Orange County First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen easily beat her unfunded opponent, Steve Rocco, in this week’s Primary Election, but she refused to endorse any of the other Vietnamese American candidates – and right now they are all losing.
In the 72nd Assembly District, Nguyen’s fellow Republican, Long Pham, is in fourth place, behind fellow Vietnamese American candidate Joe Dovinh, an independent turned Democrat.
Over in the race for Area One on the Orange County Board of Education, Ken Nguyen, a Democrat, is losing to Robert Hammond, the gay-bashing Republican candidate that Nguyen personally recruited for this race.
Supervisor Nguyen could have been beaten in this election, but the local Democratic Party gave her a free pass. They may come to rue that decision when she eventually runs for U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez’ seat.
One thing the local Democratic Party has not done is elect any of their Vietnamese candidates to any partisan offices – or any County seats. Once in awhile they get a Viet candidate elected to a local city council or school board, but whenever they run for something big, they lose.
I am no fan of the GOP, but if I was advising any of these Democratic Viet candidates I would suggest that given this history they ought to switch to the OC GOP.
Consider what happened to Democratic candidate Hoa Van Tran when he ran for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, in 2008. Not only did he come in dead last, behind Republican candidates Janet Nguyen and Dina Nguyen, he also was attacked by members of his own party – particularly the Democratic bloggers at the Liberal OC blog.
Ironically Dina Nguyen later married Dovinh – and she helped him run as a Democrat for the 72nd Assembly District this year.
Dovinh, a former Decline to State voter, previously ran, in 2010, as a Democrat against his fellow Democrat, Phu Nguyen, who was alleged to be a carpetbagger, in the primary election for the 68th Assembly District. Nguyen won that election, with just over 10,000 votes, according to Smart Voter. But he went on to lose to Republican Allan Mansoor by over 11,000 votes in the November, 2010, General Election, according to Smart Voter.
Another Democratic darling, Tram Linh Ho, got her a** kicked when she ran for the Garden Grove City Council in 2008. A Republican Viet carpetbagger candidate, Andrew Do, won that year and another Democrat, Robin Marcario, proved to have a better shot at winning than Linh Ho did, as she barely lost by a percentage point, to Do.
The Democrats take their Viet candidates for granted – and the Republicans only support their own – but as you saw in the case of Pham this year, they usually roll with white Republican candidates instead, when given that option.
The sad thing for the Vietnamese community is that Phu Nguyen, Tram Linh Ho, and Hoa Van Tran are all out of politics now. They made a big mistake running as Democrats, in Orange County.