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Patty Kelly, Republican Superstar

Patty Kelly, Republican Superstar

Patty Kelly, Republican Superstar

by Peter Coe Verbica, President
California Congress of Republicans

Right off the bat, forgive me for bragging, but the California Congress of Republicans (“CCR”) is chock full of superstars up and down the State.  Gather ‘round and listen up.

Every Chapter president, Regional Vice President, Executive Board member and sponsor is worthy of accolades.  Patty Kelly deserves such an honor; she has years of experience helping get Republicans into office and running grassroots organizations, such as CCR and one of its most active chapters, the Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans, and serving as a delegate to the CAGOP.  Through her hands-on, active volunteerism, Patty Kelly has been ensuring that the California Republican Party’s grass roots organizations just get better and better. 

My last in-person visit with Patty and her husband, RJ, was at a Rat Pack-style event in Indian Well put on by the inclusive Log Cabin Republicans, the California Congress of Republicans and California Young Republicans Federated.  What a stellar example of teamwork!  I caught up with her on the phone after our recent CCR Board meeting.  Despite the Tick Fire raging in East Canyon Country near Patty’s home, she was cool, calm and collected.  The fire had already burned down seven houses and 4,500 acres.  Thankfully, Patty and her husband had working cell service and a trusty radio to keep apprised of any potential danger.

A Star is Born

Perhaps Patty’s willingness to get things done is due to her remarkable background.  She grew up in “Motor City” Detroit (which once shone brightly as an economic beacon); her father operated a grocery store there but was perceptive and knew that the tide was turning.  So, in the spirit of the pioneers who preceded him, he headed out to California, a state once renowned for phenomenal public schools, affordable housing and plentiful jobs.  (Through the 1940s and up until 1970, California median home prices were nearly on par with the rest of the Country’s.[i])  Patty and her four siblings were raised in the San Fernando Valley, and she attended James Monroe High School in Sepulveda, home to the Vikings. 

Osmond family and Jackson Five – move over! 

While some high school students get involved in football, others join the chess club, or debate, Patty had other demands.  She, her sister and three brothers performed as a group, playing musical instruments and being showcased in performances; they also starred in many television commercials, on the radio and live performances.  How cool is that?  Her father’s company, Murphy Music Industries, manufactured amps and electric guitars, including the “Murph Squire,” “Westerner,” heart-shaped “Satellite,” the “Baby Satellite,” “Murph Califone,” and “Mini Murph,” which was played by heartthrob Davie Jones and the Monkeys at the 1966 Teen Fair at Hollywood’s Palladium[ii] and other rock groups of the time.   

One Smart Cookie

Patty went on to Nashville, TN for college, getting a BBA in Music/Business Concentration while attending what is now Belmont University; she went on to get her Juris Doctorate at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville.  The Tennessee Volunteers have won an impressive “23 national team championships (including sixteen NCAA championships).”[iii]  (No wonder mascot “Smokey,” the blue tick hound appears so happy!)  Patty was introduced into politics while working at the Office of Legal Services for the Tennessee State Legislature, where bills are drafted.  Once back in California, after working at a law firm which specialized in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, she went to work for California State Senator Wm. J. “Pete”  Knight who served as a test pilot and in the USAF; he held the record for piloting the fastest fixed wing aircraft and was recognized as an honorary astronaut due to his high-altitude flights.  Patty then worked for State Senator George Runner (now a member of the California State Board of Equalization).  Following in her dad’s entrepreneurial footsteps, Patty started her own consulting business, MurphyBryantKelly, Inc. and ran several local political campaigns.  She also helped State Senator Tom McClintock (R-CA 4th District) wind down his office as a State Senator when he was termed out.  Afterwards, Patty rolled up her shirtsleeves, getting back to work with the Central Committee and as a CRP Delegate.  She also worked hard to help Steve Knight, Pete Knight’s son, get elected to the US House of Representatives (25th Congressional District) when Buck McKeon retired.

Family First

While Patty is very involved in supporting Republican causes, family comes first.  She is married to CCR Board Treasurer, RJ Kelly and together, they own Int’l Tax Network, Inc.  She loves spending time with her daughter, Corinna, and son-in-law Tim, and helping with her three grandchildren, Coby, Cade and Abby.  They also spend time with RJ’s two boys, Morgan and Justin who are in the film industry.  Patty still has a her mother and brother who live near her in Santa Clarita, a sister who lives in Clovis, but other siblings have moved; her oldest brother lives in Texas which boasts no state income tax, and another brother lives near Boise, ID (a city which scores high in safety and jobs[iv]).


After Patty was widowed, she met her husband RJ; they were introduced by a high school chum of Patty’s.  The Kellys’ first date was on Valentine’s Day and they’ve been enjoying life’s journey together ever since.  They enjoy traveling, including a trip to Belfast, Ireland to see RJ’s son, Morgan Kelly work his computer animation magic on sets for the wildly popular television series, “Game of Thrones.”  The Kellys also enjoy Maui and Oahu, and visit Hawaii often.   Another favored destination is the Mexican Riviera, including Cancun, as well as going to North Carolina to see their grandchildren and spending time with the family.

Republican Dynamo

As mentioned, Patty has been a Republican dynamo, Patty helped guide the helm of the California Congress of Republicans as its President from 2014-2015, and has been a leader of one of the organizations most dynamic chapters, the Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans, where she has served as President multiple times.  Cream, as they say, rises to the top.  This CCR chapter is famous for its October Barbecue, fun Fourth of July patriot floats and their hospitable meetings at Margarita’s Mexican Grill on the first Thursday of the month.  Whether the issue is voting for a new CAGOP administration, approving a new Party platform, or adding a new chartered organization, Patty takes time out of her busy schedule to lend a hand and vote.  As a member of the CCR Executive Board, along with her husband, RJ, both lend a shoulder to ensure that our statewide, grassroots organization will continue to thrive.  Hats off to Patty!






The Ghosting of Older White Males  by PC-Crazy Corporate America

The Ghosting of Older White Males by PC-Crazy Corporate America

The Ghosting of Older White Males by PC-Crazy Corporate America

By Peter Verbica
Chair, California Congress of Republicans

Despite the Declaration of Independence citing that “all men are created equal,” corporate America media hacks are intently erasing a select group of individuals who come from a specific gender and ethnicity, especially if they’re over the age of 50. While modern Democrats label themselves as “progressive”, in a time of racial equality and unity, they are regressing to the era of Dixie-Crats of yesteryear.  Familiar with the term “ghosting?”  According to the Urban Dictionary, “ghosting” is “When a person cuts off all communication with their friends or the person they’re dating with zero warning or notice before hand.”  Whether he realizes it or not, the older white American male is often becoming a victim of racial ghosting by companies who love his money, but not his photograph.

In an informal survey of six large banks and investment banks’ home pages, one group of substantial clients were noticeably absent from the companies’ messaging: the older white male.  The white male is the last easy target of PC-crazy America; the trend is so noticeable that even the left of center Boston Globe featured “In defense of the white male,” an opinion piece written by Roland Merullo[i].  Merullo reminds his fact-starved and self-biasing readers that heinous figures throughout history include those who aren’t white: Amin, Pol Pot, Baby Doc Duvalier and Hirohito.  Noticeably absent from the list is the penultimate mass murderer: Mao Zedong, according to the Washington Post (“Remembering the biggest mass murder in the history of the world,” August 3, 2016).  Merullo tutors readers that white men were responsible for the discovery of “penicillin,” “Novocain,” and modern “drug regimen used to treat people afflicted with AIDS,” as well as the “millions of white men who gave their lives in World War II” fighting Nazis.

When white men ARE featured in media, know that a safe “go to” is the “Stupid White Husband/Boyfriend/Man,” according to Mark Duffy in his damning piece, “Copyranter: The go-to ad joke is – still – the white male moron” (, March 25, 2016).  Duffy, in his analysis, found “over 50 White Man Moron ads.”  He concludes by hoping that other diverse groups receive equal treatment in the future.  When will corporate America realize that true diversity is the diversity of ideas, rather than the color of one’s skin, gender or lifestyle preference?  Jesse Jackson and Thomas Sowell share ethnicity but differ in ideas.  Margaret Thatcher and Gloria Steinem are of similar gender but are ideological antipodes.  Former Chair of the San Jose State Economics department, Dr. Lydia Ortega, a Latina, free market economist, and former Lt. Gubernatorial candidate who grew up in one of the poorest sections of LA, takes umbrage with those who insist she speak with a “brown voice.”  Why is it that many liberals are the first to try to bully their constituents into falling into Socialistic lockstep rather than express a differing opinion?

[i][i] “In defense of the white male,” by Roland Merullo (The Boston Globe, July 3, 2017)

Kalifornia Krazy: California’s Most Recent Assault on the Second Amendment

Kalifornia Krazy: California’s Most Recent Assault on the Second Amendment

Kalifornia Krazy:

California’s Most Recent Assault on the Second Amendment

The craziness keeps coming in Krazy Kalifornia.  Newsom’s Proposition 63 and SB-1235 passed, further restricting ammunition sales; the continued assault on Second Amendment rights in California is a real peach; now, a consumer pays $19 for a background check (if you haven’t purchased a gun recently) for a $46.99 single box of ammunition[i], not including state and local sales tax. The result: making the ownership and regular use of firearms in the state a luxury for the privileged wealthy.

With the California Democratic Party often throwing out the accusatory phrase of “white privilege,” it would seem they disenfranchise low-income Californians of a basic Constitutional right.  As if these laws weren’t class and racially divisive enough, you’ll be asked three questions: your place of birth, your phone number and your RACE/ETHNICITY. That’s right, I’m not making this up.  You thought the issue of one’s race or ethnicity is a relic of the past?  It’s not.  Apparently California Democratic Lawmakers believe one’s race and ethnicity is an important data point when deciding to provide Californians access to a Constitutional right. Additionally, be prepared to wait a few weeks to find out if they will allow you to partake in the privilege.

Of course, the website provided by the California Department of Justice (“Bureau of Firearms”) is obscure, so best of luck determining whether you’ve been approved.  Want to check on your status with the retailer?  You’ll need to speak specifically with the “approved” clerk who can help with ammunition sales and who attended to you initially.  He’s not in or on vacation?  So sorry.  Would you please re-book your hunting trip and call back at another time?

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The Follies of Gavin Newsom

The Follies of Gavin Newsom

(Photo credit: Peter Verbica)

The Follies of Gavin Newsom

By Peter Verbica
President, CA Congress of Republicans

Merriam-Webster defines “folly” as “lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight” and “criminally or tragically foolish actions or conduct.”  It’s a word which comes to mind when one examines the antics of hapless Governor Gavin Newsom (the reported darling of nest-featherers Pelosi, Feinstein, Brown and Getty[i]).

Lately, he has been busier than an arsonist with a fresh pack of matches.  To wit:

  • signing over 1,000 new bills[ii], ensuring businesses and taxpayers will continue to leave California in droves,
  • shoe-horning statewide rent control into law, despite clear-eyed economists who warn that such wrong-headed policies will drive up costs to renters and lower supply[iii],
  • blaming utility companies for turning off electricity rather than looking at the foolhardy policies of radical environmentalists[iv],
  • raising taxes and fees on the backs of the poor and the Middle Class (including helping California to outstrip Hawaii for highest gas prices in the country[v]),
  • frittering away precious time while not advocating for much-needed dramatic pension reform[vi], and
  • fighting two recall petitions which seek to dethrone him.

You know that you have to be despised to attract not one, but TWO recall initiatives!  (Go to and for more information.)

Will the California taxpayer finally wake up and throw these Sacramento bums out?  Only time will tell, as our state devolves into Venezuela II.

Let’s hope that Gavin has a cousin who owns a truck who can help him and his new wife Jennifer (an expert on “toxic” masculinity[vii]) pack their bags.








Message From The President

Message From The President

“No entity is singularly better equipped or robustly funded to efficiently administer terror than an unchecked government. Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Castro, Maduro, Amin, Hussein, Jong-il, Ceaușescu.  The list is a lengthy one.

Please think long and hard before running into the arms of those who promise you security in exchange for your personal liberties.  It is political opportunism of the ugliest variety and insults those who’ve fought for your freedom.”

Peter Coe Verbica
The California Congress of Republicans

Lectures on the Evils of Bullying by Bullies and other Strange Phenomena

Lectures on the Evils of Bullying by Bullies and other Strange Phenomena

By Peter Coe Verbica, President, CCR

It’s a strange time for Americans of all stripes, especially Republicans.  Corporations and churches are flying their multi-colored virtue-signaling flags from every edifice, making sure that the public at large is aware of their cartoonish participation in this month’s cultural cause cé·lè·bre.  Posters are proudly plastered in front of pastoral, teacher and administrative offices touting “safe spaces” and distinctions as to which “lives matter.”  Who would think that such divisive artifices would gain any traction in a country whose Declaration of Independence reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” But, such is the ugly truth of politics and the current charade of seditious shape shifters.  Historic warnings of “united we stand and divided we fall,” are cast aside as outdated standards, to the delight of opposing sovereigns.  One wonders if their dictators awaken their mistresses as they laugh themselves to sleep each night.

Peter Verbica

Empowerment tutorials are touted on campuses on how to shout and raise fists and brand approved strains of righteousness.  In surreal irony, bullies gesticulate from podiums on the evils of bullying – best lampooned by the writers of the South Park television program.  The code word of “justice” is repurposed by Leftist theologians, pandering politicians and jaded bureaucrats to determine who deserves the spoils of redistribution.  Art, fashion, comedy and music, once the great unifiers, adventurers and innovators are being neutered and circumscribed to a new restrictive code in wholesale perversion of basic liberties.  Poets and writers sent to Communist gulags nod with ghostly empathy before the snowdrifts of time cover them yet again.  Real controversies are largely ignored, including:

  • an epic federal debt,
  • the global dimming of democracy,
  • the need for comprehensive reform of US healthcare a la the Singaporean model,
  • the oppression of defined benefit plans on municipal and state budgets,
  • rampant illiteracy in language, history and mathematics,
  • the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Draconian zoning laws damning present and future generations to pay rent rather than own, as housing supplies are artificially choked,
  • misallocation of critical State infrastructure funds away from reservoir and road-building,
  • generations of angry sons who grow up in fatherless households,
  • the end of privacy and coterminous success of pervasive monitoring, and
  • the systemic challenges and opportunities which AI and robotics present to those employed in the workforce.

Historic threats to Western Civilization, such as those described in The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World, are erased and substituted with subversive and obfuscating dogmata.  We can breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing that issues of true importance, such as restroom signage and bike lanes for indignant cyclists (many of whom ignore most rules of the road) are being dealt with speed and industry.  W. Cleon Skousen and Eric Arthur Blair should take a bow, come to the stage and receive their awards for eerily accurate prophesies.

A Lion in the Summer:
Don Genhart, Republican

Stepping back from the abject inanity of tax-and-spend California politics, where up is down and down is up, it is my unmitigated pleasure to write about a stalwart Republican, none other than that lion in summer, Don Genhart.  Don is known by many friends as “the Prince of the Desert,” a worthy moniker for a man who serves as President of the Sun City Palm Desert Republican Club, Regional VP of the California Congress of Republicans and delegate to the California Republican Party.  Don was born in Kansas City, MO, home to the Kansas City Royals (winner of the 1985 and 2015 World Series), and to Pony Express founder, Alexander Majors.  Don’s family subsequently moved to Ohio and then to Meadville, Pennsylvania – famous, Don jokes, for being in the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Deliver us from Meadville…”  Don attended high school in Meadville, home to the Bulldogs, where he participated in both track and swimming.  Don then attended Penn State, where he graduated with a BS in Hotel Administration, minored in Political Science and cheered for the Nittany Lions:

“Hail to the Lion, Loyal and True.
Hail Alma Mater, with your White and Blue.
Penn State forever, Molder of men (and women),
Fight for her honor, Fight, and Victory again.”

Don also served in the US Air Force as a Lieutenant where he worked in intelligence in Korea. Anyone who takes the time to read about the initial impact of MIG-15s on the lumbering B-29s knows that Don had his work cut out for him.  All hail to the swept-wing North American F-86 Sabre and its brave pilots who could take the fight to the enemy!  Don continued to apply his leadership skills in his civilian work, including running a hotel and three restaurants (in Oil City, Titusville and Meadville, PA).  He also served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Hilton and Sheraton, and worked in Oahu, Hawaii for six-and-a-half years as a Director of Sales and Marketing for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  Aloha!  Don also lived in Santa Barbara where Gauchos somehow study by the beach before he finally move to Palm Desert – heretofore known as “the Old McDonald Ranch.”

When asked about current hobbies and interests, Don confesses that he’s finally hung up his surfboard and retired as “granddaddy of the waves” when he used to surf in Hawaii, Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach.  Don enjoys yoga and has a three-times-a-week regimen.  He enjoys supporting local arts, attending theater and musical productions.  He is also active with “Animal Samaritans,” and the organization’s “no kill” shelter.  At the 8th Annual “Men of the Desert” Fashion Show, Don was one of the table hosts; together, donors reportedly raised an impressive $135,000.  According to a fun article in the Desert Sun newspaper, Don’s red, white and blue cowboy boots caught national attention when he attended a National Republican Convention.

Your CCR President is looking forward to speaking at the Sun City Palm Desert Republican Club and meeting Don’s many friends and fellow Republicans on June 19, 2019.  You can follow his Club’s activities by going to: