Skip to comments.CA: State GOP faithful dismiss rift(Gub can expect party's full support, despite in-house criticism)
Posted on 01/29/2006 10:28:54 AM PST by NormsRevenge
Republican activists and elected officials downplayed divisions over Gov. Schwarzenegger at a meeting in Riverside Saturday and predicted that the party would eventually unite behind him.
Some conservatives are urging the state GOP to withdraw its endorsement of Schwarzenegger at next month's state party convention in San Jose. Among other things, they are upset with Schwarzenegger's appointment of longtime Democratic activist Susan Kennedy as chief of staff and his proposal for $222 billion in bonds to pay for highways, schools and waterworks.
But during a speech to the California Congress of Republicans at the Mission Inn, former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin touted the governor's commitment to Republican principles and said his detractors represent only a small slice of the party.
"We cannot let a few people who are very vocal decide for the party as a whole," said Marin, who in 2004 was appointed by Schwarzenegger to the Integrated Waste Management Board.
Marin shot down speculation that she may run in the June primary for the right to challenge U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, saying she has no plans to run for elected office in the near future. She lost the 2004 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate to former Secretary of State Bill Jones, who fell to Sen. Barbara Boxer in the general election.
Most of the candidates who are expected to compete for statewide offices in the June 6 GOP primary spoke to the group, hoping for its endorsement when delegates vote today. The congress is the grass-roots volunteer arm of the state GOP. Candidates generally avoided criticizing their primary-election opponents, focusing their fire on Democrats instead.
State Sen. Abel Maldonado, who represents parts of the central coast and Silicon Valley and is running for state controller, predicted that conservatives would coalesce behind Schwarzenegger because they realize that not to do so would hand the governor's office to the Democrats.
"Here you have a guy who did what these folks wanted," Maldonado said in an interview. "He eliminated the vehicle license fee. He fixed workers' compensation. He reduced the deficit. He cut spending."
Bob Mulholland, a longtime Democratic strategist and senior adviser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides, the state treasurer, dismissed predictions of unity.
"The Republican state convention in San Jose is going to be the Donner Party of the 21st century," he said by phone. The anger that conservatives have toward Schwarzenegger will lead many to stay home from the polls in November, Mulholland predicted.
Mayor Robin Lowe of Hemet, a delegate at the meeting, said during a break that few voters care who Schwarzenegger hires as his top advisers. And, she said Inland voters who spend hours each day stuck in traffic on clogged freeways won't be receptive to criticism about the governor's proposed highway spending.
Assemblyman Ray Haynes of Murrieta, a candidate for the California Board of Equalization, said he shared fellow conservatives' disappointment with the governor on several issues, but he said in an interview at the meeting that he opposes withdrawing the party's endorsement.
Yet Haynes also said Schwarzenegger must make a bold move -- such as creating a state-run border police force -- to motivate and assure his Republican base.
Bravo, for these loyal republicans.
Any Republican that supports Arnold isn't fit to remain registered Republican.
If one is afraid to call a spade a spade, then one gets the government one deserves.
"Here you have a guy who did what these folks wanted," Maldonado said in an interview. ... He reduced the deficit. He cut spending."
This guy is demonstrating that he is not competent to run for controller.
Most republicans will stay home or vote for Angelides. Arnie is toast.
I don't know a single person that would vote for Angelides.
I'm still hoping for another alternative.
My theory is give the RATS what they want and they will do themselves in.
Sure you do.
The ones who won't be voting against him.
The people I know will be voting for conservatism and against liberalism.
They support the Republican Platform and find offensive such things as big spending, big borrowing, taxes AND fees, land grabs, gun bans, GLBT "civil rights", increased regulation on businesses, taxpayer subsidies for envirowackoism and other private ventures, etc. etc. etc.
Hopefully, the Republican Party will be able to produce a candidate who resembles that platform.
Have you read the party platform planks? Just curious.
Do you support the platform or are you prepared to change them to truly reflect who is wielding financial power and pushing a liberal agenda in the guise of Repuiblicanims and certainly not conservatism.
Are you even familiar with the New Majority?
The New Majority will broaden the appeal of the Republican Party by promoting a fiscally responsible philosophy toward government and lending resources to Republicans who support an inclusive, mainstream approach toward politics.
Do you know they are Pro-Choice, anti-gun, Pro-gay amongst other things? Look at who they support. Piece of cake. :)
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The New Majority has also hosted a great number of high profile programs since our inception. Headliners have included Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor George Pataki, Governor Mitt Romney, Congressman Mike Oxley, and Political Analyst Dick Morris among many others. New Majority excursions include bi-annual trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. During such events, we have been addressed by speakers such as Secretary of Commerce Don Evans, Senator John McCain, Pentagon Liaison Colonel Hooper, CNN Correspondents Tony Blankley and Ron Brownstein as well as several others.
I don't see Tom McClintock mentioned anywhere, I wonder why?
Am I on another planet or is this Maldonado a brazen, bold-faced liar?
Save it, Norm.
It's R or D.
The ballot form
is all I see.
Being rich can do that to some folks.. they lose touch with reality.... but that doesn't stop them from trying to impose that form of "reality' on others.
Sadly, some are gullible enough to buy into it too, including more than a few here. lol
Well, thanks for being closed minded.
You are a prime example of why we are in the predicament we are in.
(Oh, and that wasn't an attack so ya donl;t need to ping the mini-posse, your remark speaks volumes.)
Maldonado's statement was shockingly incredulous, even for a partisan.
If Maldonado should become California's Controller be very afraid.
ccg: " don't know a single person that would vote for Angelides."
dl: "Sure you do.
The ones who won't be voting against him."
You really hit the nail on the head with this one, doodlelady!
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