Every endorsement every candidate takes comes with baggage. Some endorsements have far more positives than baggage.
Karen England is baggage.
Karen supported Roger Niello over Ted Gaines for State Senate – but I guess that was then, this is now. She also accused the CRA’s endorsement of Ted Gaines being bought for $4,000 – but that was then, this is now.
Then Karen England, in violation of CRA and CRP by-laws launched a campaign against Abel Maldonado, the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor (ostensibly for voting for the same tax increases as Roger Niello?). She was removed from both bodies as a result.
Now? Karen England has spoken to the local media about an FBI investigation of the local Republican Central Committee – but when asked for info on the “agents” involved, she refused to give us the contact info so we could call them and offer cooperation. She also backpedaled afterward – what conclusion is one to draw?
She has taken money from several candidates she has supported – Such as $3K from Ted Gaines for Assembly and $27,500 from Doug LaMalfa. However, she self-righteously attacks others for doing basically the same thing (whether they actually got paid or not), while refusing to disclose her own financial interests related to people she supported.
As a Conservative leader – she stood up for Pro-Choice, No on 8 Moderates for Placer County Republican Party offices over their CRA-Aligned Conservative opponents.
The point here? This is not about Beth Gaines, rather…
…Any candidate needs to evaluate the perceived mental health of an endorser and the trail they are leaving behind themselves. Any candidate should look in the local media to see what legacy an endorser has – in Karen’s case, it has been attacking the Conservatives of the Placer GOP, attacking the CRA, supporting Pro-Choice Moderates and taking money while claiming to be a volunteer.
This is why the “Bad Endorsement Alert” has been issued.