Travis Allen, a Huntington Beach businessman who is running for the 72nd Assembly District, says that “a pair of campaign press releases that attacked another candidate for dropping out of the race were sent without his approval,” according to the Huntington Beach Independent.
How bizarre is that? The press releases were sent out by Jed Wallace, of the communications firm Street Relations Inc., whose name and contact information appear at the bottom of the news releases.
Check out this excerpt from the Independent’s article:
Travis Allen, one of five candidates in the race for the newly aligned 72 District, attributed the March 9 and 10 emails to “an anxious campaign volunteer,” who issued the statements without authorization.
Are you kidding me? That is just plain nuts.
I can’t see why Allen would even apologize for the press releases. One of the press releases ripped Huntington Beach Councilman Matt Harper, because he endorsed Los Alamitos Council Member Troy Edgar. The release went too far, labeling Los Alamitos a “foreign city,” but it did raise a good issue. Harper should have just sat on his hands. Why endorse Edgar? My guess is that Edgar is going to help Harper settle the debt he incurred while he too was a candidate for the 72nd A.D.
Harper went nowhere as a candidate, so who cares who he is endorsing now? Allen is obviously a rank amateur.
As I have reported previously, Edgar was a Democrat before he became a Republican, in 2006. And Allen got caught contributing to Democratic campaigns, repeatedly, including this past year.
The only Republican candidate for the 72nd who has actually been a loyal Republican throughout his life is Long Pham, but he is mired in a controversy over what may be a fake doctorate degree.