AngryAsianMan: former congressional candidate indicted

AngryAsianMan

former congressional candidate indicted

Asian Behaving Badly… bad campaign tactics edition. Tan Nguyen, a former Orange County congressional candidate, is accused to misleading investigators examining a controversial letter his campaign sent to people with Spanish surnames warning about the consequences of voting illegally. He was indicted by a federal grand jury this week obstruction of justice charges: Former candidate for Congress indicted on charges of obstructing justice.

Nguyen was running to unseat Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) in the November 2006 election. Three weeks before the election, his campaign sent letters to 14,000 voters in central Orange County that said, “You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or if you are an immigrant, a vote in a federal election is a crime that can result in jail imprisonment or you will be deported for voting without the right to do so.”

The letter, written to Spanish, also falsely said that the state had developed a tracking system that would allow new Latino voters’ names to be handed over to anti-immigrant groups.

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