The California Republican Assembly is an institution in the State of California. Venerable and influential, the CRA in recent decades has been the “conscience of the Republican Party” — or as some would say, the “Republican wing of the Republican Party.” Conservative to its core, the organization of which I proudly served as State President from 1995 – 1997 is in the midst of internal strife, which came to a very public head at its recent state convention in Sacramento.
While I was not at the convention, I thought that FlashReport readers would enjoy hearing about how that event went — from two decidedly different perspectives. On one side, you have Tom Hudson, a CRA Vice Prsident who supported Celeste Greig’s successful bid for a full two-year term as CRA President. On the other side you have Maria England, longtime CRA activist who was part of the team behind the unsuccessful bid of Karen England (no relation) for CRA President.
While yours truly endorsed Celeste Greig early I, to be honest I am still in a “fact finding” mode before I lay out my analysis of what went right, and what went wrong at the CRA convention. An early examination of the facts indicates that fault may fall on both sides.
The travesty here, is like with any civil war (and this can only be characterized as such), all of the fallen and wounded are conservatives. A top priority for me is going to be helping to figure out the path towards a unified CRA, that will be actively engaged in working to elect conservatives. This is important all of the time, but with the confluence of the new Prop. 14 rules and the impacts of the decennial redrawing of political boundaries, CRA’s influence is going to be more important now than ever.
Below are links to the two columns, which I encourage you to read. I also encourage comments (though be aware that I have to approve comments and am away from my computer much of the day — so be patient).