Jordan Brandman formally announces bid for Congress


TheLiberalOC has learned that Anaheim city council member Jordan Brandman is running for Congress in CD-46, the seat held by Loretta Sanchez.  Brandman joins former State Senator Lou Correa as the only other declared candidate in the race.

From his announcement, Brandman said,”I’m running for Congress to fight for working families, help our local businesses create jobs, defend Social Security and Medicare, protect our environment, ensure every child has access to a 21st century education and to stand up to the special interests who are polarizing our nation’s capital.  It is imperative that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s successor follow her example of commonsense leadership and forceful advocacy for our neighborhoods and schools.  I am that person.”

Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen is said to be considering a run for the seat and Irvine Council member Lynn Schott has a campaign committee but has not yet announced. It’s believed Nguyen resides outside of the district so both he and Schott, the only Republican, would be running as carpetbaggers.

Brandman is the only Democrat on the Anaheim City Council and garnered the highest number of votes in the 2012 race, including the most votes for a council candidate in Anaheim’s most Latino district.  His family has a long history of campaigning for Democratic candidates even in the days when Orange County was a truly Red County.

Using the 2012 AD-69 primary election as a guide, Brandman figures to make the top two.  senator Correa and Mayor Nguyen would duel for the Vietnamese vote in Santa Ana.  Correa would hope to have Latino voters in Santa Ana come out strong (they didn’t in 2012).  Schott would take the hard core Republican vote while Brandman would be strongest in the high voter districts in Anaheim and Orange that skew more moderately.

Here’s Brandman’s announcement.

And here is his list of endorsements so far:


Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assembly Member, 65th District (ret.)

Art Brown, Mayor, City of Buena Park

Valerie Amezcua, Trustee, Santa Ana Unified School District

Chris Brown, Trustee, Savanna School District

Steve Harris, Trustee, Centralia School District

David Robert “D.R.” Heywood, Trustee, Anaheim City School District

Leonard Lahtinen, Trustee, North Orange County Community College District

Donna Miller, Trustee, North Orange County Community College District (ret.)

Kathy Moffat, Trustee, Orange Unified School District

Anna Piercy, Trustee, Anaheim Union High School District

Lorraine Prinsky, Trustee, Coast Community College District

Barbara Quintana, Trustee, Magnolia School District

Connor Traut, Trustee, Centralia School District

Jim Adams, Commission, Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission

Gail Anderson, Commissioner, Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission

Eric Anderson, Commissioner, Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission

Linda Barnett, Board Member, Anaheim Community Services Board

Steve Brio, Board Member, Anaheim Community Services Board

Carolyn Bryant, Board Member, Anaheim Community Center Authority Board

Lon Cahill, Board Member, Anaheim Public Utilities Board

Mitchell Caldwell, Commissioner, Anaheim Planning Commission

Belal “Bill” Dalati, Commissioner, Anaheim Planning Commission

Stephen Faessel, Chair, Anaheim Budget, Investment and Technology Commission

Susan Faessel, Board Member, Anaheim Public Utilities Board

Craig Farrow, Commissioner, Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission

Lori Farrow, Commissioner, Anaheim Sister City Commission

Daniel Fierro, Commissioner, Anaheim Budget, Investment and Technology Commission

Mary Ann Gaido, Commissioner, Irvine Planning Commission

Phyllis Greenberg, Commission, Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission

Grant Henninger, Commissioner, Anaheim Planning Commission

Michelle Lieberman, Commissioner, Anaheim Planning Commission

Michelle Majewski, Board Member, Anaheim Library Board

Claudia Perez Figueroa, Commissioner, Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission

Kenneth Shimogawa, Board Member, Anaheim Library Board

Teresa Moran Shimogawa, Board Member, Anaheim Community Services Board

Frank Barbaro, Chair Emeritus, Democratic Party of Orange County

A quick trip to Lou Correa’s website doesn’t show any endorsements so far.

  19 comments for “Jordan Brandman formally announces bid for Congress

  1. Randy Roddy
    July 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    It’s safe to say that he will get the corporate welfare queen vote.

  2. OCDEM
    July 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I am tol Greg Diamonds “BS EXPRESS” article may do him in. When a member in good standing, who is the face of young democrats announces an ambitious challenge to seek a coveted seat in the most professional way possible and is met with this by his own party member……..

    I am told there are by laws and aethod to remove Greg. Some are opposed but most know…..this guy will DESTROY anything he touches. He is like a crack head. He knows NO boundries. Including insuating Jordan is Gay while denying it….


    • pinky
      July 17, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      That insomniac dippitydot whith his drunken friend Vern and convicted felon Paul are all in for Bao. That says everything you need to know

    • Greg Diamond
      July 17, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      Well, they’d have to do it under their own names, so that would at least be some progress.

      I’m all for opening up a wider debate on Brandman’s record. (It was good on School Board; it’s terrible on Council.) So let them try to remove me if they think they can. Maybe this time they can manage it without breaking state campaign finance laws by having the Chair and others pay the dues — just when the item came up at the end of the meeting — of those who had not satisfied their dues commitments by the beginning of the meeting, when it was required. (And of course one can’t make a contribution to a PAC — which is what “party dues” is — in another person’s name at all.)

      I decided not to file an FPPC complaint at the time because at that time I still had hope for internal reform. That was probably too gentle on my part. If anyone wants to challenge the story, I can find my list of who did it.

      Actually, unlike many Democratic insiders, I *don’t* insinuate that Jordan is gay. As I’ve said repeatedly, I have no evidence of his having any sexuality at all. (Some people are like that.) But I’m not asserting THAT either; I simply have no way of knowing.

      • Dan Chmielewski
        July 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        Jordan’s sexuality, Bao’s sexuality, your sexuality for that matter is no one’s business. No one needs to present you with any evidence of their private lives at all

        • July 19, 2015 at 9:48 pm

          I’ve never seen or heard Greg mention Jordan’s sexuality. You’ve got Greg confused with me or Jason Young.

          • July 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm

            Not even so much me.

            • July 20, 2015 at 12:11 am

              What business is it of yours?

              • July 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

                Not much really. Just letting you know you’re wrong about Greg as usual.

                • July 20, 2015 at 9:24 am

                  I’m not as wrong about Greg nearly as often as he’s wrong about me.

                • Greg Diamond
                  July 21, 2015 at 1:17 am

                  I think that I’m right that you love confident and unprovable generalizations and I love actual data. So you tote up all of the places where I’m supposedly “wrong” about you and I can do the same for you. My question is whether I get to impute all of the anonymous things said on your site — some of which may or may not be written or solicited by you — to you.

                  You’re going to answer with some reference to “Dan D. Stalker” on OJB. I don’t know his identity, but I also know that he (or she) is writing wildly exaggerated satire that no one could take seriously. (He’s got your tone and bluster down, though.) That’s most unlike your menagerie of masked trolls here.

                • July 21, 2015 at 8:06 am

                  Actually Greg, I love actual data too. For example, I won’t contest that your ballot statement for an anti-Poseidon message wasn’t cost effective; it was cheap, no doubt. However, given that the electorate overwhelmingly elected your opponent is evidence that the message wasn’t effective. I also look at data that 70% of the party voted to remove you from your party leadership position. And let’s not ignore that actual data suggests you bend over backwards to support anything Tom Tait and those candidates Tait supports want to do regardless of party affiliation. I believe there’s considerable satire on the anonymous commenters here; I do search IP addresses because I don’t like when people with the same IP address use multiple names, but I don’t do the search-and-destroy searching you do with attempts to tie things to the Anaheim chamber.

                  1:17AM? Honestly, get some sleep. Read a book. Walk. Exercise. Try a sleeping pill.

                • Greg Diamond
                  July 23, 2015 at 8:13 am

                  I was running against an incumbent in a water board race, who would otherwise have been unopposed. And, unlike my other two races, I didn’t campaign at all. Getting 1/3 of the vote is fine. You really think that none of that 1/3 of the electorate — a respectably large number — was affected and educated by the message? First, you have no way of knowing. Second, you wouldn’t apply that same logic to Irvine’s results, I’d bet. Third, you clearly know nothing about building political movements. You don’t usually start out above 50%.

                  One reason that 70% of the party voted to remove me because the Chair and his gang cheated, literally making illegal campaign contributions to the party on behalf of others so that they could vote. (Without those illegal contributions, I easily win.) Didn’t I already write about that before here last week, or was that somewhere else?

                  I’ve disagreed with Tait plenty of times. But I don’t think that I’ve ever disagreed with him about something involving corruption, the issue that underlies most of the contentious issues in Anaheim.

                  You’re quite the poster boy for the benefits of exercise.

                • July 23, 2015 at 10:09 am

                  To answer your questions:
                  1. No.
                  2. Not applicable and up against a wall of developer-funded signs, mailers that were flat out lies.
                  3. Duh, but you’re a poor architect of movements with the possible exception of bowel movements.

                  On your removal: you win? the majority still would have voted to oust you. Cheated? You mean like the deals proposed to retain some position for you in violation of the party’s bylaws which your side indicated was no problem. OK if it favors you, but you join Deborah Pauly in people so detested by their own party they got booted. The one party meeting I showed for (as I hold no position in the DPOC) I honestly couldn’t believe how much you talked and interjected yourself into dialogue; you’re desperate to lead the party but no one wants to follow you because you value no one’s ideas but your own.

                  Tait…blah, blah….as I recall, you trashed the party’s endorsed candidate in that race which certainly didn’t help.

                  Benefits of exercise…poster boy. Join me at Bootcamp someday counselor; let’s see how many push ups and sit ups you can do in two minutes. But spoiler..its starts at 5:30 AM and you probably can’t afford it.

      • junior
        July 19, 2015 at 7:12 pm

        Diamond – This article could be valuable to you. But I doubt if you will take heed of it.

        10 Reasons Why People Hate You

  3. Mark Price
    July 20, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I don’t think people HATE Greg as much as they tire of his antics.

    His constant berating of others and ignorance of veiwpoints that counter his make him the quinsential outcast. But he thrives on that. Because when you talk louder, act prouder its always easier than doing the real work: listening.

    The next time you hear Greg talk about taking on incumbants in the name of Social Justice ask yourself: at what/whose cost. Certainly not his as he begs for help offsetting his ridiculous ballot statement that few if any read.

    Greg. Go get a job. Support yourself.

    • Greg Diamond
      July 23, 2015 at 7:55 am

      I don’t recall anyone of your name being involved with local Democratic politics. The ninjas are getting more clever.

      But I really am interested in how you know how many people read my ballot statement. Is that data published somewhere? Don’t cite the election returns; those have much more to do with ballot designation, especially “incumbent.”

      • July 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

        Instead of spending money you don’t have Greg, you should have used it to help your family pay bills. I suggest you seek work in the lucrative legal profession so you can commend a high salary and always be busy and well paid.

  4. Anton Marc
    July 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Hasn’t he already proven the Peter Principle hypothesis?

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