Back in 1996 he was a newly elected Assemblyman, having just defeated Doris Allen in a heated but monumental recall election
WELL, that isn't all that happened in 1996
Mr. Baugh was indicted on four felony and something like eighteen misdemeanor counts for falsifying campaign reports.
The charges were dismissed, apparently because the district attorney screwed up. After a few years of litigation, Baugh settled with the Fair Political Practices Commission and paid his fines.
One of the reasons I know all this (other than the fact that anyone who can read knows it) is that I worked at the Capitol in Sacramento then.
Scott Baugh could be seen walking about the halls, seeking support and comfort from his fellow Republicans…it was really quite sad
You see, just the allegation of wrong-doing is enough for the GOP to ask a politician to resign lest that tarnished reputation find its way onto Republican Party coattails
Mr. Baugh knows this well…but for some reason the GOP stood by him
Hmm…I bet he’s really grateful. In fact, I would bet that in the event another man found himself in similar circumstances, Baugh would be the first to stand up and offer his support
Oh wait a minute…it seems I’m wrong.
Tan D. Ngyuen, an immigrant (umm, legal) from Vietnam, is the Republican candidate running for the Southern California Congressional seat currently occupied by Democrat Loretta Sanchez
You might recall the blog I wrote about a letter that was mailed last week warning illegal aliens that voting in American elections is illegal and punishable by fines and possible deportation
(One more time for the short bus people…illegal aliens can be deported for illegally entering the country, so all lawbreaking after that is sort of icing on the cake, ok?)
Well, it looks like that letter may have come out of Tan Ngyuen’s camp…and let me be the first to say SO WHAT??
This is the gist of the letter that has been called "reprehensible and stupid,"by Scott Baugh and of course, “racist” and “xenophobic” by the faithfully nonsensical members of the MSM.
[Courtesy of the OC Register here
Greetings XXXX XXXX,
You are being sent this letter because you were recently registered to vote. If you are a citizen of the United States, we ask that you participate in the democratic process of voting.[Emphasis added.]
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, and you will be deported for voting without having a right to do so.
At the same time, you are advised that the government of the United States is installing a new computer system to verify the names of all new registered voters that vote in the October and November elections. Anti-immigration organizations can ask for information from this new computer system.
Unlike Mexico, here there is no incentive to vote. There is not a voter registration card in the United States. Therefore, it is useless and dangerous to vote in any election if you are not a citizen of the United States.
Do not listen to any politician that tells you the opposite. They are only looking out for their own interests. They only want to win elections without any regard to what happens to you.
Oh yeah, how offensive…how racist.
So after reading this letter, what did the Scott Baugh-led Orange County GOP decide to do?
They’re hanging Ngyuen out to dry
And, to add insult to injury, Governor Schwarzenegger is calling the letter " despicable act of political intimidation and a hate crime" This is nothing short of nauseating. Seriously, can these people make their sucking-up to Hispanic voters any more obvious? Does the GOP see political cannibalism as the only way to win this year?
What exactly is offensive?about this letter?
It cautions possibly ignorant voters about the potential for exploitation. Unethical candidates (Loretta Sanchez) have a history of preying upon illegal immigrants for votes (see Dornan vs. Sanchez) without regard to the consequences
And let me make this clear: the illegal immigrant faces the consequences - not the candidate for whom they voted
The letter also encourages all citizens (new and old) to vote
One has to ask why the GOP is not interested in backing candidates who uphold the law rather than those who would turn a blind eye in the hope of gaining a few votes
Scott Baugh said the letter was “reprehensible and stupid.”
Three words come to mind: pot, kettle, black…or is that a "hate crime" too?