In a week when we learned that Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar cheated in his ill-fated congressional campaign earlier this year, Republican Travis Allen--Edgar's opponent in a state Assembly race--picked up key, bipartisan endorsements in Little Saigon.
At a Sept. 27 event, Joe Dovinh, a Democrat, and Dr. Long Pham, a Republican, announced that they are backing Allen for the seat that will represent Westminster, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Seal Beach, Fountain Valley and Los Alamitos in Sacramento.
The move of Dovinh and Pham, both of whom also ran for the seat during the primary, is an unmistakeable slap at Edgar, who won the most votes in the June election.
Allen, a rookie candidate, came in second, but that was before the public learned that the mayor has a serious character problem.
"I am supporting Travis Allen because he is the candidate that will work to bring everyone together for the betterment of our community and state," said Dovinh, according to an Allen press release. "Allen is a consensus builder and his campaign is a perfect example of how Allen can get members of different parties to come together."
Dr. Pham hailed Allen--a successful, Huntington Beach financial adviser--as the best candidate to aid small businesses, improve public education and fight tax hikes.
Allen also enjoys the endorsement of Van Tran, the former state Assemblyman who challenged Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, an Anaheim Democrat, in the last election and lost.
Little Saigon voters could make or break the campaign for either candidate.
Hours after Edgar told me on Sept. 25 that he had fully complied with federal election disclosure and contribution laws in his failed 2012 congressional campaign, he filed an amendment with theFederal Election Commission
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that revealed a $5,668 expense. He was eight months late and still has not revealed who paid the bill.
Brandon Powers, Edgar's ex-campaign consultant, told the Weekly that the mayor hid the expense--the largest of the failed campaign--to mask that it had been paid for with an illegal, corporate contribution.