THE PRESS-ENTEPRISE
Published: 18 December 2011 06:55 PM

CHABOT NAMED

Heading into an important election year, The Republican Party of San Bernardino County has a new woman at the helm.

The group named Brenda Chabot, a longtime political activist and wife of former Assembly candidate Paul Chabot, as its executive director, the party’s first since July 2009.

Chabot, of Rancho Cucamonga, previously served as executive director of the FreeStyle Foundation, a nonprofit organization involved with anti-drug initiatives and is a former probation officer in San Bernardino County. She also was an adviser for her husband’s 2010 Assembly race and multiple “get out the vote” drives.

“Mrs. Chabot brings a wealth of experience, professionalism and excitement to one of the most important positions for our party,” said the group’s chairman, Robert Rego.

Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, also praised Chabot’s selection.

“I have every confidence that she will bring a focus to the grassroots efforts to increase voter registration and getting the vote out at election time,” he said.

The party was once a powerhouse that propelled the GOP to a sizable voter registration advantage in the county. But then elected officials and wealthy donors kept their distance during the investigation of the party’s former chairman, Bill Postmus.

The party had only $219 in the bank in February.

In recent months, the party received a pair of five-figure donations. Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, gave the party $10,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former voter-registration vendor.

Charles Munger, Jr., a Palo Alto physicist who bankrolled the initiatives creating the state’s independent redistricting panel, gave the party $15,000 to help pay for an executive director.

EXTRA MUSTARD

Otto von Bismark gets the credit for likening legislating and sausage. Now Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton can claim his own link.

Capitol Coffee, a small coffee-and-food stand in the basement of the state Capitol, has renamed its Polish hot dog “Dutton Dogs” after the Rancho Cucamonga Republican gave its frank a glowing review in The Sacramento Bee.

“Gary puts out a really great Polish dog,” Dutton, a Capitol Coffee regular, said in a video accompanying the review. “It’s fresh, very appealing, and reasonably priced.”

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