OC Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen has done a great job repairing the mess that his predecessor, Tom Daly, left him. Nguyen has had the department audited, he discovered how much money Daly blew and the extent of his cronyism. And Nguyen has come up with innovative new ways to serve the public, including opening late on Valentine’s Day for folks who are smitten enough to want to get married that day.
So why are so many challengers running against Nguyen in the upcoming June Primary Election? It is a real head scratcher. The candidates now include Monica Lopez-Maddox, the wife of washed-up and recalled politician Ken Maddox; Gary Pritchard, a Democrat (like Daly); and now the nuttiest candidate of the bunch has pulled papers – Steve Rocco.
Rocco was elected once to the School Board in Orange when Republicans like Matt Cunningham voted for him instead of voting for his Latino opponent. Rocco has since made one weird headline after another with his conspiracy theories. His latest gambit was to try to recall Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido. That effort went nowhere and so will this crazed campaign for OC Clerk-Recorder.
The one opponent who could garner a few votes is Pritchard but why would folks want to put another Democrat in the office after the mess that Daly made of it?