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… http://fb.me/48GpQ9AnW
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: http://www.therecorder.com/id=1202747800688/Joe-Dunn-Bar-Officials-Spent-Freely-on-Foreign-Travel#ixzz3yw6zufBB. 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.