Please vote for Brian Dahle for State Senate today.
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One of the main reasons for my disdain for Ted Gaines is his history of discarding long-term relationships and his constant planning for his next run(s). Gaines had amazing luck, always seeming to jump to his next office when there were few if any viable alternatives. In addition, he was able to use his influence to install his wife in office for 5 years as a bonus. Mercifully, Gaines will be termed out in 2026 after an astounding 20 years infesting various offices.
I worked for one of Kevin Kiley’s opponents in 2016, without going in to that story again, suffice to say I hoped that Kiley would listen to good advice and be effective. The voters of AD06 had not had a representative in 12 years of Gaines.
Despite being run out of a local church over my professional involvement in the AD06 Race, I still met with and communicated with Mr. Kiley as I knew he was not responsible for what happened. I was hoping that Kiley would be engaged and effective. He asked good questions.
Kevin Kiley is extremely intelligent as his Ivy league pedigree suggests. He is, however grossly inexperienced at life. His work resume is quite thin. I was willing to put his lack of experience behind me because Mr. Kiley was appearing to engage with local government, he was showing up at functions and doing a lot of what Tim Leslie and Rico Oller did almost two decades ago the last time we had a real Assembly member in this area.
My first point of frustration were his decisions to only endorse in races with a clear favorite or straight D vs R races. He even avoided mixed races (vote for 2 or 3) This was a huge red flag for me. While he supported Bonnie Gore actively, that was a clear cut D vs R race against a guy rumored to be a viable Democrat option post 2022 Redistricting.
A couple of recent examples of Mr. Kiley refusing to take stands were the Lincoln City Audit that just exploded in to the local rag. Apparently, the City of Lincoln has major issues and Mr. Kiley was remiss to stand up. Secondly, while both Hime and Dahle took the wrong stand in the CAGOP Chairman’s race, they took a stand. Kevin Kiley did not endorse, yet his proxy ended up in the hands of Kevin Eastman, a staffer of the Jim Nielsen machine. (This means he voted for Jessica Patterson as well – note, I was paid by Travis Allen and have since publicly pledged to honor the results of the CAGOP officer elections) I have more respect for Hime and Dahle making the wrong choice than Kiley, who tried to play both sides.
Quoting a Bee Article:
Three of the Republicans running for termed-out Assemblywoman Beth Gaines’ heavily Republican seat – it includes Roseville, Rocklin and Folsom – dropped by for an endorsement interview.
A lightning-round query underscored the slim pickings at the top of the GOP ticket. Asked which of the presidential contenders they supported, Cristi Nelson, endorsed by Gaines, said she was for Carly Fiorina but would probably settle for Trump. Kevin Kiley said he is a John Kasich man. Bill Halldin said he liked Marco Rubio and is undecided now. A fourth candidate, Andy Pugno, declined to participate in the interview. – Shawn Hubler @shawnhubler
Along with the horrific endorsement for President by Mr. Kiley, I’ve written about a variety of skipped votes by Mr Kiley as well. It would show a pattern by itself until the 2018 election cycle.
The Kasich endorsing Kiley had votes to skip and endorsements to dodge as it is clear now that he has a plan for living in political office only he knows about. It appears that Mr. Kiley has potomac fever. I had been warned shortly after Mr. Kiley’s initial electoral victory that he was preparing to run for Congress eventually. It may well be that he attempts to Primary Challenge either McClintock or LaMalfa. It could also be that he tries to play 3rd man in to a district drawn to envelop both McClintock and LaMalfa.
If you doubt me, consider that Mr. Kiley is still single never married. This means he can up and move wherever he needs to with a minimum of consideration. Consider that Mr. Kiley does not own a home. (He was hysterically lampooned for not owning a gun either)
If you still doubt anything, let’s get to my #1 issue with Mr. Kiley. The GOP got hammered in California in 2018. 5 of Kiley’s colleagues were run out of office and two other viable challengers against dem incumbents also lost.
In the fall of 2018 in the lead up to the disaster, Kevin Kiley made no contributions to the CAGOP or any of his Colleagues. There is a paltry $14,400 in the 2018 Primary and the obligatory $36,500 to the CAGOP in the 2018 Primary. It is the opinion of this blogger, and I am not alone in that, once Ted Gaines made it in to the runoff for Bd of Eq, Kiley set his sights on State Senate and gave nothing other than a $500 check for an event to a local GOP committee in the fall of 2018. Kiley announced his campaign for senate the day after election day while his colleagues were getting slaughtered at the ballot box.
At best, it looks like Kiley was politically clueless. At worst, it looks willful, deliberate and conniving. Kiley, being as intelligent as he is, appears to be very willful and calculated in all of his moves, including his refusals to take stands, precious few endorsements and hoarding his money in the fall of 2018.
As to his fundraising in 2018, leading to his end of year hoard of $480K, I took special note of the $4,400 from Facebook and contributions of $1000-$2500 from bay area liberals famous for censoring conservative content (Yelp, Google and others are listed).
Kiley, had he been listening to wise counsel would have written a few checks to a few of his colleagues and likely would have had little ill will. Win or lose, this decision he made in 2018 will define him.
It is sad, really, I had some high hopes for Mr. Kiley. It sure looks like all the good things I saw were just part of a long-term plan in his mind to promote himself. In 22 years in politics, it seems to be the rule and not the exception.