I met Hung Nguyen a few weeks ago, have perused his website, watched his Inside Scoop interview, as well as the video from his campaign kickoff (embedded to the right in this post). I’ve also had the chance to speak with him on the phone (excellent conversation; he’s definitely impressive) for an hour or so. Although I disagree with him on one issue (widening I-66), I agree with him on many others, including good government – including strong ethics reform – in Virginia. Compared to the current, ALEC-friendly delegate (Jim LeMunyon)’s misrepresentation of his constituents, Hung Nguyen would be a huge improvement if he’s elected to the House of Delegates from the 67th district (a 55%+ “Kaine district”).
Again, Nguyen’s opponent is incumbent Republican Del. Jim LeMunyon, a real piece of work to put it mildly. For more information on him, see Virginia GOP Delegate Makes National Fool Of Himself, McDougle and LeMunyon’s 27% Repeal Plan (“If State Senator Ryan McDougle and Delegate Jim LeMunyon have their way, states representing only 27% of America’s population can nullify federal laws.”), LeMunyon’s Lemon (“I thought it worth commenting on Jim LeMunyon’s bill to shift the responsibility for toll increases on the Dulles toll road to the Loudoun and Fairfax County Boards.”), Apparently Anti-“Smart Growth” Bill Makes Its Way Through the Virginia House of Delegates, Del. Jim LeMunyon Tries Desperately to Hide His Crystal Clear Tea Party Ties. Fails, Tea Partier Jim LeMunyon Called Out on Money from Extremist Group, Promptly Returns It, Tea Party Works Hard for Jim LeMunyon and Tea Party Takeover of Virginia, Maybe LeMunyon Should Write for The Onion?, and LeMunyon Attacks His Own Position on Transportation Taxes?. Then, if you can help out Hung Nguyen – donations, volunteering, whatever – please do so. Thanks.
P.S. I’m not an identity politics person, but an interesting side note is that if Hung Nguyen is elected, he’ll apparently be the first Vietnamese American elected to a state legislature on the entire east coast. That would be historic.