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.

CA SD-01 Update: Roger Niello and the Republican Party: Endorse Liberals and Fight with Central Committees

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Oct 232010

Roger Niello recently took an endorsement from uber-liberal Kevin Johnson. Barbara Alby has said nothing about this in public.

Niello has a laundry list of liberal Democrats supporting him – yet in candidate forums Alby never discusses this, Why? Only a Ted Gaines mailer discussed Jimmy Yee and Don Notoli.

Roger Niello endorsed Doug Ose over Barbara Alby in 1998 because in Alby’s words “I am pro-life”. We heard Alby mention this once in a public forum but little else as she has been focused on attacking the Pro-Life Ted Gaines.

Roger Niello has endorsed numerous liberal Republicans for local office in Sacramento County. Niello has endorsed very few conservatives pre-primary.

In fact, the current AD-05 nominee got Niello’s endorsement grudgingly only after the game of dial-a-squish failed. Susan Peters, Steve Miklos, John McGuniess and others who are on Niello’s endorsement list were all candidates Niello tried to recruit to run against Andy Pugno.

Roger Niello endorsed Doug Ose again over Tom McClintock.

On California Republican Party metters – Niello prefers to stay out of them and avoid the contraversy.

Now Niello is running for SD-01 claiming the mantle as the true conservative.

When the Placer County Republican Central Committee endorsed the Pro-Life Tom McClintock over the Pro-Choise Liberal Millionaire Doug Ose, Roger Niello retaliated.

He withdrew the money he was contributing for bounty payments to the Placer County Republican Central Committee for voter registration and never resumed paying it again.

In addition, Niello’s representative came to the Central Committee meetings with orders to vote against the conservative majority on the Placer County Republican Central Committee.

This was not Niello’s first participation in action against conservatives at the local party level. In Sacramento, support the platform was started as a result of a Dan Lungren / Roger Niello led effort to install moderates in positions of power and control over the Sacramento County GOP Committee.

The results of that were two years of ineffectiveness and major losses of voter registrations.

Roger will counter by talking about the donations he has made to various Republican candidates statewide. That’s awesome – and thank you for that, but it never translated to promoting conservatism at the local level.

Ask many on the Placer and Sacramento County Republican Central Committees about it. The issue is Roger Niello attempting to campaign as the real conservative when his history – recent history 2006-2010 is one of being at odds with local conservative leaders.


CA SD-01 Update: Barbara Alby Has Issues: Her Supporters are making Scorched Earth

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Oct 232010

Ever since Barbara Alby got in to the CA SD-01 race, it seems Alby has been on a single-minded public rampage against Ted Gaines.

There have been some scant attacks on Niello – but his $10Billion Spending Increase vote, votes to give away the store to the public employee unions and his vote for the largest tax increase in state history have gotten little or no attention from Alby. (Alby’s site has some – but Alby rarely addresses Niello in public)

And I thought Barbara Alby was the “True Conservative in the CA SD-01 Race.

Truth is – I supported her for board of equalization when a lot of her current supporters were supporting George Runner.

Alby supporters are attacking the CRA, an orginization she’d been active in years ago but has been seen in sparingly in the last 10 years. Why – the CRA was going to endorse Ted Gaines and Karen England was spreading a malicious rumor that endorsement was bought.

Psychotic Alby supporter Ken Campbell perpretrated that rumor about the CRA emdorsement again.

No one is entitled to a CRA endorsement. Ted Gaines earned it with his 90+% CRA Scorecard –

Barbara Alby has very little money and has spent her time attacking Ted Gaines only – another of her supporters, supporting her only because those of us on the Placer County Republican Central Committee are supporting Ted Gaines wrote this:

Fellow Patriots, while the NorCal Tea Party Patriots leadership and other Northern California Tea Party “Patriots” group leaders (emphasis on Tea Party “Patriot” groups, other Tea Party groups are still out here uncorrupted and want to expose the truth on ALL sides of the isle) choose to go along with this corruption and not inform their groups of the “real Ted Gaines” due to political favors that were given to them for their 9-12 Event, the rest of us within the Tea Party Movement are still fighting the fight uncorrupted.

Scorched earth – Barbara Alby style. Everyone who supports your opponent is corrupt and only you are the true Conservative.

Of course while you turn a blind eye to the man who voted in the largest tax increase in California History. (At least her “tea party” supporter is equal opportunity as evidenced below – gotta love it)

Some people take this stuff so personally. Attribution for the above cartoon goes to Karen England ally and former Nor Cal Tea Party activist Jim Moore.

Alby could learn something from this guy – he attacked Keene and Niello for supporting the 2007 budget (which raised spending $10 billion but did not raise taxes)… but Alby has yet to do so.

Makes you wonder Barbara Alby is trying to accomplish by running, really.

And, speaking of Karen England – she’s supporting Roger Niello. This is certainly a bizarre election.

Blogger Sets Roger Niello on Fire While Trying to Support Him

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Oct 092010

The Sacramento Bee are arrognat liberals. So I could understand why in their exhubernace to endorse Roger – they mentioned that their support was predicated on the fact that Niello supports Tax-Payer Funded Abortion and will Raise Taxes again. The Bee’s Words, not mine.

Apparently, the Bee forgot that there are way more Republicans in SD-01?

Maybe Greg Lucas is guilty of doing the same thing on his blog? I can’t tell if he is a Democrat or a Left-Leaning Independent… but he had so things to say about leadership on his blog and why he believes Roger Niello is a leader.

Quoting Lucas:

Former Senate President Pro Tempore John Burton, now chair of the state Democratic party, was fond of saying you can never get in trouble voting “no” on a “big bill,” an act made significantly easier when sitting on the sidelines.

Aka – voting no on tax increases is a bad thing?

…But when the fighting was over and it was time to vote, Niello — quoting Burton again — “took a bite out of the s**t sandwich.”

For better or for worse, he helped construct the final product and,he took responsibility for his actions.  He recognized that politics is the art of the possible and, at some point, it’s necessary to embrace a solution. While flawed, the budgets passed those two years were less awful, from a GOP perspective, than they would have been had Niello not participated.

That sounds very much like someone “willing to make tough decisions.” Countless elements in both budgets were opposed by a phalanx of interest groups. Being one of his caucus leaders and voting for something he helped negotiate, without regard to possible political fallout in the future, seems perilously close to doing “what’s right.”

And with all respect to Ted Gaines, who is both genial and decent, NIello’s actions don’t sound like leadership — they are leadership.

While this is no where near as bad as the Bee Endorsement – the premise of this blog is that Leadership meant voting for and negotiating the largest Tax increase in State History.

That is the wrong type of leadership in my opinion.

As a Post-Script – there was a comment left on this blog post:

barbara o’connor 


good story. that is why I agreed to co=chair democrats for Neillo. He did what needed to be done and took responsibility for his actions. He is a leader and we do need leadership. I am glad it is a special because the top two allows me to actually vote for him.

Niello also voted for Prop 14 that will allow Democrats like Barbara O’Connor to help select Republican nominees in Primaries starting next year.

Sep 092010

Sierra College Trustee Candidate Howard Rudd has been using his connections developed over years in business and years of goodwill created to gain critical mass.

This blogger has been contacted by two local elected officials who have endorsed Howard Rudd.

Rudd was at the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce Breakfast and was well received. Rudd told this blogger that the response to his candidacy has been “excellent”. He went on to indicate that he has operations going in Nevada County – an area often overlooked by Sierra College Board candidates.

Rocklin City Council Race Update –

Diana Ruslin’s “Mom’s Army” have been out in force. She is the only candidate who has visited my home. According to Ruslin, her people have been walking the “high-propensity” areas of Rocklin for two weeks.

Ruslin and Janda were also in attendance at this morning’s meeting of the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce.

Greg Janda is looking like a confident candidate with his talking points down cold. He is speaking with authority.

Janda and Ruslin offer contrasts in their presentation. It remains to be seen if the Community servant / Mom (Ruslin) or the confident businessman (Janda) will sell better.

Heck, they could both win and that would leave Mayor Scott Yuill out after one term.

(and don’t forget Mark Klang is on the ballot too)

Roseville City Council Candidate Sam Cannon is ramping up his campaign. to the surprise of many – being trapped in the capitol for this years’ legislative shenanigans has not cost Sam Cannon much. So much for the concerns over Cannon being “MIA”.

The general feeling on the street is that the race is between Sam Cannon and Tim Herman for seat number two. (Everyone believes that Susan Rohan will be elected mayor in a runaway)

This means that the fireworks could fly between the Cannon and Herman camp.

What about David Larson? He flunked his Dale Carnegie courses and his attempts to downplay his marriage to Brad have backfired. His Marriage is a hot topic of discussion in Sun City. The Dem Central Committee has endorsed him – but are doing precious little to help him.

Here are the issues – Tim Herman will point out his superior resume and Sam Cannon will point out that Tim Herman is a Liberal. ’nuff said.

Roseville Joint Union High School District Race – Both Linda M Park and Scott Huber have racked up impressive endorsement lists. Both will begin their campaign operations this weekend with volunteers walking precincts.

Expect to see lawn signs popping up all over the place.

Linda scored a major coup when her long time friend – Gina Garbolino endorsed her. On the heels of DA Scott Owens and Assessor Kristen Spears… Assemblymembers Ted Gaines and Dan Logue give Linda credibility and diversity in her support base.

The SD-01 Race is abuzz in this area. Everyone in insider circles is talking about it. Most in Placer are supporting Ted Gaines.

AD-05 Update: The SEIU just spent $75K on an IE to prop up Richard Pan. If you see Richard Pan in person, you’ll understand why the SEIU likes him… he can’t finish a sentence.