Scathing Report Undermines All Credibility in Redistricting Process
Voters were promised that the California Citizens Redistricting Commission would restore integrity to the redistricting process. No more political games. No more insider shenanigans. No more districts drawn specially for incumbents. The commission has been a perfect failure on every account. The first maps were universally criticized by Republicans and Democrats and likely couldn’t withstand legal challenges on the basis of the Voting Rights Act. Last week, the commission announced that it wouldn’t release the second draft of maps– this from a commission that promised openness and transparency. Now, we learn from Friday’s bombshell report from CalWatchdog.com that a commissioner has made multiple campaign contributions to Democratic candidates and has extensive connections to a redistricting special interest group. Aguirre’s application to serve of the commission fails to list any political contributions to Democratic candidates or involvement... Read More
Shawn S. Steel is the Republican National Committeeman from California. He is a past Chairman of the California Republican Party and the Founding Director of the California chapter of the influential pro-taxpayer group, the Club for Growth.
Mr. Steel was also an early supporter and key driving force in the 2009 historic election of Michael Steele to the position of Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
A long time fixture in the California Republican Party, Mr. Steel was elected National Committeeman in February 2008. Mr. Steel defeated incumbent Tim Morgan in what was viewed as a major triumph for Steel's message of reshaping the Republican National Committee into a more effective and open party organization.
In 2001, Mr. Steel was elected as Chairman of the California Republican Party, where during his four year tenure, he organized and pushed the historic recall campaign against then incumbent Democrat Governor Gray Davis.
Mr. Steel also served as California Republican Party Vice Chairman from 1999 to 2001 and Treasurer from 1995 to 1999.
An attorney from Palos Verdes, Mr. Steel has written articles published in every major newspaper in his state.