Showing posts from March 14, 2010

Van Tran, Quang Pham, Tan Nguyen, Katherine Smith and the D47 Congressional Race

Two weeks after Quang Pham suspended his congressional campaign, there are still a lot of questions unanswered.  Within the Vietnamese-American community, he seemed to be on a roll with Van Tran on the defensive.  It was so bad that Van Tran did neither file nor gather the necessary signatures for the election until the last minute.  He only pulled the paper after Quang Pham decided to pull out of the race one week before the filing deadline.

It turned out they both received similar polling results.  The latest poll showed that if Quang Pham and Van Tran were running against each other, Katherine Smith would win by about 20%.   A Republican primary in June would have on a high side about 20,000 to 22,000 voters turn-out.   The Vietnamese-American voters would make up about 1/3 of the total votes due to the excitement of having two Vietnamese-American candidates.

Quang Pham would have a very good chance of beating Van Tran if it was a 2-man race.  However, with Katherine Smith in the …

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…