Boehner to CA RNC Delegation: CA is in Play for Congressional Seats

Aug. 28, 2012

By Brian Calle

TAMPA– Democrats in California have such a strong voter registration advantage in the state that most political onlookers write-off California’s statewide electoral contests as hopelessly destined to go blue. That is not an unreasonable conclusion considering that registered Democrats make up about 43 percent of the electorate whereas Republicans account for just over 30 percent of voters statewide, according to a May report released by the California Secretary of State’s office.  But California is in play—and in a big way— at least in its congressional districts, according to speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner.

Boehner spoke to several hundred members of the California delegation to the Republican National Convention at a brunch event in St. Pete Beach Tuesday morning. He told the audience that California congressional races are relevant in 2012 and he has invested resources for those races in Golden State.

Boehner and his colleagues believe there are opportunities for GOP victories. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, echoed those sentiments and told me that the money is funding a new, robust communication and outreach strategy for Republican congressional races in California. He said it is “something you don’t see in California and something you haven’t seen from the Republican Party in California before.” It is a program “you would find in swing states like Ohio and Florida,” McCarthy told me.

The cost of the program, McCarthy estimated, will be around $4 million. Some of the money for the effort has been funded by Boehner and the National Republican Congressional Committee, McCarthy said.  And 14 members of the California GOP house delegation have been touring the state to promote and raise campaign cash.

“Some of the members,” Mr. McCarthy told me, believe “this is the most the [California Republican congressional] delegation has ever worked, together. “

This outreach program is meant to have an impact in races like California’s 26th congressional district race  which has Republican Tony Strickland in a tight contest against Democrat Julia Brownley.

While it would be farfetched to predict a Romney-Ryan win in deep blue California, but Boehner, McCarthy and the NRCC are betting that congressional races are in play for the GOP in California, especially with an influx of cash and a new ground game. If they are right, California could help Republicans preserve or extend their majority in the House of Representatives.

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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 28 August, 2012, 22:47

    What a joke!

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  2. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 28 August, 2012, 23:15

    Teddy, shut up!

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  3. RT
    RT 29 August, 2012, 07:22

    The GOP in California is a mess. They have gotten in their current mess the old-fashioned way, they earned it. Where is the GOP on issues? Unless you go on a GOP website you may have no idea. Who is the face of the GOP? I know we have one, but why are they not on TV, on the radio, and online spreading the message?
    The problem is that the GOP establishment that runs California’s GOP has no idea how to deal with the current political climate in California. They do not know how to compete against the takers and their allies. They continue to moan a little from time to time on a given issue but do little else other than fold up like a cheap lawn chair. The GOP in California need a new framework that takes hard stands on taxes and social programs.
    The good news for the GOP in California is that as things gets worse budget wise (and they will) they may become more popular. However, if they do not get their act together and become a force, the GOP will become much like the Green or Liberation Party, that gets the support of a few loyalists but has no ability to effect change.

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  4. Lea
    Lea 29 August, 2012, 08:24

    RT is correct,the GOP in California is a mess. I am not sure how long it will take for the GOP to become much like the Green or Liberation Party, that gets the support of a few loyalists but has no ability to effect change. I just know it will happen.

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  5. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 29 August, 2012, 08:59

    Boenher is a Catagory 5 emotionally unstable moron. He is crying as we speak.

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 August, 2012, 09:10

    So much misery….how could so many political losers be sour grapes all the time?

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  7. JLSeagull
    JLSeagull 29 August, 2012, 11:55

    For all his ego, Kevin McCarty is a joke and a fraud. In 2010 he was in charge of recruiting “new faces” (“young guns”) to run for House offices. Yet all the NRCC funds that came to CA were plowed into three races in SoCal – and all three lost! But elsewhere in the state there were other new faces, credible candidates that received nada, zero, zip from the NRCC. Essentially they were hung out to dry. My guess is that, if anything, we will see a repeat of 2010. If you are a Republican congressional candidate running in NorCAL or Coastal Districts,don’t expect doodley squat from Mr. McCarty or the NRCC.

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  8. Steve
    Steve 29 August, 2012, 14:30

    I wish the GOP in our state stood for something, but I guess that is not going to happen. RT & Lea are so right, California needs a new framework that takes hard stands on taxes and social programs. But as they have given up I do not think it will ever happen.

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  9. Burrito Bro
    Burrito Bro 29 August, 2012, 17:35

    Your done…do not…….I repeat…..
    Do not rolll over..

    Your done!

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  10. OddThat
    OddThat 30 August, 2012, 13:59

    The Republicans in CA are the minority in the CA Congress. Outside of CA, we are known as the “dictatorship state”.

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    VIRGINIA FULLER 30 August, 2012, 14:05

    Below is the draft you can use or alter to send out.
    Dear Patriotic FB friends,
    It is very encouraging to hear that CA grassroot candidates may
    have a chance of being then seriously.
    Here is how you can help to get me elected.
    After you have read the link below, please contact the RNC & Boehner’s office to emplore them to support my campaign.
    I am a unique candidate and the best candidate the GOP will ever see for a long time to come in this district. In the primary election, I have garnered more votes the the average republican gets against democrats in CA., and the most votes a republican has ever earned against this incumbent.
    I am unique, not only b/c I am a female, running against a 38 year incumbent who is a card carrying member of the congressional democrat socialist party, and who prides himself as the author of OBAMACARE;
    But I am also unique, b/c I am of African descent, an immigrant and a conservative.

    Please, after you have contacted Boehner and the RNC,
    encourage all your FB friends to do the same will you?
    Thanks in anticipation.

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  12. Karen Grube
    Karen Grube 31 August, 2012, 15:47

    They also need to be supporting Nick Popaditch in the 53rd Congressional District against that horror of a Democrat Susan Davis, aka “Nancy Pelosi’s clone.”

    Our CAGOP seems to have no clue what the county party leaders are doing. In San Diego, they’re supporting a so-called Republican gay activist (Carl DeMaio) for Mayor, and another (Ralph Denney) for the State Assembly, as though either of these people is what this city or this state needs! They refuse to get it through their heads that they shouldn’t support just any candidate who registers as a Republican, that they should be working to cultivate decent men and women of character to run for office, and that they should absolutely NOT support candidates who totally reject the Republican Party Platform! What part of this do they NOT understand? I actually KNOW what they do understand: all the money flooding into the San Diego Republican Party coffers from gay activist groups to dumb down the party platform and elect so-called “equality-minded” candidates. They need to be stopped.

    I tried at one point to contact the New York Conservative Party to ask about starting a Conservative Party here in California, I was that upset. The answer was that their party was created in New York during a time that made it both politically and legislatively reasonable to do so, but that such a circumstance doesn’t exist in California at this time (with our “top two” primary system).

    As much as I like Tom Del Beccaro, the truth is that he isn’t doing the job of re-taking California for Conservative Republicans, nor is is making sure the County Chairs are doing the same thing.

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  13. JKEYES
    JKEYES 1 September, 2012, 12:32

    Too bad Boehner and the boys do not have the cajones to fight for Elizabeth Emken like the rest of Us who believe in her.

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