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 (www.cagop.org) 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.