Grade the Public Official: Assemblywoman Beth Gaines

What grade would you give her and why?

Beth Gaines serves as Assemblywoman in the 4th Assembly District, which serves Roseville. She is running for re-election in the new district that will cover Roseville, the 6th Assembly District, which will also include Folsom and Fair Oaks.

Gaines has been in the news recently following a complaint filed against her in which candidate Andy Pugno filed suit over Gaines' "small business owner" designation, according to The Sacramento Bee. A judge rejected the challenge because Gaines formed a Roseville insurance company with her husband Senator Ted Gaines recently, The Bee reports.

She was also in the news recently on a more positive note, for honoring Robyn Raphael as the 4th District Woman of the Year.

She was also topic of conversation in a recent blog post where Roseville Patch blogger .

"We need to know if Gaines is doing us any substantial good while she holds down her Assembly seat at our expense," .

Gaines was elected in 2011 and is running against Pugno and Reginald Bronner for the 6th Assembly District in the June 2012 election.

If you could grade Beth Gaines' performance, what would she earn in your opinion? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Kevin Knauss April 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I gave her a grade of C for not doing much and also for not doing much. ? Often times legislators introduce legislation for the sake of getting them name out and generating campaign donations from the industries they are targeting. So she didn't do much of that which is good. On the other hand, she could be more proactive in solving the region and State's problems, instead of being a reliable No vote on any legislation that might reform some of the problems encountered in our State bureaucracies.
William D. (Bill) Bandes April 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM
OK, I'll take the challenge! A reader said, “I'm wondering if she is actually just an extension of her husband and his views?” Roseville area residents know this scenario: Beth Gaines won her Assembly seat in a 2011 Special Election, made necessary by the fact that her husband, Ted Gaines, used a legal loophole to run for two offices at the same time - his Assembly seat, also the State Senate. He won the State Senate seat, making necessary (at a cost to the taxpayers of nearly $2 million) the special election that his wife won. Two State legislators from the same household collecting two salaries from the State! Find out why Beth Gaines votes against “disclosure.” Take a look at one kind of disclosure that she can’t hide - it’s on the California Secretary of State’s website. You’ll see there just where the lion’s share of her money is coming from - all the bigtime out-of-area special interests that are happy to have a Gaines “twofer” in the State legislature - so that they can help the “charmed” duo keep voting against YOUR interests. http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1340052&session=2011&view=received Talk about hiding from disclosure - you know that Gaines bested Pugno's lawsuit that she not be allowed to run as "small business owner." So that's what she is, on the ballot. I can't help wondering if she is also trying to "not disclose" that her supposed full-time job is "Assemblyperson."
South Placer Republican April 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Lauren, when I have seen her in public, she struggles to speak even with Cue Cards. She is completely over-matched for the job she is attempting to do. She faked a resume to run for office. She claimed to be a businessowner, which she has now gotten away with twice even though she has never had a license to sell insurance and she also claimed to be a long-time Republican Volunteer which is an absurd lie and offensive to those of us that actually have volunteered in this county! I could care less about the paycheck thing or the nepotism thing. Beth Gaines is unqualified and had to forge her qualifications for office. That is beyond the pale.
Bryan Taylor April 13, 2012 at 03:42 AM
In addition to the comments from others, I understand she has not promised to get behind the eventual nominee. Just an observation: I looked through the link provided by Mr. Bandes, which shows campaign contributions to Ms. Gaines and I also looked through Mr. Pugno's. Ms. Gaines' donations were all but one from large companies and PACs. Nothing wrong with that, but contrast with Mr. Pugno's: almost all are small donations made by individuals.
Franklin June 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I'm glad to see so many people taking the time to vote. It means people are reading PATCH!


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