Craig DeLuz

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Craig DeLuz on the Capitol Hour- The Republican Reformation

“And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins.” Lev 26:23-24

Republican voters sent a clear message to Republican elected and candidates- start governing like Republicans or we will send you packing! So have we learned our lesson?

Is this the beginning of the Republican Reformation?

We will be talking about this and more TODAY on the Capitol Hour.

Details Below:

When: Today, November 26th

Station: KTKZ 1380AM

Live Audio Steaming at http://www.ktkz.com/ (for those of you out of the Sacramento Region)

TIME: 12 noon-1 pm (PST)

Call in Numbers: (916) 923-3300 or 1(800) 923-1380

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In Case You Missed it:Activist twins are polar opposites politically


This weekend, the Sacramento Bee did a piece on my twin brother David and I. It was a really cool article. And I’m not just saying that because it is about me!

Activist twins are polar opposites politically

Outside the Pyramid Alehouse on 10th and K streets Thursday, it was hard not to notice the dapper DeLuz twins theatrically debating the great issues of our time.

They’re both 6-foot former linebackers and passionate activists well-known in Sacramento political circles.

Though Craig is sometimes confused for David and vice versa, that’s a giant mistake. Politically, the brothers are polar opposites.

David DeLuz – born 10 minutes before Craig on June 7, 1969 – is a liberal Democrat who proudly sports an Obama-Biden button and wears a blue tie and a navy blue suit.

Craig DeLuz – a quarter-of-an-inch shorter – is a conservative Republican in jeans and a gray pattern sport coat who staunchly defends McCain-Palin.

While there are physical differences between them, it’s really when the DeLuz brothers open their mouths that it’s easiest to tell them apart.

David opposes Proposition 8, which would ban gay marriage. Craig recently showed up at American River College to support a controversial student council resolution endorsing Proposition 8.

They vehemently disagree on abortion and the Iraq war.

In recent weeks they’ve heckled each other at a Black Political Forum in North Sacramento and an NAACP voter education rally at the state Capitol.

They also go at it on local radio and their blog: http://deluzbrothers. blogspot.com/.

“It’s just now getting to the point where people realize there are actually two of us,” David said. “I lost a politically connected position because they thought I was him.”

Craig said he lost a job when his potential employer found out he was the right-leaning DeLuz.

David, who was president of the Sacramento branch of the NAACP from 2002-2005, is an administrator with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation “focused on offender re-entry.”

Craig is Capitol director for Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore.

Despite their differences, David managed Craig’s 2000 campaign for Sacramento City Council (he lost to Sandy Sheedy).

“Our goal is the same, to have an engaged community that provides opportunities for everyone,” David said.

The twins haven’t bet on the presidential race “because David won’t give me enough points,” Craig said.

Craig predicts that “an Obama presidency and a Democratic Congress will be one of the best advertising tools for the Republican Party” because they’ll tax and spend Americans into oblivion.

Obama epitomizes style over substance, Craig said. “McCain is not the most attractive or the best speaker, but he’s challenging the administration and trying to find common ground, compared to a guy taking the easy route and saying whatever people want to hear.”

David fires back: “Your depiction of Barack Obama is way over the top. His record demonstrates a willingness to try new ideas. He’s right where we need to be. It’s about creating a middle class that can be a consumer class.”

The twins – born to an Italian American mother and an African American father in Richmond – were adopted by a black couple, John and Elevera DeLuz.

John Deluz, who grew up in Newport, R.I., the son of a Cape Verdian immigrant, joined the Air Force during World War II and was trained as an electrician.

But he couldn’t get a job in Oakland because the electricians union discriminated against blacks. So he wound up taking a job washing cars and later became a warehouse supervisor for Safeway.

“He’d say, ‘You’re just as good as anybody, but you’re no better than anybody, and you’re going to have to work twice as hard to get half as far as the average white boy,’ ” David said.

Both parents were dedicated Democrats.

The twins played football for DeAnza High in Richmond. Craig was nicknamed ” ‘Duke,’ for John Wayne, because I walked like a cowboy and was ready to draw down on anybody.”

“The one thing you did not want to do was mess with one of the DeLuz brothers because if you got in a fight with one of us you had three to five minutes before the other showed up,” Craig said.

Craig went to Chico State, where he became the first African American elected president of the student government. He began listening to Rush Limbaugh but didn’t become a Republican until after his son was born in April 1995.

That day, he realized $2,500 of his first big commission check for signing up members for the California Chamber of Commerce was being taken in taxes. “I said this is outrageous!”

Meanwhile, David attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and in 1988 was inspired by Jesse Jackson – the first black man to make a serious run for president.

“There have been a lot of heated arguments,” David said. “We argued a lot over Bill Clinton and morality in public service. Craig has the nerve to question the morals and ethics of Democrats in general – because we support abortion and gay rights, we are somehow morally inferior to the Republicans.”

“We argue about everything,” Craig said. “He’s a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan. I belong to Kappa Alpha Psi and he belongs to Phi Beta Sigma,” rival black fraternities.

Their mother, who disliked George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and loved Bill Clinton, “gave Craig a hard time until the day she died,” David said.

Inside the Pyramid Alehouse on Thursday, after the brothers fought over the last chicken wing, Craig declared his love for Sarah Palin.

“She’s got a reputation for taking on corruption and implementing fiscal conservatism. She took on the people who ran as Republicans and were spending like drunken liberals and booted them out.”

“Are you kidding me?” David responded. “That woman is clearly unqualified to serve as president.”

Craig contended: “Obama doesn’t say what change he’s about.”

David countered: “He’s definitely going to turn away from the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war and rely more on diplomacy, and he’s going to support working families rather than CEOs and big corporations.”

Jacques Whitfield, who worked with both brothers at the old Grant Joint Union High District where he served as general counsel from 1997 until earlier this year, says “they’re both very good at speaking up for their constituencies.”

Whitfield, now a management consultant, leans left, “but I respect Craig’s courage to stand up for what he believes in as an archconservative, even in this Democratic town where much of the agenda is progressive.”

Whitfield said Craig is a true believer and “interestingly enough, so is David. At the end of the day I love them both.”

DeLuz Brothers Discuss Race And The Presidential Election

This week the Sacramento County Republican Party was in the news for having items on their website that some called racially motivated, others called stupid,sophomoric jokes. In any case, the issue has ignited a firestorm that leaves many asking “Who is really playing the race card in this year’s historic presidential election?”

David believes that the Republicans are up to their old tricks, including fear-mongering. Meanwhile Craig thinks that while some of the complaints are legitimate, the Democrats are also doing whatever they can to deflect legitimate criticism away from their candidate by declaring it all to be racist.

To tune in simply go to http://www.deluzbrothers.com/ and click on the Listen Live Button at the top of the page.

You can even join the conversation by calling in at (347) 237-5073. We will be breaking down the upcoming election and much more. You don’t want to miss the fireworks!

Details Below:

When: Friday, October 10th

Station: Blogtalk Radio

Live Audio Steaming at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-DeLuz-Brothers

TIME: 9:30-10 am (PST)

Call in Number: (347) 237-5073

DeLuz Brothers Launch Internet Radio Show- Tomorrow, FRIDAY, OCT. 10TH AT 9:30 AM

It’s finally here! David & Craig DeLuz will be launching their internet radio show tomorrow morning at 9:30 am. For years, the DeLuz’ have enjoyed many vibrant political debates at our family gatherings. Most of these discussions have featured the musings of two of Sacramento’s leading community activists and political figures; David & Craig DeLuz.

David De Luz, describes himself as a progressive Democrat. David’s community involvement has been primarily with liberal organizations. He has served as President of Sacramento Branch of the NAACP and the Chairman of the Ninth Assembly District Committee for the Sacramento Democratic Party.

Craig on the other hand is a conservative Republican and has focused his volunteer activities on more conservative efforts. He has been President of the California Black Republican council, founded the Republican Ethnic Coalition of Sacramento and currently serves as President of the California Republican Assembly’s Sacramento chapter.

Their diverse perspectives and brotherly bond will prove to bring an interesting twist to the discussion of cultural, political and social issues of the day.

To tune in simply go to http://www.deluzbrothers.com/ and click on the Listen Live Button at the top of the page.

You can even join the conversation by calling in at (347) 237-5073. We will be breaking down the upcoming election and much more. You don’t want to miss the fireworks!

Details Below:

When: Friday, October 10th

Station: Blogtalk Radio

Live Audio Steaming at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-DeLuz-Brothers

TIME: 9:30-10 am (PST)

Call in Number: (347) 237-5073

DeLuz Brothers & Support the Platform coming to the Capitol Hour!

Tuesday, September 9th & Wednesday, September 10th I will be sitting in for Eric Hogue during The Capitol Hour 12 noon to 1 pm.

Tuesday will feature the ongoing family feud of The DeLuz Brothers – That’s my liberal brother David & myself. We will be breaking down the party conventions, the VP choices and much more. You don’t want to miss the fireworks!

Wednesday will be Support The Platform Day on the Capitol Hour. We will be inviting Sacramento area canidates to call in and declare their support for the GOP Platform (ALL Of IT!) and share with us how we can get involved in helping them. Special invited guests include: Sen. Tom McClintock, GOP nominee for CD 4 & Mayor Abram Wilson, Republican nominee for AD 15.

Details Below:

When: Tuesday & Wednesday, September 9th & 10th
Station: KTKZ 1380AM


Live Audio Steaming at http://www.ktkz.com/ (for those of you out of the Sacramento Region)

TIME: 12 noon-1 pm (PST)

Call in Numbers: (916) 923-3300 or 1(800) 923-1380

Craig DeLuz to Host the Capitol Hour on 1380am KTKZ

I will be sitting in for Eric Hogue during The Capitol Hour, Next Tuesday, September 2nd from 12 noon to 1 pm.

Details Below:

When: Tuesday, September 2nd
Station: KTKZ 1380AM


Live Audio Steaming at http://www.ktkz.com/ (for those of you out of the Sacramento Region)

TIME: 12 noon-1 pm (PST)

Call in Numbers: (916) 923-3300 or 1(800) 923-1380

Don’t Miss the Rally for Life- TODAY!!!

COALITION FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

PRESS RELEASE for June 18, 2008

For more information, please contact: Wynette Sills at (916) 955-1577 or see our website http://www.california4life.org

TODAY, Wednesday, June 18, 2008, the Coalition for Women and Children will hold a historic Rally for Life to demand the Elimination of Abortion Funding from our California State Budget. The Rally will be held on the West steps of the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm, followed by a Press Conference from 12:30-1:00, and the Lobby for Life Legislative office visits throughout the afternoon.

During this time of severe state budget crisis, when our schools, parks, libraries, public safety, and healthcare services are experiencing drastic spending cuts, we can no longer afford to subsidize our nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, which according to their own Annual Report is experiencing record-breaking profits. Each year, California taxpayers contribute $33 million dollars to pay for 95,000 “free” Medi-Cal reimbursed abortions, according to the Department of Health Services statistics.

We request that these state funds be re-allocated to truly help the needy citizens of our state, rather than hurt thousands of women, both physically and emotionally, for a life-time. Today, taxpayers from throughout the state will gather to say, “Enough is enough! We will no longer be accomplices to this painful tragedy by subsidizing the lucrative abortion industry with our tax dollars! Women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy deserve our help and compassion, not a free abortion! As an example, these $33 million dollars could be better used to pay for 900 school teacher salaries!”

Rally speakers will include Walter Hoye, Issues4Life.org, who will address the devastating impact abortion has had on the African-American community, making this the Civil Rights issue of our generation. Also, post-abortive women who have personally experienced the pain of this “choice” will share their stories. At current rates, one in three women will experience an abortion, increasing their risk to breast cancer, miscarriage, premature birth, infertility, depression, addictions, and other physical and emotional difficulties. Senator Cogdill, Assembly Members Villines and LaMalfa will also speak. Closing out the event will be local activist, Craig DeLuz.

Furthermore, the abortion industry does not deserve our tax dollars. In a recent LA Times article, California Planned Parenthood affiliates allegedly over-charged our state by at least $180 million dollars. Why should we give even more money to an industry that has allegedly mishandled our tax dollars? Recently, Planned Parenthood, founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger, eagerly welcomed donations which specifically requested the extermination of African American babies. The citizens of California will not support such racism and misuse of our tax dollars!

Listen to Craig DeLuz on the Capitol Hour with Eric Hogue

Tomorrow, Tuesday June 3rd at 12:30 pm I will be joining Eric Hogue as we breakdown several local races and discuss the battle for the heart of Sacramento’s Republican Party

Here are the details:

Tuesday, June 3rd (Tomorrow) @12:30 pm

1380 AM KTKZ

Call in numbers :916-923-3300 or 888-923-1380

To listen online simply Click Here. Thenk hit the “Listen Live” button in the upper righthand corner of the page.

Will the Real Republicans Please Stand Up?

Sacramento Republican Activists Launch Effort to Support the Republican Wing of the Republican Party

(Sacramento) – Limited government, lower taxes and family values are just a few things that voters usually associate with the Republican Party. But recently, elected Republican officials have been actively taking positions against these bedrock Republican values and have supported efforts to increase minimum wage, driving up unemployment; proposed a tax increase on homeowners to pay for fire protection that they are already paying for; and fighting against an effort to protect the definition of marriage, as between a man and a women. Some say you can hardly tell the Republicans from the Democrats these days.

This has caused, a group of Republican Party activists in Sacramento to launch an effort to take back their Republican Party. Today, Support the Platform (STP) officially announced their slate of candidates for the Sacramento County Republican Party Central Committee, along with their plans to help Real Republicans get elected. “Our goal is to make sure that we elect Republican candidates to office who actually support Republican values”, declared Craig DeLuz, Chairman of STP. “Our values are outlined in our Republican Party platform. And if you want to represent Republicans in office, we believe you should support Republican principles.”

The Sacramento County Republican Party Central Committee (SCRP) is the official arm of the Republican Party in Sacramento County. Thirty-one of the Committee’s 44 members are elected by Republican voters in Sacramento County and run by Supervisorial District. The other 13 are positions held by Republican elected officials or party nominees for various partisan offices. “For too long we have allowed our Party to be controlled by people who are hostile to what we as Republicans stand for,” exclaimed Mali Currington, a candidate for the Ninth Assembly District in Sacramento, “I for one am glad to see Real Republicans standing up to be counted.”

STP’s efforts will start with the upcoming June primary where efforts are under way to elect their slate of candidates to the GOP Central Committee. Additionally, they are asking other Republican candidates to sign the “STP Pledge” declaring their commitment to support Republican values as outlined in the California Republican Party Platform. They also have launched a website SupportThePlatform.org to provide readers with up to date news and information on Republicans running for office in Sacramento County and where they stand on the issues important to Republican voters.

According to DeLuz, “We will be on the radio, on the web and in Republicans’ mailboxes letting them know there are still Republicans out there who believe in the values that make this Nation great.”

DeLuz Brothers Take Family Debate to the Public Square

For years, the DeLuz’ have enjoyed many vibrant political debates at our family gatherings. Most of these discussions have featured the musings of two of Sacramento’s leading community activists and political figures; David & Craig DeLuz.

David De Luz, describes himself as a progressive Democrat. David’s community involvement has been primarily with liberal organizations. He has served as President of Sacramento Branch of the NAACP and the Chairman of the Ninth Assembly District Committee for the Sacramento Democratic Party.

Craig on the other hand is a conservative Republican and has focused his volunteer activities on more conservative efforts. He has been President of the California Black Republican council, founded the Republican Ethnic Coalition of Sacramento and currently serves as President of the California Republican Assembly’s Sacramento chapter.

Their diverse perspectives and brotherly bond will prove to bring an interesting twist to the discussion of cultural, political and social issues of the day.

Click Here to check it out!

Craig DeLuz joins the Gallery of Hope…

I have been a regular blood donor for over 15 years. It’s not something that I really talk about or have ever made a big deal over. I just always thought it was an easy way to help people and get some orange juice and cookies in the process.
Well, I have been honored by our local blood bank BloodSource to be a part of their Gallery of Hope.

As described on their website:

The exhibit is the culmination of nearly two years of creative work. Twenty-two, 26”x 36” framed, black and white photographs capture life in the faces of the subjects, people who give blood and people who have received blood.
“Through this project the BloodSource brand has evolved. The images – pictures that tell incredible stories through smiles and through the eyes of people – are found on walls at BloodSource blood centers, used in brochures and publications, in public service announcements, and even in larger-than-life format on the exterior of BloodSource bloodmobiles,” said Leslie Botos, Vice President, Public Affairs at BloodSource. “When we started with this project we never dreamed that it would truly tell the BloodSource story.”
The coolest part of this experience is the fact that my picture has been put on one of their mobile blood donation buses. Pretty cool huh?

Time for a Sharp Stick in the Eye…

When a fellow Republican is attacked by liberals, I am usually the first to give them the benefit of the doubt, pending the facts. But it appears that might be alone in that practice.

Fellow Sacramento area Blogger Jason Daniel has chosen to join local liberal media and a political adversary of mine to take a swipe at yours truly.

At his website The Eyes of Argus Daniel writes:

Sacramento City Council will create an ethics commission for investigating campaign money violations because Election Loser Craig DeLuz blew campaign money on a silly rug and cross country trips

His comments are based on a Sacramento Bee article published last week regarding the City of Sacramento’s Campaign Matching Funds Program. The article reported the following:

The one candidate to receive matching funding, Craig DeLuz, ran against Sheedy in 2004 and collected nearly $17,000 in city funds.

A 2005 audit discovered that DeLuz used his campaign funds to fly to Washington, D.C., Chicago and San Francisco and purchase a rug for his office. Receipts were sometimes handwritten.

DeLuz defended his expenditures, saying it was necessary to raise money from people living outside the city in a tough fight against an incumbent.

DeLuz didn’t violate the ordinance as written, the audit found.

Now I first commented on these false allegations when they first surfaced back in September 2005 in my post “What a ‘Sheedy’ Thing to Do!” where I wrote the following:

First of all, the total amount for the items mentioned above was a little over $725. $286 went for a stay at the State GOP Convention and $321 was for a fundraising trip to Washington DC (with a two hour layover in Chicago.) That makes a grand total $607 in travel expenses on two fundraising trips.

And as for the $126 spent on a rug; we had a space for volunteer operations donated to the campaign for the final three months. The storefront location consisted of bare walls and a dusty concrete floor. But we were grateful to have it. So in order to make the place a little more pleasant for volunteers, we purchased a large roll of carpet remnant to roll out on the floor to cover the bare concrete floor and keep the dust from flying around.

I shared this information with the reporter who covered this issue back in 2005 and yet she repeated the same false statement in last week’s article. But as much as that bugs me; what really upsets me is when a guy like this jumps on the liberal’s bandwagon and attacks a fellow Republican without getting all the facts. It especially gets my goat that he could have easily contacted me and ask me what was up.

Before posting this piece, I attempted to contact Jason via the email address on his website and got no response. I wanted to speak with him to clarify what was going on and give him an opportunity to publish the whole truth. Unfortunately, four days later I have heard nothing. But it took him less that 24 hours to slander my name. I now know where his priorities lie.

It is this sort of irresponsibility that gives bloggers a bad name. It is why we have such a difficult time being taken seriously by the Main Stream Media. In the past I have enjoyed his incite on local issues affecting Elk Grove. But I now have to question the accuracy of what he writes along with his motivation for writing it. I no longer can count on him as a credible source of information. That’s really too bad!

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UPDATE 2/28/2007
Hours after this post went up, I recieved an email from Mr. Daniel apoligizing for not getting back to me sooner. Unlike most of us bloggers, he actually has a life… go figure!
In his email he stated the following about his comments:
I have not checked but I hope that you do post a responce. I would have to check into it a bit before I retract anything. Besides I’m not sure how I added on to a sac bee hatchet job. I just posted a link and you happen to be connected to the topic. I don’t blog on you much. And I’m not sure what your buying a rug for your campaign head quarters amounted to your questioning my conservatism. I would think that me not being to hip to you buying a rug (when we all know that you got matching city money to run) with campaign money, would be considered a Conservative position. I don’t really read you blog because you tend to blog on state and national issues so I did not read your defense posting.

I did not remove any benefit of doubt to your spending. The real issue is the fact that you made some decisions with the money that seem to be questionable. it stands to reason that if its an issue 2 years later, you might have to ease up on defending yourself and agree that it did raise eyebrows.

I will take more time to read your position when i get the chance this weekend.

I would say that if you would like to write an opinion piece on the issue of this campaign reform movement i would post it for a day as a guest piece. Let me know what you think.

I will contact you next week.

And to his credit he didn’t even wait until next week, but followed up the same evening with the following:

Well, I just saw your blog posting. Bravo. Thanks for lighting me up. fair is fair. The offer to write a post for Argus is still on the table.

Good stuff though! If you think that MY creditability is in question, I would give it a litte more time and thought. I would’nt get so caught up with your Battle against liberals that you hit everybody with your vitriol. Maybe the point of my mention of you is that I think that your actions might have been a little irresponsible? Not anything to do with my turning to the liberal dark side. LOL!!

Fair enough Jason! All is good!

Accord on governing unified Grant district

Last spring, local officials reached a historic agreement on a plan to merge Grant with the Del Paso Heights, North Sacramento and Rio Linda school districts, creating a kindergarten-through-12th-grade system serving about 30,000 students.

The Elverta and Robla school districts, which also feed into Grant’s high schools, would remain autonomous.

And consensus there was — an unprecedented unanimity among district representatives, community leaders and county officials that had one trustee joking that the decision to schedule the meeting on Valentine’s Day was a “stroke of brilliance.”

“If you would’ve believed what people were saying years ago, it’s a cold day in hell right now,” joked Craig DeLuz, a Robla trustee.

(Click Here for More)

DeLuz kids promote Volunteerism with California’s First Lady

I was doing some research for a work related project dealing with non-profit organizations in California and came across this picture at the website for California Volunteers. It is a picture of my daughter (Jazmine) and her brother (Craig) with Maria Shriver at the grand opening of the California Hall is fame. (Click Here to see the video)

I also found it interesting that the same picture can be seen when you go to the First Lady’s website. I’ll have to admit that it is kind of cool to see my kids out there promoting volunteerism with the First Lady and the Governor. But I have to lament that I have yet to get the same sort of access to this administration.

I have asked Craig and Jazmine to see if they could hook me up with the Governor and they have told me to have my people call their people. I thought I was their people! 🙂

Rally Addresses Upcoming Election

It is rare that a Republican urges the overthrowing of the government, but Craig DeLuz did just that recently when he spoke during a voter awareness drive hosted by the Sacramento NAACP.

Voting is a form of non-violent revolution, said DeLuz, former chairman of the California Black Republican Council and brother of former chapter president David DeLuz.

“You can overthrow the government,” he said. “If you’re not doing your job, we will vote you out.”

(Click Here for More)

Oh Hell No! Coming to Calvary Christian Center- October 2006

“Oh Hell No- A Revelation of Hell” is an original production by the Theater Arts Ministry at Calvary Christian Center.

Watch the preview:


Runtime – 0:51

Pastor Joseph Warren is a passionate and God fearing man who has dedicated his entire life to reaching the lost for Christ. Joseph is a man who seeks the Lord in every area, so when he and his church body become the targets of an intense spiritual attack, he immediately turns to God.

God’s answer to prayer is not at all what Joseph was expecting. A mysterious visitor, who Joseph soon learns is an Angel of Lord, has come to take Joseph on a journey into HELL.

Details:
OCTOBER 27-31, 2006

HOSTED BY:
Calvary Christian Center

LOCATION:
2667 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815

TIME:
7pm nightly

CONTACT INFO:

Web:www.ohhellno.net

Email: info@ohhellno.net

Phone: (916) 922-1505

**Bonus***

The performance on Sunday October 29th will be broacast live over the internet at Streaming Faith.

Students debate “Immigration vs. Illegal Immigration: A Question of American Identity.”

Illegal immigration is a “slap in the face to every person who has immigrated to this country legally,” said Craig DeLuz, the legislative aid to Calif. Assemblyman Tim Leslie, at the discussion on illegal immigration at noon on Monday in the Orchard Suite of the University Union.

DeLuz told the group how his father-in-law immigrated to the United States legally, and people who skip the naturalization process insult the hard work legal immigrants have to go through to become citizens.

(Click Here for More)

Craig DeLuz Applauded by Governor Schwarzenegger

That’s right!!!! CRAIG DELUZ, jr. was applauded by Governor Schwarzenegger and the First Lady Maria Shriver last week as he held up a photo honoring former President Ronald Regan, who was being inducted into the brand new California Hall of fame. THAT’S MY BOY!!!!!!

The caption from Yahoo News read as follows:

Calif., Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, and his wife, first lady Maria Shriver, applaud as Craig DeLuz, 11, displays a photograph of former President Ronald Reagan one of a dozen Californians to be inducted in the newly created California Hall Of Fame, in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, July 31, 2006. The hall of fame, to be opened this December, will be located in the California Museum of History, Women and the Arts and is intended to celebrate the achievements of Californians in the arts, education, business, labor science, sports, philanthropy and public service. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

While I am truly proud of my boy, I do have to lodge one small compliant. How is it that my son, who isn’t even old enough to vote has met the Governor; and my brother, a life-long Democrat and liberal activist has not only met him, but works for him; but I, a longtime Republican activist and loyal Republican voter has not met him?

I guess life just isn’t fair…

Maybe my son can get me a hook up…

Craig DeLuz to MC Operation Truth Rally *Tomorrow*

With the rising trend of moral degradation in politics, culture and society man people of faith feel silenced for fear of being called bigoted and narrow-minded. Now is the time for our voice to be heard in love and in TRUTH.

Join others including Senator Tom McClintock, Assemblyman Tim Leslie, Pastor Francis Anfuso (Rock of Roseville), and Joel Johnson (Teen Mania Ministries) in making a public declaration of faith for everyone attending, especially the youth, and to publicly let legislators know that Christians will not stand idly by while Biblical values come under attack. Don’t miss this powerful gathering.

For more information (and to forward), please click here: OpTruthCa.com (or call 916-303-5035)

WEDNESDAY- AUGUST 9, 2006

HOSTED BY:
Operation Truth, Battle Cry and the Christian Action Alliance

LOCATION:
State Capitol Building

TIME:
10am-12 noon

CONTACT INFO:

Gordon Hinkle

gordon@hinkletec.com

(916) 765-6122

Parental Notification Initiative Fails by Slim Margin

What the vote came down to is whether or not folks saw this as an issue related to abortion or an issue related to parents’ rights,” said Craig DeLuz, a spokesman for the California Parents Rights Coalition, which backed the measure.

“Most parents agree parents should be involved in any major medical decision, including abortion,” DeLuz said.

(Click Here for More)

What a “Sheedy” Thing To Do!

**UPDATED**
See Below!

Yesterday at the afternoon meeting of the Sacramento City Council, a routine staff report on Public Campaign Finance, turned into a political slam session with yours truly as the sole target.
After the city auditor presented his report which stated that “the candidate’s usage of matching funds complied with municipal criteria” (Click Here to View the Audit) Council member Sandy Sheedy (my opponent in the campaign) proceeded to question many of the contributions and expenditures. And by the time it was over Mrs. Sheedy along with council members Bonnie Pannell and Robbie Watters were eluding to prison, recall (if elected) or worse, a Sacramento Bee hatchet job. And you know you can always count on the Sacramento Bee to get a story right…..NOT!

So today’s Sacramento Bee is reporting:

The sole candidate who has used the program since it went into place last year used campaign funds on travel expenses in Washington, D.C., Chicago and San Francisco. The candidate even purchased a rug for his office, according to the audit findings presented Tuesday to the City Council.

Sound fishy? When you put it the way that they did, of course it does. So let me clear the air.

First of all, the total amount for the items mentioned above was a little over $725. $286 went for a stay at the State GOP Convention and $321 was for a fundraising trip to Washington DC (with a two hour layover in Chicago.) That makes a grand total $607 in travel expenses on two fundraising trips.

And as for the $126 spent on a rug; we had a space for volunteer operations donated to the campaign for the final three months. The storefront location consisted of bare walls and a dusty concrete floor. But we were grateful to have it. So in order to make the place a little more pleasant for volunteers, we purchased a large roll of carpet remnant to roll out on the floor to cover the bare concrete floor and keep the dust from flying around.

But Sheedy was not interest in the facts because the facts get in the way of a good lie. She ignored the fact that the Sacramento City Auditor verified that my campaign complied with every statute and reporting requirement laid out by the city of Sacramento.

Kolkin’s audit found that DeLuz complied with the city’s ordinance and broke no rules when he used his campaign funds – which included nearly $17,000 in taxpayer dollars – on his campaign expenditures.

She ignored the fact the fact that my campaign answered every question and submitted all documents requested by the Sacramento City Auditor. I even went as far as offering to meet with the City auditor to answer any additional questions they might have. Needless to say they did not take me up on the offer.

Their goal was not to get at the truth. Rather it was to invent their own truth.

“If we had expended money like we see on this list, we would be recalled or wind up in The Sacramento Bee,” said Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell.

Oh Really????? Well if that’s the case, perhaps she should take a look at the campaign finance reports of her good friend Sandy Sheedy. If she did, she would be quick to notice that just about every criticism directed at my campaign could also apply to Mrs. Sheedy.

Sheedy criticized my campaign for obtaining contributions from outside the City of Sacramento. But the following is a partial list of contributions to her campaign by special interest groups form outside the Sacramento area:

$3000 CA Real Estate Political Action Comm- Los Angeles, CA
$2000
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 39- San Francisco, CA*
$1750 Northern CA Carpenters Regional- Oakland, CA*
$1500 Plumbers & Steamfitters Local No. 467 State And Political Action Fund- Burlingame, CA
$1000 Operating Engineers Local 3 District 80 Pac- Alameda, CA
$750
Pacific- Teal Development, Llc- Lake Forest, CA
$750 CA Pipe Trades Council Pac
$550 B.A.C Local 3 Pac Fund- Oakland, CA*
$500 Drive Committee- Washington, DC
$500 E.J. Plesko & Associates- Madison, WI
$250 Shurgard- Seattle, WA
$250 Lee Samis- Costa Mesa, CA
$250 Public Employees Union Local #1 Political Education Committee- Martinez, CA
$200 Continental Plaza- Newport Beach, CA

*Multiple contributions added together

Sheedy also questioned the $607 in expenses related to out of area travel. All the while, her campaign has reported a total of $6000 paid to Citibank Credit Card Services for “Meeting and Appearances” with no details listed.

The most egregious accusation leveled was that I personally benefited from payments made to the Matsonian Group, LLP who managed my campaign. This assertion was so baseless that the Bee didn’t even bother to mention it. But I will! Because I want to state for the record I have no ownership interest in the Matsonian Group. Sandy would have known this if she had or anybody from the city bothered to ask. And if they had, they would have realized that I simply sublet space from Matson Breakey, the sole owner of the Matsonian Group.

But at the same time she is questioning my relationship with Matson her campaign has issued over $5100 in checks to a Joseph Sheedy. Any relation?

And as for her concern over the $150 paid to the California Republican Party, maybe Mrs. Sheedy should explain her more than $2600 in contributions to Democrat causes (not including contributions to local liberal candidates like, James Shelby, Lois Wolk and Lou Blanas.) But hey… She did give $100 for a slate “Continuing the Republican Revolution.”

Now I am sure that with a minimal amount of investigation, it would become clear that all of these contributions and expenditures are on the up and up. The same can also be said for the audit of my campaign finances. I find it quite hypocritical that Sandy Sheedy would engage in such an obvious personal, political and (may I add) petty attack when her own campaign finance reports could not stand up to the same level of scrutiny.

I have offered the Sacramento City Council my willingness to sit down, once again with their auditor to answer any questions they might have about my campaign finances. I still am hopeful that they will take me up on my offer. And afterwards I expect an apology from Bonnie Pannell and Robbie Watters for publicly slandering my good name. I have come to expect such “Sheedy” behavior out of Sandy, but Pannell and Watters should know better.

**UPDATE**
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Thank you CA High School Conservative!!!

Craig DeLuz

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