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Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma supports OC’s Democratic Assembly candidates

Melissa Fox, AD-70 candidate with Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma (c)2010,

Assembly majority whip Fiona Ma of San Francisco made a trip to Orange County this afternoon to attend fundraisers for Melissa Fox, a candidate for Chuck DeVore’s AD-70 seat, and a dinner for Phu Nguyen’s AD-68 campaign.  Ma is a rising star in the party and we caught up with her at the Fox fundraiser.  Ma is a powerful voice for the middle class and it would not surprise us for one moment if she eventually sets her sights on a seat in Congress.

Melissa Fox and Fiona Ma flank LiberalOC blogger Dan Chmielewski (c) 2010,

For Fox and Nguyen, having the Majority Whip in the State Assembly take an interest in your race, it means something.  We spoke with Ma who cannot believe the energy from Democrats in the OC and how much the political environment has changed.  She also loved our Chuck DeVore stories.

Foix and Ma flank Joe Shaw from the OCProgressive (c) 2010,

Also at the event was our friend Joe Shaw who is quietly racking up the most endorsements of any candidate in his election bid for the Huntington Beach City Council.  And while we were invited to the Nguyen dinner, we couldn’t make it.  But Phu is clearly one of the more exciting and electable Democratic candidates for AD-68 that the party has had in years.


  1. OCTeacher OCTeacher January 30, 2010


    You missed a great event with Phu. Fantastic fundraiser with Fiona, Alberto Torrico, Warren Furutani, Tony Mendoza, Loretta Sanchez, Lou Correa, and Jose Solorio, as well as several local electeds including Jordan Brandman, Jim Moreno, Len Lahtinen, Mike Matsuda and Gus Ayer. Phu was front and center before hundreds of mostly Vietnamese leaders and media. A great show of strength.

  2. Chris Prevatt Chris Prevatt January 30, 2010

    OC Teacher,

    While Dan missed Phu’s event, I was there and will be writing about it soon. It was a great event, as was Melissa’s.

  3. Corby Corby January 31, 2010

    Gus Ayer is no longer an elected. He lost his Fountain Valley City Council seat in 2008, placing fifth our of five. He was the only incumbent in Orange County to not keep his seat in that election.

  4. RHackett RHackett February 2, 2010

    Not true Corby.

    Ken Parker lost his seat in Los Alamitos, Steve Knobloch lost his seat in San Clemente, Joe Soto lost his seat in San Juan Capistrano, and Hank Wedaa in Yorba Linda were all incumbents who lost their City Council seats in 2008.

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