Get the phone, it’s Tan Nguyen.

I heard this story from a person that is attending a local university, and is enrolled in an internship course where all of the students meet up occasionally to discuss the progress of their jobs.

One of the interns in the class was discussing her work at the Republican Party of Orange County in Orange, and she told the class that on a very regular basis Congressional Candidate Tan Nguyen phones in and demands to speak with someone regarding the party’s reluctance to endorse him.

The calls are so frequent, according to the intern, that it has become an office joke.

I wrote it last night, and I’ll write it again: “Orange County Republicans don’t like former Democrats.”

And it sucks for Tan, because I know that he’s upset about this. When I spoke with Nguyen back in August, I asked him why he decided to switch parties. He told me that he was hurt when the Democratic Party decided to endorse his opponent in the primary race when he was running for Congress in 2004.

Nguyen takes those endorsements seriously…but I don’t know which party he’ll switch to after this election.

  22 comments for “Get the phone, it’s Tan Nguyen.

  1. September 20, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    I bumped into Tan Nguyen the other day on Main Street in Garden Grove. He was reading one of my pamphlets that the local liquor store had on their counter. The liquor store owner is names Tri, a Vietnamese woman who is just a delight to talk to. She used to be a Van Tran supporter now she supports me. I don’t know where she sits with Tan. But when I was in the store last week and he walked in she rolled her eyes. Poor Tan.

  2. Anonymous
    September 21, 2006 at 12:24 am

    I know I ALWAYS base my vote on a pamphlet I pick up in my local liquor store.

    Great strategy, Paul!

  3. Mike needs to pull his head out of his ass
    September 21, 2006 at 1:59 am

    Maybe former Republican Loretta Sanchez will be Independant after losing her seat in November. It’s funny how you never mention her switching parties.

  4. September 21, 2006 at 9:33 am

    Perhaps someone should tell Tan that as the winner of the Republican primary, he already has the Republican endorsement.

  5. September 21, 2006 at 11:30 am

    I’ve mentioned Loretta being a Republican, but I feel that she has proven herself as a Democrat–would you disagree?

  6. September 21, 2006 at 2:22 pm

    WOW! Tan must split his time between reading this blog and calling the GOP to beg and complain about not getting help.

    Anon 12:24 you must be Tan. No one lese in the GOP is standing up for you. Remember the guy who switched Registration at the GOP Flag Day?

    Hey Tan is Van Tran helping you out bro? Have you asked him for help? Whats he doing for you? Is he garnering Vietnamese votes for you? Whats the deal with no help from Van Tran?

    The GOP wont help former Democrats buddy. Sorry to inform you. But it was nice bumping into you on Main Street. You seem like a pretty nice guy. Why all the venom buddy?

  7. Anonymous
    September 21, 2006 at 4:57 pm

    Guess again Paul. Tan probably has better things to do like walking the precincts…maybe you should try it! As far as Mike goes, “proven herself as a Democrat” …give me a break! Is that why Loretta voted against the re-importation of medicines. Sounds to me like Loretta is representing the Loretta party. Can you say “Special Interests?”

  8. September 21, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    “Tan probably has better things to do like walking the precincts…maybe you should try it!”


    In fact, I walked with Paul and his dad almost two weeks ago. He’s actually talking to voters, and listening to their concerns.

    Has Tan done this?

    Has Van done this?

    Oh, and btw, I may not agree 100% with Loretta (I’m much more progressive), but I’d rather have someone who cares about her constituents than a crass opportunist who would say PRACTICALLY ANYTHING to get elected.

    My goodness, you Tan Trolls really need to GET A LIFE!

  9. buski
    September 21, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    anon 4:57, Paul does walk precincts I walk them for Loretta every weekend and he has been there walking them right beside us, and the people that I have talked to while walking the 47th have said that Tan has not walked in their area. He is also running a very flakey smear campaign against Loretta. Oh and his new signs… how original taking a Loretta sign and adding ALL, it’s like he’s running for a high school election. Also about the whole switching of sides on Loretta’s part, yes she did switch sides, and yes there are things that she has voted on that doesn’t seem to favor the entire Democratic party, but you can’t please everyone in your party and economically she is pretty middle of the road, that’s why there are Republicans that vote for her, she brings money in. If you had a real case against her I’d be listening but all your giving is flakey theorys and Republican propoganda crap. 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    September 21, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    So you classify showing who Loretta has accepted money from and her voting records as “a very flakey smear campaign.” You really need to wake up and smell the coffee. Loretta has done nothing to represent the people of the 47th district.

  11. Anonymous
    September 21, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    Go ahead and believe that anyone critical of you and your campaign is part of the Republican machine. Talk about PARANOIA!
    And Loretta’s Republican “past” –
    It’s been at least 15 years (maybe closer to 20) since she changed her registration. She has never claimed to be anything but a MODERATE Democrat representing a MODERATE district.
    Losing in November – now that’s FUNNY!

  12. September 21, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    How did this come to accusing me of not walking precincts? Damn man, my ankles are killing me from walking precincts. I’m getting Republican Voters speaking to me with gratitude and respect that I actually knocked on their door. The common theme I hear from voters is that they are going to keep my literature piece and put it in their window because I took the time to hand it to them myself. All Van Tran and Lynn Daucher are doing is mailing the damn things out to them.

    Oh and by the way, this candidate to voter contact has brought a lot of voters out of the Lynn Daucher Van Tran camp and into the Lucas, Correa, and Sanchez Camp. They seem to like the fact that I know these two individuals personally and my sunny disposition and Authentic personality (be it rough and unpolished as it is) the honesty and sincerity translate to my colleagues running for State Senate and Congress.
    I assume that my opponent is too busy taking his convict wife to visit her probation officer, and Mrs. Daucher is too busy having tea and crumpets in Brea to come down to the working class precincts she is running to represent.

  13. September 21, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    ok so anon, what would you like to see Loretta do exactly? Have you ever even tried talking to your congresswoman….. you are bitching about her voting record and all. explain to me what you would like to see and how you would like to be represented and how Loretta is not doing this and how Tan Nguyen can, I’m not bashing the guy because he is Republican, I just don’t think that he is a strong enough candidate. The reason I dont think he would be good for congress is that he was a dem and switched to a republican which is fine… but he is taking a very very right wing stance which makes it hard for me to believe that he is a) serious on these issues or b) he was ever really a dem…. it seems that he just wants to get into office any way he can… please by all means prove me wrong and help me to understand his position and yours. until you have a solid argument about why he would better represent the 47th then Loretta ill stick with her.

  14. September 21, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Anon 5:52 — since you think it’s important to know where a candidate is getting his/her money from (and I agree with you completely), maybe you can explain why it is that Tan only has one donor who actually lives in the 47th District? If his donors are any guide, it seems that Tan needs to move up north and represent San Jose or Milpitas.

  15. Anonymous
    September 22, 2006 at 9:40 am

    You might also ask about Van Tran accepting oney from his then fiancee while she was in the middle of her insurance fraud scam business. He to 3200 dollars from her before her office was raided and her and her brothr were hauled off to prison.

  16. September 22, 2006 at 10:45 am

    Buski —
    It’s actually pretty easy to get an appointment with Loretta; I worked for a company that had employees in her district (Homeland Security issue) and they took the meeting and she listened to our concerns and asked great questions. In particular, she wanted to know about her consitituants and what they did at our firm. We left with a sense we accompished something. And Rep. Sanchez and her staff we awesome. And that was a few years ago, but I still get mailings from her staff on legislative updates. One of th ebetter experiences I have had with a member of Congress.

  17. September 22, 2006 at 6:35 pm

    Dan- I’m glad to hear that, your comment makes me happy that I take the time to volunteer with her campaign.

  18. Paul Lucas
    September 23, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    Hey guess where I came from just now? I was precinct walking. And I am sweeping up votes from republicans. They seem to like that a candidate will come to their door. Unlike van Tran and Tan Nguyen who take their GOP registration for granted. Plus, they like my pamphlet with the link to my website which opens up with the two investigative articles done on my opponent. Many people did not know this about my opponent and thank me for informing them about his criminal associations.

  19. Anonymous
    September 23, 2006 at 4:47 pm


    The liquor store on Main Street is out of you brochures. You should be sure to go over there or else you’ll lose the liquor store votes.

  20. Anonymous
    September 25, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    Do people really take Paul Lucas seriously??? I saw his article in the OC Weekly and read some of his positions on his website and they are a Joke!! His stance on Immigration: “I promote a comprehensive, cost effective, and safe immigration policy.” What the hell does that mean??? It doen’t say anything on this very concerning issue. Taxes:
    “Orange County is currently a “Donor County”. This means that we get back far less of our tax dollars in annual appropriations than do other counties. I want to reverse that trend in the 68th AD so we can re-invest in our children and our education system.” Translation: I am going to tax the crap out of everyone I can!!!! How can the Dems take this person as a serious candidate against anybody. He just isn’t a good candidate.

    And btw, I know his going to say this is Tan in disguise or something, but I am not tan or do I work for his campaign. I am an educated voter in the district, you know, one of the people you are trying to represent…

  21. Anonymous
    September 25, 2006 at 9:25 pm


    To answer your question, No people do not take Paul seriously! It’s too bad that I will have to vote for Van Tran this November, but simply put “He is the lesser of 2 evils.”

  22. September 28, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    ” Translation: I am going to tax the crap out of everyone I can!!!!

    Anon 307, what translation book are you reading?

    An educated Voter in the district? I think not. You obviously don’t understand the concept of “Donor County”. Example, San Francisco County is a Recipient County. This means they get back more than %100 of their tax Dollars.

    So here in Orange County, we are subsidizing the lifestyle of the very ultra liberals you hate so much. And you think that just because I want to get “our Money back to be used here on our own kids is a tax on everyone?
    I would never accuse even Tan Nguyen of being dumb enough to make hat kind of a comparison mistake.

    Anon 925, if you are so enamored by a guy who lives outside of the district, as does Lynn Daucher, and Carol Rudat, and if you are so fixated on good vs. evil, why on earth would you even vote for my opponent?

    Could it be you are possibly a recipient of his graft business, and associates?

    Seeing as how my opponent uses a per diem that is bigger than most peoples salary to fund his love nest he shares with his convict wife, does not pay, or at least has not proven he pays, taxes on that per diem as he is required by law, how would you consider him the lesser of two evils?

    My opponent was the one who voted to allow lead tainted candy into the country from Mexico without any form of inspections or restrictions. To that issue, where does he stand on immigration? Look for yourself he is even more vague than any legislator out there on his stance on immigration. He claims to have “come here the legal way”?

    Helloooooo, he was airlifted out of Saigon! That does not equal the many years even his own countrymen had to endure in Philippines, and other places to finally get entrance into the USA.

    My opponent is a brat! Plain and simple. He thinks he can flaunt the law, conventions, and customs of our country by brazenly breaking the law?
    Who did you say was the lesser of two evils?

    Oh and by the way Anon(s) this is Paul Lucas
    Show some backbone and identify yourselves.

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