Al Hoang, better know by his Vietnamese name Hoàng Duy Hùng, is a city councilman in Houston. The City of Houston has 5 at-large council members and 9 members representing 9 districts in the city of 2 million souls and a $4.12 billion budget.
Before winning office, Hoang is an activist who once was arrested by the Vietnamese government in 1992 for brining anti-communist literature into the country. He was charged with attempting to overthrow “the people’s government” and was extradited.
And then he got himself into even hotter water.
The Houston Airport System, owned by the city, had this brilliant idea that since so many Houstonians fly to Vietnam every day, hey, why are we letting LAX get all the revenues? Shouldn’t a Houston airport such as George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) or Hobby Airport (HOU) get in on the action?
It makes sense if you think about it. But, if you do think about it, that makes you a commie.
So when the Houston Airport System approached Hoang and asked if he’d like to join their delegation to go to Vietnam and negotiate a direct flight from Vietnam to Houston, he said he’d think about it.
And he publicly asked people to tell him what they think
Which makes him a big-time commie.
Real Vietnamese, apparently, are not allowed to:
- Travel to Vietnam.
- Talk to Vietnamese officials.
- Set up flights to Vietnam.
To add insult to injury, when the Vietnamese community in Houston elect a new leader, it’s Al’s sister Teresa Hoang who won the balloting.
Cheaters! Went the cries from the extremist trenches.
So when Teresa Hoang held her inaugural party at a Houston restaurant, people were out in front protesting.
And then one guy had a brilliant thought.
He drove to the back of the restaurant, climed out, and, get this:
He opened the transformer box, and threw the circuit breaker.
Funny thing is, after running back to the van, he came out to check again!
Giving the security camera two opportunities the see his face.
Check out the video here (from 0:57 to 1:25).
So cops came looking for him. He’s identified as Dam Nguyen (Nguyễn Trần Đàm), a former naval officer, who’s now prosecuted for disrupting a meeting/procession – a misdemeanor usually reserved for teens who crash people’s weddings and funerals.
Check out the case information here. Nguyen has posted $500 in bail.