On Monday, Community College District trustee Jose Solorio challenged his opponent for State Senate, Supervisor Janet Nguyen, to “return contributions with connections to possible corrupt activities.”
In a campaign press release Solorio states:
Supervisor Janet Nguyen, 1st District, has received campaign contributions from Kevin Khanh Tuan Do, owner of Do Construction and Design, Inc., who was arrested in August 2013 for loan-sharking and bribing a Westminster police officer, Anthony Duong Donner. Do reportedly made a loan to a small business owner and used Donner to enforce the payments. Donner, while in uniform and on duty, frequented the victim’s place of business to intimidate her and enforce payments, in exchange for free rent at Do’s residence.
Solorio’s call for the return of contributions follows a report in OC Weekly, “Little Saigon Politicians Linked To Alleged Police-Tied Loan Sharking Operation.”
The release continues:
Additionally, Andrew Tran, who built an apartment complex in Midway City (in Nguyen’s Supervisorial District), used Do Construction and Design, Inc., for the construction work. The permits for construction were approved by the OC Planning Commission on August 10, 2011. Before and after that time period, Supervisor Nguyen received contributions from both Tran and Do’s construction company, therefore creating what some might call a “pay to play” situation.
“I call upon Janet Nguyen to maintain the integrity of the race for State Senate by immediately returning the tainted campaign contributions she received from Do’s construction company and Tran. Still in the shadow of reported investigations from the FBI and state’s Fair Political Practices Commission, Janet should do herself and the community a favor by giving back the contributions,” said Solorio.
This appears to be the first volley of attack on Nguyen’s ethics by Solorio since her significant victory over him in the June primary election.