10th District Assembly race heats up as campaign attack website questions one candidate's Democratic credentials; The Jones, Hume Republican connection


The intensity in the already acrimonious primary battle for California's 10th District California Assembly went to a higher level today with the unveiling of a website attacking one of the leading contenders in the race.

The website, launched by Sacramento City Councilmember and California Assembly candidate Eric Guerra questions the Democratic bona fides of one of the leading competitors, Elk Grove City Council member Stephanie Nguyen. The website is titled NoWayNguyen

The website lists three main arguments against Nguyen, including claims of being a lifelong Democrat and endorsement of Republican candidates. The website noted that while Nguyen has claimed her lifelong Democratic affiliation, they display documents from the Sacramento County Office of Elections that show Nguyen was a registered Republican for three years. 

While it is not unusual for voters to change party affiliation, Guerra uses the change to dismiss Nguyen's claim and question her credibility. 

Additionally, they tie Nguyen to Republicans, including Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and Elk Grove City Councilmember Pat Hume. Jones and Hume are running for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors respectively.

For Jones, they say Nguyen "trades endorsements with Scott Jones - Sacramento County's Trump-loving sheriff" and "Nguyen endorsed and was endorsed by Anti-Choice Elk Grove City Councilman Pat Hume." It is also noted Nguyen made a $100 contribution to Hume's campaign. 

Although Hume is not on the record regarding women's reproductive rights, he did not respond to a recent Elk Grove News inquiry seeking his position on the topic. Hume is in a pitched battle against former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly and Cosumnes Community Services District Director Jaclyn Moreno, who coincidentally shares campaign office space with Guerra. 

For her part, the Nguyen campaign has an attack mailer that has started appearing in mailboxes. We have a copy, but it is of poor quality, and we are attempting to acquire a higher-quality image.  

Along with Guerra and Nguyen, the other viable candidates are Democrat Rev. Tecoy Porter and Republican Eric Rigard. Although Rigard has limited financial resources, as the only Republican candidate in the race, he is expected to be a factor and thus intensify the competition for the other spot as one of the top two finishers to advance to the general election.

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