About two weeks ago, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese and his wife, Pattie, came to the swearing-in ceremony for Cam Van Le to be the new board president of East Side Union High School District. Afterward, he asked her to go out for coffee at a later date to catch up.
Of course, the news quickly went viral in the Viet community that Pattie Cortese is planning her bid for city council. The community always has a soft spot for Dave and his wife for all their supports of the community during the last 8 years. So it was a welcoming rumor.
And soon enough, Pattie is appointed as the new school board trustee to fill the seat vacated by now City Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco.
The conventional wisdom of this new appointment is that both Lan Nguyen and Cam Van Le will not be running for city council in 2016. They would not vote for Pattie if they decided to have a run at the council seat.
Cam Van is still smarting over the council race lost to Attorney Tam Nguyen. And she still is bitter about her hard fight against Anthony Phan to prevent him taking her school board seat. And it would be too much for her to move to D8 after transplanted herself to D7 for the council race last year.
Meanwhile, Lan Nguyen has been a person non-grata in the community for the last 6 years after his weak city council election result in 2008.
LSI does not know for sure if Pattie will run for city council or not but whatever she does, the Viet community will show strong support for her.