Assembly Republican leader apologizes for her involvement in Walnut City Council race

By Staff Writer Steve Scauzillo

The leader of the Republican Party in the state Assembly said her $5,000 contribution to a political action committee opposed to City Council candidate Mary Su was a mistake, according to Assemblyman Curt Hagman.

Assemblywoman Connie Conway, R-Visalia, who is running for state Senate, apologized to Su on Saturday after this news organization revealed Conway was one of only two contributors to the Long Beach-based Taxpayers For Quality Education, Su said.

Conway told Su and fellow Republicans in Sacramento that she thought the money would be used to fight SCA 5, a constitutional amendment that would reinstate affirmative action in public universities, according to Su and Hagman, R-Chino Hills.

“I know Connie. I talked to her and asked her straight up. She thought it was for another purpose,” Hagman said Monday during an exclusive interview. “She thought it was to oppose SCA 5.”

SCA 5 is a measure authored by West Covina Democrat state Sen. Ed Hernandez that would return affirmative action to school admission decisions. While the bill initially sailed through the state Senate, it faced opposition from more conservative Asian-American groups who feared its return would displace Chinese-American students.

Conway did not return several calls and messages Monday left on her cellphone.

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Walnut council candidate Betty Tang fights rumors and false accusations


WHO: Betty Tang, Candidate for Walnut City Council.

WHEN: 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WHERE: Betty Tang Campaign Headquarters
20837 Valley Blvd., Walnut CA 91789

CONTACT: Samuel Liu
(310) 989-3858

Candidate for Walnut City Council and first time challenger Betty Tang
will confront and address the vicious rumors and lies being spread through anonymous e-mails and news blogs. Betty Tang will address the plethora of rumors in a press conference at her campaign office located at 20837 Valley Blvd. Walnut, CA 91789.

Heavyweights take on challenger for Walnut City Council

Two political heavyweights in local, regional and statewide politics are running together for two seats on the City Council against a lone challenger who’s involved in fundraising for the schools.

Mary Su, an eight-year member of the City Council and two-time mayor, and Robert Pacheco, a recent appointee to the council who served on the dais from 1996-1998 and then in the state assembly for six years, are running to retain their own seats in the April 8 election.

Betty Tang, 46, serving her third term as the president of the philanthropic Chinese American Parents Association, is running for a seat on the City Council for the first time. She’s married to Tony Tang. The two cofounded CCI Group, Inc. in Walnut, which was incorporated in 1997 and has a annual revenue of about $220,000.

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