Mar 262019

Please vote for Brian Dahle for State Senate today.

BLOGGER’S NOTE: I DO NOT DO ANYTHING ANONYMOUSLY. Unless my name is signed to it, I did not write it.

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.

1.0833 Years of Kiley’s work experience was for Kamala Harris. Ouch.

One of Kamala Harris Deputy Attorney Generals. Lovely.

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.

AWOL – time and time again

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.

Mar 202019

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.

Again – refer to the 2016 mailer from Andy Pugno where he hammered Kiley for avoiding two key issues
Then Halldin slammed Kiley over two other issues he avoided.

Who is Kevin Kiley? What does he stand for? Those are both serious questions.

To be continued.

Mar 182019

Click here to see for yourself Kevin Kiley in his own words on the gun issue.

Does Kevin Kiley Own a House? No.

Total Years of Higher Education, 8. Total Years in the Workforce? 6.5.

Kiley Grew up in Granite Bay, lived back east while in Ivy League Schools, then lived in the SF Peninsula, finally moving to Rocklin to run for office. Somehow, he is now a cattle rancher. (He should have called me, we could have started a chemical company.)

But he did work for Kamala Harris! (Long enough to use a ballot title of deputy district attorney in 2016)

It is like re-living the 2016 campaign all over again…

Mar 142019

We wrote about this before – Kevin Kiley has been remiss to endorse unless the endorsement is a sure bet. We believe that this pattern is starting to be discerned by many. I have far more respect for people that make the wrong choice of an endorsement than I do for those that waffle.

Note – that Kevin Kiley did not endorse in the CAGOP Chairman’s Race, but Rex Hime and Brian Dahle both did endorse. Hime and Dahle endorsed Jessica Patterson.

Former Lincoln Councilmember Stan Nader took the unusual Step of blasting the Asemblyman and switched his endorsement. This is 100% because Mr. Kiley fails repeatedly to take stands, skips votes and outthinks himself.

Kiley is talented and smart for sure, but he has made far too many mistakes to be considered reliable. And, again Kevin Kiley appears to be angling to run for congress (Against LaMalfa or McClintock) versus representing us.

Former Lincoln Councilmember Retracts Kiley Endorsement, Endorses Rex Hime for Senate District 1

Cites Kiley’s “hesitation” to act and calls Hime “one of the good guys”

LOOMIS, Calif- Former Lincoln City Councilman Stan Nader has endorsed Rex Hime for State Senate. Nader had previously endorsed Hime’s opponent Kevin Kiley but retracted his endorsement after Kiley played politics and was unwilling to support an audit of the City of Lincoln.

In his letter, former Councilman Nader calls out Kiley for appearing to “hesitate” recommending an audit of the city the State Auditor. The audit was conducted despite Kiley’s lack of leadership on the issue. 

Nader continued to call Hime “one of the good guys in the game of life.”

Hime has spent 30 years in the private sector fighting tax increases on behalf of the California Business Properties Association. He helped create a coalition that successfully stopped efforts to repeal Proposition 13 that would have raised taxes on residents and small businesses by billions of dollars. Most recently, Hime helped lead the campaign to defeat statewide rent control.

Hime is the only candidate in the race who is not a career politician and the only veteran. He is a proud Reagan Republican who not only worked for Ronald Reagan when he was Governor but was appointed by then President Reagan to protect property rights in Lake Tahoe.  Hime has spent decades volunteering and supporting non-profit causes in the greater Sacramento area. He has served on the board of the Greater Sacramento Valley Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and as past President of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.

Rex lives in Loomis with his wife Gwyn. The special election to fill the vacant Senate seat will be held on March 26.

Mar 132019

In 2016 – Kevin Kiley ran as a “Deputy Attorney General” – meaning then that he was a deputy to Kamala Harris. Any assertion otherwise is a lie. Refer to page 13 of the linked PDF. His work for Kamala Harris has been a keystone of his very thin biography.

Kiley claims to have never met his boss. I am sure a lot of people in the Trump administration have never met the Donald. I wonder if the Kamala Dragon was too busy campaigning for Senate or President to stop by Kevin’s Office!?

Note the deceptive language implying party-wide endorsement as well

There is a problem when you try to re-write history. What happened is easier to prove than you want it to be. Check the elections office and there it is.

You can also check the legislative record as well…

Young Mr. Kiley also twists another item: he falsely claims Brian Dahle’s Campaign said he supports sanctuary cities. That never happened.

Kevin Kiley did indeed support spending tax dollars telling students how to get into the Dream Act and Kevin Kiley voted to give some illegal immigrants who had been convicted of crimes – other than coming to the US illegally – an opportunity for a new trial. Whoops.

Apparently working for Kamala Harris’ Attorney General Office is not playing so well in 2019. Apparently, some of the lousy votes he made are also a killer. Yikes.

Hmmm… here is the actual mailer.

Don’t see anything untrue about Kiley here either.