Freshman Assemblyman Travis Allen is already in the Capitol's "doghouse," but it's apparently nothing personal.
Allen simply was unlucky.
"The only thing you could read into who's in the doghouse right now is that as they drew names, he had a lousy draw," Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez said.
Allen, a Huntington Beach Republican, was assigned a cramped fifth-floor office nicknamed the "doghouse" because Assembly speakers often house members there as punishment for votes or actions taken.
He shrugged off the matter shortly after he was sworn into the Legislature on Monday.
"No vote has been cast yet, so I think it would be kind of difficult to offend anybody," he said, smiling.
The certified financial planner won the 72nd Assembly District seat. His office is just 391 square feet.
Pérez said he worked with Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway in assigning GOP Assembly offices. Conway handled requests from returning members first, Pérez said.
"It was literally a drawing of lots," he said, an account confirmed by Conway spokeswoman Sabrina Lockhart.
Allen said, essentially, that size doesn't matter. No hard feelings.
"We're in the building, and we all get a vote," he said.
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