About a year ago I wrote about a simple question that I had for Assemblyman Van Tran. We still haven’t heard back. The audio from the DUI investigation and sobriety check of Westminster Councilman Andy Quach has resurfaced. Late last week I followed up with Van Tran’s campaign manager George Andrews to see if I could finally get and answer.
Yesterday, Norberto Santana, Jr. of the Voice of Orange County wrote a story Controversy Surrounds a Now-Silent Little Saigon Radio Show that reported on a radio show on Vietnamese language radio that has gone slient because of a mysterious requirement allegedly imposed on all program producers preventing criticism of individuals or public officials. If I didn’t know better, I would think we were somewhere in communist Vietnam., or maybey just the cahmbers of the Santa Ana City Council (snark). Santana reports:
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Assemblyman Van Tran faced off tonight in two half-hour debates taped at the KOCE studios in Huntington Beach. The first of the debates aired on KOCE and the OC Channel Wednesday night and the second will air tomorrow in the Real Orange time slot and will be rebroadcast several times on the local Orange County public broadcating station. The Sanchez campaign sent out the following statement after the first debate was aired.
â€œI look forward to having a spirited discussion about the important issues facing our community â€“ our local residents deserve nothing less,â€ said Congresswoman Sanchez. â€œOrange County families need a leader who isnâ€™t afraid to tackle the tough issues. Iâ€™m more than ready to discuss my fight to create good-paying jobs, strengthen the middle class, and revitalize Californiaâ€™s economy.â€
“Only we [Vietnamese] can have sympathy and only us [Vietnamese] can understand our concerns. Only we [Vietnamese] will truly care, protect the true interests of the Vietnamese community in many all areas such as economic and social security that we have not long had a voice in the U.S. legislative process.”
â€œSmall businesses are the engine of our economy, creating two-thirds of the new jobs over the last 15 years,â€ said Rep. Sanchez, who is a member of the bipartisan Joint Economic Committee. â€œThese firms depend on access to capital to grow and thrive, but canâ€™t get the financing they need due to tight lending standards. This bill will help deliver the funding small businesses need to expand and create jobs in Orange County.â€
â€œVan Tran wants to represent Orange County families in Washington, but he canâ€™t even give a clear answer to a straightforward policy question,â€ said Jessica Mejia, the campaign manager for Rep. Sanchezâ€™s campaign. â€œOrange County families deserve a leader who can give direct answers to tough questions â€“ especially something as critical and straightforward as immigration reform.â€