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CA GOP Delegates Vote Overwhelmingly NOT to Endorse a Candidate in Newsom Recall Election

‘I commend the delegates for keeping their focus on Newsom’s failures’

By Katy Grimes, August 7, 2021 3:27 pm

When many Republicans learned that the California Republican Party leadership planned to change its bylaws to allow them to endorse a candidate in the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom, the fur started flying. It was assumed that the CAGOP planned to endorse former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

The Globe did several interviews with California talk radio hosts on this issue, discussing the importance of the CAGOP needing to remain focused on the recall of Gavin Newsom rather than getting sidetracked with favoring a candidate.

Candidate Faulconer even sent out his own letter (below) asking the party to do the same.

Saturday, RNC National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon and RNC National Committeeman Shawn Steel called for the CAGOP to put to rest the endorsement scheme.

The following letter was sent out by CAGOP Chairwoman Jessica Patterson following California Republican Party Delegates overwhelmingly voting to kill the endorsement idea, and Dhillon and Steel leading a motion to table the endorsement idea.

CAGOP Statement on Virtual Endorsement Meeting Results

SACRAMENTO – Today, California Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson released the following statement on the CAGOP delegates’ decision not to endorse a candidate in the recall election of Gavin Newsom:

“Today’s overwhelming decision by our delegates to offer no endorsement speaks to the strength of our field of candidates and the outstanding position our party is in going into the recall election. We are squarely focused on putting California back on track by recalling the worst governor in California history. Gavin Newsom is arrogant, incompetent and a desperate politician who has failed Californians in every way possible. The state is burning, crime is spiking, homelessness is rampant, students have fallen behind, and taxes are suffocating working people. On September 14th, voters will end the Newsom nightmare once and for all and finally restore good governing to California.”

The CAGOP delegates’ decision occurred at a virtual endorsement meeting this morning. The four candidates who had qualified to be considered for the CAGOP’s endorsement were: Larry Elder, Kevin Faulconer, Kevin Kiley and Doug Ose. At the meeting, RNC National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon and RNC National Committeeman Shawn Steel put forward a motion to table the agenda item to vote on an endorsement so no endorsement would be issued in the recall race. The delegates passed this motion with nearly 90 percent support. The meeting was then adjourned.

This is Faulconer’s letter asking the CAGOP not to endorse a candidate.

Gubernatorial candidate John Cox today issued a statement praising the CAGOP delegates. “Cox called on the California Republican Party not to endorse a candidate weeks ago in order to keep the Party united and focused on recalling Gavin Newsom.”

“Gavin Newsom has been a disaster for the state of California,” Cox said. “Out of control homelessness and wildfires, astronomical taxes and cost of living, water and electricity shortages, and terrible and hypocritical leadership during the pandemic are the hallmarks of Gavin Newsom. I commend the delegates for keeping their focus on Newsom’s failures. Weeks ago I said the Republican Party must be united to recall Gavin Newsom. Nothing is more important. I’m glad that Republicans heeded that advice and are leaving the convention focused on removing Newsom from office.”

Kevin Kiley for Governor fan page made a short and and to the point comment Twitter: “In my opinion this is good news.”

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8 thoughts on “CA GOP Delegates Vote Overwhelmingly NOT to Endorse a Candidate in Newsom Recall Election

  1. The Rino party does not want to embarrass itself by endorsing a loser and they won’t want to endorse the conservative who is going to win (Larry Elder).

    1. CW, I agree with your assessment. Anyone CAGOP would endorse is and will always be a RINO. It’s time for meaningful change; Larry Elder or Kevin Kiley have the wisdom, intelligence and courage we need at this very moment.

  2. I would love to see some ads by the GOP candidates that fire back at the Democraps saying that this recall is not a Republican recall and is not some “right wing” conspiracy. Fire back at the lying ads like Elizabeth Warren. Show the truth as in the Covid lockdown, water shortages, crime, releasing violent criminals, ending the death penalty after voters said yes to it, making the state dependent on “green energy”, the bullshi++ climate crisis, gun control laws that target law abiding citizens, and the list goes on!

  3. We have bigger problems to solve with the SOS allowing downloading and printing of mail-in ballots. In order to protect chain of custody and ballot/vote auditing, security procedures need to be implemented. For example, the name and address of each ballot recipient should be printed on the ballots prior to being mailed out. Downloading and printing of ballots, at will, should NOT be allowed.

  4. I think that is a wise move. Glad to hear it!
    @John, yes they should spend their time and money with primetime ads reminding Californians just what Newsom has done.
    @Raymond I agree the GOP should support and push for voter integrity. They can no longer roll over like a outdated ugly rug!

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