Alas poor Monica Maddox. Her husband, career politician Ken Lopez Maddox, convinced her to drop the “Lopez” from her name and to run for O.C. Clerk-Recorder. And what a mess her campaign is! Check out her campaign website.
She says she won’t accept a public pension. Well the good news is that when current O.C. Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen was appointed to replace the despicable Tom Daly, who moved on to the State Assembly, a deal was made with the OC Supervisors. Nguyen agreed to pay for his own pension.
Silly Monica has been attacking Nguyen at every turn – and her attacks are always off-base. She complained about the Harlem Globetrotters coming to visit the Old Orange County Courthouse, when Nguyen was overseeing marriages over the Valentine’s Day weekend. Ken echoed the complaint on his lame blog, here. Well Nguyen didn’t pay them! They showed up of their own accord, to bask in the publicity.
Monica has attacked Nguyen for not being transparent, but he encouraged an audit of his department, when he took office. That audit revealed what a complete pig his predecessor Daly was! And now Monica has paid for a slate mailer that says she is the endorsed Republican in the race. But of course she is not. The OC GOP Central Committee and the CRA both endorsed Nguyen, a lifelong Republican. Monica? She was a Democrat up until a couple years ago. Why did Ken put his wife in this awkward position? She isn’t qualified to work at the OC Clerk-Recorder’s office, much less run it.
But don’t take our word for it. Check out what the Editorial Board at the OC Register had to say about this race:
Ms. Lopez-Maddox told us she would also work to bring greater transparency to the office, place more information online and bring greater recognition to the role and its importance to the public. Those are all admirable goals, but these editorial pages felt that Ms. Lopez-Maddox couldn’t match Mr. Nguyen’s experience or greatly improve upon the steps he has already taken.
So far, Mr. Nguyen appears to be living up to expectations, which is why these editorial pages feel he is best-suited to stay on and finish the job. That is why we are endorsing Mr. Nguyen for Clerk-Recorder.
He told us he is complying with all the recommendations to improve oversight and accounting controls made in a 77-page audit of the department. He has also begun opening the Clerk-Recorder’s Office once a month on Saturdays to better accommodate working people, which he said has been very successful.
It is a level of transparency and openness we can appreciate. But Mr. Nguyen also told us that beyond improving in areas the audit found the department deficient, he has also worked to streamline services, lower costs and bring about efficiencies. And now 65 percent of the office’s records are electronically recorded.
When it comes to keeping the county’s records, Mr. Nguyen is the best candidate for the job.