Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen has filed papers to run for Congress in what will be Loretta Sanchez’s seat in CD-46 according to stories in the OC Register and Anaheim Blog; Nguyen doesn’t live in the district and has been Garden Grove Mayor for about nine months. Nguyen hasn’t made a formal announcement, but has formed a congressional campaign committee on July 21 and filed with the FEC on July 29.
Former State Senator Joe Dunn filed papers for his first campaign in 10 years earlier this week and also resigned from the Board of Directors for the Voice of OC. Anaheim Council member Jordan Brandman and former State Senator Lou Correa also have launched campaigns for Congress. Irvine council member Lynn Schott, a Tea Party Republican, has a campaign committee which she has loaned $900 but raised no funds, is the only Republican in the race. Schott and Nguyen don’t live in the district.
District registration favors Democrats, but you’d be challenged to call it “Liberal” with portions of Anaheim and Orange that lean right with Santa Ana that is decidedly Democratic. Sanchez is a leader of the Blue Dog Democrats, a decidedly moderate Democratic voting bloc in Congress. And her Congressional voting record reflects the politics of her district. The key for the eventual top two is getting the vote out for a June primary in Santa Ana which had notoriously low turnout for the June 2012 primary as well as the November 2014 mid-terms and the January special election for First District supervisor. For Lynn Schott, she’s get all the votes of those in the district who automatically vote for any Republican, but she’d be crushed in November by any Democratic challenger especially when her vote to repeal Irvine’s Living Wage comes up.
As far as the tape recording of Bao Nguyen speaking with a Garden Grove police officer, meh. He used an expletive to describe Council member Phat Bui that is completely accurate in our opinion. Next issue please.