California Republican Assembly leader ousted after cap-and-trade vote

August 25, 2017

Chad Mayes

More than a month after Assemblyman Chad Mayes broke rank and voted for a cap-and-trade bill, the Assembly Republican Caucus ousted him as its leader. [Mercury News]

The Assembly Republicans held a closed-door meeting Thursday in which they unanimously decided to replace Mayes with Assemblyman Brian Dahle, a farmer from Lassen County. Dahle voted against the cap-and-trade bill that set off a struggle within the California Republican Party.

On July 17, eight Republican legislators, including Central Coast Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, broke rank and voted for a bill extending California’s cap-and-trade program. Launched in 2012, cap-and-trade is a controversial program designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions that requires many industrial companies to obtain permits for emission allowances.

Following the vote, anger toward the Republicans who supported the bill erupted at town halls and tea party gatherings. Also, activists accused Mayes of having an affair with former assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, who served as his predecessor as Republican Assembly leader. The allegation was supported by a letter to the Assembly written by Olsen’s estranged husband that requested an investigation into whether Mayes and/or Olsen used state resources to conceal their alleged affair.

In addition to anger over the cap-and-trade vote, there had been outcry over Mayes and other Republican legislators being photographed with Gov. Jerry Brown on the day the bill passed. Mayes posed for a photo that day in which he is seen smiling in between Brown and the Democratic leaders of both the Assembly and state Senate. Cunningham, too, was photographed with Brown, but he appeared to be engaged in conversation and was not smiling.

Mayes survived multiple challenges to his leadership position until Thursday, when mounting pressure from both activists and the state party resulted in his ouster.

The move to oust Mayes is seen as a sign the state Republican Party, which holds little power in California, values principles over pragmatism and bipartisanship. Mayes argued that embracing action on mitigating climate change is needed to help grow the state party, but conservative activists in California remained fiercely opposed to his strategy.

Gov. Brown, who relied on Mayes’ support to get the cap-and-trade bill passed, took to Twitter Thursday to criticize the Assembly Republican Caucus.

“Sad day when the Grand Old Party punishes a leader whose only flaw was believing in science & cutting regs, costs & taxes for Californians,” Brown said in a tweet.

Mayes had served as the Assembly Republicans’ leader since early 2016. He will remain the leader of the caucus through the end of the legislative session in September.


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George Bailey

Some desperate local politicians use their internet troll friends to try to ‘down vote’ posts on this page, but the rest of us know that politician Jordan Cunningham betrayed working-class people with his ‘Yes’ vote for the whacky Democrats ‘Cap-and-Trade’ tax increase.


Politician Jordan Cunningham also betrayed taxpaying voters un in Santa Barbara County, when he voted for special-interests legislation that would allow the Santa Ynez Indians, Inc. to take non-reservation land acquisitions into the reservation, thus taking those properties off the property tax rolls.


This flawed, misguided politician we sent to Sacramento is busy selling out the interests of taxpayers and we cannot trust Jordan Cunningham to do the right thing.


Next election, I will vote “NO” on Jordan Cunningham.


George


Dump Tax Hiking Politicians

Dump Jordan Cunningham


George Bailey

Jordan Cunningham betrayed us too, how can we dump him?


Mike

“Sad day when the Grand Old Party punishes a leader whose only flaw was believing in science & cutting regs, costs & taxes for Californians,” Brown said in a tweet.


Global warming is not science it is a religious belief.


“cutting regs, costs & taxes for Californians” — from a democrat that just shoved thru a huge gas tax increase? Really jerry? Liar going to lie.


October

“…there had been outcry over Mayes and other Republican legislators being photographed with Gov. Jerry Brown on the day the bill passed. Mayes posed for a photo that day in which he is seen smiling in between Brown and the Democratic leaders of both the Assembly and state Senate. Cunningham, too, was photographed with Brown, but he appeared to be engaged in conversation and was not smiling.”


Has it really come down to people analyzing whether you’re smiling or not? This is pathetic.


SLOBIRD

Now to oust Jordan and the other 5 who voted for this and protected the 7 Democrats going into the election who can now claim they didn’t vote for this. Republicans have become the Party of Stupid in California (and a few other States).


kayaknut

Chad Mayes should just go ahead to finalize the change and put a D after his name.


1965buick

‘Grand Old Party’ republicans themselves have publically noted that they are divided and don’t know what they stand for anymore.


Time to get rid of the 2 party system.


panflash

“Time to get rid of the 2 party system.”


Well, like it or not, in the eyes of some people at least, that’s why Donald Trump was elected President.


Let’s just remember- every journey begins with a single step. The next national election is November 2018.


womanwhohasbeenthere

We already have a de facto one-party system in California thanks to Abel Maldonado et al, who changed the rules for primaries. Formerly, the winner in each party’s primary went on to the general election. Now the top two winners, regardless of party affiliation, face each other in November. The theory was, it would encourage more centrist candidates; the reality is, it works against a two-party (or more) system because often one party takes both top spots. Too bad Maldonado didn’t know that organization, name ID and money have far more impact than even the best philosophical ideas.


Jorge Estrada

Not news to me, we are still Americans and so are some Democrats. LOL


jimmy_me

I fear for this guy’s life. Maybe we can put him in the witness protection program.