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Why Chad Mayes doesn’t regret losing his GOP leadership job over cap-and-trade

By in Press Enterprise on December 22, 2017

By Jeff Horseman GOP Leader Chad Mayes speaks to the Riverside County Republican Party as Chairman Jonathan Ingram, left listens with the packed house at The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, CA. August 17, 2017.

Losing the wheel won’t stop ousted Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes from trying to steer the party.

It’s what you do when you see a cliff approaching.

“I don’t think it’s incorrect to suggest that Republicans are in a death spiral here in this state,” said Mayes, R-Yucca Valley.

“The question for me is, what are we going to do in the future to begin to look like a party that people in California want to join?”

For many California conservatives, the question is how Mayes can call himself a Republican after brokering a deal with Democrats in July to extend the state’s Cap-and-Trade Program. The ensuing uproar cost Mayes his role as Assembly Republican leader.

Mayes, 40, hasn’t ruled out running for governor in 2018, although he said it’s likelier he runs for another two-year term in California’s 42nd Assembly District, which includes the Pass, San Jacinto and most of Hemet along with desert communities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

He’s worried about a Public Policy Institute of California poll from November, which had Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – both Democrats – leading the gubernatorial field.

If that’s true, California’s next governor won’t be a Republican since the top two vote-getters in California’s primary advance to the general election regardless of party.

“I don’t think that’s helpful to the cause of liberty,” Mayes said. “We’ve got to have someone (Republicans) can rally behind. I just don’t think I’m that guy right now.”

Two Republicans are among Mayes’ 2018 challengers in the 42nd. Former Palm Springs police chief Gary Jeandron […]    

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