Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s highest ranking aide, her deputy chief of staff Tam “Nick” Lecong, collected $105,420 a year while spending an average of just 13 hours a week at the county office – far fewer than the other 36 executive assistants working for the county’s supervisors, public records show, according to the O.C. Register.
The Register reported that “Lecong, showed up at the county hall an average of three days a week and spent only a few hours there on each of those days, according to an analysis of access cards for the county garage between February 2012 and February 2013. The card data, showing both entrances and exits, was obtained through the California Public Records Act.”
After Lecong, the fewest office hours were logged by Hong “Diane” Nguyen, an assistant to Supervisor Nguyen (and Janet’s sister, according to Nguyen’s office). Diane Nguyen earned $73,700.
Nguyen says she has instructed Lecong to work out in the community – but that is complete spin. He is and always has been her bag man – one of her top fundraisers. She has now instructed him not to talk to the media. How odd is that for a Supervisor’s Deputy Chief of Staff to not talk to the media?
Nguyen put Lecong on the Garden Grove Planning Commission back when she was on their City Council. She brought Lecong with her after she was elected to the board of supervisors in 2007.
So who is Lecong? Let’s dig deep and see what the record shows:
- Vietnamese activists have complained that Lecong is hooked up with Viet commies, according to the O.C. Register. He apparently earned a law degree in Vietnam.
- Garden Grove Mayor Pro Tem Dina Nguyen accused Lecong of speaking for Nguyen, according to Bolsavik. Asked what she thought of Lecong, Dina said “You can quote that I’m speechless when it comes to him.”
- Lecong has been accused of making payments to Vietnamese activists, according to Bolsavik.
- Lecong helped fund a hit piece against former Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante, when Janet Nguyen was running against him for County Supervisor, according to the Red County blog.
- According to a Bolsavik commenter, Lecong was involved in the effort by Janet Nguyen to take over the annual Black April event in Little Saign, but thankfully she got punked by the Westminster City Council.
- Lecong was involved in the shunning of Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language paper in Little Saigon, by Janet Nguyen, according to Bolsavik.
If Janet Nguyen wins her campaign for the 34th State Senate District, in 2014, you can bet she will be taking Lecong with her to Sacramento too. That can’t be good!