When I worked for Bill Halldin in the extremely crowded 2016 Assembly District 6 Primary, the team of James Gallagher, Doug LaMalfa, Frank Bigelow and Jim Nielsen – all partisan Republican officeholders came through with huge endorsements for Bill. Jim Nielsen and Frank Bigelow also followed up their endorsements with $4200 checks and assistance with other checks for Halldin’s campaign.
James Gallagher sent some staff who helped us on a few weekends. We had some of Jim Nielsen and Doug LaMalfa’s staff on a few weekends, with a lot on the final days of the campaign. Frank Bigelow’s staff were amazing, they helped us pretty much every weekend after Frank Bigelow endorsed Bill Halldin.
For this blogger personally, it was an interesting study in professionalism. I have been at the throats of several of the people in LaMalfa and Nielsen’s staff for years, yet here we were working together. This was a welcome change from the blood-letting that the GOP in California no longer has the luxury to do. Those that I worked with in the LaMalfa and Nielsen office were professional, polite and assisted Bill Halldin like a professional would do.
My interactions with those working for James Gallagher were even better. I have no negative history with Gallagher as I decided to support him in his primary, breaking traditional political lines in the North State. They all seemed to know, but more importantly their communication and approach suggested that they cared deeply about their district and people in it. Despite my issues with Gallagher on some internal party politics issues or allegiance issues – it is clear that James is an effective legislator with a clear reason for serving. His staff is a reflection of that.
Frank Bigelow’s staff blew my mind. What a great group of people. They even explained to me a few things about El Dorado County politics from a completely different perspective. (For example, having positive things to say about Vern Pierson) Without meaning a slight to the staff of the other three, the Bigelow Staff were almost 100% committed and assisting Halldin’s campaign and I had a lot of interactions with them. Bigelow’s staff were some of the most real people I’ve worked with from a legislator’s office in the nearly 20 years in the political trenches I’ve logged.
When I had interactions with Nielsen and Bigelow during this campaign, it was clear to me they were both trying to figure me out. They both made a lot of eye contact when we were chatting at a fundraiser event for Bill. I usually do not try to hide my feelings about anyone, and I will say that I have come from being hostile towards Nielsen to liking him.
Regarding Frank Bigelow, I did not support him when he ran against Rico Oller. Frank is not as conservative as I’d like him to be. However, it is clear to me that Bigelow is a “real dude”. I can forgive a lot of squishyness when I deal with a real dude. Bigelow’s character is clear as reflected in his staff. In most all cases a legislator’s staff is a reflection of the member. It was good to be able to get to know Mr. Bigelow a bit more. I hope that Bigelow, Nielsen and others would choose to start funding voter registration and other efforts as the dems are overrunning this state.
In this season of Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank the above four for helping Bill Halldin and I’d also like to thank the staff members I got to meet and work with. It was a great experience, here’s hoping that we cross paths on the same side again soon.
Footnote: Kevin Kiley won that primary and ultimately won the general election. The above four did indeed raise money and help Mr. Kiley in the fall as any good team players would do.
Joe Montes for Congress is the real deal. He has created jobs, run businesses and also prosecuted the bad guys.
The above resume represents more than trust-fund baby Doug LaMalfa has accomplished in his entire life. LaMalfa has been used to having everything his way and handed to him on a silver platter.
Perhaps this is why he is regularly seen staggering drunk in the halls of Congress now that he is in an environment where he can’t get his own way. The good ole days of wrecking a mustang under suspicious circumstances and having both the $16k bill and the circumstances mysteriously disappear are long gone for Mr. LaMalfa in the meat-grinder of Washington D.C.
Joe Montes has helped create over 200 jobs in Butte County. Doug LaMalfa and his family have ripped us all off for $6 million plus in farm welfare and LaMalfa voted for a bill to make tracking future farm welfare payments much more difficult.
Worse, LaMalfa’s scores from Conservative advocacy groups are horrendous. Heritage has given him a D. When LaMalfa ran for State Senate against Rick Keene, he falsely portrayed himself as a Conservative and as “One of Us”.
He was neither then, and still is not now. I know dozens, perhaps hundreds who were deceived in to believing that Doug LaMalfa was a conservative leader. They are off the reservation now and this is the nexus for the serious challenge to LaMalfa’s hegemony.
The powers that be set up a retirement-handoff for Doug LaMalfa a few years ago to get in to congress and are hastily arranging the deck chairs for LaMalfa’s impending retirement.
Vote for Joe Montes now and send two messages, 1. We are done with insider games and 2. We get to pick our own representatives.
All over the State of California incumbents are running scared.
It is clear from a flurry of insider activity unlike anything I have seen in a long time, that a lot of people are worried. The fealty to the status quo is under assault.
I was told by multiple sources that one such occurrence was at the Nevada County GOP Cent Com this week.
I have been clear in my disdain for both Doug LaMalfa and Ted Gaines for a long time. David Stafford Reade, Karen England and others ran brainwashing drills on local Tea Parties on their behalf back in the 2009-2012 period. It appears that the Tea Party 5-6 years later have figured out that they were lied to on multiple accounts.
David Stafford Reade has also lost control of several Cent Coms in the North State as well.
The Nevada GOP situation is the latest evidence that the “establishment”, Reade and others are having to triage the hemorrhaging in the North State.
Doug LaMalfa and Ted Gaines both requested that the Nevada GOP NOT ENDORSE in their challenged races. Now, why is that?
There is no way that Ted Gaines and Doug LaMalfa request that the Nevada GOP sit out unless it was clear that they both lacked the 2/3 to get endorsed. The talk about “Party Unity” was a fraudulent smokescreen. Neither of them care about the health and welfare GOP and never have, except for token efforts when it is convenient.
If you don’t agree with my take on this – consider also that with the Nevada GOP electing to decline to endorse in SD01 and CA01, it still leaves in tact a potential State Party Endorsement because of the way the State Party rules are written. Cozy.
Incumbents will still be protected at all costs. The leadership is still either missing it completely or they are fighting the will of the little people, or both.
We detailed how the Stop SB48 Campaign is connected to the CRI and the AB1266 Referendum by common threads, address, Karen England, etc.
Now, we have an additional nexus. Two of the top boosters of the CRI, Then Assemblymember Jim Nielsen and Then State Senator Doug LaMalfa are both on the California Secretary of State’s website with $1000 donations to Stop SB48.
While neither LaMalfa Nor Nielsen did anything wrong by donating to this, it underscores the need for an investigation.
Doug LaMalfa himself attacked the Placer County Republican Party for its’ alleged (never proven) lack of transparency on the front page of the Sacramento Bee.
I would expect both Jim Nielsen (now a State Senator) and Doug LaMalfa (now a Congressman) to demand an accounting for what happened to the money they donated. They need to demand transparency.
Please also note that both Nielsen and LaMalfa signed emails sent by the Stop SB 48 Campaign, doing what else? Fundraising. (many of us remember them, but I am not sure if anyone saved copies of them)
It is now apparent that real money was raised by the Stop SB48 Campaign, and with the nexus of the pending FPPC complaint and the campaign getting forcibly terminated for failure to file… this should send of alarm bells.