Travis Allen’s gas-tax battle could propel governor bid – Orange County Register

The most crucial part of Republican Travis Allen’s long-shot bid for bid for governor may be his simultaneous campaign to repeal a new gas tax.

Up against three better-known and better-funded Democrats in a heavily Democratic state, the California assemblyman is raising his profile with his drive for a ballot referendum on the tax — a 12-cent-per-gallon levy beginning November that a UC Berkeley poll found was opposed by 58 percent of voters.

Allen, a Huntington Beach surfer and certified financial planner, unfurled his vision for success at a Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Friday, Aug. 4. He recounted numerous local-level upsets he’s helped the GOP achieve, then outlined the math that he says will carry him to victory next November.

“It creates an opening so wide you can drive a truck through it,” Allen said in the finale to his wide-ranging 45-minute speech. “And that truck’s name is Travis Allen.”

Democrats hold a 45-percent to 26-percent…

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