Someone in Garden Grove sent me this letter yesterday. It's a letter from Janet Nguyen's campaign office soliciting endorsement from local elected officials. The quality of this letter is very poor, not necessarily in content, but in appearance. From the physical copy, one can see that the inks are smearing so i'm suspecting that the letterhead was printed from an ink jet printer in the campaign office rather than from a professional print house.
Janet Nguyen have a reputation of being an aggressive campaigner so it doesn't surprise me that she is soliciting political endorsements this early out. Good for her. However I am curious to know what kind of endorsements Janet has gotten so far, if any. Here is my analysis of the current political landscape:
Garden Grove City Council: It is widely expected that Mayor Bill Dalton will stand behind Janet Nguyen for re-election, but I do not see Mark Rosen and Bruce Broadwaters, both Democrats, endorsing a Republican, even if they are former colleagues. As for Steve Jones, I predict he will stay neutral and for Dina Nguyen, need I say more?
Santa Ana City Council: With Claudia Alvarez expected to run for Supervisor next year and nearly all the Councilmembers are Democrats, with the exception of Carlos Bustamante, she will not have any luck here. Maybe Art Pedroza can convince Michelle Martinez to support Janet.
Westminster City Council: Mayor Margie Rice and Frank Fry probably already gave Janet their blessing, and that's all she is getting from this city as far as endorsement. Kermit Marsh, as I am told, is the Chairman of the GOP Ethics Committee, this will prevent him from publicly support any candidates in a competitive race where there are multiple Republicans running. As for Andy Quach and newcomer Tri Ta, they both endorsed Trung Nguyen in the last special election so I doubted if they will support Janet next year.
This is just my understanding of the political situation in the 1st District, by no means is this 100% accurate and we will not know who support who for as long as the endorsement page on Janet's website is still "Under Construction".