Doh!-vinh, Arrives late to the party. No Endorsement

Joseph "Homer" Doh!-vinh

Poor Joseph Dovinh, our wanabe candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the 68th Assembly seat just can’t seem to catch a break. Saturday morning the Democratic Party delegates held their pre-endorsement caucus for local legislative offices.  The results of these caucuses are used to determine the party endorsement which will take place at the state convention in April.

Dovinh and Phu Nguyen were up for consideration.  Candidates were given the opportunity to speak prior to the vote on the endorsement. Unfortunately, Mr. Dovinh showed up late; after the pre endorsement speaches, and after the vote. Phu Nguyen received a unanimous endorsement of the delegates. As a result of this vote, Phu’s name will be on the consent calendar and he will receive the state party’s official endorsement at the convention.

When Dovinh showed up he was allowed the opportunity to speak, however the rules prevented the vote from being done over again. Before Mr. Dovinh spoke, Regional Director Steve Young reminded all speakers to not step on the IBEW seal in front of the podium as a measure of respect for the union whose facility was being used for the caucus. When Mr. Dovinh got up to speak, he stood in the middle of the seal to deliver his remarks.

I guess he listens about as well as he can tell time. Doh!

Phu and his son Christopher. Photo: Phu Nguyen for Assembly

“I am very honored to receive this level of support from the party faithful,” said 68th AD candidate Phu Nguyen. “These grass roots people are in the trenches working hard making a difference in the 68th communities. Every day when I walk the precincts, I hear from ordinary Americans, folks who have given this country their all, who tell me that they are very concerned about the economy, about sustainable jobs, about access to health care, and about finding resources for our public schools. The delegates who voted this morning know that I am with them on these issues and that I will be the voice of the good people of the 68th when I win in November.”

Phu is endorsed by local Democratic leaders including Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, State Senator Lou Corea, and Assemblymember Jose Solorio; city council members Katrina Foley, Pam Keller, Sharon Quirk, and former mayor Gus Ayer; educational leaders including community college and k-12 school trustees Lorraine Prinsky, Jim Moreno, Len Lahtinen, Mike Matsuda, KimOanh Nguyen-Lam, Jordan Brandman, Jose Moreno, and Sergio Contreras.  See for a complete list of endorsements.

In the other contested Assembly contest for the 70th district nomination Melissa Fox came in ahead of Mike Glover.

  9 comments for “Doh!-vinh, Arrives late to the party. No Endorsement

  1. Slatemag
    March 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Good for Mr Dovinh because he showed his independence in stepping on the union seal. Is this as sacred
    as our flag? Absolutely not.

    • Howard be my name
      March 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      If I had something in my house that was important to me, and I asked you not to touch it, would you touch it because you believed it was “not sacred?”

      You would do so only if you are a jerk.

      It’s not about something being sacred, it’s about respecting the wishes of your host.

  2. 68th Resident
    March 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Up until a year ago, Dovinh was a Republican and worked with his good friend, Van Tran, to elect McCain/Palin in 2008. How can this guy even have the nerve to challenge a life-long Democrat and organizer of a pro-Obama rally in the 68th?

  3. Slatemag
    March 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Was Mr Phew Nguyen a 69th resident just prior to his announcement to run in the 68th district?

    • 68th Resident
      March 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      I don’t know about that but if true, when Lorri G., Harry S., Van T., Linda A., Quang P. all have residency issues, isn’t the real question about who really understands the communities and will best represent the district? Prior to dropping out of his congresional bid, folks knew that QX Pham did not live in the 47th but many would argue that he knows the district and would have represented it well. Although I wasn’t one of those enamored of Quang, I think residency is growing into a non-issue, mainly because so many politicians on both sides of the aisle move around to deal with term limits. Regarding stepping on the union seal, I think it was very disrespectful, considering he was asked not to but did it anyway. The union seal is not the American flag but as Howard said, it’s not his house and he shouldn’t purposely be putting his dirty shoes on an important symbol. This guy is really a piece of work. The Dems were wise to go with Phu 100%.

  4. Slatemag
    March 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Mr 68th resident
    You should check with Mr Phew Nguyen about his residency. BTW, the federal requirement is quite different than our state requirement, isn’t it? The Dems may not be wise to support a carpet bagger, who hid the fact and lied about it.

  5. Joe Dovinh
    March 22, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Dear Bloggers,

    Once again, Mr. Chris Prevatt maliciously distorted the truth. Having arrived late, I was not privy to any admonishment (not to step on the Union seal) and simply went to the front of the room to speak like other speakers who also stepped on the Seal by accident. In this regard, the organizers have as much to blame since it was their set-up that put the speakers at a quandary and the Seal at risk of disrespect. I believe that my speech (and others’) were videotaped. I would ask that whoever was recording, please have the courage to post the videos unedited for all to see.

    As for the Candidate Endorsement Application, I received it at my resident address on March 12th– the same date of the deadline. The envelope from the California Democratic Party, mailed from Sacramento, was postmarked March 10th, 2010. I will be writing to the California Democratic Party to inquire if it is their usual practice to mail out the Candidate Endorsement Application so that the candidates would receive them on the deadline date? It didn’t help that Mr. Steve Young (the Convener) never answered my email requesting his assistance prior to the Pre-Endorsement date. He also failed to answer my phone call at 8:58am intent on informing him that I would be a few minutes late due to a navigation error, which resulted in my being denied to put in an application.

    That having been said, I wish to congratulate candidate Phu Nguyen on his endorsement. But given the fact that I was denied the chance to put in an application at the last minute, I wonder what the real vote would have been had my name been on the ballot? Still, it was very generous of the OC Democratic Central Committee to permit me to speak and I sincerely thank them for their audience. I pledge to work even harder to earn their votes and the endorsements of the people of the 68th District in the upcoming Primary and General Elections.

    Lastly, I would ask that Mr. Chris Prevatt show some common decency and refrain from making a pun of my last name. I don’t believe any of you would appreciate having your name mangled and made fun of because it has its origins in a different culture. On the other hand, I would like to thank Mr. Chris Prevatt and The Liberal OC for affording me this opportunity to rebut his mistaken assumptions.

    Joe Dovinh
    (714) 548-8289

  6. Slatemag
    March 22, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Mr Dovinh
    I really like your professionalism instead of Chris’ childish behavior. He loves to coronate Phu Nguyen, a carpet bagger from 69th district.

  7. Jim Benson
    March 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I have moved several times in my life, so I guess I have to join the carpetbagger party now. Everybody that ever moved is a member to, I bet we have a hugh majority.

    Hey is there a website yet?

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