Marking the end of her third year in office, OC Board of Supervisors’ Chairwoman Janet Nguyen today will hold a “3 votes in 3 years in March” fundraiser at the restaurant that’s the staple of her campaign, the Azteca in Garden Grove.
The 3-3-3 fundraiser refers to Janet’s winning the 2007 Special Election to replace then-Supervisor Lou Correa who had been elected to the State Senate. Janet Nguyen, then a Garden Grove City Council member, went to battle against Assemblyman Van Tran‘s protege Trung Nguyen, at the time a Garden Grove Unified School Board member. The first count gave Trung at 7-vote lead.
Janet asked for a recount, and she ended up as the certified winner by 7 votes as a result of the recount.
Trung then took her to court, where at the end of trial on March 26, 2007 the judge cut Janet’s lead down to 3 votes, but that meant Janet still won. She was promptly sworn in the next day. In the photo above, that’s her US Marine brother to her right and her husband Tom Bonikowski, now a Garden Grove Planning Commissioner and is the proud owner of his own controversy.
Trung Nguyen appealed, lost that, and the California Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
The defeat left Van Tran and his allies so bitter, in the 2008 election to the full 4-year term, they took to attacking with the ultimate smear – calling Janet a communist. Here and here, for example.
The red-baiting didn’t work, she won anyway.
Janet’s invitation follows the jump. Fittingly enough, the per-person price is $333.