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California Republican Party chooses new communications director (fmr. Clinton fundraiser)
Capitol Weekly ^ | 2/20/06 | John Howard

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: calappointment; california; chooses; clintonfundraiser; communications; director; dorinson; republicanparty
I'm sure Barry would be proud of his work for Clinton
1 posted on 02/20/2006 6:31:21 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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A Democrat until 1997, Dorinson bolted the party after a series of personal and philosophical disagreements.


2 posted on 02/20/2006 6:32:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Coincidentally, Karen Hanretty is on H&C as I type this with Susan 'Estrus' as her "opposing" view proponent.


3 posted on 02/20/2006 6:35:20 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

California has a Republican Party?


4 posted on 02/20/2006 6:39:11 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Mohammad's da bomb.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Another good reason to continue to boycot the Calfornia GOP.


5 posted on 02/20/2006 6:41:19 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (A Liberal: One who demands half of your pie, because he didn't bake one.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They've got to choose Democrats. There aren't any Republicans in California.


6 posted on 02/20/2006 6:42:12 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: NormsRevenge

California is gone. Prey for the 10.0 pointer that lays waste to that bastion of freaks.


8 posted on 02/20/2006 6:51:59 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

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.


9 posted on 02/20/2006 6:52:06 PM PST by stop_fascism
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe global warming can cause California to be swallowed by the sea.


10 posted on 02/20/2006 7:04:12 PM PST by OldFriend (MSM ~ controversy, crap, & confusion.....compliments of Alan Simpson)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham; All

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
a Democrat.


11 posted on 02/20/2006 7:52:34 PM PST by SoCalPol (I Would Rather Go Hunting With Cheney Than Go For A Car Ride With Ted Kennedy)
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To: Lancer_N3502A
"California is gone. Prey for the 10.0 pointer that lays waste to that bastion of freaks."

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...

12 posted on 02/20/2006 9:23:28 PM PST by telebob
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To: telebob

Calif, home of JR and Freerepublic


13 posted on 02/20/2006 9:35:22 PM PST by SoCalPol (I Would Rather Go Hunting With Cheney Than Go For A Car Ride With Ted Kennedy)
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To: Lancer_N3502A
What a ridiculous thing to say.

2004 election results

California

Bush 44%

Kerry 54%

There are a lot of us here holding back the loony liberals

14 posted on 02/20/2006 9:51:16 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: telebob

Whoops, rhetorical, sarcasm, etc. I was born in CA and also have family there.


15 posted on 02/20/2006 11:34:34 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: 1035rep

Quite holding and start pushing.


16 posted on 02/20/2006 11:35:13 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: NormsRevenge


I'm watching the H&C replay too.


17 posted on 02/20/2006 11:37:00 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: Lancer_N3502A

Why are you on a web site that is from the land of the "bastion of freaks"?


18 posted on 02/20/2006 11:39:13 PM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham


Yeah, right. /sarc


19 posted on 02/20/2006 11:40:34 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: nickcarraway

Was hoping that a quake from CA would wipe out Pudget Sound...LOL


20 posted on 02/21/2006 5:10:37 AM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: NormsRevenge
Here's a summary from various news articles of Mr. Dornison's career. Note, the date ranges could be longer than indicated, spanning earlier or later time periods. The dates were the first and last reference found in articles referring to his various posts. He seemed to be at the heart of California's energy crisis.

Patrick R. C. Dorinson

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, California’s Electricity Oversight Board (the “EOB”), the General Accounting Office of the United States Congress, the San Joaquin District Attorney and the Attorney General’s 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.


21 posted on 02/21/2006 11:02:59 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: Amerigomag; SierraWasp; Carry_Okie; Czar; MeneMeneTekelUpharsin; forester; tubebender; FOG724; ...

Ping. FYI


(MeneMeneTekelUpharsin, I pinged you because you seem to be the resident expert on Mirant).


22 posted on 02/21/2006 11:07:07 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl

clinton,gore,shorenstein.. those names alone should be enough to give someone the willies (and I don't mean Wilie Brown either)


23 posted on 02/21/2006 11:08:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Shorenstein didn't ring a bell for me. Who are they?


24 posted on 02/21/2006 11:15:24 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl

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.

from Forbes

http://www.forbes.com/2000/10/04/1004faces_print.html


25 posted on 02/21/2006 11:22:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


26 posted on 02/21/2006 11:31:11 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl

Caption this one "Arnold's run to the left picks up steam..."


27 posted on 02/23/2006 2:30:26 PM PST by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: NormsRevenge

There is no republican party in california, there is only democrat and democrat lite.


28 posted on 02/23/2006 2:33:21 PM PST by spikeytx86 (Beware the Democratic party has been over run by CRAB PEOPLE!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Paul Begala would make the perfect chairman for the California GOP.


29 posted on 02/23/2006 2:38:05 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

But Begala isn't a Californian. Perhaps Leon Panetta or Tony Coelho are interested.


30 posted on 02/23/2006 2:43:14 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: Czar

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.


31 posted on 02/23/2006 2:46:16 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl
"...more like a nice steady jaunt."

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...

32 posted on 02/23/2006 4:08:12 PM PST by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: Czar

I'll admit, your man seems to be sprinting of late, lol.


33 posted on 02/23/2006 4:37:32 PM PST by calcowgirl
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