UPDATE: Stumbling around for a defense Tan just makes it worse for himself and implicates himself directly in the attempted voter suppression.
Anti-Immigration GOP Congressional candidate Tan Nguyen, himself a naturalized immigrant from Vietnam, denied any knowledge of a voter intimidation letter sent by his office.
State and federal officials were investigating the letter, which was written in Spanish and mailed to an estimated 14,000 Democratic voters in central Orange County. It warns, "You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time."
A naturalized adult immigrant is, of course, eligible to vote – and to run for Congress for that matter.
Tan D. Nguyen denied knowing anything about the letter in an interview
Thursday with The Associated Press but said he fired a campaign staffer
who may have been responsible for it. Nguyen’s attorney said his client
had no intention of quitting.
Way to demonstrate that much-ballyhooed Republican value of ‘personal responsibility,’ Tan. Get caught, fire some poor bastard who ‘may have been responsible,’ and wash your hands of your dirty deeds.
I gotta give props to the Orange County GOP (like a Jew might praise Hitler for the tidiness of the toilets in the death camps). They investigated the matter, their Chairman believes Tan had personal knowledge of the matter, and the party’s executive committee voted unanimously to urge Tan to resign from the race. They know a PR nightmare when they see one, and they don’t want the rap to stick to them for shielding the guilty bastard. Or maybe they just want to do the right thing (and pigs wearing lipstick are flying out of my ass).
This incident is a road map for what we should almost certainly expect to happen in races here in Arizona where there are large Hispanic minorities to be threatened and intimidated. If shitbirds like Randy Graf, J.D. Hayworth, Jon Kyl and the rest don’t have a secret program to suppress and intimidate Hispanic voters, they’re even more incompetent than I already think they are.