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Brandman and Bao to join Congressional race?


Anaheim Council member Jordan Brandman and Garden Grove mayor Bao Nguyen may soon join former Senator Lou Correa in the Democratic race for CD-46, otherwise know as Lorreta Sanchez’s seat.  Sanchez, seeking the nod for US Senator, will likely not endorse in the race and its going to set up an interesting three way between Correa, considered barely a Democrat by many, Brandman who has strong Democratic credentials by aligning himself against Teabagger Anaheim mayor Tom Tait, and Bao Nguyem, the mayor of Garden Grove for all of 8 months who finally came out of the closet as a gay Democratic elected official.

Bao Nguyen - Photo: Chris Prevatt

Bao Nguyen – Photo: Chris Prevatt

It’s an interesting dynamic.  Correa will count on the Latino vote.  Nguyen will court the strong Vietnamese-American vote in the portion of the district that resides in Garden Grove and Little Saigon, while Brandan will likely own the high primary turnout voters in Orange and Anaheim.

We’re hearing Brandman is close to actually announcing and that Nguyen will likely announce soon even though he hasn’t declared.

Senator Lou Correa (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Senator Lou Correa (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

On the Republican side, Irvine Council member Lynn Schott, a born-again Tea Party republican council member from Irvine may be the token Republican in the race, running as a carpetbagger while having to explain to low income Asian and Latino voters why she voted against a Living Wage ordinance in Irvine and why that vote was good for them.  She has a campaign committee formed but it hasn’t raised a dollar.


Who do you think is the best candidate to replace Loretta Sanchez in Congress?

  81 comments for “Brandman and Bao to join Congressional race?

  1. Annonymous Attacker
    July 15, 2015 at 7:07 am

    After inserting himself (incredibly) in the middle of Bao’s non announcement, Greg Diamond has on the defensive against his imaginary “anonymous attackers” with a vengence usually reserved for his fellow DPOC Comittee members.

    Bao and anyone else seeking to elevate themselves to congress would be well served to do one thing: AVOID Greg Diamond.

    Neither Gay or SouthEast asian Greg is about as similar to Bao as Bao is to Sergant Carter.

    • July 15, 2015 at 8:49 am

      I left a comment on Bao’s Facebook page that his news wasn’t exactly news. And in defense of Mr. Diamond, if you will, his wife and step-daughters are from the Phillipines so I’m not sure how much different, culturally speaking, his insights reflect into the Vietnamese community. You have to love Diamond’s angst over name calling while he calls others names…blaming things on Vern because it’s “Vern’s Blog” is a coward’s excuse

      • July 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm

        I wonder if someone should tell Pedroza and Chmielewski, both of whom use the word “angst” weekly to mean something like “anger”, that it actually means “fear?”

        • July 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm

          It also means “unease” and “anxiety” Mr. Webster. In the context of my comment, used appropriately. Maybe you’d like to try alternatives for the term “battery” which your friend Mr.pettibone was charged with.

          • July 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm

            Oh is that so? You want to go back there. Screenshot duly taken and passed along to Doug.

              • July 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm

                Someone else brought him up last week. Here’s the court record if you need it. https://ocapps.occourts.org/CourtIndex/disclaimer.jpp

                • Greg Diamond
                  July 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm

                  Three cites to the penal code and one to a record request form that is useless without the case number. You’re in rare form. (Well, not so rare for you.) Do you remember that after that was exposed as either a mistake or a forgery, it suddenly disappeared?

                • July 17, 2015 at 8:43 am

                  you can search by name; you don’t need the case number. And the link still works. It didn’t disappear. I’m sorry you can’t figure it out. 3:34AM? Try getting some exercise … it will help you sleep.

                • Greg Diamond
                  July 18, 2015 at 12:24 am

                  Without the case number, people need to open an account with the OCSC system in order to search by name — which, as you probably realize, most people won’t do. I’m a little *surprised* that you won’t provide the case number, but perhaps this is a welcome bit of damage mitigation on your part. If so, good move, for once.

              • July 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm

                What are these stupid links you keep putting up supposed to prove? You think people will just not bother to click on them and assume you’ve got some sorta proof there?

                • July 17, 2015 at 8:39 am

                  One link is the court record with what “Doug” pleaded guilty to and what a jury found him not guilty of; the links are descriptions of what the charges could be without specifics to the actual case. So don’t forget to screen grab these and send them to Doug like you’re a second grader.

                • July 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

                  Not so much like a second-grader; I just can’t wait to see you get sued like you sued Pedroza.

                  Because you are AT LEAST as malicious, dishonest and reckless as Art at his worst. AT LEAST.

                • Dan Chmielewski
                  July 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm

                  Sued for what? No libel. No defamation. Not bowing to a conservative Republican? I’m lawyered up and know what a SLAPP suit is.

                • Eastsidegangpatrol
                  July 17, 2015 at 9:22 pm

                  I (and many of us) have a hard time taking Mr. Nelson seriously. He is a convicted felon. He is in a domestic partnership with a woman who has “aided and abetted” criminal gang members. She ( Ms. Acevedo) is popular friends with sixteen imprisoned gang members. Look up Anthony Veloz ( the twin brother of the gang chick that killed her lil Yogi), heck look up Desyiny Veloz herself. How about Luis Martinez………
                  Eastside Gangmembers love Facebook too. How can you pretend you are a: kind, loving, considerate aoul only concerned with your son when you host pictures of men hoisting AK 47’S????
                  How can we believe what Greg Diamond, Vern Nelson, Tom Tait or Cynthia Ward say when family picture day is at Corchoran prison NOT Anaheim High.

                  Check out Destiny’s FB. See for yourself what a good boy “Yogi” was and what good mother Donna was………

                • Greg Diamond
                  July 18, 2015 at 12:11 am

                  Oh, look — another hooded character assassin. It has become the LibOC Special. I’ll debate this with you if you come out from under that slimy rock.

                  As for the libel/defamation thing:

                  (1) again, the link that you say goes to Pettibone’s (expunged and erroneous) “record” does not. You need to have the case information, which you did not provide.

                  (2) Let us all cherish this sub-thread forever. I’ll copy it into OJB for safekeeping; you can let me know if you see any inaccuracy in what I post. (I doubt that you’ll be advised to leave it up here.)

                • July 18, 2015 at 3:34 pm

                  Your posts often contain inaccuracies. Not my job to correct your poor fact gathering. Your opinions are your own.

                • July 18, 2015 at 9:16 am

                  This “eastside” troll, who has also been trying to comment anonymously on the OJ, could only be James Robert Reade – nobody else is as obsessed with the Facebook pages of gang members and supposed gang members, or with blaming the mothers of young latinos killed by Anaheim cops.

                  Of course he’s wrong about some things as usual – I don’t have any “domestic partnership” with Acevedo, and it wasn’t “Destiny veloz” who killed her son but Officer Kelly Philips.

                  But how nice that the racist tweeker who compared latinos unfavorably to bonobo monkeys, and who has recently disappeared from council meetings where he once was a regular, has found a home here on the Liberal OC, with apocalyptic bigot ltpar, ill-tempered reactionary Junior, LaRouche freak Robert Lauten, Dalai Lama hater “David Vasquez,” and the ever-lovable Pinky!

                • July 18, 2015 at 3:32 pm

                  Different IP addresses. Different writing style. I detest Reade’s diatribes

                • July 18, 2015 at 12:13 pm

                  I take it back, JimBob would know that Joey and his friends had nothing to do with Eastside. So this is a THIRDRATE jimBob we’re looking at.

                • AVLS MOMMA
                  July 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm

                  ANAHEIM VATOS LOCOS was Yogis gang. It was rogelios too. Fortunatley he wont be around for the next 115 years. Read: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2013/01/supreme_court_gang_ruling.php

                  I especially adore these criminsls affection for the women that raised them and trained them to steal, kill, rape and maim.

                  Greg Diamond would like to debate this? What that guys posing with automatic weapons, flashing gang signs, stealing cars and shooting at police are what good citizens. This dogooder can let his daughters date a couple of Vato Loco’s. Causd they are just underserved. Maybe Cynthia can pray for them.

                • APD SUPPORTER
                  July 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

                  Content removed by request of Acevedo family

              • Greg Diamond
                July 21, 2015 at 1:09 am

                I supposedly want to debate WHAT?

                I can’t even figure out what you’re trying to say, Masked Moron.

  2. anon
    July 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Little Saigon is not in this Congressional district

    • July 15, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Parts of Garden Grove are and you don’t have to live in the district to run for Congress.

  3. Jason Hours
    July 15, 2015 at 11:34 am

    At this point I would prefer Loretta stayed. My second choice is the Sanchez from Pomona, followed by Correa, Brandman and Bao last, mostly based on professional experience of all (except for Sanchez from Pomona, who I would love to see the reaction of all the talking heads if he won!).

  4. junior
    July 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Interesting that in some races it seems the goal for some candidates is to make it to the “Top 2” – & not to necessarily win the election – just sayin’ ….

    • July 17, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Yep, but then the GOOD thing is that if someone like Jordan made it into the top two, he can’t run for Anaheim re-election and Anaheim is rid of him for a while… and if he does make top two and still doesn’t win, everybody is free of him for a while.

      • junior
        July 17, 2015 at 6:44 pm

        I would appreciate your not responding to my comments Nelson. In other words STFU – thanks.

        • Greg Diamond
          July 18, 2015 at 12:04 am

          Mr. Tardif, I’d appreciate not getting emails from you whining about not being able to spew your filthy invective on OJB and then, when rebuffed, claiming only to have been trying to get back onto the site to “mess with my head.”

          I do encourage you to post the sorts of right-wing nut-job pieces here that you used to post on OJB, now that you have a new home here. Let’s see how “liberal” our host is about it.

          (Note to the host: Mr. Tardiff has specifically invited me to address him by his real name in public. I’ll post the email if I have to prove it.)

          • junior
            July 18, 2015 at 11:51 am

            “..ill-tempered reactionary Junior ..”

            Yeah …. Diamond has his panties in a bunch because I posted a website which lists 10 reasons why people hate you and I let him know, ever so nicely, that he “nailed” 6 of those reasons why people hate him.

            So pussy face banned me from posting on OJB website.

            “..filty invective ..” – please provide examples.

            • July 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm

              Keep adding great value to the LibOC, Mike! (Where he’s been for nine years btw Greg.) I guess to the boss here, ANY comment is worth having.

          • Pinky
            July 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

            When are you joining the GOP pendejo? The way you bend over for Tait, Vanderbilt and Pettibone is gross.

            • Greg Diamond
              July 25, 2015 at 10:36 am

              Who are you to criticize my party affiliation? And why this enormous apparent interest in homosexual relations?

        • junior
          July 18, 2015 at 11:49 am

          I have NOT granted that privilege to you Vern.

          • Pinky
            July 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm

            Please stop going topless at your girlfriends house Nelson. No one wants to see you with your shirt off.

          • July 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

            Sheet metal

            • junior
              July 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm

              I dig sheet metal – good stuff.

            • Pinky
              July 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm

              I’m certain your nipples on Facebook violate that sites porn standards

              • July 23, 2015 at 5:36 pm


                • Greg Diamond
                  July 25, 2015 at 10:53 am

                  What here is supposedly “satire”? Some anonymous homophobe attacking Vern for not wearing a shirt? I don’t even think that falls into any category of humor.

                  The posters “Dan D. Stalker” and (most of the time) “truck drivin’ mike” on OJB are clearly satire. I don’t see any “satire” here. If you do, speak up.

                • July 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm

                  Oh, I don’t see homophobia in the comment at all. But if you see satire in posts or your site but not here, I can’t help you. Get more sleep.

  5. junior
    July 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Diamond: “..ill-tempered reactionary Junior ..”

    Yeah …. Diamond has his panties in a bunch because I posted a website which lists 10 reasons why people hate you and I let him know, ever so nicely, that he “nailed” 6 of those reasons why people hate him.

    So pussy face banned me from posting on OJB website.

    • Greg Diamond
      July 21, 2015 at 1:11 am

      Noooo, that wasn’t why. As you know.

      As FDR said of the malefactors of great wealth in his day: “I welcome their hatred.”

      • July 21, 2015 at 8:07 am

        Do you welcome their pity? I don’t hate you Greg. I pity you. You’re closer to 60 than 50; lottery tickets aren’t retirement plans

        • Ryan Cantor
          July 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

          As a rule, Dan-o, mockery and pity are mutually exclusive.

          • July 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

            I pity you too, you very angry man

            • Ryan Cantor
              July 21, 2015 at 2:27 pm


              I’ll file that response under #completelyappropriate, crossfile #missedthepoint

              • July 21, 2015 at 3:34 pm

                you do that and I’ll file it under #dontgiveacrapwhatryancantorhastosay and #shouldntryanbeworkinginstadofreplyingtoblogcommentsduringtheworkday?

                • Ryan Cantor
                  July 21, 2015 at 4:57 pm

                  Then don’t reply, Dan. Actions speak louder . . . .

                  Thanks for your professional advice. I know this wasn’t the first, or last, attempt.

                  Have a sweet day.

                • July 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

                  I didn’t get a post up yesterday Ryan. Cause I was WORKING. Try it sometime

                • Ryan Cantor
                  July 22, 2015 at 11:02 am

                  . . . You do understand that has nothing to do with my reply and proved my point?

                  Who am I kidding? Probably not.


        • Greg Diamond
          July 22, 2015 at 1:18 am

          What do I care what human emotion you claim to be experiencing? You’d lie about your number of nostrils if you thought it would ingratiate you to those with power.

          • July 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

            I don’t care about those with power. Unlike say, Tait & Associates, I have no government contracts. I don’t seek them either. I’m not looking for anyone to pay with me taxpayer dollars like you are hoping to with legal fees from lawsuits you hope to win.

            • Greg Diamond
              July 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

              Please share more with us about your contempt for public interest law. Does your contempt extend to the ACLU? The Southern Poverty Law Center? NAACP? NOW?

              Take another swing at rebutting the “you’re a suckup to power” charge, because it looks like you hurt yourself with that swing-and-a-miss.

              • July 27, 2015 at 9:13 am

                are you really comparing your work to the ACLU? You don’t specialize in this area of law and from what we’ve seen so far, you’re bad at it.

    July 21, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Vern, you seem to have an intimate relationship with the Anaheim gang culture.

    Was it it “your” gang the AVLS that murdered this good man Dave Douglas. Or was it the EASTSIDERS?

    Please help us understand how this can be defended? While Donna and Yesina continue to feed, shelter and protect the “ISIS” of Anaheim.

    Maybe a drone strike is needed. I don’t see any of these women raising anything but more foot soldiers.


    • Greg Diamond
      July 22, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Now that I’ve got the screenshot: take down this post from “Anaheim Gang Watcher” immediately. Otherwise, you can identify the author if you don’t want to be liable for its contents. The “drone strikes” reference is the one most obviously out of line.

      • July 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

        Let’s break down the comment:
        1. Observation
        2. Question, question
        3. Question, opinion.
        4. Speculation; opinionated observation.
        5. Call to action on something most everyone would agree is bad — gang violence.

        • July 22, 2015 at 6:46 pm

          “Stop FTP” = “Stop filming the police.” Really Dan? Real timely and liberal call for you to get behind, in 2015.

          • July 22, 2015 at 11:06 pm

            The F isn’t for “film.” You know it

            • July 22, 2015 at 11:11 pm

              In the context of Anna Drive, and the activists this jackass keeps naming, it most certainly IS “film the police.”

              Anyway I don’t know this Mormon story they’re talking about, I guess I have to go look it up.

              • July 23, 2015 at 6:49 am

                Vern, in case you’re wondering, I don’t agree with every comment that goes up here. Blogs are supposed to facilitate debate. Didn’t you know that

              • July 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

                OC Weekly has the story….

            • Greg Diamond
              July 25, 2015 at 10:42 am

              Clueless Host: What Anaheim figure has a van with “Film the Police” painted onto it? If you think that I’m making this up, please once again betray your ignorance.

              • July 25, 2015 at 6:33 pm

                I know Donna has it on her car. But I maintain the F doesn’t stand for film

          • July 22, 2015 at 11:17 pm

            Vern, with your support of Tait, Vanderbilt, Pettibone, Pauly and Phan, you are going to lecture me about things liberal. How about “FTG” film the gangs?

      • Tom Deardon
        July 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm

        Greg. You can “screen shot” a picture of the moon. It means NOTHING.

        The same violent “urban terrorists” that killed Dave Douglas are the ones you, Vern, Jose Moreno and Tom Tait work so hard to protect.

        What part of violent killers don’t you guys understand? Why is it OK for gang members to KIll citizens? Maybe if you began avocating for real “social justice” instead of this bullshit you proclaim, Anaheim would be better. Yogi, Diaz,lil smokie and bonger begged to die( who could blame them) This man didn’t. He was a positive influence.

        A handful of white men defending MURDERS. You guys give progressives a bad name.

        • July 22, 2015 at 11:04 pm

          Please stick to one name for comments or you won’t see another one published here

        • Greg Diamond
          July 25, 2015 at 10:44 am

          I presume that that’s not your real name and I’m not going to argue with either a deluded or dishonest bullshitter who won’t put his real-life reputation at risk.

          • Dan Chmielewski
            July 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm

            language Mr. Diamond. Language

      • David Vasquez
        July 22, 2015 at 9:50 pm

        I can’t help but notice that Mr. Diamond IMEDIATELY breaks out the F%$K Stick, instead of agreeing that a fine man was tragically killed. As a Liberal Democrat, I have my issues with LDS, but what this guy did and was doing was ABSOLUTELY for the betterment of society. Douglas, from EVERYTHING I have read was a low key guy who just wanted to do good.
        Leave it to Greg Diamond to re-establish right and wrong.


        • david Vasquez
          July 22, 2015 at 10:19 pm

          My APOLOGIES for hogging, I actually PAID and went to the Angels Twins tonight (LAA WINS), which is more than we can say for the others.

          ALL THIS GANG TALK REMINDED ME OF THIS BIT (How fitting for the wanna be saviors):



          How great is this parody, almost SAD when you consider the hundreds of LIVES that gang violence has cost, yet somehow it is OK with Greg Diamond.

        • Greg Diamond
          July 25, 2015 at 10:49 am

          Dan, consider this a takedown notice on “Mr. Vasquez’s” reply as well. The previous one is for Yesenia (whom I currently represent); this one is for me. on grounds of defamation.

          If you don’t either take them down or provide the accurate contact information of the posters, sufficient to allow service of process, then you own the consequences personally.

          • July 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm

            How exactly are you defamed here? If you want to start the defamation game, let’s play simply because you attribute a number of falsehoods about me too.

            By virtue of your candidacies, CATER position, and blogging, you’re a public figure. You’d have to prove that what was written about was false and written with intent to defame your reputation. I can produce posts you’ve written that make a case for this. But I’ll run this by my lawyer and see what she says. And I know what a SLAP suit is counselor….

          • July 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm

            Please identify the post Yesina wants taken down. I can’t tell which one you’re referring to. And she’ll have to email me herself

            • Dan Chmielewski
              July 26, 2015 at 3:48 pm

              Nothing in this comment can be construed as defamation. If you think the last sentence is, I will remind you of the defense you wrote in the Robert Moreno Jr. Posts

          • David Vasquez
            July 25, 2015 at 7:25 pm

            Speaking of screenshots, someone should grab the one of Greg Diamond BEGGING his client to contact him (because he doesn’t have her phone number???) straight away. Aside from the fact that this “crack legal mind” communicates with his “client” publicly on FACEBOOK at 2:34 AM on a Saturday Morning!

            What kind of respectable lawyer would NOT have constant contact with his clients? I am a small business man and (and my wife has our business lawyer on our cell phones!).
            I am reminded of this thread from a few months back:


            Greg, as I have said, I am not a “party insider” like you. I am not “deeply connected” to the inner workings of the OCDP. I know a few people who are. I just vote (and laugh about you behind your back). You are one for the books mister. And my having the resources to blow $250. on a weekday Angel game (that’s known as a “Businessman’s Special”) probably pisses you off. the difference is I work hard, sometimes 65 hours a week, my wife a nurse works hard. Just because you choose to be a loser, doesn’t mean a thing. I guess the good news for you is when you get counter sued, all you have to lose is a 20 year old Zenith and a broken down laptop that you use to destroy yourself and the Democratic Party of Orange County.

    July 23, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    How in the world could ANYONE defend the murderous gang thugs that have characterized these neighborhoods. Sad but true: people will do anything for ink.

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