It looks like two Republicans will face off in November’s General Election, in the 72nd Assembly District, as Los Alamitos Council Member Troy Edgar and Huntington Beach businessman Travis Allen are ahead of the rest of the Open Primary candidates.
While Edgar has poured a lot of money into his campaign thus far, Allen nailed him late for his record of tax increases in Los Alamitos.
One of our readers summarized this race very well – here is his summation of what is sure to be a bloodbath in the 72nd A.D.:
The Edgar/Allen race, if Allen can raise a lot more money, could be the GOP establishment vs. a more independent, but unknown, business man. Edgar got GOP and CRA endorsements, but Allen appeared to not want to sully his campaign with such meaninglessness. Rank and file voters don’t care what these dinosaurs have to say.
Edgar is a failed business man — he claims to own two companies, both private, but judging from their websites, they’re hardly successful (we believe he’s “all in” with his own money for this campaign). Allen is a wealth manager with what appears to be a stable client base. Edgar appears to NEED this job; Allen does not. In the Assembly minority, especially as freshmen, neither will make a difference anyway.
Allen will likely need to go negative, but he can then animate his great “Taxin’ Troy” mailers by hammering on the self-proclaimed “Tax Fighter’s” for-crap record in tiny Los Alamitos where he continually raised taxes and fees from his city council chair.
Allen would also be very smart to drag Brett Barbre, Edgar’s slimy campaign manager and party hack into the argument and ask why he took about $48k from the equally slimy Tom Daly to research an “Orange County Sports Hall of Fame”. Allen should also be calling for an investigation which seems to have fallen through some cracks at the County and the Board of Supervisors. Friends for Fullerton’s Future has all the history on Barbre and Daly and the missing money.
Allen should dig hard into Edgar’s malfeasance and messing with the trash haulers in Los Al. He lost his city at least $215k by blatantly NOT following city procurement and bidding policy. We don’t need this level of pocket picking in Sacramento where graft is a resume enhancer.
Allen needs to hammer on Edgar’s ridiculous grandstanding while Los Al was a member of the Orangeline Development Authority (olda.org). He wished to use valuable OC transit right-of-way to drive an ELEVATED MAGLEV train through the County which had NO funding, would have been redundant with the equally nutty Brown Streak bullet train and had no ridership projections that could believably justify its construction.
Allen MUST debate Edgar and get in his face on all four points above. If Edgar weasels out, that’s a mailer in itself. The debate must NOT be moderated by vacuous Kermit Marsh who soft balled the questioning in the only previous AD72 debate in Westminster. Edgar has a nasty disposition and could easily fold under pressure as he’s got a lot to hide and no good answers to the above. His personal life and multiple marriages also wouldn’t stand much examination. The debate should be televised by KOCE or Time Warner.
Allen needs some endorsements from the Vietnamese community, and from the Westminster city council. Allen also needs to court the Tea Party that’s active in the 72nd to counter the establishment support that Edgar’s getting from the GOP regulars.
That’s all there is to it…