Category: Patricia McKeon

AD-38: Scott Wilk Beats Patricia McKeon Moves On to November


From the California Secretary of State

Republican Community College Trustee Scott Wilk has beat back a Republican challenge from Rep. Buck McKeon’s wife, Patricia, to win a top two spot in the November general election. Wilk will face Democrat Edward Headington.

AD-38 is a heavily Republican weighted district and Scott Wilk is the  super favorite to win the seat now occupied by Republican Assmblyman Cameron Smyth.

I have known Scott for many years and I have to congratulate him on a well-run campaign.

Scott Wilk on election night. Photo from Facebook


AD-38: Patricia McKeon Again Benefits from Defense Industry


Rep. Buck McKeon and his wife, Patricia, a candidate for California Assembly with House Speaker Boehner

Remember my piece about Rep. Buck McKeon and his defense industry friends supporting the California Assembly candidacy of his wife, Patricia McKeon?

Well, here we go again.

The Barritts of Santa Clarita are Republicans and they donate, modestly, to the GOP, though not much over $11,000 since they started giving money to Buck McKeon in 1997. William Barritt is a high-ranking officer of Aerospace Dynamics and like his boss, the company CEO, John Cave (and Mrs. Cave, who also works at the company), Barritt gives almost every nickel of his contributions to Buck McKeon. Aerospace Dynamics is one of McKeon’s top donors. And they have been major beneficiaries of his tenure as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and of his herculean efforts to fill the skies over America with deadly drones. As founder and head of the House Unmanned Systems Caucus, McKeon has been able to assure his contributors that they will be very, very wealthy from contracts from the federal government. But, still, there’s something funny about this invitation to a fundraising party at the Barritts’ home in Stevenson Ranch next week:

You get the picture, don’t you?

Rep. Buck McKeon is regulated by federal law as to how much he can receive as political contributions from special interests, like defense contractors, who receive business from the federal government. His wife, Patricia McKeon who is his federal campaign treasurer is paid a salary from her husband’s campaign account.

I have documented this unethical transfer of federal campaign funds a couple of times. Both McKeon’s are quite good at enriching themselves from their defense contractor friends and Buck’s campaign account.

Patricia McKeon is now running for the California Assembly and the McKeon’s are taping the defense contractor tip jar again. Sort of a double dip, no?

Is this illegal?

Perhaps or perhaps not, but it is certainly revealing how these two POLS have enriched themselves while doing the public’s business.

It isn’t Buck McKeon they’re raising money for. They’ve already given him all they can. It’s his wife, Patricia McKeon, who’s running for a state Assembly seat. That’s odd. The Barritt’s have never donated to a state legislative candidate before. Neither has Aerospace Dynamics. I wonder what possibly could have made them change their minds and throw a big shindig for Mrs. McKeon, currently running a very distant fourth in a 4-man primary.

I cannot vote in this election since I live in Thousand Oaks which is outside the district. But, I am embarrassed at this blatantly unethical conduct on the part of the McKeons.

If I could vote in this election, I would vote for Scott Wilk.


AD-38: Scott Wilk Mailer Makes Clear Who the Candidates Are


Scott Wilk Mailer

Lest there be NO doubt who the REAL Scott Wilk is!

Here is the entire mailer:

Scott Wilk Mailer


AD-38: Scott Wilk Receives Endorsement of the Signal


Democrat Edward Headington (L) and Republican Scott Wilk (R)

Republican Scott Wilk has received yet another endorsement in his race for the California Assembly. This time it is the local Santa Clarita Valley newspaper: The Signal.

Wilk’s knowledge of the issues and workings of Sacramento give him the edge over the other Republican candidates. While other candidates may be ahead in the polls and in fundraising, Wilk is better prepared at this point to engage Sacramento on behalf of the voters and citizens in the 38th Assembly District.

Wilk’s political history in the Santa Clarita Valley is both an asset and a liability. The loudness of both his supporters and detractors is a testament to that. To stay in Sacramento, Wilk will need to transition successfully from the behaviors of a political operative to the visible and more demanding behaviors of an elected legislator.

The editorial board has described our current representative Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, as a good model for legislators in California. His endorsement of Wilk, based on what he knows is needed in Sacramento, should and does carry weight with us.

It was noteworthy that the local press refused to endorse Patricia Mckeon or her husband the long-time incumbent Republican Congressman for the area, Buck McKeon.

Let’s hope that Scott Wilk can finish in the top two this June. If not, I am afraid that California Republicans will lose a “safe” Republican district to Democrat Edward Headington.

I cannot fathom anyone voting for Patricia McKeon in a general election.


AD-38 Video: Rep Tom McClintock Endorses Scott Wilk


Rep. Tom McClintock and Scott Wilk

Conservative Representative Tom McClintock was in Southern California last week and stopped by to endorse his former staffer and friend Scott Wilk for California Assembly.

Here is McClintock’s speech:

Note that even Tom McClintock references the defense contractor contributions to Patricia McKeon’s campaign since her hsuband is Rep. Buck McKeon, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee.