Today, the California College Republicans (CCR) met with the California Federation of College Republicans (CFCR) to discuss plans for a tentative second unity election in February. During the meeting, CFCR’s candidate for Chairman was found to be a senior. This discovery constituted a violation of previous agreements, in which seniors were to be barred from seeking office. CFCR refused to retract his candidacy, which ultimately led to a stall in negotiations. CCR intends to continue operating as usual until CFCR returns to engage in good faith.
On December 20, CCR and CFCR met with officials from the California Republican Party to begin mediation over a prospective merger. The Chairman of the CAGOP Rules Committee summarized one of the settlement terms, saying, "Both organizations have agreed that no current seniors .... will run for an E-Board position." The logic for this was to exclude anyone involved in the original split between CCR and CFCR from running the new organization. This would mitigate potential drama over the past, prevent bad faith actors from involvement, and signify a fresh start.
On December 30th, CCR Chairman Nicholas Ortiz signaled his compliance with the ‘no seniors’ term by committing not to seek reelection. However, on January 4th, CFCR broke the ‘no seniors’ condition by announcing Michael Curry as their candidate for Chairman. Curry, a senior at Chico University, was part of the CFCR delegation that was present and agreed to the ‘no seniors’ condition. He was also involved in both the initial split between the organizations and running CFCR in its infancy.
“I am deeply saddened that CFCR continues to break their agreements with us. This is at least the 4th instance in which they have done so. CCR has always been willing to negotiate in good faith, and we look forward to the day that CFCR is mature and respectful enough to keep their word and truly unify. We will be at the table waiting for them,” said Nick Ortiz, Chairman of the California College Republicans.
CCR regrets that unity discussions have paused, but remains committed to a good faith effort. We look forward to the day that CFCR truly comes to the table and follows through. CCR will continue its normal operations as an independent PAC, and we wish CFCR the best.
We hope we can count on your continued support in our efforts. If you’d like to help the College Republicans, including our plans to recall Governor Newsom and elect Senator John Moorlach to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, please visit us at CACollegeGOP.com
CCR is California’s original and oldest College Republican organization. Founded 57 years ago in 1963, CCR continues to provide volunteers and conservative activism for the cause.