Hesperia school board member turned 59th assembly district candidate Anthony Riley has the dubious distinction of being the only candidate in the race for the Republican nomination with two political campaigns devoted to him.


One is Riley's own, where he portrays himself as "taxfighter Anthony Riley" while taking aim at his rival, "tax hiker Chris Lancaster."


The other campaign is the "No on Riley" campaign, spearheaded by Al Vogler, the husband of Hesperia city councilwoman Rita Vogler. While Vogler's "No on Riley" signs have been popping up around the Victor Valley over the last few weeks, Vogler's campaign branched out into the mailboxes of Republican absentee voters last week, with a letter from his political action committee, Hesperia Free Press, which took aim at, among other charges, Riley for his alleged part in the Colonies Partners developer scandal.


Another political, this one from Lancaster, highlights what it calls Riley's "Trail of Corruption," and includes a Feb. 2010 chart from the San Bernardino County Sun newspaper showing Riley receiving $5,500 from, in a roundabout fashion, Rancho Cucamonga-based Colonies Partners.


"If Colonies is going to buy my soul [would it only take] $5,500?" Riley said Wednesday. "Come on!"


The money was actually given to him, as volunteer coordinator, to distribute to precinct-walkers during a political campaign.


Vogler's letter also attacked Riley as having "the worst attendance record" on the school board. Riley said that's likely a reference to his spotty attendance in 2009.


"Al fails to look deeper and see I had nine friends and relatives pass away" that year, Riley said. "I'm also the only board member who had a full-time job."


Vogler also refers to Riley as the "close personal friend" of former assessor and county supervisor Bill Postmus, whom Riley says he has little contact with after working on his campaign for supervisor in 1999. In February, Postmus was indicted on conspiracy, corruption and bribery charges related to a $100,00 bribe allegedly paid to him by Colonies Partners.


"This is a flat-out smear campaign," said Riley.


And, of course, Vogler's bottom line in the letter is that he characterizes Riley, who has served on the board of the High Desert Young Republicans, as a "liberal radical."


"This can't be supported!" Riley said. "Completely unfounded. There's no basis for that."


There's a third front in the "No on Riley" campaign: Apple Valley resident E.T. Snell, who has appeared before the Hesperia Unified School District school board and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors dressed in a clown costume, has been following the candidate around, said Riley, filming him and those he associates with.


"Now they've started attacking my family," said Riley.


A video on Snell's Web site, RecallRiley.com, shows a confrontation between the two in Loma Linda, where Snell repeatedly asks Riley to take a polygraph test while being questioned about "perversion, corruption and drugs."


"What gets my Latin blood boiling is that they're getting personal," said Riley.


Some of the anti-Riley signs have been vandalized or completely torn down. Riley said his signs have been suffering similar treatment.


"Not only have our signs been torn down or their zip ties cut," he said. "This is something political campaigns all have to deal with."


According to Riley, he hasn't told any of his supporters to vandalize or tear down the signs attacking him or signs supporting his rivals.


"I know from my experience how hard it is putting these things up. I'm not going to turn around and do that to someone else."


As for what the candidate actually stands for, Riley vows to roll back the tax hike Anthony Adams voted in favor of and to "stand firm" against new taxes.


"In the end, I think the voters are a lot smarter than Al Vogler and Chris Lancaster give them credit for being."


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.