The party members took a SERIOUS beatdown in the midterm elections last month….
And it ain’t gonna get better with a President that can’t stop attacking the state politically…
California’s Republican Party is in deep trouble, and in interviews with both outgoing and returning state House Republicans, none could offer a specific message or path forward.
The California GOP got walloped in 2018, losing all seven closely contested congressional seats and all statewide elections. It also got pummeled in State Assembly and local elections.
State Republican officials readily concede the party faces huge problems. Some — though not all — say state party Chairman Jim Brulte’s warnings long ago about the need to appeal to minority groups should have been heeded.
While Brulte and others have long warned of danger, such as the difficulty appealing to minority groups like Asian Americans and Latino Americans, few Republicans in recent years would not or could not offer solutions.
Seventy percent of Asian Americans in California voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 and 71 percent of Latinos did the same. Latinos made up 31 percent of the 2016 state electorate while Asian Americans were 12 percent, according to network exit polls.
It’s hard to find state Republicans optimistic about 2020, even those coming off double-digit wins as one of their own, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, ascends to Republican leader in the House next month.
“You know the Bee Gees song?” asked Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-California, when asked his thoughts on the future of California Republicans. “’Ah, ah, ah, ah, staying alive, staying alive.’”
The California Republican Party had 14 of 53 congressional seats before the 2018 election and next year will have seven.