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Will Joe Dunn run for Congress or is Joe “Done”

Senator Joe Dunn (ret.)

Senator Joe Dunn (ret.)

Since I started writing for this blog back in 2006, a Joe Dunn candidacy for high office in OC is sort of a pipe dream for many of OC’s liberals and progressives.  Dunn, a respected former State Senator from Central OC in the middle of last decade, is rumored to be making calls and has designs to run for Congress in CD-46, the seat now held by Loretta Sanchez.

Color me skeptical, but Dunn has done this before.  Teased a candidacy for State Assembly in 2006 only to withdraw.  He teased a candidacy for First District Supervisor to challenge Janet Nguyen only to withdraw.  There were indications Dunn was going for the DPOC Chairman’s job, only to withdraw.  With the exception of the Assembly race in 2006, won by Jose Solorio, Dunn’s flirtations with higher office have cost Democratic opportunities to advance (Jeff Letourneau held off on pursuing the DPOC chair until Dunn made up his mind and the delay likely cost Letourneau a decent shot).

A Joe Dunn congressional candidacy most hurts a possible Bao Nguyen candidacy the most, due to shared political alliances.  Next, it hurts Lou Correa because voters could get a side by side comparison of the two men that help the seat for so long.

Dunn is also on the Board of Directors for the Voice of OC.  Dunn’s biggest baggage, besides his canditeasing, is his firing from his job as Executive Director of the California State Bar Association; Dunn filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Organization which denied any wrongdoing in letting him go.

If Nguyen jumps into the race as a carpetbagger, OC has three great Democratic candidates.  It’s unclear what sort of support Dunn still has nearly 10 years after leaving public office and after so many early withdrawls.

  24 comments for “Will Joe Dunn run for Congress or is Joe “Done”

  1. August 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Joe filed this morning and the Orange Juice broke the story.

    I will not blog-whore.
    I will not blog-whore.
    I will not blog-whore.

    • August 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Great, get back to me when he actually turns in papers…..I won’t hold my breath

  2. Anton Marc
    August 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Filed vs. Turns in papers? Help me out here, Dan. Has anyone turned in papers yet? And Vern, what is this about Dunn running?

    • August 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Nick Anas who until recently led the DPOC, said this morning on FacebooK that Joe “pulled papers.” How many hoops are involved in this process? That’s different from “filing?” i thought it seemed significant. In any case I’m gonna try to get an interview with Joe tonight or tomorrow.

    • August 12, 2015 at 8:54 am

      I’m not tracking that yet; only matters with who has turned in their signatures on the filing deadline to be a candidate. Dunn has apparently turned in the papers he pulled. Let’s see if he leaves them with the registrar at the filing deadline. To be clear, my only issue with Joe is that he makes overtures towards running and backs out leaving other Democratic candidates in a bad position to step up. That First District Supes race is a prime example….does anyone remember the eventual Democratic candidate: Hoa Van Tran. Have you heard from him since? Nope.

  3. August 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    You don’t know the process? How lame. Ask Greg.

    • August 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      I was right, he filed. You’re the lame one today, predicting he wouldn’t.

      • August 12, 2015 at 8:20 am

        Actually, if you re-read the post slowly and while moving your lips as you do so, you’ll note I was skeptical he would; hence the question asked in the headline. I’m sure Joe would welcome the support of the vastly underemployed bloggers at the OJ blog and those with experience in the criminal justice system that you and your friend Paul have….

        Now the bigger question: does Bao run? Four strong Democrats in the race could help assures Irvine’s Lynn Schott with a top 2 finish of those voters who always vote for an “R”.

        • August 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

          I think Bao has no reason to run now that there is a good Democrat in the race. I predict Bao makes no more moves and stays in Garden Grove where he’s needed. Now let’s see who knows stuff around here…

          • Dan Chmielewski
            August 12, 2015 at 5:16 pm

            There are three good Democrats in the race Vern. And I predict you’ll be drinking later tonight. It’s after 5 after all.

            • August 12, 2015 at 7:24 pm

              Strike three, you’re out, dipstick.

              • Dan Chmielewski
                August 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm

                Aren’t you still a registered Republican dipstick? Are you registered in HB or Anaheim these days?

                • August 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm

                  Would love to answer you, but remember you just struck out. Get back on the bench. Them’s the rules, champ.

                • August 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

                  OK, you didn’t strike out, since Bao filed. I didn’t think he would and I think he shouldn’t. But that means I’ll answer you. I live in Huntington Beach, and I haven’t got around to changing my registration back, although I did try online for a long time on the day Greg was being disciplined by the DPOC. I’ll probably become an independent once I get around to it, but I vote Dem 90% of the time or so.

                • August 13, 2015 at 9:41 am

                  so you were a registered Republican sitting in a DPOC meeting; Greg was ousted like a year and a half ago and you still haven’t been able to re-register? Head over to any city hall and ask for a form. It’s not like you work all day. and you’re still a Republican which means you don’t get to lecture me about being a good Democrat, you hypocrite. The party ought to revoke ANY award they gave you. Or better still, put a bell in it so we can hear when you drive up somewhere.

                • August 13, 2015 at 9:37 am

                  don’t forget to add a disclaimer that your step-daughter is Bao Nguyen’s treasurer in every reference, post or comment you make on this race Mr. Diamond. Ethics call for it.

                • August 13, 2015 at 9:45 am

                  I’m a better Democrat when I’m sleeping than you are when you open your mouth.

  4. junior
    August 12, 2015 at 6:25 am

    The California State Auditor says that, under the direction of Joe Dunn the State Bar, “Has Not Consistently Protected the Public Through Its Attorney Discipline Process and Lacks Accountability”

    During our audit of the State Bar’s discipline system and its finances, we noted the following:
    • To reduce its 2010 excessive complaint backlog of over 5,000 cases to just over 1,700 cases in 2011, the State Bar frequently settled cases and may have been too lenient and allowed some attorneys whom it otherwise might have
    disciplined more severely—or even disbarred—to continue practicing law.
     The years the State Bar focused its efforts on decreasing its backlog, the State Bar settled over 1,500 cases—more than in any of the other four years in our audit period.
     The level of discipline the State Bar recommended as part of some of these settlements was inadequate—of the 27 cases the California Supreme Court returned to it for further examination, the State Bar increased the level of
    discipline it recommended in 21 cases, including five disbarments.
    • The information the State Bar submits to the Legislature in its Annual Discipline Report is problematic—the State Bar continues to report fewer cases than the law permits despite the similar concern we raised in our 2009 audit.
    • The State Bar’s efforts to align its staffing with its mission have fallen short. It shifted staffing resources, employed contractors, and authorized a significant amount of overtime to reduce its backlog in 2011, but discontinued those
    operational changes shortly thereafter and its backlog has again begun to increase—by 25 percent since 2011.
    • Despite spending $76.6 million to purchase a building in Los Angeles, the State Bar did not perform a cost-benefit analysis before receiving board approval for the purchase. Further, in a report to the Legislature just four months prior
    to purchasing the building, the State Bar underestimated the total cost by more than $50 million.
    • Over the last six years, the amount the State Bar collected from annual membership fees exceeded its operational costs. In fact, the excess funds would be sufficient to cover between four and nine months of the State Bar’s
    operations—which is between two and seven months more than general best practices dictate.

    • junior
      August 12, 2015 at 8:31 am

      In short – Joe Dunn is a rat crook who ratted out the nest of rat crooks for the purpose of not looking so much like the rat crook he is.

      • Greg Diamond
        August 13, 2015 at 12:02 am

        Those certainly are “other words.” In fact, you couldn’t have made them more “other” if you had written them in Sanskrit script.

        • junior
          August 13, 2015 at 6:04 am


  5. junior
    August 13, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Ha ha ha – Vern is a registered Republican – you should join me at the next OC GOP Central Committee meeting Vern.

    • August 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      I will pass, Tardif – you have been far too obnoxious these last few months.

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