Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Van Tran vs. Quang Pham for US Congress

A lot of spin on the fund raising successes and failures of the two candidates.  Ultimately, the key number is cash on hand to spend.   Right  now cash on hand for Quang Pham, the ex-marine pilot, a successful author and businessman is $246,777.  For Van Tran, an incumbent assemblyman, his cash on hand  is $314,798.

The difference is only $68,021.   Last quarter, Van Tran spent $67,444 while Quang Pham spent only $26,000.

A look at Van Tran's supporter list showed that he has more Vietnamese Americans  from San Jose donated money to him than his own base  in Orange County.  

For somebody who is considered to be the "Godfather" of Vietnamese-American politics in Orange County, his hometown and base, Van Tran's situation is puzzling.  And this is a race that County Supervisor Chairwoman Janet Nguyen has not even showed her hand who she is supporting.

What is the sentiment within the Vietnamese-American community in OC?   Van Tran will need to have a strong fund raising event in Little Saigon.  This is something he has been hesitated to do since he does not want to have a no show. 

There are about 18,000 Vietnamese-American registered voters in the contested district.  Chances are there will be 9,000 to 10,000 Vietnamese-American voters going to the poll.    Right now Van Tran cannot seem to capture their attention yet, despite having all the big name media like Nguoi Viet, Viet Bao, Viet Star, etc... behind him.   And of course, Van Tran and his group have their own radio show to blast their propaganda everyday.


Big said...

John or Linh
No wonder Pham didn't spend any thing because he has NO operations. You can sleep at home and wish voters cast their ballots on you. That ain't happen.
Btw, Pham put in $212,500 of his own money. But wil he use it or he will chicken out.
The bottom line is no voter contact then NO VOTE.

Anonymous said...

Little Saigon has been buzzing with news in the media about Janet Nguyen taking Quang Pham to public events in the last 2 months. Now that is an interesting turn of event that has not gone unnoticed by political pundits in Little Saigon.

This race has a lot of leg before the primary.

gorskys.comedy said...

This Van Tran guy keeps spamming me. I don't even live in the USA, but he insists on emailling me his election updates. His unsubsribe link doesn't work. I tried about 10 times. He doesn't respond to his "contact form" on his website.. I wrote about 5 times. He doesn't respond to twitter. Van Tran is a spammer and a pest.

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