After taking a pounding yesterday from Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's mail attack, Van Tran fired back today in area mailboxes.
The theme for Tran's newest campaign ad is "Enough is Enough."
Tran, a Little Saigon Republican state assemblyman, says in the two-sided, glossy message that "Loretta Sanchez
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He wasn't trying to be sweet or funny.
Accompanying Tran's words is an image of a smug-looking Sanchez appearing on TMZ in 2008 and celebrating a party. She is quoted as saying, 'There's a lot of celebrities in town. We're going to the Stag Party tonight for example.'"
There are also newspaper blurbs of Sanchez looking "forward all year to hunk night!" and a mention of one of her visits to Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion.
Tran's conclusion: "14 years of lavish pay, foreign trips and extravagant parties [and] only 1 law passed. It named a post office."
"The career politicians in Washington treat Congress like a personal playground while working families are struggling to make ends meet," writes Tran. "It's time to get down to business."
Tran added quotes from local voters--Mike Hurley, Albert Diaz and Nancy Gallivan--saying that Sanchez has failed the district that includes Santa Ana, Anaheim and Garden Grove.
The race is likely to be Orange County's most bitter. Sanchez is OC's lone congressional Democrat and Tran, a South Vietnamese refugee, is a rising star in local GOP circles. The pair is set to debate next week on KOCE.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly