Hugh Nguyen seems to have a problem telling the truth

Hugh Nguyen

…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.

  4 comments for “Hugh Nguyen seems to have a problem telling the truth

  1. Jo
    March 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Democratic Congressman Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa who were both either undecided on Obamacare or against it are now going to vote Yes, how sickening. Due to their area being desperate for jobs and water they are going to vote Yes on the destruction of the United States and our Constitution. Now they are for ObamaCare because only now will the water be turned on for farmers in their jurisdiction. This is disgusting, being held hostage to Chicago mafia like arm twisting. Don Correlone would be so glad an offer was made they could not refuse. Now, Dennis Kucinich will also vote for this unconstitutional bill ever since he rode on Air Force One, did he sight any UFOs which changed his mind? California, you should be proud of your two congressman selling out the nation, but just remember what the government giveth it can also take away. When the water gets turned off again what will be your bargaining chip? 73% of Americans want this bill to be scrapped, 46.3 % Of MDs may quit if this bill passes. Tort reform will not be considered because of all the bigwig lawyer donors to progressive causes. What is the plan for no doctors? Are you going to force them into servitude and draft them? Andy Stern is an evil human being, highjacking the country along with the wicked witch of the west and east joining forces to use “deeming” to pass this bill. Why is it that this bill can’t pass on its own merit and is being force fed through cajoling and corrupt wheeling and dealing? When Obama declares himself dictator will he decide who gets food and water? Will you be ever so happy in a dictatorial utopia that he and his minions created?

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    March 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Jo — what does any of this have to do with my post about Hugh Nguyen lying to my face?

    What’s YOUR solution to healthcare reform Jo? Do nothing and watch premiums make up 24 percent of household income by 2020 with less care.

  3. Jo
    March 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Obamacare is about power and control, not healthcare. Obama is lying to my face.

    The cost of healthcare is due to various reasons, including many current government regulations, some of which are ridiculous, time consuming and costly. High costs are to be expected as technology improves and tends to level off once that technology is commonly used and accepted. Trauma care due to gang violence sucks money out of the system and is paid for by those with insurance. Perhaps preventing gang violence should be a progressive cause.

    Solutions include:

    Congress, President, Government workers being subjected to same rules as average citizens, tort reform, allow free market insurance across state lines, including self directed plans, comprehensive and catastrophic plans as well as HSAs, allow for large group negotiations of pharmaceuticals, remove the responsiility of health insurance from employers and put responsibility on the individual, allow for tax credits or rebates for each individual purchasing health insurance, subsidize poor as needed based on income, publicize cost of services, weed out fraud and abuse in Medicaid and Medicare, learn how to do it from the private insurance sector

    Prevent passage of the McCain /Dorgan bill which is trying to eliminate the free market use of nutraceuticals and vitamins ( Why is Pot ok and B12 not?)

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    March 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Apples and Oranges Jo. Comment on future healthcare posts. This post is about an Orange County election. Stick to the topic.

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