First District Political Play of the Week

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In the political fish bowl that is the First District Supervisor’s contest this has been a fun week.

Hoa Van Tran, the only Democrat in the race narrowly (4 votes) won the endorsement of the Democratic Party of Orange County. Then we had Bolsavik publishing his interview with Hoa Van Tran’s campaign manager Edgardo Reynoso. Edgardo ran interference for Hoa who had set up the appointment but forgot to tell his master, Reynoso. The interview was a hilarious example of campaign spin. I do have to credit Reynoso. On spin, he does seem to be a master. But my favorite part was the last part of the interview.

When the confusion cleared up, Hoa was asked, “You heard all the answers, was there anything you’d like to add?” He said, “No, no. Everything’s good. If you have other questions, I can answer them.” 

Reynoso’s spin does get better though.  in the beginning of the interview he responded to the issue of the photo of Hoa and Sal Tinajero that was included in a mailing. From the Bolsavik interview:

Reynoso addressed specifically the conversation related by Chris Prevatt on TheLiberalOC.com. According to Prevatt here, the Tran campaign used Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero’s photo in its mailer without asking Sal first, and only sought permission the night before the mailers were to go out. Sal Tinajero, it should be noted, has not endorsed Hoa’s candidacy.

But Reynoso rejected that version. “That’s hearsay. You can’t base a story on hearsay.” According to Reynoso, “We told Sal the day the picture was taken.”

“You told Sal you’d use the picture in a mailer?”

“Yes. We did.”

“On the day the picture was taken?”

“Yes.”

I did check with the person who actually took the photo of Hoa and Sal. The photographer stated that Mr. Reynoso “LIED!… he (Sal) was NOT asked if it could be used! Sal was asked by Reynoso “if they could talk about an endorsement,” in the future.

UPDATE: I did receive a response from Sal Tinajero. He confirmed that he had not been asked in advance of the printing of the mailer or at the time the photo was taken for permission to  use the photo in a mailer. Sal added though; “At the end of the day I didn’t mind because he is the only Dem in the field.”

If anyone hasn’t already noticed, Sal is the class act in this situation. Thanks Sal.

Of course, I’m sure Reynoso will call this “hearsay” as well.

The next was the failure of Janet Nguyen to respond to a request to debate her opponents in the First District at a forum scheduled by the AARP in Garden Grove. Apparently, Janet Nguyen never responded to the request with a yes or no (claims she never got it) so the organizer contacted Martin at Total Buzz. Granted the forum is scheduled for the same time as closed session on a Tuesday Board of Supervisor’s meeting, but not responding appears to be rather bad form.

But the Political Play (and mistake) of the Week goes to the Dina Nguyen for Supervisor campaign team. Councilwoman Nguyen’s first mailer, to Viet only voters, dropped in the district on Friday.

Prominently on the front of the mailer is the campaign website address. Someone failed to proof the mailer and it went out with the address listed as www.dinaforsuppervisor.com. Well, some quick thinking genius bought the misspelled address and has forwarded it to a Gay Asian porn site.

Spelling errors in a campaign mailer; not all that unusual.

Spelling errors in your website address; unique.

Someone purchasing the misspelled domain and linking it to a porn site; PRICELESS!  

  5 comments for “First District Political Play of the Week

  1. Fishy Smell
    May 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Prevatt,
    Are you sure you are not in bed with Dina Nguyen? It sure sounds like you have suddenly become a shill for janet.

  2. May 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Dear Fishy:

    I am a gay man. I am not in bed with Dina, I believe she is really a woman. I have not become a shill for Janet.

    I said this in a comment on April 30th…

    I have no problem criticizing a Democrat for filing reports that are on their face obviously false. If his campaign cannot file finance reports accurately, why should we trust him with a $5 billion budget. Dina Nguyen cannot even figure out how to file a statement of intent before she raises money, and Janet Nguyen cannot bring herself to report contributors to her legal defense fund (which wasn’t legal); cannot live within her district office budget paying for extra staff with funds from the Health Care Agency while cutting agency services; has the public pay for a “outreach” office in Little Saigon; redecorates her district office because “everyone else was doing it;” I could go on but I think you get the point.

    Hell, they’re all flawed. Damn right I pleaded publicly for an elected democrat to challenge Janet Nguyen. And please, do not even go down the road of invoking Paul Lucas’ trojan horse campaign for Supervisor. The fingerprints of Van Tran and Mike Schroeder are all over this race, and Paul. This is a contest between Van Tran and Janet Nguyen, all other players are simply pawns in their feud.

    The only losers in this race are the people of the First District who will have to suffer with four more years of Linclon Club and Republican control of a Supervisor’s seat that could have been a voice for the working people in Orange County.

  3. May 4, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Very nice job on verification, Chris.

    The whole thing about asking permission to use Sal’s photo in a mailer, when Sal has not endorsed, at ringside of an outdoor boxing match, wouldn’t pass anyone’s smell test. But actual verification is always very nice!

  4. May 5, 2008 at 8:47 am

    UPDATE: I did receive a response from Sal Tinajero. He confirmed that he had not been asked in advance of the printing of the mailer or at the time the photo was taken for permission to use the photo in a mailer. Sal added though; “At the end of the day I didn’t mind because he is the only Dem in the field.”

    If anyone hasn’t already noticed, Sal is the class act in this situation. Thanks Sal.

  5. May 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Someone once asked, “If it doesn’t bother Sal, why should it bother you?”

    I think the point is not whether something *bothers* anyone. It appears that somebody took advantage of Sal Tinajero’s good nature. So the point is not that it *bothers* anyone, but that somebody (Reynoso? Hoa Tran?) has a tendency to abuse other people’s goodness.

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