Mayes was dumped as GOP leader in August after he provided the crucial Republican swing vote that renewed Democrat Gov.
Mayes claimed he would launch a “New Way California” message to urge the struggling California Republican Party to unite all Californians in support of “individual freedom, shared responsibility, educational excellence, environmental stewardship, efficient government and an open economy.” Named by a newspaper in his local district as the “Benedict Arnold to many California conservatives,” Mayes has had trouble attracting support for his “New Way.” But according to Schwarzenegger spokesman Daniel Ketchell, the former governor and sitting Governor Kasich have committed to speak and lead panels at the March 21 summit in the hopes of boosting the effort at reform.
When Schwarzenegger left office in 2011, California Republicans were thoroughly disgusted with his leadership, after he pushed through cap-and-trade and passed the first across-the-board sales and income tax increases in 17 years.
He also supported illegal immigration amnesty and had a child out of wedlock with his maid.
Kasich promised he would not be “getting people riled up about how bad everything is,” but instead be a “Prince of light and hope” that would not attack other candidates.