San Jose is a town that tends to be controlled politcally by South Bay Labor Council and those who oppose them would tend to pay the consequences. The message is loud and clear to District 5 candidate Magdalena Carrasco this week as she is heading toward the home stretch against South Bay Labor Council's candidate Xavier Campos.
Just a little background, Xavier is the little brother of Nora Campos, the termed-out D5 councilmember. Of course Nora Campos along with Madison Nguyen are little sisters of Cindy Chavez when it comes to politically pecking order and patronage. And Cindy Chavez is the head of Labor Council and they both have been known for infamous political hit piece and dirty political tactics.
Vietnamese-American voters in D5 this week received a flyer from what appeared to be from Magdalena Carrasco's campaign. It was very poorly done both on graphics and contents. But the main emphasis was a Vietnamese Communist Flag positioned next to Carrasco. Representing about 10% of the votes in D5 and in what expects to be a closely contested race, the flyer was clearly designed to hurt Carrasco with the Vietnamese-American voters by associating her with the communist government. The communist flag is considered to be offensive within the Vietnamese-American community
Thomas Nguyen, a community leader, first took notice of the flyer and alerted the Carrasco's campaign. Magdalena Carrasco emphatically said that the flyer was not from her campaign. Whoever it is definitely knew what they were doing and is smart enough not to send the flyer in bulk mail so that it would not be traceable. They simply put a standard $0.44 stamp on each flyer.