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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 10:07 PM
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GOP candidate linked to intimidating letter vows to stay in race (Nguyen)
GOP candidate linked to intimidating letter vows to stay in race
By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer

Sunday, October 22, 2006


(10-22) 19:36 PDT Garden Grove, Calif. (AP) --


A Republican congressional candidate whose campaign was linked to an intimidating letter to Hispanic voters vowed Sunday to stay in the race and lashed out at his critics.

"I'm innocent. There's no way in hell I'm going to withdraw," Tan Nguyen told reporters at his campaign headquarters. "I'm not going to quit this race; I'm going to win this race."

Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant trying to unseat popular Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, last week blamed an unidentified female staffer for sending out 14,000 letters warning immigrants they could be deported or jailed for voting in next month's election. The mailings have sparked state and federal probes.

Nguyen said Sunday he did not authorize or approve the letter, and implied that Sanchez was behind the investigations. He declined to say whether he agreed with the letter's contents.

"I don't speak Spanish, but Ms. Sanchez does," Nguyen said. "There has been no crime committed so why is there a criminal investigation three weeks prior to a very important election? What is going on? Who is fueling this investigation?"

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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/1...



Tan Nguyen, Republican candidate for District 47, from Southern California speaks during news conference in Garden Grove, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. Nguyen, whose campaign was linked to an intimidating letter to Hispanic voters, promised Sunday to stay in the race despite pressure to withdraw. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)


O.C. will consider trying to correct Nguyen mailer
Supervisors on Tuesday will take up the question of approving a letter to remedy misstatements.
By Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
October 22, 2006


The Orange County Board of Supervisors will determine Tuesday whether county officials should send letters to 14,000 voters in response to a racially charged mailer distributed by congressional candidate Tan Nguyen, authorities said.

County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley had planned to appear Thursday with Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to announce that the letters would be sent to correct misstatements in Nguyen's mailer.

However, Kelley pulled out of the news conference after several supervisors argued that his office should not get involved, Supervisor Bill Campbell said Saturday.

"The board was in favor that the registrar of voters did not have an obligation and should not get into correcting political mail," Campbell said.

"People make extravagant claims, and the role of the registrar is not of enforcement. The secretary of state has the enforcement role; our role is to run elections as even-handed as possible and to count them as accurately as possible."

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http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-me-registrar22o...




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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 10:11 PM
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1. Perfect example of a republican.
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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 10:15 PM
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4. Nguyen ran as a Democrat two years ago
He's just an opportunist looking for publicity and a free ride.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 10:12 PM
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2. And yet again ...
Edited on Sun Oct-22-06 10:16 PM by NanceGreggs
"... blamed an unidentified female staffer for sending out 14,000 letters warning immigrants they could be deported or jailed for voting in next month's election."

Gotta admire that sense of 'personal responsibility' the Republicans are always touting. It seems what they REALLY mean is: "If I fuck up, I'll make sure it's SOMEONE ELSE'S personal responsibility."
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 10:14 PM
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3. hahahaha - this just cracks me up !
"What is going on? Who is fueling this investigation?"

hahahahahahah.... you are..... hahahahhahah

glad to have another bastion of republican
corruption standing up for all to see... wooo hoo

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VC2 Donating Member (75 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 10:15 PM
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5. didnt he call the printer
and ask him to expedite the letters?
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 10:20 PM
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6. I wouldn't expect any more of him.
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 10:21 PM
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7. Looks like the dreaded Kathryn Harris Delusion Syndrome is contagious.
Must be something in the Kool-Aid....
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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:03 PM
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8. Perfect Rethuglican and a shameless liar..
Nguyen is actually trying to blame his intended victim!
He tries to mislead even further. Stopping voter intimidation IS
the responsiblity of election officials as well as law enforcement.

Someone in his office committed a crime. He needs to name
that person or he is obstructing justice.
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