Former state senator Lou Correa was the overwhelming choice of Democrats in the 46th for the DPOC party endorsement at a poorly-attended meeting at the Teamster’s Hall in Orange Saturday morning; 32 votes were cast. Correa got 30. There were two votes for no endorsement and Garden Grove Mayor and CD-46 candidate Bao Nguyen didn’t land a single vote. All this in front of about 10 people. No speeches. No pomp. No frills.
So, what I think is against Nguyen’s better judgment, here is a fundraising note sent to supporters this morning that ties Correa to current Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who endorsed Correa on Friday, as a *Republican?!?* This fantasy-stretch to make Loretta “right wing” stems from recent endorsements Sanchez has received from some Republicans — including Anaheim’s Curt Pringle and conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt — in her bid for US Senate. Because many Republicans don’t want to blank this race do have a choice between two Democrats and just might choose to support Sanchez, the only candidate in that race with an established track record of working across the aisle.
Frankly, this is a dumb move. And one not easily forgotten.
Here’s Bao’s letter for supporters received this morning:
You should know that our district’s incumbent, the Republican-endorsed 10 term Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, has endorsed my opponent. What this means is that our campaign’s message is resonating with the working families of Orange County.
It means that the political establishment sees our campaign as a threat to the same old politics-as-usual in Washington that has left our community here in Orange County behind. That’s why dark money and special interests like real estate developers, political hacks, and insiders have rallied behind my opponent.
We’ve had incredible support from community leaders and volunteers who are sick and tired of being ignored, and that is why we need to come together to make sure that a grassroots candidate will represent us.
Today, I’m counting on you join us.
Can we count on your support?
Mayor of Garden Grove
Candidate for CA-46
This prompts one to look at those who are backing Bao’s candidacy. According to recent campaign finance documents, Bao has received 233 contributions from 171 contributors. Less than 25% of this money came from interests inside CD-46. Of the $152,861 raised, $114,146 is money from outside the district and from contributors with some interesting backgrounds.
- David Duong, owner of CA Waste Solutions (trash/disposal)1- $2,700
- Efrain Davalos, CA Fuels & Lubricants owner , $2,700 9/21/15 and $2,700 6/30/16 (Davalos owns a collections agency and two repossession companies)
- Tam Nguyen, ARCO/BP owner, $1,500 9/28/15
- Maryanne Carlson, Citibank Director / Senior Counsel, $250 9/30/15 (would Bernie approve?)
- Yechiel Kessler, UBS Wealth Management, $2,200, 4/22/16 (UBS recently pled guilty to a variety of financial crimes in the US and has been fined over $4 billion for tax fraud, currency manipulation, securities fraud and illegal financial trading with Iran and Libya).
- Vivian Pham, Wells Fargo Community Dev Officer, $325 9/25/15, 5/27/16
- Ryan Harlow, VP Sales, Merrill Lynch / BofA, $500 11/15/15
And there’s a number of contributions from Marijuana connected firms that’s not that necessary to share.
Given that Bao was the first notable OC Democratic-elected to come out for Senator Bernie Sanders (who still isn’t a Democrat BTW), one would think taking money from folks with ties to Big Banks would contradict Bao’s own railing against Real Estate interests. It underscores the fact candidates don’t have to accept donations from anyone who wants to give them money. But it’s tough to rail against establishment interests while accepting establishment money.