A ballot measure to repeal California’s controversial new gas tax sponsored by blowhard Assemblyman and Republican governor candidate Travis Allen failed to submit signatures by its deadline this week.
Separate ballot measure to repeal the law continue to gather signatures.
The incompetent Allen’s campaign was unable to collect signatures due to a series of legal battles with Attorney General Xavier Becerra last year over the wording of the ballot measure.
The gas tax, which was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, raised the tax on gasoline and diesel and raised vehicle registration fees in order to gather $5 billion annually for road repairs and other transit projects.
A separate ballot measure campaign to repeal the gas tax — sponsored by Allen’s Republican rival for the governor’s office, businessman John Cox, and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association — is still collecting signatures and has a May 21 filing deadline.
The East Bay Times reports that petition has gathered 400,000 signatures of the necessary 585,407, the campaign said in a statement Friday.
It’s an anticlimactic close to a campaign that had elevated Allen’s stature and name recognition among California Republicans. He had titled his committee “Join Travis Allen to Repeal the Gas Tax,” and built his political brand by railing against the law.
What a loser.