“Behind the Scenes” on Tonight’s Central Committee Vote

Carl DeMaio Carl DeMaio 6 Comments

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Tonight the San Diego Republican Party will vote on whether to endorse a candidate in the 2016 County Supervisor race between Dianne Jacob and Joel Anderson.

This weekend the UT San Diego ran a story neatly framed by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and her political handler Tom Shepard.

We all know where this is heading – just like previous votes the losing side will run to the liberal media decrying how the vote was “stacked” ahead of time and driven by extreme partisan agendas.

Baloney.

As a candidate who has gone through three central committee votes myself, I took to Twitter this morning to offer an inside perspective. Here’s what I shared:

“I’m astounded that some in the “establishment” are shocked when the elected central committee members have a different view than them.”

“I don’t always agree with all their views, but central committee members are elected by voters in their party.”

“In 2012, I met with every central committee member and asked for their support. I built relationships with them and found common ground.”

“In 2012 and 2014, my opponents did not take this approach. In both cases it would have been quite possible to block an endorsement.”

“My opponents virtually ignored the central committee – until it was way too late. Then they cried fowl, invented conspiracies, etc.”

“Dianne Jacob has ignored the central committee. Her last-minute mass email on Saturday is the first time most members have heard from her.”

“I give her credit – at least her email was in her own name, rather than in the name of a phony pastor who spewed homophobia on behalf of NF.”

“So note to local reporters: before you write about the central committee vote, do your homework. The story is a simple one of neglect.”

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  1. Fact Check:

    1. ” “In 2012, I met with every central committee member and asked for their support. I built relationships with them and found common ground.” True

    2. ““Dianne Jacob has ignored the central committee. Her last-minute mass email on Saturday is the first time most members have heard from her.” True

    Can’t remember ever seeing Dianne Jacob at a meeting in the past two years. Not saying she has never been. Just don’t recall seeing her.

    I have seen Senator Anderson. Many times.

  2. REPEAT OF COMMENT I MADE UNDER DeMAIO’s “Tweet”:

    DeMaio makes a good point. Like Carl, I’m puzzled by the Republican hostility to people who suggest another solid GOP officer holder — Joel Anderson in this case — would be a better choice than Dianne Jacob for County Supervisor. What’s the problem with having a GOP challenger to a GOP incumbent in a district where CLEARLY it will represented by a Republican, regardless of outcome?

    After all, Anderson is no “Nathan Fletcher” (let alone Scott Peters) alternative to Jacob. And no one is talking about NOT voting for Jacob, should she best Anderson in the primary (and assuming a progressive is Jacob’s opponent in the runoff).

    Pick your preferred Republican and back ’em, but ENOUGH with all this hostility to fellow Republicans who prefer a different GOP candidate than you do.

  3. So building relationships with CC members should be what determines primaries? Not quite what I remember learning in civics. An endorsement by the CC in a primary means tens of thousands of dollars of support and even more in other resources. Is that the role of the Republican party in San Diego, to be king makers?

    Richard, comparing the 52nd to the 2nd simply comparing apples to oranges.

  4. The biggest problem with Carl’s post is that while the CC did endorse him in 2012 and in 2014, he lost both races. That is, the CC backed a loser and then repeated it at the next opportunity. That alone speaks volumes. By endorsing Joel, they are doing it again.

  5. Michael Casinelli — Soooo, the GOP made two DeMaio endorsements, and lost both. So they are “0 and 2” for endorsements? Is that your thought?

    Gee, didn’t the GOP CC endorse anyone ELSE for office in 2012 and 2014? And did any of those endorsements get elected?

    Gosh, should any of those endorsements be counted in the “won-lost” record? I guess not.

    Look up “cherrypick.” Or maybe it’s “cherry pick.” Either way, you’ll get the idea.

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