This week American Children First broke the story about California GOP Assembly Leader Chad Mayes’ (R-Yucca Valley) alleged affair with former GOP Assembly Leader Kristin Olsen.
The group came into possession of a letter sent by Olsen's estranged husband to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's office requesting an investigation to see if state funds or resources were used by the paramours to carry out their trysts.
The group has been asking several questions about the affair. However, they have focused their attention on whether or not there was a quid pro quo arrangement of any kind between Speaker Rendon's office and either Chad Mayes or Kristin Olsen to secure votes for the passage of AB 398.
AB 398 is the “cap and trade” bill that will raise gas taxes by 63 cents per gallon. It passed on Monday evening with the support of Mayes. He supported the bill after previously expressing opposition to it and voting against similar bills in the past.
Joseph Turner, the executive director for ACF, sent a letter to United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting a federal investigation into the matter. The letter can be viewed here: http://americanchildrenfirst.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Jeff-Sessions-Letter-Chad-Mayes-Affair.pdf
The key point Turner focused on in the letter was the sudden reversal of political rhetoric and telegraphing of a potential sell-out vote by Mayes on the cap and trade bill.
Mr. Olsen sent his letter to Speaker Anthony Rendon's office on April 24, 2017. Subsequent newspaper reports state that Mr. Olsen pulled the letter within two hours of sending it.
On April 27, the Los Angeles Times printed a story about how Chad Mayes wants to work with Rendon and the Democrats on cap and trade bills after staunchly opposing and voting against these bills as recently as last year.
“Just a couple of days after Speaker Rendon’s office learned of the affair, Mayes changed his position on this monster tax increase,” Turner said. “We don’t think that is coincidence and want the United States Attorney General to investigate.”
American Children First is an anti-illegal immigration group that pursues a nationalist agenda. Turner is a self-described “hardcore nationalist” and “immigration hardliner” who has criticized Mayes moderate immigration positions.
The full letter can be viewed at: http://americanchildrenfirst.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Jeff-Sessions-Letter-Chad-Mayes-Affair.pdf