HT to Marty Wisckol at Total Buzz.
Before we get to it, I don’t believe its kosher for Trung to use his Garden Grove School Board title in responding to the editorial in today’s Register. His failed election has nothing to do with his position with the Garden Grove school board. Perhaps the school board’s attorney can look into that matter…..
Making Ones Own Bed
By Garden Grove Unified School District Vice-President Trung Nguyen
I was disappointed when I read the Orange County Register’s June 20th editorial criticizing several good government legal battles as “lose-lose” and efforts to “destroy the re-election hopes of Janet Nguyen” Ã¢â‚¬â€œ nothing could be further from the truth. Sadly, for the Republican Party and Orange County’s Vietnamese community, Janet has brought these legal challenges on herself by refusing to follow the laws that every elected official in our county follows. I am frankly surprised that after Assemblyman Van Tran’s and my own efforts to elect Republican Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher to State Senate last year, that anyone would accuse us of trying to “weaken the GOP.” We are both passionate about freedom, good government and our conservative Republican beliefs.
But my passion for the well being of the residents of central Orange County also comes as a concerned father, a school board trustee and someone who lives and raises his family in this community Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not as a former or future candidate for her office. I would hope the Register would applaud a citizen demanding that our campaign finance laws be followed and that our election process run smoothly and fairly.
The ongoing legal challenge is, simply put, to see if paper ballots that accompany the electronic voting machines will be hand counted in a close election race or recount. This precedent setting case has ramifications for national and state elections. Janet’s few remaining months as Supervisor are inconsequential compared to the overall legitimacy and fairness of our democracy. As noted in the 5/14/07 Appellate Court Opinion,
“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦the legal issue involving recounts which Trung Nguyen presses to this court has statewide ramifications for the next electionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦the issue he presents is a highly technical one as well, which is a factor that favors proceeding by appeal, with its measured processes and opportunities to study all facets of a complex issue.”
The second legal challenge is simply asking that Janet be held to the same standard that anyone who withheld campaign contributions from the public for over 50 days would be. One of these donors was a parking lot operating company who Janet voted to give a county contract to for tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. While this may have been legal, it is exactly the type of pay-for-play influence appearance that campaign finance laws were made to alert the public to.
This type of blatant violation actually united good government bloggers on the right and the left. I am shocked that the Orange County Register does not think it is “adult” to demand transparency in our political system. I doubt the residents of Central Orange County feel the same way.
Actually Trung, most of us on the left still think of you as someone who cannot accept the fact he was beaten. Do you need more tissues?