Despite being feted, celebrated and toutedÂ byÂ RepublicansÂ at the outset, Van Tran has failed to live up to expectations.
â€œDespite all the early hype, Van Tran has totally failed to live up to expectations,â€ said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.Â â€œAfter disrupting an active police investigation, filing to run for a different elected office in the midst of his Congressional effort, and putting up â€˜disappointingâ€™ third quarter fundraising numbers, Tranâ€™s campaign sure leaves a lot to be desired.â€
NRCC Recruitment Chair Kevin McCarthy once called Tran one of the â€œtop peopleâ€ heâ€™d gone after and said that Tran would â€œtranscendâ€ Republican politics.Â OtherÂ RepublicanÂ leaders also heavily recruited Tran and Tran was even named an NRCC â€œYoung Gun.â€
But since then, Tranâ€™s star has faded rapidly.
Despite being in the midst of a Congressional campaign, Tran filed to run for State Senate in 2012.
Then in August, Tran let loose at the scene of a police investigation involving a local city councilmember.Â Tran was so disruptive, and had to be warned multiple times not to interfere, that a police sergeant on the scene had to threaten him with arrest to get him to stay away.
Here is a rough transcript of Tran’s interaction with police on August 2, 2009:
Officer:Â Yeah, can I help you?
Tran: Yeah, Iâ€™m with Andy.
Officer:Â Okay, well, youâ€™ll have to let them do their job right now.
Tran:Â Iâ€™m his lawyer.
Officer:Â Heâ€™s doing a field sobriety test right now, okay?Â Can I ask you to stand back over here?
Officer:Â Sir?Â Youâ€™re going to need to back up a little bit, okay?
Officer:Â Right now.Â Please back up.
Tran:Â Okay.Â How far do you want meâ€¦?
Officer:Â I want you back by that car over there.
Officer:Â Sir, Iâ€™ve asked you to back up over there.
Tran:Â Iâ€™m his lawyer!
Officer:Â I donâ€™t care who you are.Â I understand that, you need to back up over here.
Tran:Â Iâ€™m not interfering.
Officer:Â You are interfering.Â Iâ€™m going to warn you, a field sobriety test officer, itâ€™s very obvious.Â
Officer:Â You need to stand over there.Â If you come back over here again, Iâ€™m going to have you arrested.Â Iâ€™m not going to stand by this car.
Tran put up a â€œdisappointingâ€ number and was even outraised by a Republican primary opponent this past quarter.Â According to The Hill, Tran was one of the â€œhyped challengers to several targeted incumbents [who] didnâ€™t do much with their third quarters.â€Â
- â€œHyped challengers to several targeted incumbents didnâ€™t do much with their third quarters.Â Raising less than $100,000 for the quarter wereâ€¦Republican Van Tran, who is challenging Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).â€ [The Hill, 10/17/09]
- â€œCalifornia Assemblyman Van Tran, running against Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), had an even more disappointing outcome. He only collected $92,000 and was actually outraised by Quang Pham, another Vietnamese candidate challenging him in the primary.â€Â [Politico, 10/16/09]
- Assemblyman Van Tran was so disruptive at the scene of the police investigation into Councilman Andy Quachâ€™s car crash that a sergeant had to threaten him with arrest to get him to stay away, according to incident transcripts released today by the police chief. [Orange County Register, 8/6/09]
- Van Tran filed to run for the 35th State Senate District in 2012. [CA Secretary of State, Form 410, filed 7/07/09]
- Tran had been recruited heavily by GOP leaders in Washington. [Orange County Register, 5/6/09]
- â€œIâ€™ve been working on recruitment, and this is one of the top people Iâ€™ve gone after since the very beginning,â€ said McCarthy, who served in the state Assembly with Tran. â€œTran transcends Republican politics, and he will be able to reach out to independents and moderate Democrats.â€ [Politico, 4/28/09]
- Tran is a Young Gun. [NRCC Young Guns site, accessed 10/19/09]