I went to the local Republicans meeting last night at the Realtors building to see, listen and meet Mr. Allen. It was a good turnout and Bob Hren and his helpers had salad and Pizza for all. Cliff Wagner, a old acquaintance from the days I ran for the Assembly in 1992 was there as well. Cliff has been in the Capitol for many years and was also a 28 year Army veteran who had tours to Iraq. It was nice to see him.
I got to chat with some other folks I had not seen in some time. George and May Grayeb, Norm Sauer, Don Bessee, Crawford and Josie Bost, Sharon Eskelson and many others. All still active in politics. I got a lot of pats on the back for my writings here and in the Union and other places. Not many people step up to voice their opinions from the right. So it was nice to get those kudos.
Mr. Allen is the Assemblyman from the 72nd District. Mostly the Huntington Beach area in SoCal. My grandmother on my mother's side lived there for many years and we visited her in the wayback years when I was a toddler. I recall going to the beach in those days. It is of course a densely populated area now and I probably would not recognize it. Mr. Allen has lived there for twenty years and represented the area since 2012. He was a surfer dude and later became a investment guy. He seems to bring a very positive outlook to the possibility of a Republican in a deep blue state. He told us about the successes he and his activist friends had in helping some Republicans win elections in the state. From the valley, to the East Bay to San Diego. He brings a refreshing positive outlook. He is of course a traditional sounding Republican. Family values, less government more individual rights, that kind of thing.
The difference is he has spirit and a attitude of let's win! I like that. We R's have not had a lot of that in California for a long time. And the turncoat R's that voted for the governor's climate change scam last week was a good indicator of more sellouts to the left. He voted against that and was critical of the Republican leader. We need a new leader not another RINO in charge. He asked the crowd who the last R running for Governor was. I was the only one who remembered. And that man, Kashkari, only lost by 1.4 million votes to Jerry Brown. And Allen said something I have said for thirty years. If we had all or most of the R's turnout we would own the state offices and the governorship.
Alas, we don't but he seems to think he can motivate the party to turnout with our help. Maybe if it is done across the state. But we will see what kind of enthusiasm can be generated. He has filed for a initiative to overturn the new gas tax and registration fees voted in by the democrats and the R turncoats. He thinks perhaps the people, the working people might see the light and go Republican if the message gets out. Unfortunately Xavier Becerra, the new sycophantic AG of California has done the usual shenanigans with a initiative header as the left always does. Not one word in the header this is a repeal of a TAX! So Allen and his minions are suing the AG to get a accurate header.
I was impressed with his knowledge and enthusiasm. He is a salesman but that is what we need. No more stuffy old farts trying to tell millennials what is best for them. He has new approaches to get the message of the Republican Party out and hopefully it will stick. Funny how we are the sixth biggest economy in the world with the highest poverty rate in the USA. How can that be? And how did the state budget go from Jerry Brown's first year at 87 billion dollars to this years 130 billion? Where did that 40 billion go Jerry Allen asked. Me too.
So keep watching out for this fellow. I am sure there will be other jumping in but hopefully we won't screw the pooch on the top two and let our party end up without a candidate again.