A recent San Luis Obispo Tribune article says that the California Republican Party recently decided at their fall convention to neither endorse nor denounce Proposition 11 this November. The party points out that their endorsement would probably be more likely to hurt the measure than help it since a Democratic charge levied against the initiative is that it is an attempt for Republicans to gain power.
Former party chairman Duf Sundheim said Democrats who oppose the initiative will try to sell it as a Republican power grab. The party’s endorsement might not help.
Some Republicans also argue the measure’s reforms aren’t tough enough. Linda Boyd of Los Angeles, a member of the party’s resolutions committee, said Republicans are split on the measure, so it was best for the party not to take a position.