Embedded above is a facebook and a twitter post from the recall folks. I 100% understand their enthusiasm and desire to help a candidate.
When I worked for Steve Frank’s CAGOP Chair Campaign – Mr’s Heatlie and Netter wanted to endorse Steve Frank. Members of their board held back as their focus was rightly on the recall itself.
Somehow, they forgot that restraint when it came to the current situation.
Endorsing Kevin Kiley is actually far more deleterious to the recall itself. Why?
- It diverts focus from recalling Gavin Newsom. The recall appears to be trailing in polling significantly. The recall itself is getting lost in the slew of candidates running.
- It exposes the Recall itself to legal liability as there are rules that are broad suggesting they could get fined by campaign finance regulators for violating the rules of a recall committee
- It will allow Gavin Newsom to accuse them of a “Republican Conspiracy” to elect Kevin Kiley.
Unfortunately, the recall crew can’t un-ring the bell of what they did. Mike Netter and Orrin Heatlie did an event with Kiley today at the capitol. (in 90-100 degree morning temps!) This further compromises the recall effort from the non-partisan look you want for it.
So, juxtapose Heatlie and Netter at a rally with Kevin Kiley and this recent post…
The recall crew are in a mess of their own making and even while trying to walk back the still in effect endorsement of Kevin Kiley they send mixed messages with the two most noteworthy people being at the capitol.
The best thing for Recall Gavin Newsom to do is rescind the endorsement to protect the recall itself.
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