Apparently in Sonoma County there is a wealthy family called the Gallaher family. It is clear they are connected to the Gaines’ as I see several checks to Beth and Ted Gaines over the years.
Nice job Ted! Just barely beat a porn star!
I had a hypothesis that Ted Gaines ran in the recall specifically because he was recruited by forces aligned with Fookner to try and siphon votes off of Kevin Kiley. Kiley only spent abut $300K himself and some of his supporters decided to vote for Elder (at least what the campaign people told me), suggesting Kiley may well have been at 5-6%. The only point of this is that Gaines was given $251,000 by the Gallaher crew and got 1/5 or 1/6 the votes of Kiley.
As to Elder?
Quoting the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
His gubernatorial candidacy is “one of the biggest mysteries of the recall,” according to one political expert.
He’s made few campaign appearances, participated in no major debates and is polling at just 1%. Yet Ted Gaines has raked in more than a quarter-million dollars of campaign cash — nearly 90% of his total war chest — from one of Sonoma County’s most well-known and deep-pocketed developers and his family members, as well as one of his employees and a business associate.
His total haul makes him the eighth highest fundraiser this year out of the 46 California recall candidates, according to campaign filings. It’s not uncommon for wealthy donors to back long-shot or losing candidates. But the contributions from Bill Gallaher, his wife Cindy, five of their relatives and two business associates raise questions about why they would pour money into a candidate who, while having significant governing experience, appears not to have mounted a serious campaign.
The Press Democrat does not know what we know in the North – Ted Gaines does not run serious campaigns, ever. He has been one of the luckiest people I have ever known in politics. Even Beth benefitted from the last name and was in the right place at the right time. Not until the annhiliation Beth Gaines suffered in an El Dorado County supervisor race had the Gaines ever faced serious opposition since John Allard in 2011. (Allard lost by about 700 votes only because he was outspent 3-1)
The story from the Press-Democrat goes on to talk about the Gallaher family’s business ties and how they met Gaines. IT appears that the Gallaher’s have a bunch of senior living facilities around the state and implies that Gaines has given them favorable treatment.
The Santa Rosa people should have interviewed people in this area, they’d have confirmed several sordid details.
This article from the Santa Rosa people did nothing to change my theory that Gaines was pulled in to the race by political people in order to siphon votes off of Kevin Kiley. We just know who the donors they recruited to finance the effort were.