72nd Assembly candidate Troy Edgar is getting trashed on all sides – by his fellow Republicans!
Troy Edgar is one of a very few Republican candidates for state office who has refused to sign the “No New Tax Pledge.” We now know why he refused to sign the pledge. Edgar is leading the charge in support of a huge tax increase. Even worse, he is behind a campaign of deceit intended to ruse voters into supporting his tax on any electronic product or service used to communicate.
Tory Edgar volunteered to write the ballot statement in support of this new utility use tax. From his actions and statements, it is clear that Edgar not only supports this tax increase, but is also one of the main driving forces behind it.
Unfortunately for residents, Edgar has started a public campaign to disseminate misinformation about his tax increase. Here is what Edgar is up to.
Knowing that voters are not too fond of tax increases or politicians who raise taxes, Troy Edgar has labeled his big fat tax increase, a “reform.” The city is going to reduce the existing tax on telephone land lines by 1% and then expand the new tax to apply to almost all forms of electronic communications. This is not a new trick. In fact, Edgar is only copying other tax loving politicians that have executed the same tax increase.
Over at the OC Political blog, another post ripped Edgar on the 26th as well, entitled “Taxin Troy Edgar is the Real Squish in the 72nd Assembly Race.” Here are a few excerpts from that post:
Let’s get real. Since we’re down to name calling (hey, it’s politics), Taxin Troy Edgaris the REAL SQUISH in the 72nd Assembly Race – a true weasel according to everything we know about him. Let’s do some of Troy’s inventory:
Edgar, the self-labeled “Tax Fighter” has raised taxes at least TWELVE times while on the Los Alamitos City Council. As Mayor, Edgar has recently proposed a massive utility tax increase. When the city of Vallejo tried this same scheme Edgar is trying, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association called it a “massive tax increase.”
November is all about taxes — who might raise them (and screw the Party along the way, as did Doris Allen) with a little arm twisting, or someone who’s signed Grover Norquist’s ATR Tax Pledge? Troy Edgar can’t be trusted in this area (ask his City Council colleagues and his legion of non-fans in Los Al) as he simply won’t sign with ATR — the “gold standard” when it comes to keeping one’s commitments. Nor will he adequately explain why. The proof above makes it obvious — Edgar lies about taxes, he’ll raise them as he chooses – his personal pledge is proven a lie by his history in Los Alamitos. Travis Allen signed the ATR Pledge without hesitation.
And check out this comment, left on the OC Political blog, by a Democrat. Yep, he is ripping Edgar too!
LMAO, recycled old news (just like Fahrenheit451′s comment).
As a Democrat I am far from happy with my options. I have a choice of two Republicans. So, wearing my Democrat hat I have to ask, which one is more “honest”. In other words, which one will actually attempt to do what he says. The last thing I want is to be sandbagged.
Since I know Edgar, I actually sought out Allen and spoke to him. That we disagree on major issues, from taxes to immigration, shouldn’t surprise anyone. But what interested me was not his positions, but the questions he actually asked me.
Here is an example. Travis asked me what I thought of the OCTA and the widening of the 405. This was refreshing. Rather than express his opinions, he actually wanted to hear mine. As I expressed my opinions and concerns he continued to question me to see what specific issues had made me take my position.
Now I have been dealing with Edgar for almost six years in Los Al. When I have expressed an opinion I was belittled by Edgar if it didn’t match his. I was never asked “how did you arrive at…”
I may not agree with Travis on a whole host of issues. I know I don’t agree with Edgar on a whole host of issues. So it is not about agreeing or disagreeing with the candidate on the issues. It is not about the fact that Travis may have given to (D)’s, or that Troy switched from (D) to (R). What it comes down to me is the honesty and integrity of the candidates. Which actually wants to know and understand where the differences are in order to find potential bridges across a divide verses someone who doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself and what he thinks is important.
While a majority of this assembly district in (R), that doesn’t mean that the minority should be shut out of the conversation any more than the minority (R)’s should be shut out of the conversation in Loretta Sanchez’s district. Just because someone is a (D) or an (R) doesn’t mean that they aren’t a thinking person who may actually have a good idea. Good ideas come from many places, and are not specific to one political party or another. The same can be said for “very bad ideas”. But it all begins when you have a person who wants to have open and frank discussions where they are interested in finding ideas that work, not just promoting their agenda.
Yes, I want to vote for a (D). There is none. And while a very big part of me wants Edgar to win so he will finally be out of my city, my better nature is coming to the conclusion that like Doris Allen before him, Travis Allen may actually be the better choice for all the people of the AD. There are many of the GOP that still love to loath Doris, but as for representing the interests of her constituents, she was very good at doing that. She generally put People before Party, and while that cost her quite a lot in the end, she was good at representing all of the people she was elected to represent.
I have no idea if Travis will put People before Party. I know that Joe would have, and I really think that Travis may. I do know with Troy it will always be Troy before People or Party. So, let’s stop throwing the old accusations around with a fresh coat of paint on them (the original article and 451′s response) and if we are going to talk about the race in this AD, let’s talk about it in terms of the quality of the candidates, what they prioritize and how they function. Let’s talk about the issues and concerns of the community they are going to represent, not in terms of party, but in terms of how they feel to best deal with the issues that concern us, and let’s see which candidate is willing to put the interests of the People first.