Apr 092016
 

Kiley Epic FailRepublicans SUCK at social media. One Kevin Kiley is spending a TON of money on social media. On one hand, he gets it coming up with a neat social media gimmick.

On the other hand, he went from 2/28 to about 3/16 without tweeting. Any candidate serious about social media would not commit such an error in the heat of an election cycle.

Perhaps young Mr. Kiley was too busy trying to keep track of his adjustable messaging to remember to tweet?

Kiley, who has publicly attacked Andy Pugno for authoring Prop 8, while telling Conservative Sun City audiences he is a Social Conservative, attempted to host a precinct walk. Note that he set it up to conceal the attendance numbers.

This is what we call an #EPICFAIL. We are wondering if Mr. Kiley is failing at his social media as badly as he is failing at messaging?

NELSON EPIC FAILNot to be outdone, the other Liberal Republican in the race, Cristi Beckstead-Nelson laid an egg of her own. In baseball, we call this taking the collar. The golden sombrero. For those of you that don’t play baseball – it is called an #EPICFAIL as in 0.

There are 11 candidates on the ballot in #AD06. Fasten your seatbelts for more installments of the #EPICFAIL brigade.

BTW… I wonder if Mikaluco is out “leading” today. Somewhere. He will tell you, repeatedly.

Mar 302016
 

The Folsom Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum last night. It featured 9(!) of the candidates for #AD06. For reasons unbeknownst to me, Brian Caples and the other Dem were no-shows.

I am going to focus on the funded candidates – so let me summarize the others quickly before the fun part.

“Bo” – rambled.┬áHe also attacked the GOP (because he is an NPP don’t you know) and came across poorly as a result.

Gabriel Hydrick – the Lincoln Councilmember presented himself well and as an honest broker. Hydrick seemed to have a grasp of issues. This version of Hydrick is markedly different than the man I have been hearing about for the last 6 years in Lincoln. Hydrick has no money, no access to money and looks to be headed to also-ran status.

As a side note, I liked his ballot statement that he submitted when he filed for office. I told him as such afterwards.

Suzanne Jones – came across poorly. She distinguished herself by attacking the others on the stage railing on everyone for getting financial support while asserting her moral superiority. Just not a good way to go.

Mik. Sounded like one of the Good-fellas. He is a leader. Just ask him. He will tell you, repeatedly. We will be relieved of seeing him on street corners very soon.

And, now for the fun:

Cristi Beckstead-Nelson, robotic. She was reciting from memory off of her website. It was so bad that on more than one occasion she forgot her lines. She did indeed repeat the lie of being a business owner multiple times. It made me feel like I was time warped back to 2011 when I witnessed another unqualified, inarticulate candidate with a falsified resume make similar public gaffes.

Beckstead-Nelson looked miserable and her disdain for other candidates while they were speaking was palpable. I’ve been told by more than one person that has interacted with Ms. Beckstead-Nelson that she is very status conscious and is remiss to interact with average people unless there is a direct benefit to do so. This was clear to this blogger by virtue of her behavior on the stage.

Beckstead-Nelson has had a large head start on the rest of the field and she appears to have been caught up to and passed in a short time. That has to be frustrating for her. Maybe she should have not filed and reimbursed her husband the $100k she wasted, I mean “lent” her campaign.

Kevin Hanley was much more subdued last night and presented good answers to most questions. He is attempting to walk right through one of his biggest weaknesses, Auburn. He frequently referred to his time on the Auburn City Council and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

Hanley’s campaign seems to be stuck in time. Mr Hanley touts his resume, which includes 24 years of government work. Even before Hanley’s performance last night, I was clear there is no question that Hanley is qualified for the job. I can’t say I can blame Hanley for what he is doing, however I think modern campaigns have left Mr. Hanley behind.

Andy Pugno certainly appeared confident, if not cocky about the prospects of his campaign for Assembly by virtue of the way he carried himself. When he was not distracted by his cell phone, he gave unrehearsed answers to questions that sometimes included stories.

Pugno was the only candidate that specifically mentioned the social issues. Halldin did by inference – those are the only two that went there. Pugno also made it clear how he intends to attack at least one of his foes – referencing public employee union money and his plan to not take any of it. (Like they would attempt to donate or endorse Mr. Pugno to begin with)

Kevin Kiley was indeed the most bizarre candidate of the evening. Kiley spoke to the audience as if he was arguing a case in court. When he was not speaking, he was fidgeting and giving off an aura of superiority. Both are quite a spectacle for a young man of 31 years of age who has never been married and has no real-world job experience.

Kiley almost spoke of himself in the third person and like Pugno was using lawyer vernacular and large words in his presentations. I am not sure how Pugno or Kiley relate to the public at large – or if either of them care. Both appear to believe that they have this race locked up.

I have endorsed Bill Halldin. I am actively working to help his campaign. Therefore I believe that Bill Halldin was the clear winner of last night’s forum. Halldin answered all of the questions well and all there acknowledged that Mr. Halldin was ready to go.

Mar 162016
 

Liberal Republican Cristi (Beckstead)-Nelson has been making feeble attempts to keep up in the endorsement war with Leading Candidate and Well-Respected Real Business Owner Bill Halldin. She has sent out some interesting “I have to keep up with Bill emails”.

Beckstead-Nelson, whose Resume is embellished at best and despite having nearly a year head start on the rest of the field has failed to distinguish herself. She has been left to trading campaign donations to at least one Gaines (I am sure she covered her tracks on the second Gaines) for an endorsement. It does, however make sense that the candidate with the embellished resume would be the preferred client of the Assembly Member with an (ahem) embellished resume herself.

Young Mr. Kiley, Ms. Beckstead-Nelson (at least that is the name she used for years before deciding to run for AD06), recent entrant Andrew Pugno and Suzanne Jones are all lawyers. One of these has not passed the Bar, despite attempts to buttress her resume otherwise. Drat. I just gave it away.

Beckstead-Nelson (she is still registered to vote under that name and her legal records still bear that name) is a resident of Newcastle, yet she’d have you believe she lives in Granite Bay. Perhaps there is an infectious disease in Placer County partisan politics where one’s residency is optional or negotiable?

Non-lawyer and real long-time resident of AD06 Bill Halldin just added two key community leaders: the extremely popular Roseville Vice-Mayor Susan Rohan and Well-Known Community Icon Roseville C0uncilmember Pauline Rocucci. This gives Halldin unanimous support in Roseville and Rocklin – the heart of AD06.

IMG_0775 (1)Not to be outdone – recent AD06 Resident Kevin Hanley who registered in AD06 in May of 2015 (as did Kiley) was introduced to the voters of El Dorado County by the El Dorado Mountain Democrat. See the photo.

Oops. Auburn is in AD05. Kevin Hanley’s #1 endorsement is a Congressman who has never lived in his district. After the Gaines, who are remiss to live in one place for very long until their next run for something – perhaps Hanley caught the same disease?

There are 11 people on the ballot for AD06. I think the memo got out that this was an exhibition for the 2024 GOP Presidential nomination.

11? Yes, 11. A man named Z’berg filed without a candidate statement as a democrat despite the democrat party endorsing Brian Caples. Apparently, the dems have the same discipline problems within their ranks as the GOP does.

There is also an NPP candidate who has run for US Senate, Governor and yes, ran for SD01 in 2012. “Bo” as I affectionately call him, publicly rails Ted Gaines – that may end up being his only contribution before he gets his 2% and exits until he files for something else in 2018.

The 11th candidate is the fourth lawyer in the race, Andy Pugno. He appears to have hired a consultant in name only as his past pattern has been to run his own show. It remains to be seen if Pugno will have significant resources with which to mount a campaign. I also wonder if anyone knows who he is as no one has seen him in four years. (since the last time he ran for AD06)

For you political nerds out there, grab some popcorn. This thing is 82 days away and it is going to be insane.