Category: Patricia McKeon

AD-38 Video: Patricia McKeon – “I Have No Idea”

When asked about a very real problem ever assemblyman faces, how to handle budgeting against ballot initiatives, Patricia McKeon’s response was:

“I have no idea.”

To be honest, Patricia Mckeon is a nice lady, but she is in way over her head in running for the California Assembly.

The Democrat Edward Headington will beat her in November, should Scott Wilk not win a spot in the top two primary election in June.


AD-38: California State Senator Tony Strickland Endorses Patricia McKeon for Assembly


Republican Assembly candidate Patricia McKeon, wife of Rep. Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Simi Valley GOP Activist/Consultant Steve Frank attending Tony Strickland’s Congressional candidacy announcement

Tony Strickland who once endorsed Republican College of the Canyons Trustee Scott Wilk, but then later withdrew or should I say pressured Wilk to release his endorsement, has decided to endorse Patricia McKeon.

State Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, is endorsing Patricia McKeon in her bid for state Assembly, a spokesman for her campaign team revealed today.

“Tony Strickland has endorsed Patricia,” Joe Justin, of the McKeon camp said Monday.

Strickland, who in January declared his candidacy for the newly drawn 26th Congressional District seat, is expected to formally announce the endorsement later today.

This is interesting that Joe Justin is making the announcement since he is the paid political consultant for Tony Strickland AND Patricia McKeon rather than Strickland making it himself.

I don’t think this will play so well in CA-26 where Strickland although having a fundraising advantage is facing a tough general election race against either Democrat Assemblywoman Julia Brownley or independent (no party preference) Linda Parks.

Might I note that the Ventura County Republican Party has overwhlemingly endorsed Scott Wilk in this assembly race.

And, I don’t think Strickland’s older mentor, Rep.Tom McClintock who has endorsed Scott Wilk and will be fundraising soon for him will be too pleased with this turn of events. In fact, I have already heard from a few Republican activists in CA-26 who are considering voting for Linda Parks.

Stay tuned as the heat in this intra-GOP squabble is sure to heat up.


AD-38: Senator Tony Strickland Pressured Into Endorsing Patricia McKeon?


Republican candidates for California Assembly Scott Wilk, and Patricia McKeon

I understand from a knowledgeable source that California State Senator and Congressional candidate Tony Strickland will soon endorse Patricia McKeon for California Assembly.

Remember Strickland had originally endorsed Scott Wilk and then withdrew the endorsement because of pressure from Patricia’s husband, Rep. Buck McKeon.

It is reasonable to believe that the reason Strickland is endorsing Patricia McKeon is that there has been more pressure from husband, Congressman Buck.

Also, I understand that Patricia McKeon’s internal polling is showing her a loser to Wilk.

Looks like a little bit of a desperation move to me.

It really doesn’t reflect too well on Tony Strickland either.


AD-38: Santa Clarita Republican Women Bring GOP Candidates Together for Forum


Republican Assembly Candidates: Scott Wilk, Patricia McKeon and Paul Strickland

Voters in California Assembly District 38 will be able to see all of the Republican candidates in an open forum.

The Santa Clarita Republican Women Federated will host a Republican candidates’ forum for the 38th Assembly District race on April 17.

The three Republican contenders for the position – Scott Wilk, Paul Strickland and Patricia McKeon – are expected for the forum.

This will be a luncheon meeting and be held from 10:30 AM until 1 PM. The forum will be held at the Paseo Club.

For information, call 661-310-0920 or e-mail:


Flap’s California Morning Collection: April 2, 2012


Mission San Gabriel Arcángel

Good Monday morning!

The California Legislature is adjourned for Spring/Easter break and will resume on April 9, 2012.

On to today’s California headlines:

How much is a campaign treasurer worth?

The issue of Rep. Buck McKeon’s practice of paying his wife, Patricia, rather handsomely from his campaign account is destined to be something Simi Valley voters will hear a great deal about in the weeks leading up to the June 5 primary — in which Patricia McKeon is a GOP candidate in the 38th Assembly District.

A report issued last week by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington highlighted that the McKeons top a list of 248 members of Congress who engage in that practice. The report found that over the 2008 and 2010 election cycles Patricia McKeon was paid $238,438 “to serve as treasurer for her husband’s campaign.”

New California bullet train plan a grand finale to years-long drama

When California’s high-speed rail leaders on Monday unveil their fourth and final business plan on the state’s controversial quest to link the Bay Area and Los Angeles by bullet train, they’ll be slashing $30 billion off the price tag and speeding up the first leg of construction beyond what’s been dubbed a train to nowhere in the Central Valley.

They’ll also be delivering a message to Bay Area travelers looking forward to boarding a bullet train from here to Southern California: You’ll just have to wait.

Under the new plan, the first trains are now pegged to zip between a 300-mile leg between Merced and the San Fernando Valley, near Los Angeles. Though it’s unclear how the extra tracks will be funded, previous plans had limited the first leg to a 130-mile path between two remote Central Valley towns, with high-speed trains not running until the route extended to either San Jose or Southern California.

But the longer route and the lower price estimate, which surfaced in news reports over the weekend, are all part of a desperate effort for high-speed rail leaders to save a project that has skyrocketed in both costs — and critics — since voters first approved a bullet train four years ago. The most expensive public works project in California history is now tabbed at $68 billion — still twice what voters were told when they approved the project, but less than the near $100 billion estimates in the most recent plan.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration wants health care change, with or without federal law

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration vowed Thursday to continue pushing forward elements of the federal health care overhaul in California, even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes it down.

If the court does rule the federal law unconstitutional, state Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley said California should at least consider enacting its own universal health care legislation, including requiring every Californian to buy insurance.

“I think that we should be committed to making this system more rational than it is today, and improving the health of the people of California,” Dooley said in an interview. “If we ask the insurance plans to take everybody and insure everybody with no screens or pre-existing conditions, then we have to have everybody buying some level of health insurance to meet their responsibility to the system.”

She said whether the administration sponsors such legislation would depend on “where we are and what the conditions are at that particular time.”

Dooley’s remarks came a day after the Supreme Court finished three days of oral arguments over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

The GOP didn’t reject Fletcher, it embraced DeMaio

If it weren’t for the Republican Party, we would not even know who Nathan Fletcher is.

That’s right, the political party he abandoned last week after 15 years of professional association; the one that provided the structure and opportunities for a politically ambitious young man to learn the system; the one that gave him the identity and resources to run and win a seat in the State Assembly; the one that put him in position today to be a leading candidate for mayor in the 8th largest city in America; and the one that put him in a position of prominence such that his quitting actually mattered to anyone.

Unfortunately, Fletcher’s quitting the GOP has been looked at through the lense of a sympathetic establishment and media who believe Republicans are too extreme.  This same establishment bemoans the party’s inability to focus on unifying economic issues while playing down “divisive” social issues.  What makes this narrative remarkable is that in their enthusiasm to see Nathan as the good guy and the GOP as the bad, they ignored what actually happened.

The Republican Party didn’t reject Nathan Fletcher.  It embraced Carl DeMaio.

Enjoy your morning!