SACRAMENTO — California Republicans began gathering for a round of soul-searching Friday at the start of their spring convention as they seek to restore the party’s luster after years of election defeats.
The state GOP is in debt and lost seats in the state Legislature and California’s congressional delegation in November. Democrats hold all statewide offices and won supermajorities in the Assembly and Senate last fall.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield joked that the good news for California Republicans is that they cannot get any lower. He urged Republicans to fundamentally restructure the party’s operations, modeling the effort on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign last fall, which he called a “wake-up call to the California GOP.”