The Buzz: Tea party may test California GOP on immigration

September 28, 2013 

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State GOP chairman Jim Brulte, right, talks with a Sacramento convention delegate in March. Brulte has urged the party to focus on fundraising, registration and turnout.


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Tea party may push state GOP to tackle voter ID, immigration laws

One of the California Republican Party’s many problems in recent years has been its inability to appease activists without alienating Latino or independent voters.

When Jim Brulte was elected chairman earlier this year, he suggested that the party focus on other things.

Let candidates and elected officials talk about issues, he said, while the party works on fundraising, voter registration and turnout.

That may be tested at the party’s fall convention next week in Anaheim.

The new Tea Party California Caucus plans to propose five resolutions.

One advocates for a state voter ID law. Another supports “following the immigration laws that we already have on the books,” said Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau, a tea party organizer.

Brandau acknowledged that highlighting those issues might not be Brulte’s first choice. But the two talked this week, and both said Brulte was accommodating.

“I don’t talk about policy. ... But any delegate can bring any resolution,” Brulte said.

Brandau said the group isn’t expecting overnight success, “but what we don’t want to see is the tea party just dismissed to the side.”

David Siders

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