Paul Lucas has been involved in Democratic Party politics for years. Whenever a democratic candidate or the party has needed help, he has been there. When there has been a labor strike, he has been there.
So imagine the surprise when out of the blue, Paul pulled papers to run for Supervisor in the First District. Heck, he walked into the Registrar of Voters with a big old Cheshire cat grin, and right next to Hoa Van Tran plunked down more than $1,400 on his credit card to file for the race. This seemed odd for a couple of reasons.
First, Paul has kind of a big mouth. He tends to talk a lot about what he plans to do. He did a lot of talking before moving to Garden Grove after his failed bid for Assembly against Van Tran. He made it clear that his move was for the specific purpose of running for Garden Grove City Council in 2008. He had not said a thing to a single democrat prior to his filing. Second, at the time he did this, he was unemployed. Who spends $1,400 to run for Supervisor when they have no job, or support to pay off that debt?
There were unconfirmed suspicions that he had been encouraged to run by Garden Grove City Councilwoman and First District SupervisorÃ‚Â candidateÃ‚Â Dina Nguyen. At the time we joked about it, but really saw the idea as more of a joke than possibility. Then the other shoe dropped. That shoe was in the form of a letter distributed to the OC GOP Central Committee that accused Supervisor Janet Nguyen of providing opposition research about Van Tran to Paul during his 2006 Assembly campaign. The letter was distributed on Dina Nguyen’s behalf by Assemblyman Van Tran staffer Truong Diep, and other supporters. It was referred to by Van Tran in his remarks to the GOP Central Committee.
Not only was the letter a lie; it was signed by Paul under his title as a member of the Democratic Party of Orange County on the day of the GOP meeting. There is no dispute that the letter was indeed signed by Paul Lucas. Since the letter was distributed on Dina Nguyen’s behalf, it had to have been given to her or someone affiliated with her campaign. Even more disturbing is the fact that the letter was meant to support Dina Nguyen, who is being backed by Assemblyman Tran, in an effort to keep current Republican Supervisor Janet Nguyen from receiving the endorsement of the OC GOP.
So why should this matter to democrats or the Democratic Party of Orange County?
First, Van Tran is one of the most anti-labor Republicans in Sacramento. Second, Van Tran is a Latino immigrant basher. His most recent escapade was a jaunt to the US-Mexico boarder for an “illegal immigrant” photo op. Third, if you are consorting with Van Tran, you cannot be working in the interests of the Democratic Party of Orange County. Any support given to Van Tran and his stranglehold on the politics of Little Saigon is in direct support of his desire to run for either the Senate seat held by Lou Correa, or the Congressional seat held by Loretta Sanchez.
Working in support of Van Tran is anti-labor, anti-Latino, and anti-Democrat. Paul Lucas is the subject of a vote of reprimand by the Democrats tonight for his conduct. He still doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get that he has done something wrong. He needs to be told, in no uncertain terms, that to be working on behalf of Van Tran and his allies, is to be working against the core values of the Democratic Party of Orange County.