One of the consequences of Top Two, the new but ill-devised State Primary system is situations where two same-party candidates oppose each other. Certain races won’t have a Democrat or Republican to vote for — this is the case in the 72nd Assembly District where Republican-for-life Travis Allen is running against Republican-since-2006 Troy Edgar.
While Edgar’s made an issue of Allen’s years-ago contributions to a few Dems, Frank Barbaro, OC Democrat Party Chair, says “I’ve known Travis Allen his entire life. He’s a good man and I trust him.” Barbaro is Allen’s uncle, but one might also speculate that the Democrats have long enough memories and don’t tolerate Edgar’s traitorous, disloyal party switch six years ago when the opportunist kissed them off and allied himself with the GOP to run for city council in right-leaning Los Alamitos. If the Democrats were really angry, they might even have considered endorsing Travis Allen.
So who will Democrats be voting for in AD72? Convention wisdom suggests neither of the two Republicans, but Allen’s promise to never raise taxes (backed by his allegiance to the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge which Edgar refuses to sign) ought to appeal to any voter. Allen’s also received the endorsement of Joe both Dovinh and Albert Ayala, the Democrat candidates in the 72nd’s Primary race.