Apparently learning the wrong lesson from the elections around Little Saigon, a candidate for Congress tried to accuse his opponent of being, well, a commie.
This time, it didn’t work, not even in Westminster.
Proving that the 1950s never quite went out of style, Gary DeLong, a Republican running to represent the 47th Congressional District which spans from Long Beach to Little Saigon, mailed out a hit piece written in Vietnamese accusing Democratic candidate Alan Lowenthal of “open(ing) up the way for members of the Communist Party and their children/grandchildren to become teachers to generations of future Vietnamese Americans.”
Well, that’s not the point of this post. Read about the mailer here. The point of this post is whether the mailer worked, whether it got DeLong better results in Westminster.
Data from the OC Registrar of Voters provided the answer. As expected Lowenthal won but lost the Orange County part of the district.
But what about Little Saigon, where candidates had used the commie label to their advantage in the past?
Although he lost the race overall, DeLong won Orange County generally by 49,599 to 41,037, or 54.7% to 45.3%.
In Westminster, DeLong won by 8817 by 7294, or 54.7% to 45.3%. Exactly the same. Nothing added.
In the broader area covered by the Westminster School District, DeLong got 10274 to Lowenthal’s 8632, or 54.3% to 45.7%, actually a slightly smaller than the rest of OC.
In other words, no difference. All that red-baiting, and DeLong won exactly the same small margin in Republican Westminster as he did in the rest of Republican Orange County, failing to garner any added value for that loss of dignity.