Sometimes they suprise me. Read it here
Did I mention that sometimes the Sacramento Bee surprises me???
First off – they lit up Beth Gaines. No Suprise there – they endorsed Roger Niello over Ted Gaines and they have attacked Ted for years.
Secondly – I emboldened the line where they complemented Rob Matthews.
Third – they stayed in character, chiding John Allard for signing the no new taxes pledge. (while endorsing him)
People living in the Assembly district that stretches from Roseville to Lake Tahoe have an opportunity to trade up. They should seize the moment by electing John Allard.
Allard is one of seven Republicans and a Democrat running in a March 8 special election to fill the seat left vacant when Ted Gaines won the Senate seat that opened when Dave Cox died.
Allard would arrive with a firm grasp of how the Capitol works. He is a Roseville city councilman and operates a house cleaning service with his wife.
Importantly, Allard worked for 11 years as chief of staff to Tim Leslie, a former assemblyman and senator who represented the area ably. Leslie understood the virtue of treating people with civility despite policy disagreements. Allard’s demeanor is similarly old school.
Like Leslie, Allard is conservative. He signed an anti-tax pledge promising he will not raise taxes. Such pledges, pushed by professional conservatives, needlessly tie the hands of legislators.
If Allard is elected, he says he would not vote for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to place before voters an extension of taxes due to expire later this year. We disagree with that stand, too. But Allard is thoughtful and will be his own man on most other issues.
Among the other candidates, Rob Matthews, another Roseville Republican, is making his first run. He is straightforward and will have a future in politics.
Beth Gaines, the wife of Sen. Gaines, also is making her first run for office. Capitalizing on her husband’s fundraising base, Gaines will have sufficient money to run a race, but it’s not clear she is ready for office.
At a Rocklin Chamber of Commerce forum last week, she relied on notes to answer questions that were far from tough. In this field, Allard is the clear choice.