Much has been made by many in the local blogosphere regarding the campaign of First Supervisorial District candidate Hoa Van Tran failing to file amended campaign reports with the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Well I am pleased to report that Hoa’s campaign has filed those amendments and that fact was verified by Democratic Party of Orange County Chairman Frank Barbaro at tonights central committee meeting.
As a result of the amendments being filed there was no action taken by the central committee in regards to rescinding the party’s endorsement of Hoa. Many in the packed house demonstrated their approval of this with a loud ovation for Hoa. There were many long and sad faces in the house as well. At least for tonight all the efforts of those within the Democratic Party who had sought to undermine Hoa’s campaign were all for naught.
Hoa addressed the crowd and urged them all to rally behind him and help make sure the central Orange County seat on the Board of Supervisors goes to a Democrat. He said that the problems with his campaign filings came as the result of being new to this whole process and due to a lack of communication between the campaign, it’s accountants and treasurer.
Clearly those that have staked their position in opposition to Hoa’s candidacy will continue to mock and deride the campaign. At this point there is nothing that Hoa can say or do to satisfy these folks and the campaign reports were just a smokescreen for them to hide behind. I am waiting to see when Chris Prevatt will take down the countdown that appears on this blog in regards to the filing of the reports.
Many of the young men and women that have volunteered their time to Hoa’s campaign showed up at tonights meeting in order to show their support for Hoa. In what was perhaps the strangest and most bizarre action of the night, Benny Diaz accused Hoa’s campaign of bringing these folks to the meeting as a means of intimidation. Wow!!!
In all my years I never would have thought I would see someone at a meeting of Democrats criticize a group of minority youngsters for their participation. Perhaps Mr. Diaz thought this was a Republican meeting where this type of attitude is pervasive.
At any rate the end result of tonights meeting was that Hoa is still the party’s endorsed candidate. Now that these folks have failed using campaign reports as their weapon, they will now turn towards using the young men and women working on Hoa’s campaign as their method of attack. As I have said previously this is about destroying Hoa’s chances and nothing else. Don’t believe the hype otherwise.