Ted Gaines VS Roger Niello is another classic race about the future of the California Republican Party. A rock-solid Conservative Vote vs a deal-maker. It is that simple.
Ted Gaines – 100% from Howard Jarvis and National Tax Limitation Committee.
Lew Uhler and David Wolfe came out to introduce Ted Gaines at his headquarters grand opening today.
David Wolfe laid out the case in its’ totality: Roger Niello raised your taxes – not just on the Feb 2009 budget, but his scorecards from HJTA are consistently lower than his Republican colleagues.
Roger Niello’s vote to raise your taxes is the clearest distinction in this battle of “Nice Guys”.
The budget of Feb 2009 did the following:
.5% increase in every state income tax bracket (ie went from 5% to 5.5%)
.5% increase in state sales tax rate making California the highest in the nation
Doubled the Car Tax
Slashed the dependent tax credit in half
All in all – every family gets hit to the tune of $1200 a year on average in the middle of the worst economy in most of our lifetimes. (My Grandfather, 94 who lives in a rest-home might remember the last economy this bad)
There is a trail of other votes that Roger Niello has made suggesting that he is a Moderate. While Niello is Pro-Life, Pro-Gun and supported Prop 8… he tends to endorse Republicans who are none of the above.
Doug Ose over Tom McClintock for Congress (Ose 0 for 3, McClintock 3 for 3)
Meg Whitman over Steve Poizner in the Primary for Governor. (Poizner is on 2 of 3, Whitman 0 of 3)
Roger has refused to sign the “No New Taxes Pledge” as has State Senator Sam Blakeslee – the new Maldonado of the Republican Party.
Time after time – Ted Gaines has voted in accordance with the Republican Party Platform in the Assembly. Niello has had several notable exceptions.
On a local level – Roger Niello is of the opinion that Republican Central Committees should not be in the business of endorsing candidates. Failing to find out who is running and failing to research them to report to voters would be a major breach in the responsibility of Central Committees. Roger Niello is of the opinion that Central Committees should register voters and run get out the vote efforts only. I still have not figured out why people would register without the Cent Com giving them a reason to (candidates?)
Having done research on both candidates – I can tell you with authority that Ted’s Positives are compelling versus any baggage and Ted Gaines will not raise our taxes. That should be the basic function of a Republican in Government.
Both have promised clean, issue-based campaigns. Sounds good – that means I’ll stop here.
P.S. – I am not getting paid for my endorsement and support of Ted Gaines, directly or otherwise. The Advertisement that will soon appear is being done to support Ted Gaines for the good of the Republican Party.