Beth Gaines has a Campaign on Her Hands

 AD-06 Race, Beth Gaines, Linda M Park  Comments Off on Beth Gaines has a Campaign on Her Hands
Feb 242012
 

… and an opponent who is loaded for bear.

Beth Gaines has done next to nothing since being elected to the Assembly. People are only now starting to see her or staff since she has drawn an opponent.

For those that remember, it took coordinated independent expenditures and $350,000 dollars raised by her husband Ted Gaines to gain a 726 vote victory.

Now that she has a serious challenger, there is pining for some free media. Introducing bills that will certainly get killed – yet each will cost the taxpayers $20-$25,000 a piece and even more if they survive one committee.

Years after business in Roseville were shut down by ADA lawsuits – Beth Gaines is attempting to grandstand on the issue. Where was Ted Gaines when the original damage was done? Nowhere, Beth? Wasting tax dollars grandstanding.

Both Gaines are now grand-standers – and given that they are controlled by the same person, it stands to reason that they would employ similar political tactics. Taxpayers can not afford the Gaines double-dip, double-grandstand and the double vortex in placer of leadership we all deserve from state-level officeholders.

The voters in AD06 know they have a leadership deficit. A couple that double-dip the taxpayers and do nothing for the district have bred some significant anger amongst the constituents.

Linda M Park has a resume that is verifiable because of the lives she has impacted. Beth Gaines’ resume, when challenged, falls apart.

Beth Gaines has a second major problem – she will be on the ballot at the same time as her husband, Ted Gaines. This is a loser. No amount of spin can change that.

It is time for Beth Gaines to get out in the district outside of controlled environments and debate Linda M Park. She is going to be forced to show the voters why she deserves to be retained – there is no place to hide.

It is also time for Beth Gaines to prove what she says in her “resume” is true, thereby showing people why she was qualified to infest office in the first place – beyond just the last name.

Let’s start the debate there – more to come soon.

… And Now we Have Some Races

 AD-06 Race, Beth Gaines, CA SD-01 Race, Les Baugh, Linda M Park, Ted Gaines  Comments Off on … And Now we Have Some Races
Feb 172012
 

Believe it.

Linda M Park has made over 20 public appearances in her three-week-old campaign.

Placer County and ElDoardo County are getting acquainted with Les Baugh from Shasta County.

Endorsements are coming. Checks are being written, we have some races on our hands – this is going to be a great season in Placer County Politics.

This has all been made possible by the lack of leadership by the Gains. Even the simplest of gestures and involvement could have stopped their train wreck.

The anger in the district is palpable over the double dipping of the gains dynasty.

Instead of leadership we have a family dynasty built on betrayal of stakeholders in the respective districts with the backdrop of a rented house in Rocklin.

Feb 122012
 

Best short speech: Kirk Uhler rocked the crowd with his short address.

Pam Tobin took suddenly ill and did not make the dinner. (Perhaps her liberal democrat activist consultant and campaign manager did not want to come to the dinner?)

Biggest Surprise: Robert Grigas is running against Jim Holmes in Sup District 3. Holmes left the GOP a few years ago because of our “divisive” stands against local tax measures. His Brother Mike ran against John Doolittle twice in the Primary. Grigas picked up support by virtue of being a Republican willing to file.

Best Long Speech: Shasta County Supervisor Les Baugh connected with the crowd bringing some North State Values down to Placer County. His speech was so good in fact that it caused…

The Worst Speech: Ted Gains. Obviously rattled by the connection his opponent for State Senate made, Ted attempted to envoke Tim Tebow to gain traction. Ultimately, it was the failure to string thoughts together that doomed Ted’s presentation.

Hello Again: Sam Aanestad is taking on the biggest fraud in the North State – Doug LaMalfa. LaMalfa’s popularity will be tested by Aanestad. That congressional district has a choice now.

Welcome to the Race: Linda Park – was the only candidate who got interrupted by applause mid speech. This was her first major address as a candidate for AD-06. (Beth Gains was ill and did not attend the Lincoln Dinner.)

Welcome to the Race part 2: Mark Wright also came in a suit and tie and made an impression on the crowd.

Honorable Mention – Rick Bosetti. Running for AD-01 which includes 1/2 of Placer Sup D5 – Bossetti decided to visit the Placer County faithful to introduce himself. I think he made  a good first impression.

Red Meat Award: I want some of what Dan Logue had before coming to the Placer Lincoln Day dinner – he was on fire. Les Baugh was charming and warm, Dan was on a tear.

Wally Herger gave his first and last address to Placer County as a Congressman. He was charming and gracious – Assemblyman Dan Logue presented Wally with an Assembly Resolution when he introduced him.

Notable Absences: Pam Tobin D-Granite Bay, Beth Gains R-Roseville/Rocklin, Doug LaMalfa R-Subsidy

Jan 312012
 

In italics is a short summary I wrote for a local media inquiry on behalf of Les Baugh. I think it sums it up in both cases. Don’t think for a second that Les wouldn’t have said something similar – he would, and therein lies another major difference voters get to choose from.

Interestingly – I have been getting anxious inquiry from political insiders as to why Linda is running against Beth Gaines and why I took Les Baugh on as a client.

Neither Les Baugh or Linda Park owe anyone an apology for running – Ted and Beth Gaines owe people an apology for the way they have governed.

I am a citizen legislator – meaning that I am one of the people I seek to represent. I will not reign – instead, the door or my office will be open to all comers.

I am a staunch conservative and I believe our government has more than enough money to do its’ job – however, the priorities are badly misaligned. The issue for this Senate (Assembly) District is the utter lack of leadership and engagement.

Simply refusing to acknowledge people you disagree with guarantees more of the same and I know very few people who are better off in 2012 than they were in 2008. I am motivated to run because of the need for accountable, engaged governance. I am not afraid to negotiate with people that do not believe as I do in an attempt to make progress without compromise. Leaders engage.

It is that desire to engage that I believe is my primary defining difference, it is the desire to be accountable to those I serve rather than being sequestered away from the constituents that is the other defining difference.

I believe that with engaged leadership the efforts to close public land, destroy dams, regulate water, eliminate the 2nd Amendment and the attempts by the legislature to eliminate risks from life can be mitigated by negotiating with those attempting to do these things in an effort to solve the perceived issue without destroying freedom.

And to think – the Gaines are renting a house in Rocklin, probably for just long enough to retain power if they are successful in getting re-elected. How does that make you feel as a voter? What kind of message does that send?

It’s not a matter of who is more conservative which is the easy-way-out cheapshot in a lot of Republican Primaries – as Les is a Pastor and Linda is a long-time CRA member.

Beth Gaines won’t be able to use a boogie man attack like she did against John Allard against Linda – where she lied about John Allard (standard faire in political attacks) and used his experience against him. (Linda, while in her first term on school board – ironically has been in office longer than Beth!)

The Gaines are going to have to stand up and defend the way they have governed and are also going to have to explain why a husband-and-wife political dynasty is a good thing for California. This is a double-loser for them.

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