Kevin Kiley is sweating. A fake Cattle Company, running as a deputy attorney general then getting hammered for working for Kamala Harris, having less work history than years in college… take your pick. He is not doing so hot.
Below is the text of an email he sent:
Following our weak second place finish in the March 26 primary, the Kiley for Senate campaign announced a series of new endorsements from elected officials and Republican leaders:
Congressman John Doolittle (ret.)
Senator Tim Leslie (ret.)
Assemblyman Roger Niello (ret.)
Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell
Folsom Vice Mayor Sarah Aquino
Sacramento County Supervisor Sandy Smoley (ret.)
Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan (ret.)
Placer County Auditor-Controller Andrew Sisk
Placer County Supervisor Jim Williams (ret.)
El Dorado County Supervisor John Knight (ret.)
Lincoln Councilmember Alyssa Silhi
Loomis Mayor Pro Tempore Jan Clark-Crets
Rocklin Mayor Scott Yuill (ret.)
Auburn Councilmember Bridget Powers
Auburn Mayor Mike Holmes (ret.)
El Dorado Irrigation District Director Pat Dwyer
El Dorado Irrigation District Director George Osborne
Rocklin Unified School District Trustee Wendy Lang (ret.)
Eureka Union School District Trustee Renee Nash
El Dorado County Board of Education Trustee Georgianne Knight
Half the people on the list are former electeds. Oh and “Republican” Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell? I think the American River Democrats missed the memo. I don’t think current supervisor Sue Frost is going to be too thrilled to see one of her former opponents featured as a Republican.
Similar to claiming victory before the final count (and with 27% of the vote no less), the second Epic Fail since Primary Election Night. Looks like we have a trend.
I am going to preface this post to say that I believe Jessica Patterson is NOT involved in this effort to shred the California Republican Party Platform. I have also spoken to one of her close associates, a Congressional Chief of Staff, a CRP Board Member and an Assembly Chief of Staff and none are aware of an organized effort within their own ranks.
Some may be wondering why your intrepid blogger is making a big deal out of Platform Committee Membership for the CAGOP. Take a look at this manifesto called “Reframing the Message“. This was the result of a reputed $250,000 expenditure and this document was produced some time pre-2018 elections.
Several Calls with several activists confirm that Luis Buhler is on a rampage in the Bay Area. He has recruited some social liberal Trump Supporters in at least two Assembly Districts, while recruiting some known platform destroying never-trumpers in other districts.
If the previous four party insiders I spoke to were/are unaware of an effort to shred the Party Platform – it appears then that Luis Buhler is on a rampage by himself. It seems non-nonsensical that party leadership would want open warfare over the party platform after the shellacking in 2018.
Luis Buhler does not play well with others and he is obsessed with eviscerating conservative values from the California GOP.
Your Intrepid Blogger has been briefed about efforts in AD22, AD29, AD30 and several other districts in the Bay Area peninsula – led by Buhler.
It has also been reported that Mr. Buhler is active in the Santa Clara and Santa Cruz GOP Central Committees assisting the liberals on said committees in ousting Conservative / Travis Allen supporting committee members. This is also consistent as since I have known Luis, he has raised money to purchase slate mail cards in an attempt to control the outcome of Central Committee Elections in the Bay Area.
We have confirmation that one Travis supporter in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz County have been ousted from their local committees. (and there are efforts to oust others) In Santa Cruz the ouster was for two absences (their bylaws state two absences, in a Buhler led modification to standard language) in 2018, not 2019 and in Santa Clara, the ousted member was in the hospital. This sort of ruthless behavior is also consistent with the Luis Buhler I know.
In the North State, someone who may or may not be David Stafford Reade has made calls in at least AD01, AD03, AD05, AD07, AD08. In AD06, right-wing Conservative Ken Campbell is running and will have no serious opposition.
We are following up on leads from the Central Valley as well. In particular, Kern / Tulare which are controlled by the McCarthy Machine. Also, of interest is South Sacramento County / San Joaquin which is home to a top lieutenant in the leadership proxy drills.
The information is coming in piecemeal, we are looking for info from anywhere south of Fresno County. Please email [email protected] with your tips. Let us know if Conservatives are being run off of Central Committees, and if “leadership” types are pushing people for Platform Committee.
Thank you to the confidential informants that have been coming forward, there are a lot of you. Together, we can save the California Republican Party from itself.
In 2011, the liberals led by Luis Buhler and others came within inches of shredding the California Republican Party Platform. I wrote volumes about that. It looks like history is repeating itself in 2019. This time, we are not being taken by surprise.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
Who is Kevin Kiley? What does he stand for? Those are both serious questions.
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…