Hoa Files Amended Reports Keeps DPOC Endorsement

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.

  13 comments for “Hoa Files Amended Reports Keeps DPOC Endorsement

  1. Northcountystorm
    May 19, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Sean, You didn’t mention that Paul Lucas apologized for his conduct with regard to the infamous Janet letter and was spared being reprimanded by the Committee.

  2. May 19, 2008 at 11:22 pm


    I left before the vote was taken and did not know the result of that vote. I hear that many of the same people that have been working hard to undermine Hoa were also the same folks on the losing side of the vote against Paul. Not much of a surprise there.

  3. grumpy old dem
    May 19, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    HOA and company came in there like a straight up gangsters.

    This is allowed by Frank Barbaro the party chair, who has NO interest in protecting the women of the party.

    Edgardo strong arms and threatens the women of the party and this allowed by the Chair of the Party.
    Several women have openly gone on record to speak up and protect these ungrateful Central Committe members.
    She spoke out to protect us from this disgusting gang element Edgardo has brought into this house that we have built!


    Edgardo walked in there and took the dignity and self respect of the Democratic Central Commitee.


    He punked the party.


    The only word for the actions of the party chair is WEAK,


    For those of you that think that all of this is a “distraction” from issues….you explain to the several women who requested that they be followed home tonite because they fear of payback from Edgardo and his “gang” that they are “distraction” from the issues.

    You will be surprised to hear from them that they know that they are a “distraction”. Ask a woman whats its like to walk to her car in fear.

    Oh yes…they know the men of the party view there fears and concerns as “distractions”.

  4. decentralized committee member
    May 19, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Sean & NCS:

    You both are missing it!

    Was it just me or did Chris Prevatt heckle Party Chairman Frank Barbaro after Mr. Barbaro announced that Hoa had complied all the financial disclosures and thus the item was removed from the agenda.

    If I’m not mistaken, I think Prevatt yelled, “RAILROADED” with his hand covering his mouth. At which point, Frank looked at him with a not-to-tender of a stare.

    Stay classy, Chris.

  5. grumpy old dem
    May 19, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Click the link,
    check out the hommies,
    and please take seriously what these beloved women are afraid of.


    please take the danger Edgardo is bringing into our Democratic home
    as what it is…

  6. Flowerszzz
    May 20, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Does he deserve a standing ovation for FINALLY reporting his campaign reports correctly? Not to mention the fact that the report looks like it was faxed, which technically means that it was not filed…as I believe campaign reports have to have original signatures.

  7. ocdem1
    May 20, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Where is Senator Correa in all of this?

    After all, it is his brother in law, Reynoso, who is behind the shady filing statements and hiring of “alleged” gang bangers. I ask any Liberal OC reader: if it were your brother in law, what would you do? I haven’t heard Correa say one thing about all of this. We’ve got probable willful violation of county and state election laws and campaign workers shooting people and landing in jail.

    Step it up and do something, Senator! How can you claim to care about the well being of our community when you don’t seem to care about your crazy brother in law hiring these folks?

  8. Thug Life
    May 20, 2008 at 9:32 am


    Show me how many of those young “volunteers” were registered to vote.

    With all this spinning you could have made an excellent addition to the Politburo.

  9. Salmonloaf
    May 20, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. Ocdem1 and grumpy old dem are right on this one. Say what you will, but to me the Hoa campaign is in total disarray, and with a big assist from Reynoso, has guaranteed that somebody with the last name of Nguyen will win in June. Reynoso is well known within the DPOC for his boorish behavior and rampant use of fear to intimidate staff, especially the female staff. Maybe it’s not an issue to you-being a huge, strong, he-man of a guy. But what does that say to all the female members in the DPOC when their party won’t stand up for them against a certifiable creep like Reynoso? Do you know what its like to worry that? It tells me that the party does not care about the general safety and welfare of its members, and I find that totally unacceptable. The DPOC Central Committee and Executive Board have it within their power to put an end to this, but chose not to. We, as Democrats often portray ourselves as having “the bigger tent”, welcoming of all comers regardless of race, age, or orientation. Notice I’ve left out gender, because it’s getting harder to make that argument after last night. As Democrats we should aspire to be better than this. Sean, really ask your female counterparts within the DPOC how they feel about Reynoso. Ask his former female staffers if they like showing up for work worrying what Reynoso has planned for them that day. Ask them if they like walking to their cars in fear. Ask them what he does to them when he’s angry. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a “rainbow and lollipops” account of their time with him. To paraphrase David Bowie, we’re putting out the fire with gasoline……….

  10. May 20, 2008 at 9:43 am


    Many are not of voting age as of yet. That being said both parties utilize young people that are not of voting age to do phone banking and other work within campaigns.

    I don’t have a run down on every single volunteer, but I would suspect the folks at the DPOC don’t have a dossier on every single person that volunteers at the HQ either.

    Most of these young volunteers are young high school students who are excited about being involved in the political process. Are you suggesting that we should try and supress this type of volunteerism?

  11. Salmonloaf
    May 20, 2008 at 9:45 am

    And don’t even get me started on Paul Lucas…..

  12. Um, what are they thinking?
    May 20, 2008 at 10:16 am

    No one wants to discourage young people from being involved in the political process but the “process” should not involve intimidation and violence.

    If volunteers are there to be thugs then they are merely volunteer bouncers. I’m just at a loss how something like this can be tolerated by the party.

    Gangs, however much created by the socio-economic circumstances, should not be tolerated because they breed on fear. Gangs are a byproduct of a system that does not care and that does not help minorities have an alternative, it’s sometimes necessary to survive. So how does supporting gangs by supporting a candidate that uses them help promote the Democratic agenda of economic equality, education for all and most of all, safety for our citizens?

  13. Joey
    May 20, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I respect Benny’s honesty. I have meet him last year and know him to be a good guy.

    I think though that the intentions of bringing these kids may have been more about creating a perception that there are many young people involved in the campaign more than wanting to imitidate DPOC voting members.

    See, know with picture of Hoa with many younger people the issue turns to of the many volunteer(or paid workers) only two unfortunately were involved in a gang and evidently doing bad things.

    Regardless, Hoa again needs to fire Eduardo.

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