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House candidate Jay Chen charges 'racist attacks,' office vandalism

Congressional candidate Jay Chen scheduled a news conference in Rowland Heights to respond to what he said were "racist attacks" and vandalism against his campaign
Congressional candidate Jay Chen scheduled a Friday afternoon news conference in Rowland Heights to respond to what he said were "racist attacks" and vandalism against his campaign.

Chen, a Democrat, is running an uphill race against Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) in a strong GOP district. He has not been able to raise nearly as much money as Royce but an independent group, America Shining, funded by Chen's brother, Shaw Chen, has spent more than $600,000 to oppose Royce and support Jay Chen.

Sam Liu, Chen's campaign manager, said vandalism at Chen's Fullerton campaign office and racist attacks -- including a sign proclaiming "vote for the American" and two vicious voice mails -- began around the time Royce sent out a mailer implying that Chen's support came from China.

The Royce campaign on Friday strongly rejected any implications of racism as "bogus" and a "desperate" bid for media attention by the Chen campaign.

"The Royce campaign has nothing to do with any racist attacks and condemns anyone who would make such attacks," said Royce campaign consultant Dave Gilliard. He added that "almost every major Chinese American elected official" in the district is supporting Royce.

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Photo: Vandals ripped down signs at congressional candidate Jay Chen's campaign headquarters. Credit: Chen for Congress campaign

 
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