“I don’t know how to sugarcoat this.” [...] The party “is going through a very fiscally challenging period.” Warned by the party’s chief operating officer that state GOP layoffs could follow if the county funding was continued, “I was forced to vote to end a program that I believe is a good one, simply because we are faced with a situation of limited resources.”
Yes, believe it or not, California Republican Party SoCal Vice Chair (and FLASH REPORT editor) Jon Fleischman actually wrote that in a recent email that AP was lucky enough to obtain. Apparently due to the fact that, as of October, the state GOP is still $1.7 million in the red, they are being forced to eliminate its county executive director program, which distributed about $260,000 a year among nearly a dozen counties to assist with fundraising activities and grass-roots organizing. Since the state GOP’s finances are so tenuous, they had to decide whether to end the funding or lay off workers from its staff. So now, it looks like they chose to cut back on helping out counties in need of organizing.
So what will soon happen to California Republicans? Probably not much if they’re in Orange or San Diego Counties, as local parties down here are still fiscally sound. But in other localities where it’s tough to find a lot of big donors with big bucks, this may spell hard times ahead. So now, we must ask how the fiscal woes of the state GOP will help Republicans struggling to hold onto the few legislative and Congressional seats they have here in the Golden State.
What do you think about the CA GOP’s financial problems? Is this a temporary pain that won’t change things much? Or is this a sign of more pain to come in the election next year? Republicans have to defend some vulnerable seats next year, as well as fight for the ballot initiatives it favors. Will they have the resources necessary to do it?