California Republicans should listen to Kevin McCarthy

California Republican Party, McCarthy-Dutton-Conway plan, Kevin McCarty, Ron Nehring, CA-GOP, endorsement process, Prop 14California Republicans meet this weekend at their State Convention in Sacramento to discuss their nominations process in the aftermath of Proposition 14. It may seem like a mundane inside baseball debate, but it is one that will have a tremendous impact on Republican Party, its candidates and their ability to win future elections.

California’s highest ranking Congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy has become active in this debate because he thinks he can help. He is without a doubt one of the leading national architects of the Republican takeover of Congress. He has won and he’s not afraid to share his story to strengthen his party.

McCarthy is not your ordinary Congressman. He is an unwavering conservative who served in our state capital as Assembly Republican Leader. He got good marks for rallying Republicans, holding strong to conservative principles and keeping his caucus united. He ran for Congress, won, and immediately stepped into the limelight of the Congressional Leadership.

McCarthy started the “Young Guns” program with respected conservatives like U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee. The three worked together to recruit young men and women all over the country to run for the United States Congress as Republicans. The result: a Republican take-over of 65 seats in Congress and success at the ballot box everywhere except California and Oregon.

McCarthy addressed California Republican Party delegates last night to tell his story. He contrasted the differences between the process for party endorsements that he, Senate Leader Dutton, Assembly Leader Conway, and Senator Tony Strickland support and the one proposed by the current party chairman.

McCarthy talked about his ascension from his local central committee and what he knew then versus what he now knows about a bigger picture Republican Party. His approach is genuine in its intent to unite a broken California Republican Party and win more elections. It’s clear that he sees a bigger picture, fearing disenfranchisement among our men and women in uniform and rank and file Republicans if the alternative plan is adopted. He wants Republicans of all walks of life to engage in the political process rather than being left out.

At its core, the McCarthy-Dutton-Conway plan is focused on the fact that Republican voters should decide who their nominees are – not party insiders.

McCarthy cites a recent example of the danger of backroom party deals to nominate candidates. Specifically, he discussed the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District where party bosses picked Dede Scozzafava – a candidate whose views were at odds with Republicans in her district on health care and economic issues. He talked about how backroom decisions to nominate her without a vote of Republicans in her district alienated those most likely to vote in her 2009 special election. That action, he said, nearly ruined all the good work that had been done to recruit candidates to run nationwide to run for Congress.

This weekend Republican delegates can heed the advice of McCarthy, Conway, Dutton, Strickland, and other conservatives with a positive track record with voters, party donors, and the business community and win or they can adopt the alterative plan which clearly leaves politicos who benefit from the process to make the decisions.

In the wake of major Sacramento drama over the state budget, Assembly and Senate Republicans have received threats not just from organized labor but also from what Jerry Brown calls “extreme elements” of the Republican Party.

It’s time for California Republicans to end the bickering, name-calling, and silly school nonsense and focus on winning.

The only real question Delegates must ask themselves is this –

Will the California Republican Party support our elected officials – those chosen by the votes to lead – or continue down a path of mutually assured destruction?

We’ll find out this weekend.

~ Judy Lloyd is an East Bay businesswoman who served as an appointee of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. She ran the state legislative outreach program for “Contract With America” at the Republican National Committee in 1994.

Comments

  1. Kris says

    It appears the Republicans have decided to kick the can down the road and see what happens with the next election. The world may not actually fall in. They are going to have their hands full with their new leader, Tom Del Beccaro anyway.

  2. Edi Birsan says

    It seems that there has been a decision to approach the problem as a mailing paper poll of the registered members of the Rep. Party- at least for state wide offices. Anyone have any idea on what their approach will be for things like county or lower offices or even Assembly and Senate state offices?

  3. Ken Mettler says

    At the GOP convention currently underway, Congressman Kevin McCarthy is threatening to defund the CA GOP if they do not approve his “Incumbent Protection Plan” in lieu of Chairman Ron Nehring’s plan. If only McCarthy were this tough with the liberals in Congress……..instead he threatens the principled grassroots activists.

    McCarthy used this same threat tactic at the last convention to prevent the merger of the two Young Republican organizations.

    Time for little Kevin to grow up and stop having baby temper tantrums.

    • Matt Braman says

      It’s time for you to shut your mouth Ken. You’ve done NOTHING drive a wedge in the CRP or your own gain and I for one am tired of reading it. You offer nothing in ideas or bring anything to the table and have been a detriment to Kern County. I would think that after losing 2 elections within a 1 year period you would learn some humility or at least gain some respect, but instead you continue to drive your agenda of “Ken Mettler is all about what is best for Ken Mettler” get out of politics and stick to building houses for your friends. Otherwise guys like me wil always be here to expose you as the stuttering, moronically, egomaniac you are.

    • Sean says

      Mr Mettler, can you explain how letting rank and file Republicans such as myself have a voice in the process rather than trusting back room politicians and party bosses to choose which candidate makes the ballot is an “incumbent protection plan”.

      Take my vote away from me and I’ll throw a tantrum too.

  4. Concord Mike says

    The California Republican Party needs to pry more hispanics and Asians away from the democrat machine. Without at least 40% of the Hispanic and Asian vote, Republicans don’t stand a chance state wide.

    Republicans need to understand why Hispanics and Asians predominantly register democrat. The reason is the democrats are lobbying them from their first day in the country and are there to help them through the immigration and social welfare process.

    Republican policy may be a better match for most Asians and Hispanics social, economic, and cultural viewpoints, but none of that matters when you are trying to fill out forms to establish your immigration status, enroll your kids in school, or get grandma help for her health conditions. The democrats own those contacts with our immigrant populations.

    First order of business needs to be a reformation of the Republican immigration message. We say we support legal immigration, but are we there to greet the legal immigrants or help them with the challenges they face in a new country? NO.

    We say we support guest worker programs and a “high fence/wide gate” approach to immigration, yet all we do is gripe about the fence – we don’t ever welcome people through the gate !

  5. Richard S. Colman says

    A new image in needed by the Republican Party. The party ought to make job-creation, prosperity, economic growth, low taxes, and free trade the main issues. Currently, California has an official unemployment rate of 12.4%. The official national rate is 8.9%. (The real rates of unemployment are about 24% and 18% respectively.) California has such high unemployment largely because the state has excessive taxation and too much regulation of business. Why would anyone want to open a business in the state that has the highest sales-tax rate in the nation? Moreover, California has about the sixth highest corporate income tax rate and one of the highest personal income tax rates. As Bill Clinton said in 1992: “It’s the economy, stupid.” The Republicans should pay attention to Clinton’s message. If they do, they might start winning elections.

    Richard S. Colman
    Orinda, CA
    March 18, 2011

  6. Edi Birsan says

    Is there a link to the exact wordings of the different proposals on how the GOP plans to respond to Prop 14?

  7. Kyle Vallone says

    I give my good friend Judy a lot of credit she is a true believer in the GOP. But like a lot of Republicans she does not understand California. This place is different and same old Republican brand of conservative ideas that sells in other states does not sell here. That was extremely evident in the last election where all the true believers (you know who you are LOL) thought they were marching to victory on the backs of Whitman, Fiorina, Harmer, Wilson etc and marched right off of a cliff. This is a continuation of the California GOP’s steady decline since it zenith in 1994. With the current GOP leadership locally and those coming to power state wide there is nothing out there that the GOP is doing internally that seems to stem the tide of decline. There may be some marginal help with reapportionment but I think in general the problem is that conservative Republican ideas no longer sell to the majority of the general electorate in California. The Schwartzenegger experiment put a fig leaf on the decline of California Republicans but like a Hummer salesman in a gas shortage. You have an interesting product that nobody wants to buy.
    I could go on but in short the kind of changes required to stem California Republicans long decline would be an anathema to its conservative base. Again it is not an issue of getting the conservative message to the voters, it is that the ideas you are selling are not registering with the voting public. On issue after issue (immigration, environment, public schools, business etc. ) you stand on the wrong side of the California electorate. Until there are massive structural /idological changes to the party ( I don’t think this is realistic) you will continue to lose elections in California. And the growing parts of the electorate ie. Latinos and other growing minority groups will continue to ignore the GOP.

    So it is off to Sacramento for the Spring convention. This is Tommy D’s big weekend as the Sun King finishes his long march to power.

    • rootvg says

      Kyle is correct. And, my wife and I can’t leave because we work in technology.

      We’re gonna put up with it…but when I run into another one of these retards with left wing bumper stickers all over the back of his Prius, who feels instead of thinks and acts like he needs to be psychologically evaluated, I’m gonna be obnoxious as humanly possible. We’re not going anywhere. We’re gonna live right here and exact our misery upon them. We’ve paid for that right.

  8. Wendy Lack says

    Thank you for the cogent explanation of what’s at stake this weekend. California Republicans who want to grow the party and WIN can learn much from Kevin McCarthy . . . and will keep fingers crossed that the best decisions for the long-term benefit of the party are made this weekend.

    BTW, is anyone live-blogging the CRP doings? If so, please share the web address.

  9. Steve Mick says

    Judy has great insight and has captured the salient points of this issue perfectly. The Republican Party must remain a party of transparency, integrity and inclusion. The days of smoke-filled back-room deals belong in the last century. Let’s make sure they don’t return…