Democratic Party of Orange County North Vice Chair voluntarily resigns from leadership positions

Democratic Party of Orange County North Vice Chair Jeff LeTourneau announced  he has decided to step down from leadership in the Democratic Party. LeTourneau’s decision is in response to a Facebook post he shared on August 30th that called communist dictator Ho Chi Minh a “liberator.”

In the letter, Mr. LeTourneau stated,

“In the past days, the trauma that Ho Chi Minh’s dictatorship wrought on Vietnamese members of our community has been made abundantly clear to me. To the almost 35,000 Vietnamese members of the Democratic Party in Orange County, and to all Vietnamese members in our community, I apologize for sharing the post. I hope that my resignation from leadership positions in the Democratic Party would be a first step in healing and reconciliation for our communities.

It is my hope that Democrats across Orange County can unite behind our candidates and the values of the Democratic Party. We support working families, affordable housing, access to healthcare, and opportunity for all. We must support these values not only in the lead up to the upcoming election, but for years to come.”

Chair Ada Briceño accepted the resignation.

About the Democratic Party of Orange County

Orange County is rapidly shifting from a Republican stronghold into a highly diverse Democratic metropolis, where immigrants and refugees are taking leadership roles to advocate for issues that make a direct impact on daily life for Orange County residents.

Orange County Democrats are making headlines for standing up to Donald Trump’s hateful and divisive anti-Asian American rhetoric. Chair Ada Briceno, a refugee of civil war in Nicaragua, is the first immigrant to lead the Democratic Party of Orange County. The Democratic Party’s executive leadership team includes Vietnamese, Latino, millennial, and LGBT representation.

Democrats swept all seven Congressional seats in Orange County in 2018. Less than a year later, Democrats overtook countywide voter registration to become the region’s leading political party. Today, OC Democrats have gained more than a 2-point voter advantage over the GOP.

Orange County is America’s sixth largest county, with 3.2 million residents and more than 600,000 registered Democratic voters.

This article was released by the Democratic Party of Orange County.


  1. 35,000 Vietnamese members of the Democratic Party in Orange County? Wow, I would have been surprised it they had one. The Vietnamese know what socialism and communism look like. Why would they join a political group like the Democrats?

    1. Al,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to frequently comment on articles, including this one.

      Your question is apt. Somebody from the Republican Party should be organizing an investigation into that, starting with demographics (for example, are they mostly young and born in the United States?) and continuing through determining what made them choose to sign up as Democrats (and not Republicans).

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Stay safe, stay healthy!

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

    2. They don’t understand that the Democratic Party of their youth is not the one being pushed today. Jeff let slip his true idealism, “also probably of his cohorts” and stuck his commie foot in his running mouth.

  2. Todays Democrat party has slipped very close to being a communist ideological party itself. Joe Biden is in the hands of the Communist Chinese and is very proud of getting his son some $1B into a hedge fund he is involved with.
    Be very careful how you vote this year.

  3. The fact that NOW FORMER Democratic Party of Orange County North Vice Chair Jeff LeTourneau did NOT know the horrors of Ho Chi Minh, calling the communist murderer a “liberator” is all you need to know about today’s Democratic Party. Today’s Democratic Party is led by people who embrace this insanity. VOTE REPUBLICAN IN NOVEMBER!

    1. I’ve always said, “ it’s easy being a communist in a free country since you don’t have to experience it firsthand.”

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