Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Minh Duong and Patrick Phu Le Gathering Support from the Community

It was a busy weekend for candidates Patrick Phu Le and Minh Duong.  Minh Duong - -  was at the Santa Clara Republican Party Convention and mingled with party's leaders.  He was appointed to be the chairperson of the Vietnamese-American Republican Party Committee of Santa Clara County. 

On the hand,  Patrick Phu Le - -  had his fund raising at Grand Fortune Restaurant with about 150 people in attendance.  His main supporters at the event were from the group called Vietnamese-American Community of Northern California (VACNORCAL).   This is the group that currently in legal battle with the San Jose City over whether Councilmember Madison Nguyen violated the Brown Act. 

The campaign is getting heated with many behind the scene deal making, arguments and the typical posturing
between candidates.   It is now clear the Vietnamese-American community is divided into three camps: 

1.  With the help of the Recall Team, the people who were motivated to vote in the recall against Madison Nguyen are lining up behind Minh Duong

2.  The VACNORCAL group is behind Patrick Phu Le.   This group is mostly made up of older folks who are in constant turmoil with their attacks on each other to determine who are more anti-communist than the others. 

3.  David Duong (the owner of California Waste Solutions) and his friends of wealthy businessmen are behind Madison Nguyen.  The majority of them don't live in San Jose but they have the money and the influence to get the votes for Madison Nguyen.   David Duong (center) in 2008 received recognition by the Mayor of Ho Chi Minh City for his business work in Vietnam. 

The other Vietnamese-American candidate, Viet Nguyen, 29, has not began his campaign yet.   He is considered by the community to be a pretender and more or less a fame seeker.

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