"There was a full and legal recount," Brenner said minutes ago. "There was no evidence of gaming the system."
This just in from Total Buzz:
Judge Michael Brenner just ruled in favor of Janet Nguyen, and denied Trung Nguyen's claim that the recount was done incorrectly. [...]
He also said that he was impressed with how the election was run and there was no sign of malfeasance.
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(Cross-posted at Calitics)
Here's more from Total Buzz:
Chris Norby, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, was on hand for Brenner's ruling and said Janet Nguyen will be sworn in as supervisor at tomorrow's board meeting. The meeting will be preceded at 8:30 a.m. with a reception for Janet.
Mike Schroeder, an attorney for Trung Nguyen, said Team Trung will stand clear, legally speaking, and let Janet be sworn in. He said Team Trung hasn't yet decided whether to appeal today's ruling, although he favors such action. But even so, that wouldn't stop Janet from being sworn in and there will be no request for a temporary restraining order.
Well, we know that Norby has been antsy about this... Now, I just hope that the other Supervisors feel the same way, especially since Trung's legal team is giving the green light for Janet to be sworn in.
And yes, I AM SO RELIEVED THAT I FINALLY HAVE A SUPERVISOR AGAIN!! Yes, Janet wasn't exactly the one that I was originally rooting for. However, it could have been MUCH, MUCH WORSE. At least Janet has been willing to talk to other people, and to reach reasonable policy conclusions. Trung, on the other hand, would have been a complete GOP machine lackey. After all, remember who supported him...
So would I have been happier with Tom Umberg on the Board of Supes? Perhaps. But still, I'm glad that we won't have a complete GOP machine hack (NOT) representing our community. And yes, it's nice to see a hard-working young Vietnamese-American woman win such a high office... It's just too bad that she resorted to underhanded race-baiting tactics to win.
So I guess this is a bittersweet moment for me. Yes, I am still a little disappointed by these results. But you know what? It could have been worse. Oh yeah, and at least WE FINALLY HAVE A SUPERVISOR REPRESENTING US AGAIN. I guess we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.
[Thanks to Peggy Lowe at Total Buzz for the video. For more on this developing story, please visit ALL MY FRIENDS at OC Blog, Orange Juice, The Liberal OC, and OC Register's Total Buzz! : )]