Chris Nguyen, a Republican blogger at the OC Political blog (a blog that promotes the OC GOP machine, not to be confused with the blog you are currently reading) who is also a staffer at Assemblyman Chris Norby’s office, launched a direct attack today on Jose Moreno (pictured above), the only Republican candidate for the 69th Assembly District.
Nguyen accused Moreno of violating the Hatch Act, which prevents most federal employees from running for partisan offices. However, Moreno works for the County of Orange. Nguyen tried to make the case that Moreno’s agency is funded by the federal government, but Moreno’s agency also receives funding from the State of California, and from local sources as well.
State and Local Employees Hatch Act provisions do not apply to:
- individuals who exercise no functions in connection with federally financed activities; or
- individuals employed by educational or research institutions, establishments, or agencies which are supported in whole or in part by state or political subdivisions thereof.
The irony is that members of Orange County labor unions went after Moreno before Nguyen launched his blog attack on him, ON THE SAME GROUNDS. How is it that Nguyen and O.C. Labor both attacked Moreno using the same lame Hatch Act argument – virtually at the same time?
The union folks are attacking Moreno because they support the extreme liberal candidate for the 69th A.D., Julio Perez.
Nguyen however is likely going after Moreno because Republican consultant John Lewis is supporting Tom Daly. a Democrat, for the 69th A.D.
Why do you think it is that OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh refused to help Moreno pay for his ballot statement? Baugh is a lobbyist, just like Lewis. And of course the OC GOP Central Committee refused to endorse Moreno – a decent family man who, as I noted, is the ONLY REPUBLICAN running for the 69th A.D.
Amazing. And disgusting!
By the way, if Nguyen’s argument is valid, and it isn’t, then half the Republican candidates who are running for the OC GOP Central Committee in the 69th A.D. ought to resign, as they too work for government agencies that receive federal funding – that includes Lupe Moreno, Charles Hart and Thomas Gordon.