Category: Rick Perry

President 2012: Mitt Romney Welcomes Rick Perry to California with New Attack Ad


Texas Governor Rick Perry will find little Republican voter support from conservatives in California. But, it is interesting that Romney is going after Perry and not Herman Cain.

Mitt probably figures if he can knock Perry out early, like after New Hampshire, he can co-opt Perry’s GOP Establishment support and his donors, then wage a television blitz against Herman Cain in Florida and Super Tuesday states.

However, I think Cain is already done and Newt Gingrich may be lurking in the weeds to go one on one with Romney (and perhaps take the VP nomination).


President 2012: Mitt Romney To Be a No Show at California GOP Convention


Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stands on chair as he holds a town hall meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Sun Lakes, Ariz.

But, Romney is coming to California to troll for campaign cash.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be fundraising hard in California this week — on the opening day of the state GOP convention Friday in Los Angeles. But don’t look for him to drop in to the gathering of the nation’s largest Republican party — there are no such plans.

And the former Massachusetts’ governor’s decision to bypass the Republican confab attracting four GOP presidential candidates and hundreds of activists — Sept. 16-18 at the JW Marriott — has most certainly irked some of the state’s leading Republicans.

“It’s a flip off to the California GOP in a big way,” says one leading state Republican activist, who spoke not for attribution today. “It’s one thing not to show up, but it’s another to say, “I’m going to be in CA to raise money, but I’m not coming by.”

Well, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul can bother to speak. Rick Perry was in the state for several days after the Reagan Presidential debate and made the rounds of County GOP Party organizations.

This is not a wise move by Romney and if he wants to successfully compete against Rick Perry, he certainly doesn’t show it by avoiding the rank and file Republican activists for a fundraiser at Peeble Beach.

Romney will start fundraising Friday at a $500 a head breakfast in San Diego at the home of Jenny Craig in Del Mar.

Then, he hits a high priced fundraiser lunch Friday at the Atherton home of powerhouse literary agent Jillian Manus Salzman — a major supporter of former GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (now a Romney adviser and finance chair) and of former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The event is $500 per person, or $1000 per couple, but if you want a photo op with the former Massachusetts Governor or plan to co-host the lunch, that will go up to $2,500, the invite says.

That’s followed by a dinner fundraiser at a private home on the scenic 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, where tickets are $1,000 a head, with $2,500 entry if you want a photo op.

That dinner event is just about the same time that, at the convention, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann will be giving the opening keynote for the dinner session…


President 2012 GOP California Field Poll Watch: Mitt Romney 28% Vs. Rick Perry 20%


According to the latest California Field Poll.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is maintaining his edge over a surging Texas Gov. Rick Perry among Republicans looking to California’s June 2012 presidential primary, according to a new Field Poll.

The poll shows Romney’s support has dipped slightly since June while Perry more than tripled his. But Romney still holds an eight-point lead.

“Perry really hasn’t taken it out of the hide of Romney, and that’s good news for Romney,” said Poll Director Mark DiCamillo.

Romney and Perry are the only Republican candidates with positive image ratings among GOP voters. “It looks like it’s boiling down to a two-person race,” DiCamillo said. “The others just aren’t stacking up as well in comparison.”

It is a two person race and this poll continues to have Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich in the sample. They and all of the others will not be around by the time Californians vote in June of 2012.

The next Field Poll will not include some of these candidates and Perry may very well do better against Romney. I assume he will unless Perry implodes or has another very poor debate performance like Monday in Florida.

Also, since Rudy Giuliani the California popular former NYC Mayor and Rick Perry are friends, an endorsement could go along way.

In all reality though, the race will probably be decided in April and/or May before an expensive media campaign comes to California in June.


President 2012: Texas Governor Rick Perry to Meet with Ventura County GOP in Camarillo Tomorrow


The event will be after the Presidential debate at the Reagan Presidential Library and in Camarillo.

We have exciting news to share with you! The Ventura County Republican Party is hosting a meet and greet with Texas Governor Rick Perry this Wednesday, September 7th in Camarillo immediately following the Republican debate.

Please come and join us for a debate watching party at 5pm at the Camarillo Airport. Governor Perry has chosen Camarillo as one of his stops on his California tour, and will be meeting with us following the debate at the Reagan Library. See below for all of the details.

There is NO COST for this event but attendance is LIMITED and RSVPs are REQUIRED through For security reasons, there will be no on-site registration. No exceptions. So RSVP today!

PS. This is not an endorsement by the Ventura County Republican Party. We will promote all candidates who make themselves available to meet with Ventura County Republican

Looks like a great event and I will try to make it.


Flap’s California Morning Collection: August 26, 2011


Marina Del Rey – Mother’s Beach at dawn

A morning collection of links and comments about my home, California

Bill to kill state’s death penalty shelved in Assembly committee

California’s death penalty has new life.

Legislation seeking to eliminate the death penalty was shelved today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Senate Bill 490 would have placed before voters in November 2012 a measure to close death row and replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

Sen. Loni Hancock, a Berkeley Democrat who proposed the measure, said she withdrew SB 490 from consideration after its fate became clear.

“The votes were not there to support reforming California’s expensive and dysfunctional death penalty system,” Hancock said in a written statement.

“I had hoped we would take the opportunity to save hundreds of millions of dollars that could be used to support our schools and universities, keep police on our streets and and fund essential public institutions like the courts,” she said.

Gov. Jerry Brown, before the bill was shelved, suggested that he might support placing the death penalty before voters.

Brown declined to discuss SB 490, but said that in general, “When we have deep, troublesome issues that create gridlock in the Legislature, going back to the people can be a way to break the gridlock.”

SB 490 was fiercely contested, with opponents saying that the death penalty provided a deterrence to murder and that eliminating it would betray the families of homicide victims.

A Field Poll last year found that 70 percent of Californians support the death penalty.

Golden State, get ready: Here’s Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s whirlwind CA fundraising schedule

Texas Gov. Rick Perry better junk those cowboy boots and don running shoes when he hits California next month for the first time as a GOP presidential candidate.

In the 48 hours after the Sept. 7 Reagan Library debate, he’ll be going non-stop for two days, picking up cash every step of the way across the Golden State.

His two-day fundraising schedule in California, as published by, doesn’t give him a lot of time to down much of that rubber chicken on the circuit. Perry will be hobnobbing with a crowd of big donors and big pols — backers who include former state party chair Shawn Steel and his wife, Board of Equalization member Michele Park Steel;San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos, former CA Assemblyman Mike Villines, and Gregory Slayton, a former Silicon Valley insider and big GOP fundraiser who was appointed Consul General to Bermuda by President George W. Bush.

  • On Sept. 8, the morning after the debate, he’ll be at a 7:30 a.m. VIP reception and photo op, followed by breakfast at the Hyatt Aventine on La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego. (Not far, as we noted in Twitter, from Mitt Romney’s $12 million waterfront mansion in the same neighborhood.)
  • That’s followed by a noon VIP reception and lunch at the Ialand Hotel in Newport Beach.
  • That’s followed by a 5:30 p.m. VIP reception and photo op at the home of Paula Kent Meehan in Los Angeles.
  • That’s followed by a Host Committee Dinner at the home of Carla and Fred Sands in Los Angeles.
  • On Friday, Sept. 9, Perry will be hitting a 7:45 a.m. VIP reception and photo op with breakfast in Bakersfield at the Bakersfield Inn.
  • That’s followed by his Silicon Valley stop, a noon VIP reception and lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto.
  • That’s followed by a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner in Fresno, at The Downtown Club.

Ploy to Block “Amazon Tax” Vote Outrageous

On the very day Governor Brown spoke about job creation, legislators are concocting an outrageous ploy to prevent the people from voting to overturn the ‘Amazon Tax.’

Clearly these lawmakers are afraid the public is poised and ready to vote down the failed ‘Amazon Tax’ that is costing our state jobs.

Instead of continuing their attack on out-of-state online retailers, the Governor and Legislature ought to be asking these companies how we can work with them to get Californians back to work.

Ex-California official defends socializing with celebs on public dime

An appointee of former Gov. Pete Wilson wasted $51,000 hobnobbing with celebrities, attending the Golden Globe Awards, World Magic Awards, a Julio Iglesias concert and other events while claiming he was recruiting for an “anti-stigma” program at the Department of Mental Health, a state audit said Thursday.

Arthur Kassel, a Beverly Hills resident who recently retired from the state, denied his time was wasted, even though none of the celebrities he talked to ever did a public event or radio ad shedding light on the unfair stigma suffered by the mentally ill.

He said money was never budgeted to allow the anti-stigma program to move forward.

“People who have mental illnesses have no voice,” Kassel said. “We were hoping if the buidget ever got fixed in California that we would be able to do a star-studded show to tell people what the problems are.”

Kassel, who also described himself as a special advisor to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, was not identified by name in the audit, which refers to him only as a “senior official.” But Kassel confirmed he was interviewed by auditor-investigators about his work attending celebrity events for the “anti-stigma” program.

State auditor Elaine Howle disagreed that the money was well-spent, noting neither Kassel nor his supervisor “could identify any measurable benefit that the state garnered as a result of the senior official’s interaction with celebrities at social and entertainment events in the name of Mental Health’s anti-stigma program.”

Enjoy your morning!