GOP activist Doug McNea dies at California Republican Party convention
Doug McNea, of San Jose, a longtime GOP activist, died late Saturday night after collapsing during the California Republican Party’s convention in Sacramento.
McNea, 64, a perennial candidate whose last run was for state Assembly in 2010, was dancing at a party thrown by House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento when he collapsed. Bystanders obtained a defibrillator and attempted to perform CPR before paramedics arrived.
As they treated McNea, McCarthy urged partygoers outside to pray for him, and a small group formed a prayer circle, kneeling on the carpet outside the ballroom. McNea was active in the leadership of the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Assn., according to Shane Patrick Connolly, a delegate from Santa Clara.
More than 1,000 delegates gathered at a Sunday morning meeting observed a moment of silence.
“The guy has been fighting for taxpayers for an entire generation,” said Jon Fleischman, a delegate and conservative blogger. “He’ll be a voice ... that will be very hard to be replaced.”
-- Seema Mehta in Sacramento