The man credited with keeping Supervisor Janet Nguyen‘s office running while political skirmishes are fought left and right has announced he’s leaving, according to Voice of OC here.
Chief of Staff Andrew Do, who’s also a City Councilman of Garden Grove, intends to go back to practicing law.
Widely viewed as highly intelligent, very loyal, but with a streak of a temper, Do helped navigate Janet Nguyen’s 2007 campaign through the recounts and lawsuit that ended with a 3-vote win over Trung Nguyen.
In Janet Nguyen’s 2008 campaign for reelection, Do adeptly countered accusations by Assemblyman Van Tran (read here and here, e.g.) and his acolytes that Nguyen is a commie. (For that matter, Tran’s men also called Do a commie.)
Last month, however, Do appeared to have bungled a huge political opportunity. After cleverly obtaining a permit for Black April at the Westminster Vietnam War Memorial by applying 8 months in advance, Janet Nguyen’s office could have made her the Queen of Little Saigon by inviting everyone to the party. But no, somebody had to play mi casa ain’t su casa.
They tried to have their own party with their handpicked list of participants, keeping out some other community groups. Now, said “other community groups” may be unattractive for a number of reasons, but that’s no excuse for committing political malpractice.
As a result, Janet Nguyen lost her preferred time slot, got dragged through an unnecessary controversy, and made enemies where there were none before.
It’s not clear if it was Do’s idea or he was merely cleaning up after someone else’s mess, but Do was at or near the center of the dispute the whole time, getting on radio and fighting the “bad guys,” and representing Janet Nguyen at all the negotiations and meetings.
Do is a former prosecutor in the OC DA’s office, where his wife Cheri Pham still works. She’s on the ballot to fill the OC Superior Court seat left open when Judge Peter Polos retired. Pham is unopposed.