Updated with a statement from Chau campaign consultant Pat Dennis.The San Gabriel Valley showdown pitting two successful Asian-American professionals, a doctor and a lawyer, against one another is getting cutthroat in the dwindling hours to election day–with accusations of tax evasion, lawsuits and a restraining order to boot.
Joy Lin, wife of candidate Dr. Matthew Lin, filed suit on Friday, October 26 claiming that the campaign of Ed Chau unlawfully distributed her social security number in filers and advertisements on television and YouTube.
She is seeking $25,000 in damages.
Chau's campaign did not remove the video, so on Wednesday, Lin filed a temporary restraining order as well.
Lin's social security number is visible on images of a tax lien, issued in 1997 and featured in the image. (The Pasadena Star-News reports that of the three tax liens shown in the video, two were issued erroneously and the third was settled in 2008.)
Superior Court Judge Edward Simpson ordered Chau to remove the YouTube video and pull a television advertisement featuring the flier.
But, as you can see below, the offending video is still up on YouTube
Update: Chau campaign consultant Pat Dennis tells us that the version below is a “corrected version with no SSN”… Can you tell the difference? Weigh in in the comment section!
As the Weekly has previously reported, if the primary results are any indication Lin, a Republican, stands a good chance to win the seat vacated by Democrat Mike Eng, held for decades by Democrats.
In June, Lin earned 52.2% of the primary vote, compared with Chau's 34.9%.
AD 49, which includes Alhambra, East San Gabriel, El Monte, Glendora, Monterey Park, North El Monte, South El Monte, Rosemead and San Marino, is the first district in the state with a majority Asian-American population.
Regardless of who wins tomorrow, it won't be the last Lin vs. Chau bout–Judge Simpson has set a Nov. 27 hearing date for the dispute over the images used in the campaign video.