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Monday, August 29, 2011

Bill Fazio E-mails Vu Trinh Asking Him to Withdraw From D.A. Race

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 7:25 AM

If Bill Fazio didn't know Vu Trinh before ... he does now
  • If Bill Fazio didn't know Vu Trinh before ... he does now
When SF Weekly interviewed D.A. candidate Vu Trinh to find out more about the newcomer to the D.A. race, he accused the other candidates of political pettiness. He also sent us an "absurd" e-mail he received from candidate Bill Fazio, where he asks Trinh to withdraw from the race and support Fazio instead.

Trinh thinks that Fazio is attempting to collude with him, which he says is unethical. Trinh forwarded the e-mail to the Ethics Commission, which determined that there was nothing wrong with e-mailing to ask for support. Trinh is  not convinced.

For someone who claims to eschew political play and bad-mouthing other candidates, Trinh's accusations of collusion are rather strong. Is he just mud slinging along with everyone else?


Fazio's e-mail to Trinh reads:

I believe that my candidacy just might satisfy your perceived need to enter this race.

I hope that you will look into my background and determine that I can be a District Attorney that you would be comfortable with.

I am asking you to consider withdrawing your intent to run and support me in my efforts to become the next district attorney.

In response, Trinh's campaign has released a statement saying, "Vu is shocked at the level of politic playing in the race, and this incident has strengthened his resolve to win the race in order to remove politics from the administration of justice. We will continue to campaign hard until November and will continue to run a transparent and truthful campaign along the way."

Fazio told SF Weekly, "If he sees it that way, he is wrong ... this has nothing to do with any collusion and nothing to do with ranked-choice voting. Nobody in the world has a way of figuring out this ranked-choice voting. Most campaign mangers can't figure it out."

And while he had us on the phone Fazio also took this opportunity to jab at Trinh. "I've never heard of [Trinh] before and I've been practicing for 30 years," says Fazio. "I've never seen him, he never comes out to any of the debates ... I've never seen him on the campaign trail."

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