While Janet Nguyen's and Trung Nguyen's campaigns were wrangling over voided ballots last week, Carlos Bustamante -- or more accurately, his lovely wife -- increased the population of Santa Ana by one with the birth of their son Thomas Andrew at 10:04 p.m. on February 22.
Thomas Andrew was 8 pounds, 12 ounces (!) and 22 inches long. A fine big lad. Carlos told me his wife and new son are doing fine, and while he's disappointed at losing the special election, he's overjoyed at his new son.
"Politics isn't my life," he said. A refreshing attitude -- and too rare among local elected officialdom.
While I had Carlos on the phone, I asked him about the rumor started by Santa Ana council gadfly George Collins and now being repeated by Orange Juice proprietor and Bustamante-hater Art Pedroza: namely, that Carlos is going to re-register as a Democrat.
Carlos said there's absolutely no truth to it. Which is what I thought since, for example, Carlos is an honorary co-chair for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's upcoming OC event.
Then again, Art repeatedly claimed last fall that Carlos had been a Democrat until a couple of years ago -- until I took the simple step of checking Carlos' voter registration history. That revealed he'd never been a Democrat, but had first been and American Independent and then a Decline-To-State until registering as a Republican about six years ago.
Fact-checking -- it's such a bother!