Ric Grenell Group to Do What California Republican Party Won’t—SUE for Honest Voting Rolls

Last year the Secretary of State authorized at least 440,000 live ballots going to dead people and those that moved out of State.  The California Republican Party, responsible to 5 million registered Republicans that we hold honest elections.  The Chair of the CRP has been silent.  Now, it no longer matters.  Like most political actions, the Chair Jessica Patterson and the CRP has abdicated political action.

Now Ric Grennell has formed an organization to do two important things—neither of which the CRP is willing to do—sue for honest voting rolls—and promote education choice.  More proof of the CRP being a hallow organization.  It is the grass roots and outsiders that are doing the work supposed to be done by the Party.

“Grenell told Fox News that “Fix California’s” three main focuses will be suing counties in California to clean up their voter rolls; registering voters and researching paths to expand school choice in the state. 

“We’re going to go after the frustrated ‘decline to state’ voters,” Grenell said. “People who recognize that the pendulum has swung too far left and needs to come back”

Grenell said one way to drive turnout in 2022 specifically is to make school choice a significant issue. There’s been massive frustration with the status of school reopenings in California, which lag behind most of the country

Congrats to Ric Grenell for getting to the heart of the issue. Maybe this will embarrass the California Republican party to do something substantial—not just form a perfunctory committee to “study” the issue.  In 2020 the Secretary of State authorized sending 440,000 ballots to dead people and those who had moved out of State.  The CRP ignored this fraud and corruption and did nothing.

Grenell group seeks to reshape California politics beyond recall: Californians want ‘permanent change’

GETTYSBURG, PA – NOVEMBER 25: Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside of the Wyndham Gettysburg hotel prior to a Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee public hearing Wednesday to discuss 2020 election issues and irregularities with President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on November 25, 2020 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Giuliani is continuing his push to overturn election results in the courts. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Group follows similar model to Stacey Abrams’ ‘Fair Fight,’ Loeffler’s ‘Greater Georgia’

By Tyler Olson | Fox News, 4/8/21 

A panel of California parents slam the governor’s dishonesty on ‘Fox & Friends First.’

EXCLUSIVE: Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell — the subject of pervasive speculation that he may run against California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election — is starting a voter group in California aimed at bringing “permanent” change to the state’s political landscape. 

The group, called “Fix California,” is in the model of Stacey Abrams’ highly successful “Fair Fight” in Georgia, focusing on voter registration and issue advocacy. Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., made a similar move a few weeks ago, starting an organization called “Greater Georgia.” 

Grenell said “Fix California’s” vision goes beyond the current recall effort for Newsom, which appears to have enough signatures to trigger an election and has grabbed plenty of media headlines. 

The top Trump ally said that even if Newsom is successfully recalled — a process that is not complete and is still rife with pitfalls, Grenell says — the new governor would only be in office briefly before the 2022 election. 

“What I’m consistently hearing from activists and donors is that after a year of our economy being shut down for political reasons and Zoom school, that people in California want permanent change,” he said. 

Grenell told Fox News that “Fix California’s” three main focuses will be suing counties in California to clean up their voter rolls; registering voters and researching paths to expand school choice in the state. 

“We’re going to go after the frustrated ‘decline to state’ voters,” Grenell said. “People who recognize that the pendulum has swung too far left and needs to come back”

Grenell said one way to drive turnout in 2022 specifically is to make school choice a significant issue. There’s been massive frustration with the status of school reopenings in California, which lag behind most of the country

Grenell said conservatives in California had largely stopped focusing on Democrats’ efforts to move the state far to the left about a decade ago, realizing they did not have the political capital to stop them. California Republicans would help GOP candidates in other states, he said, until Democrat policies had become so “disastrous” that Republicans would have a chance to win back California voters. 

Now, thanks to Democrats’ performance during the coronavirus pandemic, Grenell said, conservatives have a chance to change the state’s trajectory. 

“We’ve been waiting for the last 10 years for that moment to show the electorate that progressive policies are bad for the largest state in the union, and what COVID has done is sped up the ability for Republicans to point to the disastrous policies and blame the one-party control of the state – the Democrats,” he said. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, gestures in front of local officials while speaking about COVID-19 vaccines at the Fresno Fairgrounds, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Fresno, Calif. Newsom, widely accused of hypocrisy including for putting his children in in-person school and dining indoors against his own health guidance, is facing a likely recall election. (John Walker/The Fresno Bee via AP)

Of course, any effort to move California to the right is going to be a massive uphill climb. California voters went for President Biden over former President Trump by a nearly two-to-one margin in 2020. The state hasn’t elected a Republican statewide since 2006, when it gave former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a second term in office. 

Democrats are pushing back against the Newsom recall effort as a fringe power grab tied to Trump and will likely do the same to any GOP efforts to win statewide as well. 

“We got here because a faction led by Trump Republicans are trying to do a major power-grab because they lost power in Washington, D.C.,” Ace Smith, a strategist for Newsom, told the Sacramento Press Club. “They have an agenda and let’s be clear about what that agenda is. It’s about repealing Roe v. Wade… It’s about killing affordable health care.”

Smith continued to say that the recall is “a campaign being fueled by bigots, racists, haters, Proud Boys, QAnon conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers.”

Grenell — who has refused to say whether he will run for California governor in the runoff — told Fox News the Newsom recall effort is instead a reflection on voters’ frustration with a mismanaged state and an allegedly hypocritical governor. 

“We see so many parents who have watched in horror as their kids have been forced into Zoom school the last year. Gavin Newsom has lied about dealing with the impact of Zoom school. He hasn’t dealt with it because his kids have been in in-person learning since last year,” Grenell said. “He also said we are not going back to normal. We can’t go back to normal because normal isn’t good… He said the quiet part out loud.”

Still, Grenell said, the recall might get Newsom out of office, but it will take a large effort to realign California’s politics. 

“I’m telling our donors when I meet with them that this is not a sexy, quick fix like one hyped-up statewide race,” Grenell said. “This is a four-year campaign to fix California and to do the long-term reforms that we know we need.”

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.


  1. Hope Ric runs for governor.

  2. Edgar M. Struble says

    Count me in. This guy makes more sense in a five minute read than I’ve heard in five years from this democratic mess.

  3. I wish I had faith in the GOP but their obvious stupidity in not getting on the Trump Train tells me the majority of them are functionally part of the swamp. Grenell may be tilting at windmills but his ilk is our only real hope in awakening the conservative sleeping giant in America.

    • Ronni Redmond says

      You’re absolutely right Hans. The more Steve reports on the inadequacies of our current GOP leadership, the clearer it becomes. Going after the DTS voter is crucial. Let’s face it ~ if a voter is registered as a Democrat in California, he’s standing on a soapbox banging his chest more than happy to say so. He’s not voting Republican. Whereas a Republican voter can be easily intimidated, much like my “fear” of putting a MAGA bumper sticker on my car. Grenell has it right!

  4. Janet Kirtlink says

    Still hoping and praying for this great state of California. While the recall may get rid of Newsom, the GOP needs a better replacement. Rick Grenell may be the answer but the Republicans need to unite behind him. This might be the GOP’s last shot at this. Wishing you all the best as move to Idaho, where my vote will count.

    • Marilyn Galli says

      Leaving the state instead of fighting will not stop your vote from being compromised. All 50 states have to save our elections together to stop the Kremlin or this country will be a communist country by using California to fester their agenda.

  5. I’ve met some solid candidates for Governor in the Republican party, but the problem lies with spreading the votes too thin because there’s SO MANY people running. If Ric decides to run, not only would he be a fabulous choice, but I think he alone would give us the biggest chance to take back control of our state and get us back on the right track.

  6. This state has been crooked for so long and it ‘s main issue starts with the DMV & the Motor Voter registrations, followed by the county registrar’s offices. NO ONE at the DMV is held accountable for ANYTHING and there is no cross referencing with social security numbers, proven identity, or updating & purging computers and their records. I’m a native born CA resident and I’m hoping with all my heart Grenell runs for Gov as soon as we rid ourselves of the privileged liberal rich and out of touch & common sense Pelosi nephew who is currently in charge. I’m not leaving my state – I’m staying and will fight to turn our “third world” country around and help Grenell anyway I can!

  7. Electing Ric Grenell is the only chance we have to take back California from the socialists in Sacramento. fixcalifornianow.com

  8. Cindy Culcasi says

    I hope Ric Grenell runs. The Republicans I see that say they will run, like Kevin Faulkner and John Cox will not fix California. So many RINOs. Travis Allen would be great also, but not sure if he is interested,

    • Robin Itzler says

      As long as the California GOP is chaired by people like Jessica Patterson, the base (“Trumplicans”) will be fighting TWO enemies: Marxist Democrats and RINO Republicans.

      • CriticalDfence9 says


        We need Trump policies without Trump bluster….

        Tom McClintock – you’re the man this stsre needs…

  9. Roger Ogden says

    A popular Trump loyalist running for Governor will probably ensure a win by another progressive, like Gavin. Grenell has a lot of baggage. If Trumpers can’t win on their own terms they would prefer to sink the ship. That’s why they will end up being historic losers. They can’t be flexible.

  10. Roger Ogden says

    Actually, having Grenell on the ballot may bring out enough Democratic voters to keep Newsom from losing the recall vote and allow him to stay in office. Trump has already contributed greatly to California becoming effectively a one-party state. He lost the presidency and the senate for us. I guess Trump worshippers have to continue down their self-destructive path until the bitter end, right?

  11. Roger Ogden says

    Trump has become the progressive Democrats best ally and friend.

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