Thursday, June 5, 2014

Madison Nguyen and Her Toxic Endorsement

LSI learned that Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen was quite eager to offer her endorsement to the second place finisher of the recent San Jose mayoral race.   However, the offer was politely turn down for now.

It just happens that Councilmember Sam Liccardo is an astute student of political history.   He knows how Nguyen's endorsement of Teresa Alvarado  in last year Santa Clara County supervisorial race riled up  the Vietnamese-American voters and they turned out to vote in drove and gave the now Supervisor Cindy Chavez the necessary vote difference.  

A lot of people in the Vietnamese-American community felt bad for Teresa for she is a nice and decent person.  What did her in was her naivete to the sentiment of the  Vietnamese-American community.   Blanca Alvarado (the a well respected former supervisor of the same seat) sensed her daughter mistake and in the end was personally asking the Vietnamese-American leaders to help her daughter.   But it was too late and Nguyen's polarizing reputation damaged the campaign to a point that the Alvarado staff could not attract Vietnamese callers and walkers to help with their race (despite the fact that they offered $10/hour for the service). 

This week election for mayor and city council,  Buu Thai was another candidate as the unfortunate recipient of Nguyen's endorsement.  On the surface, with strong name recognition in D7 for her work in the last 8 years as a school board trustee and Nguyen throwing her weight behind her,  the conventional wisdom was that she would at least come in second place.  In reality, she was dead last. 

Liccardo knows that this will be a tight race and he is fighting an uphill battle against Dave Cortese.  He does not need another reason to motivate the Vietnamese-American voters to support  Cortese.  But on the other hand,  Nguyen can be a very persuasive and in the upcoming mailer,  there might be a picture of Liccardo and Nguyen together urging the Vietnamese-American voters to vote for him.



Anonymous said...

Now that the election is over, I think the Vietnamese Community should take the time to heal instead of continuing toxic attacks and misinformation. I know for a fact that Madison Nguyen has not endorsed anyone for Mayor yet - Liccardo or otherwise. If you have proof that will dispute what I have said, then please provide it. Otherwise I think that publishing this kind of misinformation is a disservice to both Vice Mayor Nguyen and Councilperson Licarrado

Martha Maire O'Connell said...

As a European American who supported Vice Mayor Nguyen, I am frankly appalled by the amount of vitriol that is being displayed on this website as well as Facebook again Madison. This kind of behavior really gives the entire Vietnamese community a bad name. Lies, undocumented allegations, cruel and personal attacks. Give it a rest, folks. I even heard of an online comment that Madison was “whoring around” the developers. What kind of person would make such a sexist and ugly attack against a professional woman with a two year old daughter. What kind of community allows this to happen.

Unofficial Election Results

 San Jose City Council, D7   Precincts Reporting:  100% Tam Nguyen                        31.85%       2,275  Maya Esparza             ...