Statement by SacCountyGOP Chair Betsy Mahan on the Crisis & Loss of Lives in Afghanistan

Sacramento, Calif.— (updated August 31, 2021)  “On behalf of the Sacramento County Republican Party, I called on President Biden to make certain every American, and Afghan who worked with the USA over the past twenty years, was escorted safely out of the country. His administration failed miserably to accomplish this important goal, and now hundreds if not thousands may lose their lives in the cruel and vindictive hands of the Taliban.”

“As the Sacramento region mourns the loss of lives, including that of Roseville’s own Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, we must speak out and push back against the Biden Administration’s gross inadequacies and outright lies to the American people.”

“Sacramento has a large Afghan community, and we are in solidarity with the families who were anxiously watching the bungled exit. Now, many may never see their family members and friends who were left behind.”

“The U.S. soldiers who fought to protect the Afghan people over the past twenty years gave them a reprieve from what we now see unfolding. They should stand proud of their service in this war-torn country, and we thank them for their sacrifice. We can’t help but to believe this botched retreat from Afghanistan could have gone differently if Biden had followed the plan left by President Trump’s administration. Trump made that agreement from a position of strength. Now, terrorists throughout the world know the USA is unwilling to use the resources we have available to us to defend our allies, and therefore ourselves. The Taliban does not belong in the 21st Century, and should not be acknowledged as a legitimate government, and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris do not belong in the White House as the leaders of the once greatest nation on earth.”

Statement by SacCountyGOP Chair Betsy Mahan on the CAGOP Endorsement Vote

Sacramento, Calif.— (August 7, 2021)  “I congratulate CAGOP Chairwoman Patterson for bringing the Recall endorsement vote to the full delegation.”

“The election that will take place starting August 16 is an opportunity for Republicans to inform all voters that there can be a better California. We don’t have to breath smoke-filled air from fires that could have been prevented, our kids should come first over the interests of unions, our water should not need rationing, especially to farmers who feed the world, our businesses should not have to stand by while looters brazenly take their lives and livelihoods away, we should be able to register our cars and fill the gas tank without having to remortgage our homes, and people of faith should not have to fear their right to gather and worship may be taken away.”

“Voters who aren’t involved in the political process don’t care about Party, but they do care about quality of life. They’re turning off the news and leaving social media because they no longer trust the messengers. While the Democrat Party holds all leadership positions in our major cities and in Sacramento, more voters are registered Republican and No Party Preference than Democratic. In fact, according to the CA Secretary of State’s February registration report, 11,926,160 voters do not want to be Democrats. Voters like balance in their leadership, and the Recall brings this opportunity.”

“California cannot afford another year of total Democrat rule, and our job is to let people know that electing a Republican will bring balance back to the policy making process in Sacramento. We need to ask voters who are not politically involved to answer the question: How’s this working for you? And we need to let them know there’s a wealth of talent in the Republicans who are running to replace the tyrant we know as Governor Newsom. We ask voters to Vote Yes on the Recall and to see first-hand how Republicans govern differently.”

Full Statement

Governor Newsom’s Attempt to Buy Redemption with Taxpayer Dollars

Sacramento, Calif.— (May 10, 2021)  Governor Newsom announced more taxpayer financed stimulus dollars for California residents. No doubt another $600 will be useful to struggling families, but what Californians really need is a permanent fix for the problems created under Newsom’s failed leadership. After the $600 is spent, Californians will still live in a state with the highest cost of living, the most homeless people, rising crime rates, a poor education delivery system, onerous and ineffective regulations that are driving businesses and the jobs they offer out of state, as the Newsom administration wastes billions of taxpayer dollars through unchecked fraud and insider deals.

Newsom put a band-aid on a huge set of problems in hopes of heading off a recall later this year. Californians see through this deception, and look forward to new leadership for the state we love.

Not Everyone Deserves A Trophy

Sacramento, Calif.— (March 13, 2021)  The Sacramento Republican Party did not hand out a trophy to Jorge Riley, and we do not agree that he should have been celebrated by the Sacramento Republican Assembly due to his actions taken on January 6th.

“SacGOP denounces anyone who engages in violence to advance their political views,” said Chair Betsy Mahan, “including former leaders of Republican organizations.” 

Sacramento County Republican Central Committee Votes to Expel Jeffrey Perrine

Sacramento, Calif.— (Feb. 17, 2021)—During its February 17 meeting, the Sacramento County Republican Party Central Committee, in accordance with their Bylaws, voted in support of the executive committee’s recommendation to expel member Jeffery Perrine. The expulsion recommendation is in response to Mr. Perrine’s desire to maintain membership in an organization despite his views and actions being categorically inconsistent with the values of the Republican Party.

“The Committee took this action very seriously,” said Committee Chair Betsy Mahan. “We had to give consideration to the impact of Mr. Perrine’s behavior on our Party during a volatile time in our country’s history.”

Sacramento County Republican Party Treasurer and Natomas Unified School District Trustee Micah Grant, who made the motion to remove Perrine, issued the following statement in response to the committee’s vote to expel Perrine:

“Mr. Perrine’s beliefs, actions, and public statements are woefully out of touch with true conservative values and were a slap in the face to Republicans everywhere who are deeply embedded in their communities. I’m proud the committee took the necessary action to remove this individual.”

Under state law, any member of a political party may run for Central Committee. In Mr. Perrine’s race, there were equal amounts of candidates and seats available, so a vote did not take place and he was not on the March 2020 ballot.

During its February meeting, the Central Committee also adopted a resolution denouncing all groups that call for hate or violence against government officials, buildings, law enforcement, places of business and worship, or neighborhoods. “We invite all political parties to join us in denouncing violence as a means to express political opinions,” said Mahan.

February 17, 2021
Statement on Passing of Rush Limbaugh
 
Rush Limbaugh will be missed by conservatives in Sacramento County and across the nation. We’ve always considered Rush to be our hometown success story, and we give him credit for providing an enlightened perspective on the issues of the day. He taught his listeners to question what they heard from Sacramento’s Democrat leadership, and he provided background information not available through the media.
 
His constant references to voters in Rio Linda were meant with affection to address the working class voters who didn’t make politics the center of their lives.
 
Rush Limbaugh inspired other radio talk shows to provide a conservative perspective in Sacramento and across the nation. We are thankful he brought us out of the shadows and gave us the information and confidence we needed to highlight failed policies, such as those of Gavin Newsom in California, and others across the nation. RIP Rush.
 
Betsy Mahan
Chair, Sacramento County Republican Party

SacCountyGOP Chair Betsy Mahan and others discuss the opening of the RNC Convention.

August 24, 2020 on Insight – Link to interview.

SacCountyGOP Chair Betsy Mahan weighs in with local Sacramento politicians on the choice of Kamala Harris as Vice President.

https://www.facebook.com/SacCountyGOP/videos/890323118143808/

ABC 10 – Sacramento 
SacCountyGOP Chair Betsy Mahan discusses the Presidential Primary on Super Tuesday.

Capitol Public Radio
Insights with Beth Ruyak

Local Republicans & Democrats React To The State Of The Union

Another historic State of the Union has been delivered — This time, by a president who has been impeached. The last president who delivered this barometer of the nation’s health under the cloud of impeachment was President Bill Clinton. Though Clinton wasn’t speaking literally the night before his anticipated acquittal. But, Clinton was acquitted by the Senate and President Donald Trump is poised to be acquitted today. 

Trump covered many topics in a survey of accomplishments. He introduced a number of guests, including Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who had been invited to watch the speech in the House Chamber. 

Three local Democratic and Republican Party chairs join us to share their thoughts on the speech.

Guests

Sacramento County Republican Central Committee Votes to Expel Jeffrey Perrine

Sacramento, Calif.— (Feb. 17, 2021)—During its February 17 meeting, the Sacramento County Republican Party Central Committee voted in support of the executive committee’s recommendation to expel member Jeffery Perrine. The expulsion recommendation is in response to Mr. Perrine’s desire to maintain membership in an organization despite his views and actions being categorically inconsistent with the values of the Republican Party.

“We took this action very seriously,” said Sacramento County Republican Central Committee Chair Betsy Mahan. “We had to give consideration to the impact of Mr. Perrine’s behavior on our Party during a volatile time in our country’s history.”

Sacramento County Republican Party Treasurer and Natomas Unified School District Trustee Micah Grant, who made the motion to remove Perrine, issued the following statement in response to the committee’s vote to expel Perrine:

“Mr. Perrine’s beliefs, actions, and public statements are woefully out of touch with true conservative values and were a slap in the face to Republicans everywhere who are deeply embedded in their communities. I’m proud the committee took the necessary action to remove this individual.”

Under state law, any member of a political party may run for Central Committee. In Mr. Perrine’s race, there were equal amounts of candidates and seats available, so a vote did not take place and he was not on the March 2020 ballot.

During its February meeting, the Central Committee also adopted a resolution denouncing all groups that call for hate or violence against government officials, buildings, law enforcement, places of business and worship, or neighborhoods.

For more information about the Sacramento County GOP, visit SacCountyGOP.com

by Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks

California’s 7th Congressional District was once a key battleground seat for Republicans.

Just a few years ago, the seat held by Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was actively targeted by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The district was home to the country’s most expensive congressional race in 2014.

Two years later, the Elk Grove Democrat edged out Republican Sheriff Scott Jones with 51.2 percent of the vote, outspending Jones 3-to-1.

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Sacramento County Republican Party Chairwoman Betsy Mahan lamented the party’s struggles in a November blog post, writing, “Andrew Grant couldn’t have worked harder, or been a better prospective Congressman, but voters were not listening and the money to run a proper campaign was not there.”

In particular, Mahan criticized Ivy, who has promoted himself as a “progressive Republican” pushing for universal healthcare, marijuana legalization, raising the federal minimum wage and adopting the framework of the Green New Deal. Ivy said he has been a no-party preference, Democratic and Libertarian voter at various points in his life.

“We have a delusional, newly registered Republican candidate, who doesn’t live in the district, and thinks he’s going to convince Republicans to support the socialistic policies of Bernie Sanders. No kidding,” Mahan wrote, later referring to Ivy as “Poison Ivy.”

“I am looking forward to more Republican candidates (real ones..) getting into the race to represent our principles and not play games with the election,” she continued. The local party endorsed Patterson, a former White House military aide under President Bill Clinton, for the seat.

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by Rick Boone, CBS-13
 

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — DC Democratic lawmakers are getting support from some Sacramento-area Republicans who are calling for President Trump to leave office immediately.

“I have to speak up because he has become a threat to our democracy, our constitution, and our republic,” says Mike Madrid, a California GOP Political Consultant. “Donald Trump not only obstructed the law but he was involved in bribery.”

Madrid is part of a growing group of Republican political consultants who are on a mission to unseat the president and are willing to take on members of their own party to do it. He says he knows he has an uphill battle, especially when some Sacramento Republicans say they aren’t buying his argument.

At the Sacramento County Republican Party meetings, there’s no shortage of Trump fever.

“I knew he was going to be a little unorthodox, but that’s what it took to make some changes,” Republican Eric Ragard said.

To them, the word “impeachment” is just a hurdle in the presidency that they say continues to be unstoppable.

“It’s not going to hurt President Trump”, says Deborah Johns, a Sacramento Republican.

Local Republicans are defiant in swatting down any belief Trump could lose a Senate trial or face a mass exodus of GOP voting support. GOP members insist their party won’t be shopping for a new candidate come 2020.

“He has put up with an amazing amount of abuse, and he keeps at it,” Betsy Mahan said.

Still, on the other side of the GOP spectrum, the anti-Trump movement is still alive in California. Madrid believes all his group needs to do is shave 5% of the vote from Trump’s support, and the president could lose his re-election next November.

Madrid’s group has gotten the attention and support of Trump critic George Conway, the husband of Kelly Ann Conway, who works for President Trump.

Democrats bank on ‘Trump effect’ in California congressional races

Emily Cadei
Sacramento Bee – October 10, 2018

…The president isn’t on the ballot this year, nor is he expected to come stump for Republican candidates in California the way he is elsewhere. Yet his influence in the 2018 election is unavoidable in a state where his popularity is among the lowest in the country.

And voters like Scholes — educated, suburban women who can’t stand Trump — could tip the balance. “My observation is what’s happening in the organizing in District 4 is the majority of the feet on the street and the people doing the work are women,” Scholes said.

Republicans are countering by highlighting state-level policies and problems. Betsy Mahan is among those who think Democrats are overly optimistic.

Sacramento County Republican Party Chairwoman Betsy Mahan says she’s seeing a surge of interest at local headquarters from people who think this election is less about a president who’s kept his promises and more about how Democrats have mismanaged the state.

“Do I see people coming in here and saying bad things about Trump? No… We have a lot of people who are very very encouraged by what he’s accomplishing,” she said. “I see people coming in here and saying we need to get things done in California.”

Mahan pointed, in particular, to the sky-high cost of living in the state. Her oldest child has moved to Idaho because he couldn’t afford a California apartment. “People are feeling like they are under siege,” she said.

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CapRadio – October 8, 2018
The candidates for Governor debated on public radio on October 8, and Sacramento-based CapRadio with Beth Ruyak had local political representatives on her show to recap the debate. Betsy Mahan’s comments can be found late in the program in a segment that starts with Mike Madrid of Grassroots Lab (43:00) and Betsy’s comments begin at 43:50, followed by Mayor Steinberg. Listen to the entire recap at this link.

Listen to the Debate at this link.

September 26, 2018 – With support from Sacramento area voters, Carl DeMaio announces the gas tax replacement measure has been filed. The “Citizen Lockbox would fix roads without tax hikes, providing $7.9 billion more to fix roads and fund infrastructure once voters approve Prop. 6.

Read the story from the Sacramento Bee

Learn more about the Citizen Lockbox initiative that will be circulated for the 2020 ballot.

More articles from the Sept. 26 DeMaio Press Conference

View the story on KCRA

Read about it in the Epoch Times

 

Out-of-state Republicans poured money into repeal effort hoping to weaken Dems

By Graham Womack
NewsReview.com
August 23, 2018

As city governments marshal their opposition to a Republican-led repeal effort of California’s new gas tax, the fate of the 12 cent-per-gallon surcharge could have broader implications for the Democratic Party.

There’s a question if more voters in November will believe this or insistence from gas tax opponents that California already had ample transportation funds.

“I think that voters are seeing more and more that the Democrat leadership in the legislature, it has an insatiable appetite for tax dollars,” said Sacramento County Republican Party chair Betsy Mahan. “We think they need to learn to live within their means and we don’t think that we have an obligation to enable their spending habits.”

Skepticism remains, though, with Mahan saying Prop. 6 supporters were preparing a 2020 ballot measure to dedicate original gas tax revenues to road maintenance and improvements, and to divert the car sales tax to state transportation rather than the general fund.

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California billionaire hosts town hall calling for Trump's impeachment

By Brandi Cummings
KCRA
June 18, 2018

The effort to impeach President Donald Trump came to Sacramento Monday night.

California billionaire Tom Steyer made his case before a large crowd at Beatnick Studios on S Street. He has spent more than $40 million in his efforts that launched in October 2017.

KCRA 3 contacted the Sacramento County Republican Party. Chairwoman Betsy Mahan sent this statement:

“Steyer is wasting his fortune on this endeavor. The voters have decided, and it’s time Democrats accept their decision.”

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Democratic Congressman Ami Bera is in an unfamiliar position – he’s a heavy favorite

By Emily Cadei
Sacramento Bee
July 19, 2018

After barely edging out his opponents in three straight congressional races, Sacramento-area Rep. Ami Bera is in the unfamiliar position of being the odds-on favorite this November.

Local Republicans, however, insist that the narrow divide between Democrats and Republicans in district means it will inevitably be competitive and say Grant, a former Marine, has a shot at ousting Bera despite his lack of cash. As of June 30, Bera had $1.7 million in his campaign account, compared to just $72,000 for Grant.

Sacramento County Republican Party Chairwoman Betsy Mahan predicted that gap would close now that Republicans are uniting behind Grant. He bested another Republican, Fair Oaks Dr. Yona Barash, in the “top two” primary to advance to the general election against Bera.

“I think you’ll see very different numbers coming out going forward,” said Mahan, who added that the contest remained one of local Republicans’ “top priorities.”

“We have a much more aggressive grassroots operation this year,” she added.

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