Revenge of the RINOs: New California Republican Assembly leader Dahle thumbs nose at GOP grassroots

by Steven Greenhut

Sacramento . . .

Brian Dahle, the new Assembly Republican leader, just thumbed his nose at grassroots party activists. He announced a leadership team that’s a who’s who of “Republicans In Name Only.” That’s his prerogative, of course, but the lesson the Assembly GOP learned from the ouster of former leader Chad Mayes is to double down on the same strategy of making nice with the Democratic leadership.

After Mayes and six of his Assembly colleagues voted to extend the governor’s cap-and-trade law by a decade, the Republican grassroots was furious. Prominent county party leaders called for Mayes’ ouster. Mayes not only went along with a deal that may increase the price of gasoline by 63 cents a gallon by 2021, but that he seemed so proud of what he had done.

Mayes bragged about his “bromance” with Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of Los Angeles. He posed for photo ops with the governor. He lectured conservatives about how the party has to change. The Republicans finally yielded to political pressure and replaced Mayes with Dahle, from the Redding area. Then instead of ameliorating the rift with conservatives, Dahle made these leadership appointments that are likely to infuriate Mayes’ opponents.

For instance, Mayes is still a prominent part of the leadership team. He was appointed assistant Republican leader. The new deputy Republican leader is Rocky Chavez, the Oceanside Republican who voted for the governor’s deal and is probably the most liberal legislator in the GOP caucus. (Chavez, for instance, received a 75 percent rating out of 100 from Planned Parenthood and a 29-percent vote from the California Labor Federation.)

Dahle also named Heath Flora of Ripon as assistant Republican leader. Flora is closely allied with the state’s labor unions. The other choices won’t ruffle feathers (Frank Bigelow as deputy Republican leader, Phillip Chen as yet another assistant Republican leader, Jay Obernolte as Republican caucus chair and Marie Waldron as Republican floor leader).

I’m not sure the point of all these redundant titles, but I am sure of the point that the Assembly leaders are making. They are staying the course, and if the party’s activists don’t like it, it’s too bad.

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Joseph Turner 09/23/2017 - 9:16 PM

The good news is there will be one less Republican RINO in the assembly after 2018 when we work to defeat Marc Steinorth.


Peyton Nander 09/24/2017 - 8:21 PM

Replace Steinorth with a democrat is a mistake. And if your challenge him that is what will happen in the democrat district.

Kevin Thomas 09/23/2017 - 10:38 PM

Dino’s will learn, conservative values will contribute and win in preliminaries and primaries.

E D Mains 09/24/2017 - 12:05 AM

The new Republican leader was promised fame and fortune if he turned his back on his constituents

Sean 09/24/2017 - 6:36 AM

CA is over and done. There is no reason to stay and fight inside the Alamo when the enemy is already inside the gate pretending to be your friend. It’s over. I am moving my business and leaving this insane state. Everyone I know wants to leave. I am going now before I am trapped here. Get out now.

Frank Stephens 09/25/2017 - 10:12 AM

I agree and have also given up on California.

Sally Rapoza 09/24/2017 - 9:41 AM

None of this surprises me about our “Representative” Brian Dahle. He is proud of the fact that he can “work across the aisle” with the Democrats. He has even told his constituents in Siskiyou county that he is tired of their complaining (and their wanting to leave the state) and will no longer help them. He is the poster child of a Rhino.

Joseph Turner (Lassen County) 09/24/2017 - 10:32 PM

It’s very interesting that the people continue to put up with such actions being flaunted in our faces.

But I suppose opposing it is just “whining” and we should shut up and do what we’re told.

Bruce Kranz 09/25/2017 - 11:27 AM

I had hoped that Brian would “drain the swamp”, but apparently he is part of it. Let’s face it, California is now a one party State.

Dr. Trent Saxton 09/25/2017 - 8:57 PM

I too am leaving CA in the near future with my business because this state is a socialist state. Republicans are no longer a viable power in California and if you give to a Republican Assemblyman or woman…you are throwing money away. Get out now…your voices will never be heard.

Cherrill Clifford 09/27/2017 - 10:00 AM

The day Dahle hired Bruce Ross to be his District Director it became clear who Dahle really is. From that moment on the writing was on the wall as to what to expect from Dahle. No Christian conservative is going to hire Ross to be their district director unless they are themselves a fraud. It was a terrible slap in the face of the Christian conservatives who supported Dahle. Ross was notorious for his unkind, arrogant & anti-conservative editorials. I thank Mr. Greenhut for writing this forthright article. Most of those conservatives who supported Dahle still cannot admit who they really supported. Hopefully, articles like this will enable them to admit what a mistake they made.

mark 09/27/2017 - 3:26 PM

Its sad to see so many leaving, your leaving the rest of us to fight, thanks. My brother pulled this move and went to Oregon which is now just as insane STAND and FIGHT,

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