Mud Starts to Fly in CD-46


Now that February has begun and the DPOC pre-convention caucus meeting is over, the first official mudball in the race to replace Loretta Sanchez in Congress has been thrown.  But first the caucus results:  Lou Correa edged Joe Dunn 17-15 with 9 no endorsement votes and not a single endorsement cast for Bao Nguyen, who was too ill to attend the meeting and had campaign surrogate Jeff LeTourneau make the case for the candidate “who most looks like what the party will become.” So no endorsement for anyone.  Paul Lucas, who is a candidate for the DPOC Central Committee in AD-68, tried to grab a ballot to cast a vote in this race by was denied by Florice Hoffman and Nick Anas because Lucas isn’t a delegate.

And while Nguyen couldn’t make it to the DPOC HQ on Saturday, it didn’t stop him from tweeting negative stories about former State Senator Joe Dunn on Saturday.  Dunn and Nguyen are battling for the title of “most progressive” in the race.  Nguyen posted a story in The Recorder that was critical of foreign travel made by Dunn when the former Senator was the CEO of the California State Bar.  Nguyen also posted a tweet from November 2014 from San Francisco Chronicle reporter Emily Green that said “Fired State Bar Director Joe Dunn untrustworthy and repeatedly misled Bar trustees, according to confidential memo. I have the exclusive.”  Re-tweeting a more than year old Tweet means Bao’s digging for dirt.

Nguyen tweeted: “Just got off the phone w/ someone relaying a message from Joe Dunn that I better take down my RT or else… If…

We contacted Carina Franck Pantone of the Dunn campaign about Nguyen’s charge and she told us it was “totally untrue.”

Dunn was terminated by the California State Bar in 2014 after having served as the organization’s CEO.  There are two sides to every story and there’s plenty to read about the reasons why by doing a simple search.  The Recorder, which developed the photo the leads this post, has a lengthy story detailing foreign travel by Dunn and others on behalf of the California Bar and registration is required at the link above and below.
Read more:  The story suggests Bar funds were misused; Dunn’s camp would most certainly dispute it.

The timing of these negative tweets of a candidate too sick to ask the local party for an endorsement in person is certainly interesting; but the first mud ball has been thrown.


  5 comments for “Mud Starts to Fly in CD-46

  1. Commenting Gnome
    February 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Let the games begin! BTW, check out the spin job, or outright lying by Greg Diamond AKA Pandaman on the fundraising numbers. Seriously how can one raise $113,000 the entire year but 131,000 in the quarter. Common Core Math?

    • Criminal Mind
      February 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Another pertinent question, why is Joe Dunn knowingly associating himself with a convicted felon who was found with a LOADED WEAPON and CRYSTAL METH. I know I know, he told the cops it wasn’t his, that it was a “friend’s.”

    • February 2, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Greg has doubled down and posted the full reports as “proof.” But all it proves is he can’t read a form. Big Blue Line says “FINANCIAL SUMMARY – 2015 YEAR-END” and the line immediately below says From: 10/1/2015 To: 12/31/2015. He’s still reporting Q3 numbers has Q4 and hasn’t corrected the error. Let’s see how long they take to fix the mistake.

  2. junior
    February 1, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    “Paul Lucas, who is a candidate for the DPOC Central Committee in AD-68, tried to grab a ballot to cast a vote in this race by was denied by Florice Hoffman and Nick Anas because Lucas isn’t a delegate.”

    Who would Lucas have voted for I wonder.

    • February 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      I’m pretty sure he hates Lou. So either Joe or Bao? I did watch Paul try to do this and Florice and Nick tell him he couldn’t vote because he’s not a delegate.

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