The laundry list of votes Kiley skipped would not matter as much, were it not part of a larger pattern. Skipping tough decisions is consistent with Kiley’s failure to endorse Jessica Patterson (while his proxy ended up in the hands of Sam Spencer, a legislative staffer).
I’ve come to the belief that Kiley is too smart and calculating for his own good. This causes him to overthink his decisions getting caught squarely in the middle or being conspicuously absent. The following are four examples:
AB 3250 (Judiciary Committee) – Kiley Not Voting
Provides for technical clean-up of SB 179 (Atkins) which provided for non-binary gender recognition on state documents. Assembly Vote: 65-9, p. 6910, 8/29/18. Signed
AB 2439 (Eduardo Garcia) –Kiley Aye (NOT AWOL)
Honors LGBTQ veterans by establishing the LGBT Veterans Memorial at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City as the official state LGBT Veterans Memorial. Assembly Vote: 65-0, p. 6143, 8/6/18. Signed
AB 677 (David Chiu) – Kiley Not Voting
Expands the list of state agencies and local educational agencies that are required to collect voluntarily provided information about sexual orientation and gender identity to include government agencies that deal with education and employment. Assembly Vote: 63-10, p. 3132, 9/11/17. Signed
AB 2153 (Thurmond) – Kiley Not Voting
Requires all public schools to annually provide in-service training to teachers on school site and community resources available for the support of LGBTQ students. Assembly Vote: 58-14, p. 6850, 8/29/18. Vetoed
Kevin Kiley is rightly getting hammered for his parsed words and dodging taking tough stands. We should have known what to expect after the 2016 Assembly Campaign where he was effectively able to get away with taking as few stands as possible.
Who is Kevin Kiley? What does he stand for? Those are both serious questions.
To be continued.