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Former Congressional Candidate Helping California Conservatives Relocate To Texas

Filed under: General — Dana @ 3:13 pm

[guest post by Dana]

In an effort to avoid the hot takes of the day (Covfefe, anyone?), I scanned some smaller local newspapers to see what’s happening around the country in the less cosmopolitan areas. And this caught my eye – a former candidate for Congress in the state of California, has moved to Texas and wants to help other Californians do the same:

[F]ormer Inland congressional candidate Paul Chabot wants to move conservatives elsewhere.

Chabot, who now lives in Texas, recently founded Conservative Move, which seeks to relocate conservative-minded families to parts of the country that are more receptive to their thinking – for now, Collin County, Texas with more counties promised as operations expand.

“We wanted a better life for our four young children and we found it in Texas,” Chabot said on Conservative Move’s website.

“Our only regret was not doing it sooner. This ‘idea’ was so simple – we just wanted to help families make the move like we did.”

Now, while this might seem like a great idea for Californians at the end of their right-leaning-rope living in the deepest of blue states, I’m not so sure Texans are going to feel great about the project. One thing I hear from locals when traveling out of state, as well as speaking to other frequent travelers, is that the locals in states that Californians relocate to are often dismayed to find that their new neighbors have brought all of their “Californian pathologies” with them, thus over time, the new home state ends up resembling the Golden State far more than the natives would like.

Chabot explains his family’s decision to move out of California:

In announcing his move, Chabot, who also lost to Aguilar in 2014, said that after the November election, he and wife Brenda “took a long hard look at our state of California and agreed it was time to move to ‘America,’ to find a region of our nation that embraces the values and morals we cherish.”

California, Chabot said, was “overrun by illegals, drug addicts and violent criminals under the umbrella of a radical liberal ideology that has destroyed the state.”

With the slogan “Helping Families Move Right,” Conservative Move offers to connect families with a real estate agent to sell their home and “introduce you to our team’s real estate agent to find your new dream home in North Texas.”

Now, I don’t know whether this is going to motivate Conservatives to pull up roots and head south, but certainly Chabot’s description of the state is well founded. Also, there is the matter of Democrats (the progressive kind) having a stranglehold on the state, with no end in sight. But obviously pulling up stakes and relocating is a decision unique to each individual’s personal circumstances, and is often much easier said than done.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


81 Responses to “Former Congressional Candidate Helping California Conservatives Relocate To Texas”

  1. Y’all might want to be on the lookout…

    Dana (023079)

  2. oh my goodness collin county is so

    expensive and crowded

    just crowded like i can’t even tell you

    it’s a BOMB waiting to go off!

    they have torchy’s tacos in Allen now though so that’s the one good thing

    and you know what else

    the law enforcement there is a bit on the overzealous side i think

    but that’s a lot cause of it’s so crowded, so many people going hither and yither, some with unpleasant agendas

    there’s bobcat all up in that county too what’s up with all them bobcat

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. One of the original bits of genius in the Constitution was to secure to every American citizen the right to move — to vote with their feet when their votes at the ballot box have proven unsatisfactory — among the various United States.

    In the laboratory of democracy, there will be a few bright successes, a broad range of mediocrity, and a few conspicuous failures. California has gone, within my lifetime, from an obvious example of the first category to the most conspicuous example of the last. “The Grapes of Wrath” have been replaced by U-Haul Ratio — as of today, it costs $2478 to rent a standard 20-foot U-Haul truck in LA for drop-off in Houston, versus $828 to rent that same truck in Houston for drop-off in LA, so the price ratio is three-to-one in Houston’s favor. Pretty soon, U-Haul is going to have to actually pay people to drive trucks back to California in order to service the heavy demand for trucks from people who’re fleeing California.

    When the state goes into utter financial collapse, Congress will have to rescue it, but the resulting financial receivership — which necessary will undo a great deal of bad policy inflicted upon California by its Democrat politicians — will make Reconstruction look gentle.

    But during the receivership, there will be great deals to be had for bottom-fishers who can pay in cash. I suspect Texans and other sun-belters are likely to end up as new owners of some very nice California properties.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  4. From Justice Stewart’s majority opinion for a unanimous Supreme Court in the felicitously named United States v. Guest, 383 U.S. 745 (1966)(citations & footnotes omitted):

    The constitutional right to travel from one State to another, and necessarily to use the highways and other instrumentalities of interstate commerce in doing so, occupies a position fundamental to the concept of our Federal Union. It is a right that has been firmly established and repeatedly recognized. In Crandall v. Nevada, invalidating a Nevada tax on every person leaving the State by common carrier, the Court took as its guide the statement of Chief Justice Taney in the Passenger Cases:
    For all the great purposes for which the Federal government was formed, we are one people, with one common country. We are all citizens of the United States; and, as members of the same community, must have the right to pass and repass through every part of it without interruption, as freely as in our own States.

    Although the Articles of Confederation provided that “the people of each State shall have free ingress and regress to and from any other State,” that right finds no explicit mention in the Constitution. The reason, it has been suggested, is that a right so elementary was conceived from the beginning to be a necessary concomitant of the stronger Union the Constitution created. In any event, freedom to travel throughout the United States has long been recognized as a basic right under the Constitution.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  5. Don’t let the door hit ya….

    Spartacvs (2db708)

  6. Born in Hollywood 1957.

    Up until about 1985 I actually thought they might salvage CA.

    Moving instead of improving is sad but the idiocy and corruption of those in power looks indomitable. The democrats figured the only way to secure power never to be relinquished was to chase out the independent, tax-paying residents and bring in those who depend on party rule for their livelihood, be they illegal aliens, parasites or spoiled public servants.

    How do you savage industry, ruin the best schools, create corruption and cronyism that will turn paradise into a hellhole?

    Put Democrats in charge.

    harkin (eb0d8f)

  7. I’m still of the suspicion that California emigrants shouldn’t vote for 5-10 years after moving, just to make sure Texas doesn’t have the same problem as Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Colorado … Call it a quarantine, like to prevent other plagues & diseases.

    John Hasley (f37e79)

  8. (Add on to Beldar)
    The Hebrew word for liberty/freedom, the most famous use of which is probably the verse from Leviticus, Proclaim liberty throughout the land, has as its most basic meaning the idea of freedom of motion and freedom to travel.

    OT (or perhaps not)

    kishnevi (7c7aed)

  9. ‘Covfefe’…. our Captain is slurring his tweets. A stroke of genius.

    “I think it’s some kind of code.” – Col ‘Jiggs’ Casey [Kirk Douglas] ‘Seven Days In May’ 1964

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  10. John Hasley @ 7,

    Absolutely! Californians are carriers.

    Dana (023079)

  11. “Covfefe” was meant to be “Coverage”, that’s my guess!

    Dejectedhead (0c7c2f)

  12. Greetings:

    I spent some time in Texas back in ’68, working for my “Uncle” up around Mineral Wells. I think it was in May when the local cowboys switched from their felt hats to their straw ones. The process seemed to reverse itself toward the end of September. All the local restaurants met my Father’s quantitative test which went, “I came here to eat your food not to look at your crockery.”

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  13. Covfefe is actually Trump speech meaning liberals continuing to beclown themselves.

    Like Kathy Griffin blaming Sarah Palin for violent images after the Geffords shooting yet being happy to pose beheadeing Trump.

    Or Al Franken calling Griffin’s joke inappropriate yet himself joking in 2004 about showing Al Qaeda how to sneak into the Bush White House.

    Meanwhile, San Francisco liberal planning:

    Step 1: Require $15 minimum wage
    Step 2: Robots take delivery jobs
    Step 3: Ban robots

    H/t Michael Saltsman

    harkin (eb0d8f)

  14. Short of the 5 o’clock shadow, wearing of Bermuda shorts, dark socks and wig tips on the beach, Hillary! Clinton’s transformation into full Nixonan bitterness appears complete. #Codecon

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. Kish, that link (#8) made me recall the old standby: In heaven, the cooks are French, the police are English, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian, and the bankers are Swiss. In hell, the cooks are English, the police are German, the bankers are Italian, and the lovers are Swiss.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  16. The fact Trump trolls the Media with a mis-spelling and folks are talking about it = #TrumpDerangementSyndrome

    Blah Blah (44eaa0)

  17. When the left looks to Colbert as their intellectual Jefe
    Rest assured they’ll have to choke down beaucoup covfefe

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. 15 – National Lampoon did a variation on that in a very prescient article in their (IIRC) 1976 Foreigners Issue about the coming European Union:

    All the cops were German
    The cooks were British
    The politicians were French
    The family planners were Irish
    The Hostages were Dutch
    The Comedians were Danes

    There were more I think but I can’t recall…..

    harkin (eb0d8f)

  19. Haiku! Gesundheit!

    Quoting Jonah ‘Whale meat’ Goldberg w/o citation.

    “Neat. Petite.” – Lurch [Ted Cassidy] ‘The Addams Family,’ ABC TV 1965

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  20. No, I stole it and enhanced it a bit, ASPCA.

    For those keeping score, this makes Hillary! the third (Gore and Jean Francois Kerry were the other two) Democrat candidate to have lost a presidential election and claim to have been cheated out of a win.


    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  21. “Neat. Sweet. Petite”


    harkin (eb0d8f)

  22. along similar lines,

    narciso (d1f714)

  23. “I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.”

    — Terry “On the Waterfront” 1954

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. Drink deeply of that leftwing suck, ASPCA.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  25. Ta gotta love that British wit, narciso. BTW, I’d read The Sun.

    Rev.Hoagie® (630eca)

  26. So the “Welcome to my state, now go home” bug has bitten Texas?

    What a shame.

    Ace put up an epic rant that shouldn’t be missed.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  27. Preparation H®, ASPCA… and no, it’s not a lip balm.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  28. clearly transference of former blue state residents to red states, must be handled with care,

    narciso (d1f714)

  29. I think we can agree tenure, with a few exceptions makes you crazy,

    narciso (d1f714)

  30. A friend of mine who had advanced to a VP position after moving to Texas from NorCal had our CEO take a special interest in him. Friend and his wife were asked to accompany the CEO and his lady friend on a shopping trip crossing over to Mexico via one of the pedestrian bridges. They spent a fun day together and on their way back over to the US, the CEO had admired my friend’s Montblanc pen… really, really admired it. And friend – realizing this was some kind of test – gifted the CEO with it, much to the fellows delight. So they then stopped for dinner and during the conversation, the CEO thanked friend for his generosity and asked what he could do for him in return. Friend took a little too long pondering that, and his wife chimed in with a “you can let us move back to California!”.

    They had a laugh, but friend remained a VP until his retirement, whereupon they moved back to Pleasanton, Ca.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  31. There’s more than Texas and California.

    Darren M. (a4eb00)

  32. It’ll be Southern Utah for us.

    Colonel Haiku (0aee87)

  33. 26 – “Ace put up an epic rant that shouldn’t be missed.”

    Great post and among the excellent points it makes is that the snowflakes attending colleges where they feel they already know more than the faculty is probably the worst idea ever for attending that particular source of higher learning.

    harkin (eb0d8f)

  34. Before they put the freeway in, the old road to St. George passed through Santa Clara. I loved Santa Clara. It is still a nice place. Quieter than it was then. My uncle bought retirement properties in St. George and Hatch, but never made it there. I could see moving to Southern Utah.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  35. @27, Haiku! Gesundheit!

    And a Colon-elle would know– shrinks the wrinkles under your eyes and keeps your breasts perky, eh Haiku.

    “It’s not a beauty pageant, it’s a scholarship program.” – Gracie Hart [Sandra Bullock] ‘Miss Congeniality’ 2000

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  36. Headlines seen today:

    Hillary Blames Voter Supression For Losing State She Never Visited After Nomination


    NYTimes Eliminates Public Editor Position Created To Counter Fraud Scandals

    It appears two famous sources for liberal CW double down on their disdain for the public.

    harkin (eb0d8f)

  37. There are no “California pathologies.” There are transplanted East Cost pathologies that have polluted, for a time, California. There are also Mexican and Central American pathologies, but they aren’t so viral as New York ones.

    Remember that California gave the nation the tax revolt and Ronald Reagan. Then everyone moved here in the 80s and it went to sh1t.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  38. If I left CA it wouldn’t be for Texas. Nothing wrong with Texans but the climate sucks.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  39. As my dear, departed father once said, “The problem with California isn’t the Mexicans, it’s the New Yorkers.”

    ThOR (c9324e)

  40. Ace put up an epic rant that shouldn’t be missed.

    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”

    That this should appeal to Trump’s acolytes isn’t surprising. Considering that the man cannot fill most appointive positions, get a law passed, or get rid of the tiniest of ankle-biting “scandals”, it is clear that he is completely incompetent. Has no business being President.

    The only good thing he has done is keeping Hillary out of the office, but there needs to be a greater goal. Like getting sh1t done.

    But goon squads aren’t the answer. Does Ace really think a press that ignores the Democrat goons will ignore Trump’s?

    How about figuring out how to appoint a US Attorney (all of which are vacant), or any of the DoJ divisions, or a special counsel for Obama’s crimes, or nearly all of the undercabinet positions in government. For starters. All things he can do with a pen and a rubberstamp Senate.

    But no, brownshirts. Great.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  41. Of course, no one at this point wants to be tainted by serving Trump.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  42. How many hearings has McConnell scheduled again, what exactly does the Senate do, it can’t take up health care or tax reform but it blocks pro fracking regulation.

    narciso (d1f714)

  43. But it’s generally true much of Washington would rather serve red queen, they’ve made that quite clear.

    narciso (d1f714)

  44. “But goon squads aren’t the answer. Does Ace really think a press that ignores the Democrat goons will ignore Trump’s?”

    The Brownshirts are already here. When it gets to the point of the US’s own Cultural Revolution (which already exists on campus and certain media pockets), I will blame no one for fighting back.

    harkin (299d24)

  45. The 11tb commandment was devised because the cop establishment wouldn’t give the right the time of day

    narciso (d1f714)

  46. As Mark Steyn reminds the culture moved faster than elective culture

    narciso (d1f714)

  47. I know the climate of Texas sucks, but I’d rather not do the half that catches freezing temps. I think South Carolina is the new Florida that might be a spot. Or my 55 y.o. strategy of a upper end mobile home community.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  48. To all those commenting on places you’d find more attractive than Texas if you were relocating from California: See above, re laboratory of democracy! ‘Merica! Find a place that strokes your boat if’n you can’t or don’t want to stay where you are; there’s lots of choices, and one size/type does not fit all.

    That 3/1 LA/HOU U-Haul ratio, by the way, isn’t based on weather preferences so much as other economic and lifestyle factors. But I think it’s a wonderful crowd-sourced and adjustable data point that I like to check from time to time; it’s a meaningful leading indicator.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  49. I’d like to move from this third-world hell hole called LA but my wife says all our family and friends live here. I said I hate my family and I can make new friends.

    AZ Bob (f7a491)

  50. How many hearings has McConnell scheduled again

    The problem isn’t confirmations, it’s nominations. There aren’t any.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  51. That 3/1 LA/HOU U-Haul ratio

    It’s economic in more than one way. When a basic house along the SoCal coast starts at a million dollars and goes up fast, and you can get a fricking mansion for that in Texas, of course the traffic is one way. It’s probably 5-1 to some other places.

    You sell out in CA and you can more wherever you want. You sell out in Texas and you can’t afford a studio condo in any part of CA worth living in.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  52. Of course, as a fifth generation Californian, it’s hard to leave. Because you can’t come back.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  53. “Don’t let the door hit ya….”

    It didn’t. We moved to Arizona in January, The first thing we did was put AZ plates on our cars as AZ cops don’t like CA cars.

    Thus far, the ruse has worked.

    My wife is 5th generation Californian and doesn’t miss what it has become.

    Now, if we can just get rid of McCain.

    Mike K (f469ea)

  54. Yes there have been 57 nominations, how many hearings

    narciso (d1f714)

  55. McConnell sure got his skeevy corrupt pig wife confirmed lickety split

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  56. But he could move a little faster on appointments, but he has to get past all ouvno,

    narciso (d1f714)

  57. [T]he locals in states that Californians relocate to are often dismayed to find that their new neighbors have brought all of their “Californian pathologies” with them, thus over time, the new home state ends up resembling the Golden State far more than the natives would like.

    The proper term for this is “Californication”. It is indeed a pathology and I have reason to believe it is terminal. They’ve moved into my state (New Mexico), with its own locals, customs and ways, and they cannot stop trying to change the place into California East from the moment they arrive. “Why, in California, we do this, that or the other things…”

    Then why the heck did you move here, for cryin’ out loud? Why, oh why, did you leave your magnificent socialist paradise? I don’t care. Please, please, please, just keep going on over to Texas – the Promised Land — and pollute them with your socialist irrationality.

    J.P. (9e0433)

  58. There are those of us who are not native Californians, just moved there for the jobs – then after retirement, decided we’d had quite enough of that socialist hell, and moved out – to Idaho, in our case. If anybody gives us grief about having come from California, we remind them we’re Refugees, not Evangelists. And we’re proud to be Idahoan voters, keeping Idaho red.

    Pat* (d6ccbe)

  59. Idaho is very pretty with tasty fishes and reasonably-priced pottery

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  60. Sounds like a great idea from Mr. Chabot. It helps people get established in a new place, much like the Iowa Clubs or Chicago Clubs of the ’60s in California (or now, the Oaxaca Club).

    Footnote: was on vacation recently, and you can always tell the Californians there. They stand, rigid in fear of a $100 ticket, on the curb waiting for the Walk sign, while natives cross the empty street. We are like trained monkeys, and the State is our master.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  61. Demolition man wasn’t just a buddy actioncomedy; but quite prophetic.

    narciso (ceb6f7)

  62. “that right [to travel between the States] finds no explicit mention in the Constitution. The reason, it has been suggested, is that a right so elementary was conceived from the beginning to be a necessary concomitant of the stronger Union the Constitution created. In any event, freedom to travel throughout the United States has long been recognized as a basic right under the Constitution.”

    – Justice Stewart

    Judicial activism! How dare these activist judges invent rights that the Constitution doesn’t mention! /sarc

    Leviticus (efada1)

  63. Pardon me: I meant “so-called Supreme Court Justices.”

    Leviticus (efada1)

  64. Positions on the extreme left or right are, frankly, crap. I guess I’m an Extreme Centrist.

    I detested living in a red state for most of my life, but I’m proud to say that now I live in a purple state.

    Tillman (a95660)

  65. in any part of CA worth living in

    That assunes there is a part of California worth living in.

    kishnevi (aef29b)

  66. *assumes*

    Don’t you hate it when you notice the typo one second after hitting the Submit button?

    kishnevi (aef29b)

  67. yes yes it’s horrible

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  68. Ace has completely come around. Those that read his site know what I mean.

    NJRob (520017)

  69. Where I live it never snows. A few days of the year the temperature rises to a dry 100. A few nights of the year it goes down to 40. There’s more humidity now in August than there used to be. Maybe 70 percent. It’s sunny a lot. There’s an ocean breeze many days.

    I live in a single-family house in the middle of single-family houses. Kids play in the street and there are lots of private schools nearby. Yes, public schools are sh1t, and they’ve been that way for 40 years. But nobody has knives, at least here.

    If I have a urge to have Greek-Chinese fusion food, I can find somewhere than makes it. I have trouble deciding among wonderful ethnic restaurants. If I need a Sousaphone at 3AM, I can probably find one. My pharmacy is open to 10PM (the drug store itself 24/7). I can drive to my local grocery without hitting a stop light, and walk a mile in any direction and see nothing but houses.

    If the state were just broken up into the 5 states it should be, not only would my vote for President mean something again, but parts of the SoCal Coast would be a RED state. Until more of that Eastern lot showed up to ruin it again.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  70. In any event, freedom to travel throughout the United States has long been recognized as a basic right under the Constitution.”

    Since it was in the Articles of Confederation, it would seem it was an existing right “retained by the people” or “reserved by … the people” in (likely both) Amendments 9 and 10.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  71. Demolition man wasn’t just a buddy actioncomedy; but quite prophetic.

    Most drug stores here are CVS, most groceries “Ralph’s”. Taco Bell still has a ways to go though.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  72. someone should write a song about california

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  73. someone should write a song about california

    How about one regarding the 10 million right-of-center citizens yearning to be free of Sacramento?

    “Breaking up is hard to do, but we wanna”

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  74. Counterpoint

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  75. Or:

    Rollin’ down the Imperial Highway
    With a big nasty redhead at my side
    Santa Ana winds blowing hot from the north
    And we as born to ride

    Roll down the window, put down the top
    Crank up the Beach Boys, baby
    Don’t let the music stop
    We’re gonna ride it till
    We just can’t ride it no more

    From the South Bay to the Valley
    From the West Side to the East Side
    Everybody’s very happy
    ‘Cause the sun is shining all the time
    Looks like another perfect day

    Kevin M (25bbee)

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