Monday, September 19, 2005

Is Duf Imploding?

Anyone watch Duf at the CRP convention? Not such going on with that man.

He has actively been arguing that the CRP is broke, so the CRP shouldn't spend money on the Special Election. Over his objections and that of his appointee as Budget and Expenditure Committee Chair, Anna Bryson, the Board over ruled them and set a budget for the Special.

The Democrat web site sells opposition to the Special Election. The Democrats have a BIG RED BOX at the top of their web site promoting the Special Election. We need to pay attention to detail.

The CRP web site ( sells VISA cards and Bob Hope. (thought he was dead, but the Special is in a few weeks).

Duf is promoting the fact that the CRP is in deficit. Yet on the John Ziegler radio show (KFI Los Angeles) he announced the CRP was going to spend $500,000 on a study of illegal immigration. The Board of Directors knew nothing about this. When asked, it wasn't a study paid for by the CRP, it was something else. In other words Duf was acting like a big shot on radio.

Duf was successful in keeping most controversies out of the public view at the convention, just like he did at the last one. I congratulate him for that. In fact, the Sunday session was so quiet, maybe 250 warm bodies actually attended the meeting. If Duf continues this road to success, we won't need a Sunday session, since no one will be attending.

Does anybody know that Duf promoted the endorsement of a Congressional candidate in the 48th CD Special Election at the Friday Board of Directors meeting? The Board did that on Friday, though the full body was meeting on Sunday. He could not wait two more days for the full body to make that decision. I thought we supported the Parsky Reforms to bring transparency to the process, not a close door endorsement of candidates by less than 20 members of the whole CRP.

Of course, it is well known that Duf refused to appoint several standing committees of the Board, including the CalPlan Committee. The Board had to pass a motion demanding he make the appointments. He was supposed to have a budget by the end of April, yet the Board had to pass month to month budgets instead.

Our Governor is being ill served by the current Chairman. We passed the Reforms to assure a professional operation running the CRP, this is not professional. Maybe he is tired. Those who have been involved in the CRP for a while have told me that this is why the Chairmanship should only be one term--if you do the job right, you will be worn out to do a second.

Those who know Duf best, those of us in the Silicon Valley, are proud of his leadership of the Party in the first term, but know that he is frustrated and tired in this term. He has made these comments quietly at SPARC and to leading members of the Northern California Lincoln Club. We know his dedication to moderate leadership and support of a Big Tent Party. Yet even the best have bad days. Some have bad months.

Reform, the 2006 elections, the Governor and the future of California is on the line. This is the time to go into overdrive, not make wild statements, fail to raise the money needed--and give excuses why you can't.

On November 9 there will be no excues. It is all or nothing, and everyone in leadership needs to be in top form. Someone needs to tell Duf to reflect on his situation and take a couple of days to get a game plan. If he doesn't, the implosion will continue, an action that none of us want for him or the CRP.

If others have thoughts, or examples, we would love to hear them. The bottom line is that we want Duf to succeeed. We lose if he doesn't.


At 9/19/2005 11:14 PM, Anonymous in the know said...

The Party Chairman is always a tougher job with a GOP Governor, but Duf is doing better than average job of proving this. He appears irrevelent.

At 9/20/2005 7:06 AM, Anonymous perplexed said...

Why isn't our CRP pushing the county Republican Central Committees to start mobilizing for the Special Election?

Time is running out and everyone is sitting on their hands. This is not the CRP that mobilized and won the recall.

At 9/20/2005 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perplexed: The difference is simple--the CRP under Shawn Steel was fully supportive of the Recall.

Sundheim has said on many ocassions that this is not the CRP's Special Election, it is the Governor's.That is why he opposed the CRP funding county/ground game operations for the Special.

IN THE KNOW hit it on the head, Sundheim is irrelevant, no one asks him for his opinion and when, due to courtesy they do, no one listens. My guess is that his recent exhibition of temper tantrums, lethargy and negativity is due to the fact he now realizes no one believes he has anything to offer.

At 9/20/2005 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


While Duf, not Shawn was Chair during the Recall, it was Shawn that drive that car. Duf couldn't find the bathroom in Burbank and did as Parsky told him. The concept was exciting and the CRP Board went along with Steel, the real creator of the Recall.

What Duf did best during the Recall was to stand out of the way and let activists and politicos, not the wine and brie set, develop the effort.

At 9/20/2005 9:51 AM, Anonymous a few things said...

few things ...

is this blog turning into a snipers rifle, assasinating folks or a discussion of the real organization?

i know i know ...

does the buck stop at the McCarthy's and the Duf's of the world desks? sure.

fact is, the caucus AND the crp are doing the same thing, dying to be relevant.

the Gov. outsourced his ground operations to the Central Comms in an unfunded mandate. the crp took the crooked deal because they needed to be relevant. his (arnolds's) consultants backed it because ... umm last time i checked they can't get big commissions from grassroots operations.

i think duf played a key role in the healing of the party, but, in doing that, washed his hands of very crucial operations and planning.

however, with all of that said, please look at what duf has to deal with.

i mean, how corrupt can a group of people be (not the employees or activists ... the central comms)? his most talented central comm chairs aren't really involved, with a few exceptions. the squeaky wheels that he does deal with are money grubbing and shady.

it's not a really desirable position to be in.

just a few things ...

At 9/20/2005 11:32 AM, Blogger Charlie Regan said...

Lay off Duf. He is doing a good job of juggling many competing interests, while having little real power himself since the Governor and the Assembly and Senate Leaders control most of the Republican $$ in this state.

In 2004, Duf did scrape together enough money for an effective campaign against Prop 62 - the Open Primary initiative, even though the Gov. and the Chamber supported it. He took some crap, but he did the right thing for the Party.

As to the 48th CD endorsement, the Party by-laws say that only the Board of Directors can endorse in special elections. The full body does not have that authority.

At 9/20/2005 2:29 PM, Blogger William C. Ferrell said...

Duf is right this is the Governor’s special election not CRP’s. The Dem’s and the unions ‎are politically savvy enough to know that if Arnold looses his special election he is toast. ‎I wish CRP under the leadership of Duff was smart enough to see that too. Going into ‎this special election the democrats are organized on the ground and have the logistics and ‎money to get out their message and the vote. Do we? And who is responsible for our ‎lack of preparedness? ‎

At 9/20/2005 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ferrell: You are right, we don't have a ground game. Could it be because Duf refused to create a CalPlan committee to develop the strategy for the Special? Could it be because the CRP has given the counties few assets?
Maybe if the Party had been promoting voter registration--or if Duf did not try to stop all funding for the counties?

While the Governor called the Special, he is our Governor and the CRP is mandated to help.

Are you suggesting that Duf has sat on his hands and done little or nothing? The answer is yes. Should the CRP get involved in this Special, of course. Duf's actions (or inactions) means the GOP is hurt. He has made himself irrelevant.

At 9/20/2005 6:33 PM, Anonymous perspective on this said...

gotta chime in ... you're wrong they have a calplan, they are spending all time highs on voter reg. and he's tried to get money into the counties, even to a point of a deficit.

i think we all need to realize the horrible position the arnold's consultants have put the grassroots, county parties, and crp in by bridling them with this mandate and not helping to fundraise for it.

it's cut and dry, they have those programs working, but the resources ($$) aren't really there to flesh them out.

i am highly critical of duff, but mainly for the company he is keeping in some of the county party officials that are greasing lining their pockets.


what's up with Nehring in all this?

does this make it easier for him to ascend or harder for his lack of action as well?

At 9/22/2005 10:39 AM, Blogger Reagan Enthusiast said...

I also agree with Ferrell - our Governor needs to win the special if he has a chance at reelection (I think we all see that even if we don't want to believe it). We need to come together as a party and ante up, win or lose, or back off and save the funds for the promotion of future fights. Either way we need to stop riding the fence and get organized.

At 9/22/2005 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor that steve poizner drop out of the race of IC

At 9/22/2005 5:20 PM, Blogger Roseville Conservative said...

Hello All:

I am not anm anonymous Blogger for a Reason. It allows we to speak with some authority and I choose to be accountable for what I write. Not that I am any better than any of you... that isn't it al all.

I am on the CRP Exec Committee, the CRP Rules Committee, was appointed by Senator Cox to carry a delegate badge to conventions, I am the CRA Sgt at Arms and I sit on the Placer GOP Central Committee.

Now you know my credentials.

Further disclosure, I did not vote for Duf when he ran for Chairman. I was 100% behind Bill Back. That being said, I think Duf has done a great job as Chairman.

There have been some recent screw-ups, but not anything major. This is what you get when people joust for power.

I talk to Duf from time to time and he is doing fine.

The whole debaucle over 77 in my own County Central Committee was one cause of Heartburn. I am a stanuch supporter of John Doolittle even though I voted as both a CRA and CRP Board member to endorse 77.

The other is Poizner... check out my blog and scroll down a bit and you will see me hammering the guy. This in spite of the 2.5 Million Poizner gave the CA GOP recently.

The ground game on our side will be limited at best. At the Convention, I heard that money will be distributed to counties.

In light of Placer's Rebellion against 77... I don't expect us to get any money from the CRP anytime soon.

I won't air anymore CRP Laundry to the blogosphere other than to say that as a CRP Insider, Duf has been under tremendous pressure and has performed admirably.

Do I agree with everything Duf has done... no. But the 80% of the time when I agree with him outweighs any issues I have with him.

At 9/25/2005 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is California Campaigns imploding? There hasn't been a new post for several days.

Or, did you guys merge with Hack N Smack?

At 10/01/2005 11:36 AM, Anonymous Richard Simmons said...

Is Duf imploding? I don't know, but he does seem to be eating a lot.

At 10/03/2005 2:02 PM, Anonymous Berkeley Bear said...

Maybe Dr. Dora has something to say on good ol' duf


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