Shockingly Low Turnout at the Asian Americans for Biden for President
As Nevada Democratic caucus is getting closer, the Vice President’s Joe Biden for President national campaign in Las Vegas announced the formation of Asian American & Pacific Islanders for Joe Biden with diverse members from various Asian communities.
The first event organized by the group failed miserably in attracting the Democratic members from the growing South Asian Community. The guest speaker for the evening event was VP Biden’s surrogate Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera.
With Congressman Bera as a speaker, the organizers were expecting 100 attendees for an Indian dinner in support of VP Joe Biden. Congressman Bera talked about his own campaign for the Congress. Congressman succinctly mentioned on why he is supporting Vice President Biden. “He (VP Biden) had the deep relations with the Congress during his tenure as VP, he understands the process, understand how to legislate with 36 years of experience in the Senate and knows how to get things done,” said Congressman Bera.
When this publication asked about his own campaign’s money laundering charges, Congressman Bera talked about his father who was sentenced to prison on charges related to money laundering. However, he clarified that he was not aware or involved in his fathers’ activities on the campaign.
“The awfully low turnout of fewer than 30 attendees from South Asian community and 5 from other Asian communities won’t go well with the campaign,” said one attendee. Among South Asian attendees, only 15 were Democrats while others were Republicans or Non-Partisan along with some non-voters.
The group seems to lack credibility among the South Asian Democratic voters as it is headed by an ethically challenged Non-Democrat Ashok Mirchandani(1). Some of the other group members include non-Democrats and individuals with questionable past who are not registered and/or eligible to vote in the upcoming Democratic caucus. The campaign got duped by the leader and the members of the newly formed Asian American for Biden. The local Biden campaign operatives failed to do background checks of their Asian American team. This is a good example of political illiteracy among the organizers, AAPI for Joe Biden.
The community was probably leery of the event organizers and the members of the group. Some of the group members, Ash Mirchandani (2), Sanje Sadera, Prymus Vaz may have had previous ethical and legal issues which probably resulted in low attendance with no enthusiasm for their candidate.
On another note, Divya Narala, NV Political Director of Biden for President, worked as Outreach Coordinator from September 2017 through April 2018, for Ashok Mirchandani’s non-profit organization.
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