We’ve alleged that Travis Allen’s campaign for governor is not serious. People are pointing to the coronation of a successor Tyler Diep as a clear sign that Travis Allen is not going to run for his last three terms in the Assembly.
Stop. Travis Allen has not closed down his Assembly Election Account. We all need to call on Travis Allen to publicly declare that he is not running for Assembly in 2018 and see him formally close that account, then let’s talk about his “merits”.
When you see stuff like his Facebook Page with 308,000 likes, getting 0(!) new likes in a week of campaigning for governor, the term Potemkin Village comes to mind. I’ve seen Travis’ self-promotion for at least the last year on Facebook with thoroughly boosted posts statewide. It does not take long to accumulate page likes if you are spending thousands of dollars on Facebook.
How does a serious candidate for governor get 0 new likes after already having 308K in a week on Facebook? If he only had 5,000, I would get it. This suggests that 90+% of Mr. Allen’s social media followers were attracted with click-bait headlines and/or straight up paid for. This is not real support.
Creating an illusion is a common thing in a campaign.
There is a recent example of an Assemblyman running statewide, endorsing a successor and then filing for re-election to Assembly. Rocky Chavez ran for Senate in 2016, realized he could not raise any money and then filed for re-election to the Assembly. Chavez had endorsed Pete Wilson’s stepson to replace him. That candidate had obtained a slew of other endorsements as well. This is the exact same dynamic with Tyler Diep and Travis Allen.
Will Travis close his Assembly account and publicly declare that he is done in the Assembly? This is the question to get answered before we debate what if any merits Mr. Allen has as a candidate for Governor.