Last weekend, the California Republican Party held its convention in Anaheim with hopes of capturing a statewide seat for the first time in 16 years. But like any good political party, there was tension among the ranks. While the California GOP is in dire straits, there is hope on the national level, if the GOP takes control of Congress this fall and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield finds himself taking the gavel from Nancy Pelosi, becoming third in line for the White House throne. Even amidst hoopla of McCarthy being caught on tape talking to fellow Republicans about urging then-President Trump to resign after the January 6th storming of the Capitol, he received a standing ovation Saturday night after delivering the keynote speech.
But not everything was California poppies and roses at the convention. During its endorsement process, Gubernatorial candidate Jenny Rae Le Roux slung mud at State Senator Brian Dahle, who is also running for Governor, over a campaign donation to the party from a committee controlled by his wife, Assemblymember Megan Dahle. But Dahle prevailed in the final vote.
Other notable happenings included: Nathan Hochman passed the 60% threshold to take the endorsement for Attorney General, Mark Meuser was given the nod in his race to unseat U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, and Angela Jacobs Underwood was endorsed for Lieutenant Governor. Lance Christensen received the party’s endorsement for Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Lanhee Chen went uncontested for his endorsement for State Controller.