“Assembly Republicans are not talking publicly, but they’re meeting in small groups and buzzing among themselves about the possible overthrow of their caucus leader, Connie Conway,” according to the Sacramento Bee.
The Bee also reported that “A key question is whether any Republican can corral enough votes for a coup. No Assembly member has pushed publicly to succeed Conway, though veteran Don Wagner of Irvine and freshman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach are touted privately as possibilities. They did not respond to interview requests Monday.”
Wow. I bet Troy Edgar feels pretty lame just about now! You may recall that Edgar, a pompous tax-raising Los Alamitos Council Member, had all the momentum going into the race for the 72nd Assembly District, but Allen beat him anyway, by highlighting his awful pro-tax record.
Wagner is a good fiscal conservative too but he is on the socially conservative side of the scale, so we prefer to see Allen ascend to the Assembly GOP leadership.
Conway represents Tulare, as in who cares? While Orange County’s GOP delegation lost two Assembly seats last year, only one of them, the 65th Assembly District, leaned their way. That seat was lost when the incumbent, Chris Norby, hired John Lewis to run his campaign. The same John Lewis who ran the campaign of a Democrat, Tom Daly, in the 69th Assembly District. Well, Daly won but Norby lost and the California GOP is now in a world of hurt as the Democrats can ignore them while raising our taxes again and again.
The OC Political blog had this to say about Wagner and Allen:
First elected in 2010, Wagner terms out in 2016. First elected in 2012, Allen terms out in 2024. (In both cases, I’m assuming that they are both re-elected the maximum number of terms allowed and serve those terms consecutively.)
In either case, Wagner or Allen would be the first Assembly Republican Leader from Orange County in a dozen years.
They predict that the next California GOP Assembly leader will have these tasks ahead of him:
The next Assembly Republican Leader has exactly two priorities: protecting seats currently held by Republicans and winning seats occupied by Democrats. The top three seats the leader needs to protect are Jeff Gorell‘s Ventura County seat, Mike Morrell‘s San Bernardino County seat, and freshman Eric Linder‘s western Riverside County seat. Target #1 is the Antelope Valley seat held by freshman Steve Fox (D). Target #2 will be in the leader’s backyard (assuming Wagner or Allen is the next leader) with the North Orange County seat occupied by freshman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D).