Irvine Republican Mayoral candidate Gang Chen (pronounced that “Gong” or find “Gary Chen” on Facebook) has filed a formal Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) complaint against TheLiberalOC and Irvine Community News & Views but his target is Democratic candidate for Mayor, Mary Ann Gaido. Chen’s complaint is TheLiberalOC and ICNV are that we are providing “free” resources to Gaido.
I received the email from the FPPC Wednesday afternoon. Once I realized it was a legitimate email from the FPPC and what Chen was complaining about, I laughed hard for a solid two minutes. The kind of laughter where you are unable to speak and almost pass out from a lack of oxygen.
The complaint itself is another example of Chen’s poor understanding of how political campaigns work and how news media functions.
The complaint against TheLiberalOC suggests we have violated the FPPC’s campaign disclosure provisions. But the FPPC will get back to us in two weeks with a decision (there are hard cases and there are easy cases; this is an easy case).
Chen’s email to the FPPC goes like this (all typos carefully republished):
I’d like to file a complaint against:
Mary Ann Gaido, a candidate for the Mayor of Irvine, CA
- “Irvine Community News and (a political mailer that disguised as “newspaper” and an online news blog) that provides free resources to Mary Ann Gaido.
- “Liberal OC” an online blog that provide free resources to Mary Ann Gaido.
I’ll skip his beef with ICNV and go right to his complaint against TheLiberalOC:
“Liberal OC” also attacked me many times including:
- Anti-Vet’s Cemetery Advocate Gang Chen Launches Bid for Irvine Mayor (with a link to the story).
I think it is not fair for Mary Ann Gaido to get all these free promotions without properly reporting them to FPPC or disclose them to the voters. I’ll like to formally file a complaint and have FPPC investigate Mary Ann Gaido, Irvine Community News and Views and “Liberal OC” to find out if they have complied with all codes and regulations, and if they have properly disclosed to the voters and report these promotions to the FPPC.
Gang Chen, Publisher/Bestselling Author (GreenExamEducation.com)
Architect, LEED AP BD+C. Real Estate Broker (Gang Chen.ListingBook.com, BRE# 01232392)
And I thought Orly Taitz had a complex background of lawyer/dentist/real estate agent/shunned Gabor sister….. but can she sing?
This complaint is yet another example of Mr. Chen’s … cluelessness about the political process and how the press works. TheLiberalOC is a partisan blog; I’m going to write about Liberals, Progressives and Democrats in a favorable light and Conservative Republicans in a not so favorable light. Duh. And I’ll write about clueless, dumb and politically-naïve politicians like Mr. Chen too.
If Mr. Chen wants a favorable mention on this blog, he can purchase an Advertisement; once the check clears, up it goes. If he wants a friend here, I suggest he buy a dog. This way someone will be glad to see him when he comes home from walking neighborhoods. Meanwhile, I’m scrolling through iTunes for Gang Chen’s cover of “American Idiot.” Bet it’s a hit.