Assemblyman Travis Allen yesterday officially announced he is a candidate for Governor in 2018.
“California’s once greatest-in-the-nation status has been steadily eroded by decades of failed leadership – under 4 terms of Jerry Brown and over 40 years of Legislative control by the California Democrats,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “Whether it’s due to Jerry Brown’s massive gas tax, double digit increases in violent crime rates, our failing schools or our crumbling infrastructure – there is a silent supermajority in California who are waking up and demanding real change in our state.
“I am running to be the next Governor of California to take back our state for the forgotten ordinary citizens of California, who will no longer tolerate the squandering of our incredible natural abundance of people, economy, and resources by limousine liberals beholden to ravenous public sector union bosses and extremist environmentalists. The citizens of California are tired of being taken for granted, and will no longer accept the California Democrat Party’s hollow excuses for why the world’s 6th largest economy should have the nation’s highest poverty rate.”
Allen’s first run for office was in 2012, when he blasted into Orange County politics and waged a conservative outsider campaign to beat the establishment favorite, Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar. Since then, he has displayed a feel for populist politics and conservative issues that extend past conventional partisan boundaries.
Winning the general election will be an uphill battle for any Republican, but unless the GOP fields fractures into multiple candidates as with the 2016 U.S. Senate race, Allen has a very good chance of making it into the top-two elect ion in November. The Democrats are running the state like their own personal fiefdom (most recently, re-writing the recall law to stymie the Josh Newman recall) and ramming through left-wing legislation that exceeds the political parameters of even regular Democratic voters.
If we’ve learned anything from recent electoral history, it’s that nothing should be ruled out as impossible.