feels like I have come home," Dorinson added.
A Democrat until 1997, Dorinson bolted the party after a series of personal and philosophical disagreements.
Coincidentally, Karen Hanretty is on H&C as I type this with Susan 'Estrus' as her "opposing" view proponent.
California has a Republican Party?
Another good reason to continue to boycot the Calfornia GOP.
They've got to choose Democrats. There aren't any Republicans in California.
California is gone. Prey for the 10.0 pointer that lays waste to that bastion of freaks.
We have people who call themselves a republican party. Their main reason for being is to raise funds so they can have meetings in Hawaii and Vegas. Their greatest fear is that they might win an election and have to govern. Do not feed the beast.
Maybe global warming can cause California to be swallowed by the sea.
Since the majority here in Calif are Dems and next are Republicans, yes by all means boycott the GOP. When you
put in more Dems don't bitch.
Though I am a native of this state, most are from other states and bring their own views. Calif can be bashed but
only bashing out of state people living here.
Not to long before Reagan was elected Gov. of Calif. he was
I'm in California. So are a great number of FReepers. Should we be offended or is your comment only rhetorical?
Frankly, I get tired of reading this sh*t, especially on Free Republic. California is home to over 10% of the US population and guess what? We're not all freaks, hippies, homos, pederasts or whatever socially undesirable classification you'd like to jam us into because you're too intellectually lazy to think about it.
California conservatives are trying to hold the line against a rising tide of socialist schemers who are slowly ruining our state.
Consider: The California economy is the 5th or 6th largest in the world. What do you think the national ramifications would be should we founder?
Thanks for your support...
Calif, home of JR and Freerepublic
2004 election results
There are a lot of us here holding back the loony liberals
Whoops, rhetorical, sarcasm, etc. I was born in CA and also have family there.
Quite holding and start pushing.
I'm watching the H&C replay too.
Why are you on a web site that is from the land of the "bastion of freaks"?
Yeah, right. /sarc
Was hoping that a quake from CA would wipe out Pudget Sound...LOL
1975, received a B.S. degree in history and political science from the University of Oregon in 1975
1984 - 1988, worked as a media consultant to the Shorenstein Company and as Public Relations Director for Chronicle Videotex, Inc.
Exact dates unknown. Served in Gore's Senate Campaigns. Also worked as a consultant to Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and Texas Governor Ann Richards.
1988, California State Director of the Gore for President campaign.
1991 - 1992, Western States Finance Director for the Clinton campaign and for the D.N.C. during the 1992 presidential campaign.
Nov 1991 - Nov 1992, joined the Clinton for President campaign committee as finance director for the western states during the 1992 primaries. He performed the same duties for the Democratic National Committee during the general election.
July 1993, appointed by President Clinton as Associate Administrator for Public Affairs for the General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C. acting as the GSA's chief spokesman. Described as prior corporate affairs director to the Clinton-Gore Presidential Inaugural Committee who had served as a political consultant and fund-raiser for several presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns.
March 1994, fired from position at GSA.
Oct 1996 - July 1997, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications for the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
Dec 1997 - June 2001, Spokesman/Director of communications for the California Independent System Operator in Sacramento, which controls the state power grid.
Apr 2001 - July 2003, Spokesman for Atlanta based Mirant Corp., a marketer of natural gas and electricity in the US, Caribbean and the Philippines and operator of power plants. Mirant was previously known as Southern Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Southern Company that was spun-off as a separate publicly traded company in 2001. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2003. Mirant has been the subject of investigation by FERC, the DOJ, CPUC, the California Senate, the California State Auditor, Californias Electricity Oversight Board (the EOB), the General Accounting Office of the United States Congress, the San Joaquin District Attorney and the Attorney Generals offices of the States of Washington, Oregon and California and also the target of several lawsuits in California and elsewhere alleging market manipulation, etc. Mirant emerged from bankruptcy in January 2006.
October 2003, "Bus captain" on the Schwarzenegger campaign trail. Matt Labash writes in this article from the Weekly Standard: My bus is initially acceptable. Our "bus captain," Patrick Dorinson, a former flack for a failing energy company, does a flawless Arianna Huffington impression, which he regularly treats us to over the PA system: "Oooo, sir! That's such a good idea. Let's have a hand for ze man vith ze good idea! I'm going to put that idea in my new constitution."
Jan 2004 - Mar 2005, Spokesman for the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Sunne Wright McPeak.
Dec 2004 - Jan 2005, Spokesman and contact for the Council on Base Support and Retention (co-chaired by Democrat Leon Panetta and Republican Donna Tuttle).
June 2005, Hired by Hill & Knowlton as senior vice president in its public affairs practice to be based in Sacramento. Described as a veteran political consultant and government affairs specialist.
Feb 2006, Appointed communications director of the California Republican Party.
(MeneMeneTekelUpharsin, I pinged you because you seem to be the resident expert on Mirant).
clinton,gore,shorenstein.. those names alone should be enough to give someone the willies (and I don't mean Wilie Brown either)
Shorenstein didn't ring a bell for me. Who are they?
Walter has a long history in California. mostly backing dems and wheeling and dealing in real estate etc.
Opensecrets has a lot of hits if ya plug him in there.
Another New York transplant, huh? ;-)
Shorenstein, Walter Herbert
85 , Self made
Source: Real Estate, Real estate
Net Worth: $900 mil
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Marital Status: widowed , 2 children
Education: BA/BS from U of Pennsylvania
Long Island-born mogul served in WWII, then joined a San Francisco commercial real estate brokerage 1946. Bought out boss 1960, renamed firm Shorenstein Co. Now controls more than 25% of downtown S.F. office space; also manages 30 major buildings in New York, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Phoenix, Kansas City, New Orleans and Nashville. Steadfast Democratic Party supporter; received DNC's Lifetime Achievement Award 1997. In memory of daughter Joan, he and late wife founded Harvard center on press, politics. Son, Douglas, is Shorenstein chief executive; daughter Carol, a Tony Award-winning theatrical producer. Member since 1982.
Caption this one "Arnold's run to the left picks up steam..."
There is no republican party in california, there is only democrat and democrat lite.
Paul Begala would make the perfect chairman for the California GOP.
But Begala isn't a Californian. Perhaps Leon Panetta or Tony Coelho are interested.
I don't think it's a "run to the left," more like a nice steady jaunt. Look back at his first actions--his environmental policy, the borrowing, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. This isn't a leap or shift. It's like the tortoise and the hare (Arnold is definitely the hare) as the state moves steadily and solidly left.
Recent events certainly make it appear more of a "run" to me. In any event, we can probably agree his image grows smaller as he tacks leftward...
I'll admit, your man seems to be sprinting of late, lol.