Fun Stories From OC ROV Friday: Long Pham Made It Fun
Posted by Chris Emami on March 14, 2012
At the time it did not seem like a lot of fun but looking back on it I can honestly say that it was probably one of the wildest things that I have ever seen during a filing period. Much like Travis Allen who I blogged about yesterday Long Pham ran into the Orange County Registrar of Voters at what I believe was around 4:55 PM although it might have been a couple of minutes earlier than that.
What ensued after this could only be described as unbelievable. Other people were at the office to witness this so this story can be corroborated. Cue the Benny Hill theme music as we begin.
Long Pham walks in at approximately 4:55 in the evening and ends up pulling a number from the dispenser I think he was #99 and at that time #94 was being served.
At about 5:10 he was called up to the counter and then proceeded to finalize his paperwork for the 72nd Assembly District. This came as no surprise to anybody as it was the move that he was expected to make. It took a while for him to finish his paperwork which is customary on the last day of filing. As he finished around 5:35 PM he walked over to grab another number and then proceeded to sit down.
When he pulled the number I figured that he had decided to run for County Board of Education. However, it turns out that he was simply helping his wife with her paperwork for Republican Party of Orange County Central Committee. This took about another 30 minutes and they both finished this up around 6:10 PM. Right after he finished, he walked over, grabbed another number, and sat down.
Sure enough the third time that he went up to the counter it was to finish up his paperwork for Orange County Board of Education. I thought it was a big mistake since running for 2 offices would have hurt his chances for both. He was given the oath of office around 7:15 PM which took a while because I believe that a ruling was being waited on as to whether or not he could legally run for both offices. He no sooner took the oath of office for Assembly than he decided to go back up to the counter for another request (very few people were left which made it unnecessary to pull more numbers.
Apparently he had a very quick change of mind because at 7:20 he decided that he no longer wanted to run for Orange County Board of Education. The question then ensued as to whether or not he could withdraw from the race, but finally at 8:15 PM it was decided that he could withdraw. Once he pulled out of the race.
In all honesty though Dr. Long Pham seems like a really nice guy and his wife also seems extremely nice. This post is not intended to make him look bad in any way shape or form. As a matter of fact he gave me a great story to tell.