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Former Congressional Candidate Helping California Conservatives Relocate To Texas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 2:12 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.



  1. If you like guns, football, BBQ, and vote for liberty and freedom we’ll welcome you to Texas, but the rest of you keep out.

    Comment by Sean — 5/31/2017 @ 8:07 pm

  2. It could work both ways. I always thought that one of the most effective things that could be done in the remaining Constitutional states would be to run ads on TV extolling how much better the welfare benefits are in places like California. The effect would be magnified on both ends.

    Comment by Luke Stywalker — 5/31/2017 @ 10:29 pm

  3. Good idea, Luke. I think the sanctuary city news stories are effectively the same as ads.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/1/2017 @ 5:13 am

  4. Reading on the Internet about covfefe, it strikes me how many Trump supporters are convinced he did this on purpose and the rest of us think it was a mistake. It’s like a litmus test for true believers.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/1/2017 @ 5:15 am

  5. It’s no less or more ridiculous than the breathless Russian carp.

    Comment by narciso — 6/1/2017 @ 10:36 am

  6. Would you invest your pension with Trump?

    Comment by DRJ — 6/1/2017 @ 10:44 am

  7. Just hand it over to him and trust him to invest it? Be honest.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/1/2017 @ 10:45 am

  8. We wouldn’t trust politicians but Trump’s value is as a trustworthy businessman. He’s not, of course, but that what his supporters believe.

    I would trust Tillerson. He is an honorable, ethical, intelligent businessman. Trump is a con man — the furthest thing from honest and ethical as someone can be. He may be intelligent but only in knowing how to con people. Confefe is just another con.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/1/2017 @ 10:49 am

  9. I bet autocorrect will even learn how to spell it soon.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/1/2017 @ 10:49 am

  10. DRJ @ 5. If it really was a litmus test for true believers, then it says something that he chose to do this instead of shooting someone on Fifth Avenue. Who says he can’t grow in the Office? 😉

    Comment by nk — 6/2/2017 @ 5:59 am

  11. Sorry, DRJ @ 4.

    Comment by nk — 6/2/2017 @ 6:00 am

  12. I’d forgotten that. You are always the optimist, nk.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/2/2017 @ 8:23 am

  13. “Here’s what actually happened this week, the “news” that holds real consequences for real Americans:

    • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order to begin reopening Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve to oil and gas exploration, reversing the Obama administration’s ideologically driven 2013 shutdown. The order even aims at opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to production—a move that is decades overdue. This could not only buck up the listless Alaskan economy but cement the U.S. as an oil and gas powerhouse.

    • In related news, the Dakota Access Pipeline finally went live.

    • The Fish and Wildlife Service took steps that may stop the Obama administration’s last-minute endangered-species listing for the Texas Hornshell, a freshwater mussel. That listing, based on outdated science, threatens significant harm to the Texas economy and was done over the protest of state officials and local industry.

    • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross surprisingly said that he was open to completing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, a far-reaching trade agreement being negotiated with the European Union.

    • Sen. John Thune, the upper chamber’s third-ranking Republican, said his caucus had moved beyond meetings and on to “drafting” the base language of an ObamaCare replacement. The No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn, vowed the Senate would “absolutely” have a bill by “the end of July at the latest.”

    Comment by Colonel Haiku — 6/2/2017 @ 8:52 am

  14. Great. Now I have to read Instapundit here, too. Is he paying you, Haiku? He should.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/2/2017 @ 11:41 am

  15. You need to get a blog.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/2/2017 @ 11:41 am

  16. I’d no more trust Trump with my pension than I would a lawyer, DRJ. But the same would hold true for Obama, GWB, Clinton, GHWB… Reagan, I would’ve given careful consideration.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku — 6/2/2017 @ 8:18 pm

  17. Read my comment. I specifically said we don’t trust politicians but Trump is supposedly different. That’s why his supporters trust him, because he isn’t the typical politician.

    He does have bad taste in lawyers so you are right not to trust him on that.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/3/2017 @ 5:25 am

  18. Most of his supporters “trust” him because they believe they’ve been lied to and taken for granted by politicians who’ve grown accustomed to lining their own pockets and who never do what they’ve committed to do. Rightly or wrongly, they believe Trump will be different.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku — 6/3/2017 @ 6:13 am

  19. Most of his supporters feel like they have been cheated and lied to in their everyday lives. They want a savior because they don’t believe they can handle things themselves.

    Two years ago I would have argued, strongly, that everyday people have the ability to make decisions for themselves and govern their lives. Now I’m not so sure. Their willingness to invest power in a dictator for their “side” is profoundly foolish and not something competent adults should ever consider.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/3/2017 @ 7:18 am

  20. I have more confidence in everyday people than you seem to have. They are frustrated with the spoils system that the self-anointed arbiters of “how things work” have set up and endeavor to maintain.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku — 6/3/2017 @ 7:56 am

  21. And I hope you are proven wrong, but who knows?

    Comment by Colonel Haiku — 6/3/2017 @ 8:02 am

  22. There has been corruption for as long as there has been humans, and political corruption for as long as men have banded together for common goals. Americans have more opportunities to succeed now than ever in our history, so people who feel like the odds are against them are not disadvantaged. They have given up.

    That is what we see with Trump. He appeals to them because they have given up.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/3/2017 @ 10:40 am

  23. And you are right. I don’t have confidence in people who have given up. There is no point in having confidence in them.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/3/2017 @ 10:41 am

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