Former State Senator Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) will not challenge Janet Nguyen.
Sources are reporting to TheLiberalOC.com that Joe Dunn has decided that he will honor his contact with the California Medical Association and not seek election to the First District Supervisor seat in Orange County. The First District seat was previously represented by democratic Senator Lou Correa, who abandoned that position when he was elected to the 34th Senate seat when Joe Dunn retired because of term limits.
County labor and community leaders have been seeking a suitable challenger to Supervisor Janet Nguyen who won the 2007 special election by 3 votes. County workers have been frustrated by attacks from the Republican dominated board on their pensions and pay.
When Senator Correa ran for Supervisor in 2004 he had promised labor leaders that he would not abandon the Supervisor’s seat to run for the 34th Senate District in 2006. He changed his mind and successfully won that election. Correa’s victory created the vacancy that Nguyen was elected to fill.
It was hoped that Senator Dunn, who has been courted since the loss of the First District seat to challenge Nguyen in the 2008 election, would return to public service and enter the race. In choosing not to run, Dunn will spark a rush to identify a suitable challenger to Nguyen..
Elected Orange County Republican’s have been plagued by allegations of corruption and ethical lapses. Currently the Republican Sheriff Mike Carona is under federal indictment for corruption and two of his former assistants, have pleaded guilty to charges of public corruption. County Treasurer-Tax Collector Chriss Street is under federal investigation for improper conduct while bankruptcy trustee for the Fruehauf Trailer Corp. In addition, Street is under investigation by the Orange County District Attorney for violation of county contracting guidelines including improper manipulation of grant awards, and violation of competitive bidding regulations.
The current Board has chosen, without any dissent or open discussion of the merits, to mount a taxpayer funded challenge of the constitutionality of pension benefits awarded to County Sheriff’s Deputies in 2002. An independent analysis, of the merits of the proposed challenge being promoted by Supervisor John Moorlach and his Chief of Staff Mario Mainero, leaked to the media raised serious questions about the likelihood of success. Nevertheless, the Board, in “lemming-like lock-step,” approved the pursuit of the challenge and hired legal counsel to pursue the case.
Supervisor Nguyen has had her share of “ethical questions” since her election as First District Supervisor. The recount that led to her victory caused her campaign to incure a huge amount of legal debt. To meet those needs, Nguyen established a legal defense fund. When it became clear that the fund was illegal it took her almost two months to disclose the donors to that fund and return the illegally obtained contributions.
While the election of a democrat to the Board would not create a majority needed to defeat many of the anti-worker, anti-human rights, and anti-minority attitudes and initiatives of the Board; it will offer a platform for honest debate and discussion of the impact of Board policies that have previously gone without discussion.
During the 2006 general election Republican Congressional candidate Tan Nguyen facilitated and paid for the fraudulent attempt to discourage Latino voters from voting in the general election. The Board, in a blatant partisan fashion, chose to prevent the County Registrar of Voters from notifying the affected voters of the fraudulent and false information they had received.
Janet Nguyen on the otherhand has been a big disappointment. She represents more of the same. Here are just a few reasons why she doesn’t deserve to represent the voters of the First District.
Wastes Public Funds
Support for Challenge to Sheriff Pensions $100K + so far Office Remodel $136,820 New District Office/Service Center in Westminster, Read Page 2 of this campaign mailer where she talks about Ã¢â‚¬Å“needless bureaucracyÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Always Ã¢â‚¬Å“needs more informationÃ¢â‚¬Â when a tough decision needs to be made. (i.e. Chriss Street Investment Authority or the Bus Drivers Strike.) While on GG City Council failed to improve Water System Infrastructure (caused higher rates)
Won’t Follow Laws
Refused to disclose names of donors to illegal legal defense fund. (More than 50 days to disclose)
Sent out a mailer to voters claiming her parents came here the right way not the wrong way (showing picture of LatinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stepping over barbed wire fence). Sent out Campaign Mailer here, here, and here to Vietnamese voters telling them that they should vote for her to keep a (Mexican or White from being elected).
It is clear to me that the current Board of Supervisors has ignored the needs of minorities and working poor in Orange County. Joe Dunn would have given voice to those needs, and for ethical conduct by County elected officials, where none exists today.
I hope the Democrats can field a candidate to challenge Nguyen for member of the Board of Supervisors who will listen to and consider the needs and concerns of county workers, the working poor, and all minority populations in Orange County. Unfortunately, Dunn’s dance has left very little time to find a suitable candidate.