It was fun in a creepy sort of way. Normally moribund Fountain Valley, the self-described “Nice Place to Live”, wasn’t at all accommodating to outsider Troy Edgar last week when he faced off in a one-on-one debate with his 72nd Assembly District opponent, Business Executive Travis Allen. Before last Thursday, the only loud noise heard in this semi-retirement village was Bushard Street being ripped up for the third time in a generation for a new sewer pipe. FV once had a gun-toting Councilman, but no large bore weaponry could have defended Mayor Edgar from the knockout assault on his credibility Thursday last.
Arranged by the 405/605 Tea Party group, the debate (that was recommended on this blog months ago) was a surprise since the Edgar Campaign had previously refused to engage its opponent, figuring, we figure, that Mr. Allen, the unknown President of his own successful wealth management firm couldn’t possibly have a chance against Hizzoner, a City Councilman and revolving Mayor from a burg of 12,000+ people with six years of political experience, an expert on high-speed rail and the Chair of the County Sanitation District. But obviously something had changed (like Allen scoring key support in the Vietnamese community, recruiting former Assemblyman Van Tran as an adviser and raising some serious money), so Edgar must have decided he’d better debate after all and wipe the floor with this upstart preppie — just like Obama would handle Romney.
As the Head Flush at OC San, nobody knows his poop like former Democrat Troy Edgar. Touting his experience throughout the debate, the political rookie opposing him wouldn’t know the difference between a tax and a fee. That came up right away when Edgar was challenged to explain why, as Assembly Candidate, he’d promised NOT raise taxes, but is right NOW doing exactly that in Los Alamitos. Well he couldn’t, and certainly after Allen quoted verbatim to him a statement he’d made in that morning’s perfectly timed OC Register editorial recommending failure for Measure DD: “he’s doing a “sales job…we [the Los Al Council] want this to pass; so we put it in terms the common people can understand”. Edgar does know the difference between a land line and cell phone, as it’s the latter that’s being hit with a five percent tax by DD (and it may not stop there), but neither he or Moderator Deborah Pauley ever got back to his contention that it’s a FEE and after all, you pedestrians, he didn’t promise anything about them. Experienced politicians understand these subtleties, particularly those that are very adept at lying.
Allen justifiably pounded Edgar for not signing Grover Norquist’s ATR Pledge which commits the candidate to oppose any and all tax increases. When confronted, Edgar dismissed the Pledge as a gimmick, and instead makes a personal commitment to not raises taxes — even though he’s done precisely opposite over one dozen times in his six years on the Los Al Council.
But by far, the real drama in what had morphed into a 90-minute Troy Edgar Roast was his opponent’s assertion that he was a criminal. Allen jumped on the R. Scott Moxley/OC Weekly piece posted just the week before which alleged Edgar’s fraudulent campaign expense reporting, potentially a Federal offense.
To cover up how little money his Assembly campaign is raising, Edgar had deliberately misreported a large expenditure for a mailer and some tchotchke he was handing out to commoners. Moxley had him cold, and when Allen presented him the issue, he turned a shade of purple that couldn’t even be found on Microsoft’s 256-color chart. Allen had his facts down — he summarized Moxley’s allegations to Edgar: 1) illegally paying for the campaign material with his own corporate funds, 2) not reporting the transaction, and he added 3) using the expense as a corporate tax write-off.
Edgar knew it would come up, but he didn’t have an answer. Pauly fumbled for a moment, leaving an opening for Allen to continue to press the issue and demand an answer. All the Mayor could say was “it doesn’t deserve a response”. The issue was left unanswered, like a turd floating in a punchbowl.
Troy Edgar’s resume of lies and problems is growing. With four weeks to go, his finance reporting anomalies aren’t going away. Edgar’s opposition is too smart and too energized to not go for broke, and the Mayor’s running out of money and friends to counter this “rookie” who’s simply the better candidate.
There are over 400 thousand folks in the 72nd District that deserve better than Troy Edgar.