(American Spectator) -- The newly announced California Assembly’s Republican leadership team is, as I reported, a “who’s who” of “Republicans in name only” (RINOs) — a poke in the eye of party activists. No matter how riled the party’s dwindling number of voters become, it’s clear that GOP leaders are doubling down on the kinder, gentler approach that has left them with only 25 percent of the state’s electorate. They may soon be surpassed by “decline to state.”
This internal party vote is significant because, just as the moribund party had been showing signs of life, its own leaders scuttled the progress the party had made in taking advantage of widespread public anger at tax-hiking transportation votes.
In July, California GOP Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley and six of his Assembly colleagues voted to extend the governor’s cost-raising cap-and-trade system that’s designed to fight global warming. In response, GOP county officials and grassroots leaders called for his removal from the leadership position. Rumblings turned into a groundswell, and in late August, the GOP caucus finally replaced Mayes with Brian Dahle, from a small town east of Redding.
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