Last night’s DPOC meeting was not a death knell for the party and nor was it a shining moment of leadership. The party’s decision to allow Hoa Van Tran to retain the party’s endorsement is not quite a victory for the campaign, but more of a stay of execution when the voters have their say next week. Perhaps Hoa Van Tran makes it to the run off; perhaps Janet Nguyen makes it going away. Time will tell.
But in times of great concern, friends emerge and imposters expose themselves. In failing to take the concerns of Misha Houser seriously, the Party did a a great injustice to Ms. Houser. But it was her own attorney who threw her under the bus.
Steve Young, the Democratic candidate for Congress in CD-48 against John Campbell, offered the “kumbaya” motion last night that gave the Hoa campaign reason to celebrate.
But Steve is Misha Houser’s lawyer. He had no business getting involved whatsoever on conflict of interest grounds. In offering the motion, Steve not only disappointed many but left many wondering about his ethics. I have to wonder if this is the sort of judgement Steve would display in DC as our Congressman.
Steve owes Misha — and many of us in who are Democrats — an explanation and an apology.