San Jose Voters For Democracy
P.O. Box: 0, San Jose, CA 95151 - 0015
Phones: 408-786-5875 & 408-608-5632
To: Steve Preminger, Chair at Santa Clara County
Democratic Party (SCCDP)
Cc: Democratic National Committee Chairperson, Howard
Congressman Mike Honda, 15th Congressional District, California
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, 16th Congressional District, California
San Jose Voters For Democracy (SJVFD) strongly request that you and
the other officers of the SCCDP Central Committee withdraw the publication
of the so-called “Anti-Recall Resolution” submitted by Clark Williams
at the January 10th, 2008 meeting of the SCCDP Central Committee for
the following reasons:
The SCCDP will divide the Democratic Party at the State and Central
levels in relation to a local, but significant, issue that your organization
has neither taken the time to understand thoroughly, nor bothered
to investigate the root cause, controversy over the naming of a business
Division will take place at various levels within the Democratic Party
since opinions will vary when the whole issue has been carefully examined
Democratic Party will definitely lose an important pivotal, strong
voting block, the majority of the Vietnamese-American community throughout
the United States.
SJVFD has called for the most democratic way of dealing with an elected
official who no longer receives the trust or confidence of the Vietnamese-American
community in San Jose. The recall of an elected official need not
be based on malfeasance.
call for a vote of no confidence in Councilmember Nguyen is certainly
not based on a difference of opinions on a single issue, but is instead
due to the consistent lack of transparency with which Councilmember
Nguyen has handled this whole issue, as well as many other issues
in the past which are of interest to the Vietnamese-American community.
Nguyen has visibly demonstrated dereliction of the public trust in
not acting upon the majority voice in the same community that promoted
her to elected public office.
is ironic that the very cause for the call for a vote of no confidence
in Councilmember Nguyen is largely due to the undemocratic act committed
by her and the San Jose City Council; yet the Democratic Party has now
come out to oppose a democratic process to deal with an elected official
who no longer receives the confidence of her constituents.
Release of this so-called “Anti-Recall” resolution only hurts and divides
the Democratic Party which needs to strengthen and unite to face the
upcoming challenge of the Presidential Election in November 2008. Therefore,
we strongly believe that the SCCDP Central Committee must act quickly
to retract this unnecessary resolution before unpredictable consequences
are felt from the public and from the members of the Democratic Party
throughout the United States.
Barry Hung Do
Member, Executive Board
San Jose Voters for Democracy