California Republicans Pick New Leader to Mount Comeback

The California Republican Party chose 38-year-old Jessica Patterson as its leader on Monday, and the first-ever woman to chair the state GOP wasted no time in vowing to “take the fight to Democrats” and lead a “Republican comeback” in the liberal stronghold.

Patterson’s appointment comes as state Democrats are foundering on a series of high-profile issues on the national stage, with the White House suggesting it will sue the state to reclaim billions of federal dollars wasted on the state’s constantly delayed — and eventually abandoned — high-speed rail project.

“Let’s serve notice to the Democrats in California that we are back and we are ready to deliver on the Republican comeback,” Patterson, who also became the first Latina to ever chair the state GOP, said after winning. “Then let’s dig in and make it happen.”

She added: “We’re going to take the fight to Democrats. We’re going to fight them in the press, at community gatherings … and we’re going to beat them in elections.”