Janet Gets No Love from GOP

An interesting post at Red County calling on the OC GOP to remain neutral on the first district county suupervisor’s race was posted Wednesday night just proves that no matter what she does, Janet Nguyen just can’t win.

Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, left, from Santa Ana, Calif., joins Vietnamese-American demonstrators and supporters during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2007. From AP Photo by BEBETO MATTHEWS.

(photo credit: Associated Press/more after the flip)

Contributor Viorel writes: The party should be in the business of growing and expanding its influence, not shrinking and dividing it.  That’s why this post is written to make the case for the OCGOP to stay neutral in this race. 

I think first and foremost we should keep in mind that we are talking about the Vietnamese-American community.  We should be very happy that we have, on our side, the highest Viet-American elected official in the United States, in Assemblyman Van Tran.  In a state like California, where Republicans struggle to attract minorities, we were able to groom and cultivate the most prominent leader of a politically ambitious immigrant community.  We should embrace that opportunity, not ignore it.  

I’m not a Janet fan.  But she did win an election after challenging a handpicked Van Tran ally and I guess these people value party loyalty over the will of the voters.  Its fun to watch this little power grab play out.

For all of Janet’s faults pointed out by Viroel, there is little criticism of the mistakes made by Dina Nguyen in this race that make the case for her to be a more effective supervisor than Janet.


  4 comments for “Janet Gets No Love from GOP

  1. Viorel
    April 17, 2008 at 1:33 pm


    I didn’t go into details as to why the OCGOP should endorse Dina because that’s not what I think the OCGOP should do. My post was written purely in order to propose to the OCGOP that they stay neutral in this race for the sake of not further dividing the Republican Vietnamese-American base.

    In the future I would appreciate it if you could distinguish between my words and yours when quoting me. I know you didn’t do it on purpose but it was done in a way where people can’t tell where my words end and yours begin.

    I would also like to add my conclusion:

    “The OCGOP gains nothing by getting in this food fight. Deciding which Republican Vietnamese candidate becomes Supervisor should not be the party’s responsibility and it should not be enough reason to further divide and separate our base in that community.”

  2. April 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm


    I did not write this post Dan Chmielewski did.

  3. Viorel
    April 17, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Haha, that’s what I get for multi-tasking. Thanks Sean, sorry Dan.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    April 17, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Viorel – I had some weird formatting issue and even now, th enew text is blue and I can’t figure out how to change that (Chris will though).

    I hope the italics (your words) and the regular text (mine) stand out more clearly for you and the reader. I also provided a link to the original post.

    That all said, I don’t think either Janet or Dina are well suited to lead the First District. The Democratic Party of OC waited too long on Joe Dunn and should have either put more pressure on him to make up his mind or started courting other candidates after Janet was sworn in. We also need Democrats in the first district to step up and run for office throughout OC whether is SAUSD or Garden Grove City Council (go Paul go!)

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