No candidate for city council in Orange County caught more flack than Jordan Brandman. But when the voting was over in Anaheim, residents elected Brandman to the city council along with Lucille Kring. Republican John Leos, who was backed by the OCEA for his second run for the city council, was a distant third.
Rumors about Brandman are far reaching and personally nasty. He was accused of using school resources for political purposes without much evidence at all. There was rumors he was fired from his job at the Clerk Recorders office, when he actually quietly resigned to start his own business. He’s accused of being a corporate Democrat when he actually has a track record of working across the aisle (and has the respect of Republicans he needs to work with).
The award-winning SaveAnaheim blog, which started life as an anti-Jordan Brandman blog, is now reaching out to the new city councilman. In an open letter, Jason Young offers an olive branch and an invitation to coffee.
From the post: ”
I’m hopeful we can both put politics aside to move Anaheim forward. Which may be difficult for you since I have been your arch nemesis throughout the campaign. But please understand that I am very passionate about the city I grew up in. I can’t stand by and allow developers and special interests to steal vital tax revenue. Your support of the $158 million giveaway is why I opposed you.
Going forward I hope we can work together to make Anaheim a better place. The neighborhoods are in desperate need of your attention. Please make code enforcement a priority, increase the graffiti abatement budget, curb garage sales, support a living wage, push through council districts, vote down subsidies for the elite, negotiate terms that turn a profit for us at Angel Stadium/Honda Center, and figure out new solutions for our gang problems. ”
With due respect to Young, the honey over vinegar approach doesn’t work when the honey is laced with poison. More than 20,000 Anaheim voters elected Brandman in spite of all the dirt thrown against him in the weeks leading up to election day. Brandman’s positions were well stated and the number of votes clearly exceeds the number of hits the SaveAnaheim blog gets on a given day.
At this blog, I’m sorry John Leos wasn’t able to displace Kring as I believe Leos was a superior candidate to her. But I’m glad Brandman won. And after he’s sworn in, I’m sure he’s going to pay attention to all of the residents of Anaheim instead of just one.
Anaheim is a majority Democratic city and Brandman has played a big role in this with a strong campaign and dedicated voter registration efforts. Oh he’ll make some mistakes along the way but he is a Democrat who will spend more time listening than speaking.