…unless he’s caught.
On February 2, Chris Prevatt and I attended a reception at Senator Lou Correa’s office. We spotted Clerk Recorder candidate Hugh Nguyen and introduced ourselves. Then, we asked him several questions about his campaign, all of which were on the record. One of the topics that had come up was Nguyen’s advertisement on the OrangeJuice blog run by Art Pedroza. Nguyen told Prevatt and I that his campaign manager had asked editor Art Pedroza repeatedly to remove the ad. He emphasized that he never asked for the ad and never paid for it. This was also the same meeting where Hugh Nguyen told us that he would reconsider his options regarding his race for Clerk-Recorder if Daly chose to run again for that office. Nguyen apparently told Orange Juice blogger Sean Mill the he did not make any such statement to us. Yet, later the same day he confirmed to Prevatt that we had heard him correctly, and he was indeed taking the next few days to reconsider his options and would let his supporters know his decision in a few days. Less than 18 hours later, Nguyen told the California Republican Assembly that he was “in the race to win.”
This past Monday, during a very heated email exchange that sometimes happens with competitive bloggers, I threw Nguyen’s claim out at Art Pedroza and his co-blogger Sean Mill. They claimed Hugh told us a “white lie” and that he had never asked them to remove the ad.
Red County blogger and Republican Central Committee member Thomas Gordon attended the the OC-GOP endorsement meeting Monday night. Gordon was part of the email string and got the note about the “white lie” told by Nguyen to me while he was at that meeting. When he asked Nguyen about the email claims, Nguyen admitted that he and his campaign manager had not asked to have the ad removed.
Based upon this information, I felt compelled to check out the discrepency.
I spoke with Nguyen late Tuesday morning about the differences in his story, and he confirmed Gordon’s version.
“We found out about the ad. We didn’t ask for it. We didn’t pay for it. My campaign manager decided we should just leave it be,” he said.
When I asked him why told told me something completely different to my face last month, Nguyen said he “didn’t want to get in the middle of it between two blogs.” I assured him this wasn’t the case because, as a Republican, I doubt our readers would support Mr. Nguyen’s candidacy even if he is running for a non-partisan office. I told him this isn’t about him advertising on our site and it’s not. I also assured him I didn’t care where he advertised. When I asked him why he wasn’t truthful with me from the start, Mr. Nguyen went back to the “I didn’t ask for the ad and I didn’t pay for it and I don’t want to get in the middle of it” mantra.
Mr. Nguyen is running for an office that maintains the integrity of vital records from birth certificates to marriage licenses to deeds and bills of sale. Since proclaiming he’s “in it to win it,” Mr. Nguyen has demonstrated an inability to read a budget, used a ballot designation that misrepresents his county position making it seem he works in the Clerk Recorder’s office, and — to be blunt– lied in response to a direct question to both Chris Prevatt and myself.
Might I suggest to Mr. Nguyen that its a lot easier to tell the truth and much harder to remember which version of the lie told.
This revelation of his lack of truthiness could not have come at a more inopportune time for Mr. Nguyen. Despite being the sole Republican running for the non-partisan Clerk Recorder’s office, the proposed endorsement of Mr. Nguyen by the Republican Central Committee was blocked and he failed to receive the endorsement from his own party.
This week seems to have gotten off to a bad start for Hugh.