What am I talking about?
Remember how Abel Maldonado had to be confirmed as Lt. Governor because we needed him out of the State Senate and in the LT Gov chair so he could not vote to raise taxes again?
Remember how we needed to throw Sam Aanestad under the bus? Even though Aanestad is as flawed as any politician – he never raised anyone’s taxes…
How does that relate to the SD-01 Race?
Well – the Assembly, led by Martin Garrick tossed aside principle in the name of strategy to get Sam Blakeslee elected in a special election to the State Senate to follow Maldo. The Assembly Republicans voted as a block to confirm Maldonado to the Lt. Governor position – vacating Maldo’s Senate Seat so Sam Blakeslee could run for Senate – giving the GOP an “upgrade”.
Blakeslee returns the favor by refusing to sign the No New Taxes Pledge.
Now – another Republican who has refused to sign that pledge is running for office. Roger Niello.
If both Niello and Blakeslee are in the State Senate – there is no defense from another massive tax increase like the one in Feb 2009 that Niello voted for.
Think about it – the biggest sellout Republican, Abel Maldonado (whose campaign signs look like Obama’s) is now Lt. Governor in the name of having a better vote in his place, now Sam Blakeslee has bailed after getting what he wanted…
Garrick looks like a failure and…
Now Roger Niello and Ted Gaines are locked up in an Epic Primary for another State Senate seat.
Think about it.
Meantime – Republican leadership gets yet another Epic Fail and they are wondering why California is 21% DTS?