Financial advisers, even the bad ones, will warn investors that “past performance is no guarantee of future results” — that might apply to stocks, but it always works in partisan politics.
In 2011, one of the most entertaining races in Orange County was the 72nd Assembly District which saw Los Alamitos Councilman and recently failed Clerk-Recorder candidate Troy Edgar running against Travis Allen, an underfunded but charismatic political newcomer. Allen had never run for office (he owned a small wealth management firm), but he had two big advantages over Edgar — he wasn’t a lying hypocrite and he didn’t have a parasite for a campaign manager. Allen ended up winning in an 11-point landslide, costing Edgar about one-half million dollars in his failed effort. Numerous posts here exposed Edgar for his phoniness in raising taxes in his own city and canoodling with its trash hauler while he portrayed himself as a “tax fighter” — in fact, the OC GOP even awarded him for being a schnook.