Since Friday, we’ve finally heard from Matt Harper ofÂ First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s office for her take on the Santa Ana City Council candidacy of Orange Juice blogger Art Pedroza.Â Ms. Nguyen was out of town for a family affair.Â Harper says the Supervisor is waiting to hear on the certification ofÂ each candidate’s signatures before evaluating possible endorsements by her office.
Janet faces a real “Sophie’s Choice” here in this race.Â The June election pretty much solidified her support (however reluctant) from the County’s Republican Party and just about all the party’s power structure (with the exception of Van Tran).Â Carlos Bustamante, the incumbent Republican for the Ward 3 council race, will likely still garner support from the County’s Republican leadership and rank and file despite hisÂ poor sense of humor and comments during the selection of Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.Â I always say Democrats fall in love with candidates while Republicans fall in line behind them.
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So who will Janet endorse for this race?Â
To maintain and build upon her party support, she almost has to endorse Bustamante.Â After all, he endorsed her for re-election and Harper was unaware of any quid pro quo of a reverse endorsement of Bustamante by Nguyen.Â When asked, Harper could not recall a situation where Nguyen endorsed any candidate from a party other than Republican.
On the other end of the spectrum, Art Pedroza, is Janet’s biggest fan.Â And a registered DTS.Â There is no sin, no matter how personal or how similar to others that draw Art’s ire that Janet Nguyen can do without Art approving of it, dismissing it outright or letting slide immediately.Â
For example, Janet Nguyen accepted campaign contributions from a Pro-Prop 8 activist, Howard Amhanson, as did State Senator Lou Correra.Â And Art blasted Lou while giving Janet lip service.Â ArtÂ also boycotted the OC Fair to protest free meals and concert tickers received by Red County editor Matt Cunningham. But when Cunningham pointed how he ate fdinner with the Nguyen’s at the Fair, Art admonoshed Matt “not to bring the Nguyen’s into this.”
So, does Janet break with her party and endorse someone other than the incumbent city council member, or will she play it safe and back Busty?
Art has always said when Janet makes a wrong decision, he will be first in line to criticize her.Â Should Janet play loyal party leader, she would have to reject Art’s candidacy and his small idea platform of more massage parlors, hookah bars, and magnetized shopping carts. For Art, would that be reason enough to toss Janet under theÂ bus?Â Â
WWJD.Â What Will Janet Do?