Sunday, January 29, 2006

Father of the Recall--Ray Haynes???

The other night at the California Congress of Republican convention, I heard something that I didn't know about Ray Haynes.

Ray claimed that he was the one that told and convinced Congressman Darrell Issa to write the check to fund the Recall campaign.

Is this true? Maybe Issa staff members can enlighten us.

11 Comments:

At 1/29/2006 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is partly true....if Issa succeed with the recall and his gubernatorial campaign, Ray would've been a front runner for his Congressional seat.

I know Ray would've been pushin really hard for it.

However, there were others. It is laughable that any single person would take credit for convicing Issa to do this.

 
At 1/30/2006 10:29 AM, Blogger NickM said...

What were you doing at a Congress of Republicans convention?

Squish. :-)

Nick

 
At 1/30/2006 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment is not exactly true, either. I was at the meeting. Haynes said he left the recall rally, and talked to Issa about financing the recall. He didn't say he convinced him. Darrell did that all on his own.

 
At 1/30/2006 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray,
You know what you said, stop masking it.

 
At 2/03/2006 2:14 PM, Anonymous ray haynes said...

Someone directed me to this comment, and I have to agree with the first comment. Many people were responsible for the recall, and I didn't say I was.

What I did say was that I was one of two elected officials to speak at the first recall rally, and immediately after my speech, I went to talk to Darrell Issa (then about his Senate race, but ultimately about the recall). That was the extent of my comment at the CCR meeting.

To clarify what occurred, Darrell asked me if he could get support for a governor's race in the recall. I said, he might, if the recall qualified, but it would not qualify without a benefactor. He asked me if people would support him if he wrote the check, I said I don't know, but they definitely wouldn't support him if he didn't.

After a number of discussions, and meetings with others, Darrell decided to give the money. Darrell is, and was, the father of the recall. I was just a cog in the machine. I made the comment at the meeting in the context of political courage. Prior to the announcement of Darrell's influx of money, I was told by a number of my political colleagues that (a) the recall was doomed to fail; and (b) Gray Davis would destroy me politically.

Oh well.

 
At 2/05/2006 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now tell us about your affair with a girl your daughers age?

Did you support Clinton's Impeachment?

 
At 2/07/2006 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the moron, "ballot designation,"

Are you actually trying to say that Jim Gilchrist gained no advantage by being the darling of KFI?

When was the last time that an AIP candidate received more than 15% of the vote in a safe Republican seat? You must be either nuts or being paid by Shawn Steel to make such a riduculous comment.

The ONLY reason Jim Gilchrist got more than 2 percent of the vot is COMPLETELY due to KFI.

Wake up!

 
At 2/07/2006 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does whoever wants to bash Ray about his personal life either have the facts or want to reveal his or her identity?

I can take a wild guess about who is attempting to bas h him.

Have you ever thought that you might be wrong and that you might not know the details of his divorce?

What will you say to him if you are wrong?

 
At 2/07/2006 11:37 PM, Anonymous I don't care said...

I personally don't care who Ray F*cks.

The appearance looks bad and the perception is that Ray is going through some mid-life crisis.

In politics, perception is everything. You have to admit that they are an odd couple.

 
At 2/11/2006 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As to Ray Haynes, let's keep in mind that he was one of only three or four elected Republican "leaders" who was not only speaking in favor of the recall, but also working behind the scenes to get it funded.

As a long-time Republican activist, I was deeply disappointed that our Republican leaders were privately (or publicly) opposed to the recall effort. Of course, given Schwarzenegger's performance as Governor, Gray Davis doesn't seem so bad!

But if Ray Haynes had gotten his way, we'd have Governor Issa. He deserves some credit for that.

 
At 4/09/2006 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, now, we all know who the real father of the recall is. The soon to be next congressman of the 50th CD. Howard (Istanbul, Baghdad? Whats the difference)Kaloogian. http://www.howardisaliar.com/

 

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