SACRAMENTO — California Republican leaders have a plan for depriving the Democrats of supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature and rebuilding the party in this year’s elections, but it will take raising up to $13.6 million, which
The strategic plan, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, calls for "surpassing historical leadership fundraising" for a party that raised just under $10 million in the 2012 election year.
“It’s an aggressive goal but we think we can reach it,” said Senate Republican leader
Democrats currently have a supermajority in the Assembly but are one vote short of having one in the Senate. The California Republican Party had $1.36 million in the bank as of March 14, compared with $10.3 million available as of that date to Democrats. "We will never have as much money as the Democrats, but we are doing well," Huff said.
Still a Democratic operative scoffed at the idea that the Republican goal of $13.6 million is realistic. "Apparently, April Fools' Day has come early because Republican leaders are setting pie-in-the-sky fundraising goals they have no hope of achieving in multiple races they have little hope of winning," said Jason Kinney, a political consultant for the Senate Democratic Caucus.
The strategic plan estimates Republicans will need $8.7 million to protect seats held by GOP lawmakers in competitive districts, including Sens. Andy Vidak of Hanford and
An additional $3 million will be needed to “eliminate Dem supermajority in both houses of the Legislature” by taking back competitive seats, the plan says. In the Senate, a key contest will be in the 34th Senate District, where Orange County Supervisor
The rest of the fundraising goal is for maintaining a strong party infrastructure for 2014 and beyond.
The Senate Democratic Caucus' Kinney said the document is "more of a prayer than a plan — and an explicit admission that, after years of solid Democratic-led progress for California, Republicans are going to have a very hard time raising the resources they need to be competitive and to make their case in November."