Dr. Long Pham, a Republican candidate for the 34th State Senate District, has responded to OC Register reporter Martin Wisckol’s blatant attempt at character assassination, which was published today. Wisckol passed on a heap of garbage that many think originated from the campaign of Pham’s Republican opponent, perpetually corrupt OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen.
Here is Pham’s answer to Wisckol:
Long Pham Yes, I am the victim of “character assassination” by the friends of Janet Nguyen because my Republican opponent could not respond to her alleged corruption charges by the Grand Jury and by the CMS; and could not identify any wrong doing against my solid records in both public and private services. The following email was sent to Martin Wisckol of the OC Register at 12:04PM on Sunday 4/20/2014.
Dear Mr. Wisckol,
Thank you for your call and the question you asked regarding Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s personal attack on my doctoral degree. Since our telephone conversation may have left some questions unanswered, I like to share the following:
1. The dissertation that I submitted to fulfill the requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Engineering Management was the genuine R&D product that I conducted as the lead person with a team of nuclear professional people at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in two years.
This intellectual product was the first time application in the industry, was scrutinized and approved by the USNRC as the ten years plan for protecting of the nuclear reactors and the safety of the general public. Prior to the change in our national security regulations, our nuclear professionals are free to present such a product that we are proud of in the public forum. Publishing it as a thesis or dissertation at an institution is one way to document such an ownership in the old days.
The public libraries often had publications that described the design safety features of the US nuclear plants, and the USNRC had actually posted many of those information on its website. However, the federal regulations related to nuclear safety and national security were changed 180 degrees following the 9-11 attack. As a nuclear professional whose had the security clearance and the function to protect the safety of nuclear reactors and the public safety for 20 million California residents who live near the plant, I have the obligation to stop the practice of disclosing the location of my dissertation (or the location of the school where the dissertation can be easily obtained) in public forum. With that consideration, I have the obligation to refrain from satisfying the public inquiry on this issue. Since you already have access to some past election information that I provided the school name to the OC Register and the LA Times for publishing prior to the change in our national security regulation, I would be happy to meet with you and show you the diploma, if you want you see it, instead of forwarding a copy on email where it may be intercepted.
2. In searching for someone who know me at the nuclear plant that may still be contacted, as you have suggested on the phone, I find that the nuclear professional people typically does not want to deal with any publicity outside of their professional circle. However, a former manager at San Onofre, who had the personal knowledge of my works there until my retirement in 2013, would be available to discuss about the “work related” information on the above subject. Please let me know if you do want this contact information.
I understand you to be a journalist of high integrity, and I would appreciate if the sensitive parts of this email remain off the record. If you would like an official statement, then I can provide this:
I understand that Supervisor Nguyen has convinced a lot of people that because the D.A. has cleared her that she is free of all corruption charges. However, the fact remains that she is still under investigation by several Federal and State authorities for taking quid pro quo campaign contributions just like Leland Yee. Anyone that views the record can see that the D.A.s reading of the law is extremely generous to Nguyen whom he has endorsed and Nguyen has recently voted to give more money to. There are two candidates running as Republicans, and voters will have a choice between a candidate like myself that won’t compromise national security concerns to satisfy her immature political games, and Janet Nguyen who is under investigation for corrupt political fundraising.
Hope that you and your family are having a Happy Easter
Dr. Long Pham, P.E.