Remember that poll in the CD-46 race issued by Lou Correa’s campaign? The one that showed the former State Senator well ahead of all other challengers for Loretta Sanchez’s congressional seat (including the 2014 losing Republican candidate)? And remember how our friends at the OrangeJuice blog offered a long, hard and largely unreadable explanation of why it was “bull” and was really “a desperate fundraising stunt?”
Well, CD-46 candidate and Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen is using his status in this poll to tout himself as the leading Progressive candidate in the race for an end-of-the-year fundraising pitch for his own campaign. Is it brilliant? is it stupid? Is it cheap? Is it thrifty? Depends on who you ask.
Here’s his letter, emailed to supporters last week:
We sent a note to Mayor Nguyen asking which poll this was, thinking Mayor Nguyen had commissioned his own. Sources confirmed Nguyen used Correa’s poll.
If the poll was a “desperate fundraising stunt” by Correa, doesn’t this logic apply to Nguyen’s campaign as well? To borrow a line from the guys with too much time on their hands at the OJ Blog, “See what I just did there? I just did a poll!” The Mayor hasn’t gotten back to us on which poll demonstrated his progressive leadership status.
Nguyen’s 8% showing in Correa’s poll suggests he, and not former State Senator Joe Dunn (who came in at 5%), is the best hope for progressives in CD-46 and tries to brand Correa has Democratic yet not progressive. To have to admire Nguyen for using another candidate’s, allegedly flawed, poll for a “desperate fundraising stunt.” He saves money by not having to do his own. But in using Correa’s poll, Nguyen lends credibility to it.
The CD-46 race will be fascinating to watch as we get closer to the June primary.