There was no election for DPOC Central Committee members in AD-72 last June; six seats open and only six candidates running, so one of those elected/appointed was Vong Nguyen, who is also a candidate for a seat on the Coast Community College Board.
Last week, citing poor support from Democrats for his race, Nguyen re-registered as a Republican and sought the endorsement of the OC GOP; he’s running against fellow Democrat Jerry Patterson. While he did reach of to Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen, its not clear that he did so to the Democrats throughout Orange County.Nguyen is a teacher and a young man; he says he’s not a politician and really cares about education and felt making the Party registration change to the Party that abhors education was to attract the support of constituents who are largely Republican.
Nguyen described himself as a “progressive Republican,” which is bound to go over so well with the OC GOP. He doesn’t support Donald Trump, wants the Department of Education to stick around and yet joined the Party that’s determined to undermine education in California and the nation. He struggled to give rationales for leaving the Democratic Party for the Republicans while maintaining he’s not a Party politician.
For those wondering, Nguyen hasn’t gotten around to formally resigning the DPOC Central Committee seat yet. But he plans to which means for some lucky candidate in AD-72, there’s an open seat on the DPOC Central Committee waiting for you. Nguyen told TheLiberalOC he has no designs on higher office and plans to continue the online doctoral program from John Hopkins University while remaining a special education teacher.
It will be interesting to see if Nguyen’s strategy pays off in November.