After the Redistricting, AD72 has new faces to deal with — former Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor who’d represented much of the old District was forced south and is now running for the 74th District. After a successful Primary, Mansoor will easily be re-elected to his second term. The 72nd District now comprises Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Westminster and pieces of Santa Ana, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove.
Six candidates ran in the Primary, and with the unfortunate passage of “Top Two” by (thankfully and finally former) Governor Schwarzenegger, there are two Republicans to choose from in November. Huntington Beach businessman Travis Allen opposes Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar.
The choice between these two Republicans is easy — one’s a Conservative, honest, financial advisor, the other’s a dishonest, opportunistic politician. Allen’s successful wealth management firm allows him to “give back” and run for a position that pays less than $100k annually while his company is run by his partners.
Edgar seems to need the job to cover his mostly self-funded campaign, enough to possibly LIE to the Feds about his campaign expenditures as this OC Weekly link discusses. He gathered early endorsements (before Allen’s entry into the race) from the Republican establishment even though he’d been a registered Democrat until 2006. Even after all this maneuvering, Edgar still could not secure the Orange County GOP’s endorsement for the 72nd in November. Edgar had initially run with seven others in the 47th District Congressional primary against Gary DeLong, a stronger and more professional Republican. The GOP couldn’t afford split voting which might have cost a Republican the second spot on the ticket, and since Edgar was trailing DeLong badly in the polls, it’s assumed he and his money were made a deal to run for the easier, less prestigious State Assembly seat.
While Allen’s been called a “political rookie” by the OC Weekly, he has attracted a smart and savvy campaign
staff with plenty of experience. Edgar, the current revolving Mayor of Los Alamitos has been labeled a carpetbagger from a city so small that their County Supervisor is trying to combine it with others and make it into a real town. Edgar’s campaign manager, Brett Barbre, is a GOP insider with a shady resume and experience in consulting for trash haulers.
Understanding that political and ethnic relationships matter, Allen (who’s as personable as Edgar is malicious) managed two significant accomplishments in September — he attracted former 72nd Assemblyman Van Tran to his campaign as a Senior Advisor, and was then endorsed by former June Primary opponents Democrat Joe Dovinh and Republican Long Pham. All three men are well-known and long experienced in Vietnamese politics — crucial in this contest as they represent 32% of the electorate. Dovinh and Pham placed third and fourth in the June Primary. Noted in the local Blogs, adding their vote counts to Allen’s totals 37,692, better than doubling Edgar’s 18,060.
This Assembly race is all about AND ONLY ABOUT TAXES — who might raise them if the right kind of deal was offered as happened in Los Alamitos between Edgar and the city’s trash haulers. Edgar maneuvered his favored vendor (with Barbre’s help) into a long-term city contract, causing higher costs for city businesses and hitting his general fund with a $215k citizens law suit. We can NOT elect a candidate like this who might sell out and do a Doris Allen on us — a loss of only two seats in the Assembly gives the Democrats a two-thirds majority and carte blanche to legislate new taxes and start dismantling Proposition 13 as the liberals have wished to do for years.
Travis Allen backed his promise not to raise taxes by signing Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge where “candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases”. The Pledge is the Gold Standard when it comes to political promises. It’s a NATIONAL commitment, and followed by every news and political organization of importance. Edgar refused to sign the ATR Pledge and instead offered his “word” that he won’t raise taxes — except he has, in over one dozen votes over six years on the Los Alamitos City Council.
As well, it’s more than unclear how the OC GOP named Edgar as “Tax Fighter of the Year” in 2011 when there was no real evidence to support such an announcement as the opposition has researched in Los Alamitos and made use of in numerous mailers as illustrated above.
We don’t need Troy Edgar representing us in the Assembly. Travis Allen CAN be trusted to do the right thing — not raise our taxes. They’re sky high already, and we’re in need of the serious reform we can expect from Travis Allen and his fellow Conservatives.