Brandman abandons Congressional run

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) with Anaheim council member Jordan Brandman in Costa Mesa

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) with Anaheim council member Jordan Brandman in Costa Mesa

A LiberalOC exclusive: Anaheim City Council member Jordan Brandman has pulled out of the race for Congress in CD-46.  Brandman announced the news in a letter to supporters this afternoon.

Here’s a copy of the letter:


Dear Friend,

As my good friend and strong supporter, I wanted to let you know that I have decided to end my campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.

I have not come to my decision easily. I have put my heart and soul into this campaign over the last few months, and I feel that our hard work has been paying off. Our fundraising, endorsements, and strong community support have been impressive and, quite frankly, very humbling.

However, after much deliberation with my family, friends, and supporters, I have decided that there are still a great many things I would like to help accomplish for the residents of Anaheim.

For the remainder of my term on the Anaheim City Council, I look forward to bolstering critical infrastructure, helping our families feel safer in their neighborhoods, and successfully implementing the City’’s new city council district plan. These efforts and their outcome will be fundamental to deciding what kind of city Anaheim becomes over the next few decades, and I consider it a privilege to represent you as we work on them together.

Running for Congress has been an honor. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities I have had to meet many new friends and listen to residents’ stories of challenge and triumph.

I look forward to continuing these conversations and working with you to move our community forward.

Thank you for your support. I am proud to count you as my friend. Best wishes and happy holidays to you and your family.


Jordan Brandman

  23 comments for “Brandman abandons Congressional run

  1. David Vasquez
    December 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    On Anna Drive (or in a Huntington Beach bedroom), A subsidized upstairs apartment in Brea, and in a nearby mansion in the hills of that same town, they are celebrating!

    Imagine that, a months salary blown on this.

    Jordan never had much of a chance for congress, like Bao, he is undisciplined and still green. Time to toast the two buck Chuck (in Brea) and the hard stuff and breakout the Meth pipe on Anna Drive!

    • December 16, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      What is there to freakin celebrate, nimrod? Nobody thought he would win or stay in the race, and he remains a bane on Anaheim.

    • Greg Diamond
      December 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Not much point in celebrating what was already inevitable, Fake Vasquez.

      You already know that my 3-BDR apartment is not subsidized and that Jeff’s is not a mansion. (I think that we do have a bottle of Two Buck Chuck stowed away for red-wine emergency putposes, though.)

      Vern will have to answer for himself, but I expect that joins me in a shrug and pity for those he continues to “represent.”

      • December 17, 2015 at 8:15 am

        Two Buck Chuck is only appropriate to cook with, not drink. If you have a red wine emergency, do your guests a favor and serve something drinkable; I prefer Jordan and Stag’s Leap cabs as well as old Vine Berringers, but for you “Bitch” is not bad for an $8.99 bottle and it’s got a screw cap. I’d pair it with “Arrogant bastard” ale.

        • Greg Diamond
          December 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

          I’m sure that it felt good for you to get all of that out.

          I prefer Chilean and Argentine labels, though Australia and New Zealand have gotten very good. But I’m most partial to the Rhone Valley — Chateau Neuf de Pape, ideally — but of course that would not be for a “red wine emergency,” eh?

          Speaking of which: when you are next relaxing with your next glass of Arroganr Bastard, perhaps you might contemplate how far my tongue was pressed into my cheek when in my reply to Fake Vasquez I used the term “red wine emergency” at all.

          Please leave the parodying you to us. It’s less sad.

          • December 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm

            Well Bitch is an Australian Grenache. I prefer whites from New Zealand. I still have two bottles of Sauska I brought back from Hungary in 2014. Amazing stuff. Panda

            • December 18, 2015 at 8:24 am

              sorry, but the best wine in the world comes from Umbria in Italy; the best whine in Orange County is CATER claiming Brown Act violations and never really wining that argument in court.

  2. December 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Yes, the Boy Wonder still has much to do … to Anaheim!

  3. Jeff LeTourneau
    December 16, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    If he was so interested in implementing district elections in Anaheim, he shouldn’t have thrown the Latino community under the bus so he wouldn’t have to run against Dr. Moreno. The only people to feel bad about are those who threw their money down a rat hole on his laughable.campaign. Let’s see if they are so foolish as to do it again when he make a Supervisor run…….You can’t make this stuff up folks!

    • David Vasquez
      December 16, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Dr. Moreno ran and LOST. Pretty simple.

      If the argument is that we should gerrymander lines so “Jose” can win, I’d accept that. But just come out and say VOTES don’t matter, partisan politics do.

      • Dan Chmielewski
        December 16, 2015 at 9:31 pm

        I think Moreno beat Eastman by less than 150 votes in what would be District 3. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit left lots of things unresolved like sequencing that could have taken this out of the council’s hands.

      • Jeff LeTourneau
        December 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm

        Jordans map divides The Ponderosa neighborhood into 3 districts and Little
        Arabia into two districts, a blatant violation of the principle of preserving communities of interest. It is a arrogant attempt at self preservation at the expense of Anaheim’s most marginalized communities. Ian Calderon should fire Jordan from his District Director position as he is clearly an enemy of the Latino community he was elected to represent!

        • David Vasquez
          December 16, 2015 at 9:45 pm

          To introduce ANY Calderon into this debate is akin to asking Donald Rumsfeld to talk about peace on earth.

          Really, a guy who lives in Olinda Ranch is going to lecture people on what’s right for “Latino’s”

        • Commenting Gnome
          December 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm

          Jeff, if you are going to insult Jordan and the map he wants, at least get the facts right. Yes it sucks, but Ponderosa is only divided into two districts. THE COLONY is the one who gets screwed the most. Thanks for your assistance, but if you are going to get involved, know the lay of the land.

          • Cynthia Ward
            December 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm

            Colony gets divided into THREE districts. That is three separate leaders offering their “guidance” to staff for the Mills Act and other preservation programs. No chance for conflicting orders THERE, folks. Oh yeah, those would be legal contracts in which monetary damages can easily be shown should someone screw up the program. But sure, let’s set ourselves up for even more litigation, while flushing the hard work of many, many people in central Anaheim who have busted butt for DECADES to create a cohesive neighborhood out of what was once gang territory where the Fire Department couldn’t put out the car burning in the middle of the street until the cops made the idiots shooting at each other over the top of the car stop shooting. So it seems every community of interest of every color and economic status is getting screwed in District 3. Yay Jordan. He said he doesn’t plan to move. He might want to rethink that.

          • Jeff LeTourneau
            December 16, 2015 at 10:52 pm

            You are correct and I was mistaken. . The princilpal remains the same. The people’s map.preserves communities of interest. Jordan’s consultant map #2 does not!

            • December 17, 2015 at 8:24 am

              Since you’re in the mood to admit mistakes Jeff, any plans to apologize to our County Chair for your inaccurate portrayal of his support for your motion to condemn the actions of the Anaheim council majority? He did nothing of the sort and moved that item along quickly. Or would an apology for a blatant lie be beneath you because it would be to Henry and weakens your ongoing campaign to undermine the chair at every turn?

              • Greg Diamond
                December 19, 2015 at 5:17 am

                OK, Dan — for the record, as if this has a snowball’s chance of shutting you up:

                The disagreement between Jeff and Henry was about whether a resolution would go through the moribund Resolutions Committee — where Ray Cordova could have sat on it until it died and Henry could have dictated the final wording — and be decided upon (I think only the day before the City Council meeting!) by the Executive Board. Jeff wanted it to go directly to the Central Committee as a whole, where it would be rapidly approved (in an urgent situation) and Jeff’s wording could only be changed by the body as a whole.

                Jeff preferred the latter; Henry preferred the former. Maybe he would have favored something as good, maybe not — it would almost certainly not have been as quick and momentum is important in politics.

                Henry did come through in the end and both read the resolution well at the meeting and added his own strong original contribution. Given that he likely did so despite demands from the Old Guard that he find a way to quash it, I give him ample credit.

                But there is NO WAY that he would have done so in time to affect the result with Jeff (and others of us) pushing him, and his preferred course of action would likely have been much less effective.

                In the spirit of comity, I’ll end my critique there. Henry did good on this; I salute him for that. And you should damn well salute Jeff as well.

                • December 19, 2015 at 7:50 pm

                  Except Henry told Jeff at the Truman dinner he wouldn’t stand in his way. Henry asked a question or two but it was agreed the party would move the resolution forward.

        • December 17, 2015 at 8:34 am

          Calderon ought to fire him? Well hell Jeff, let’s just round Jordan up and take him out back and shoot him since you hate him so much. Last time I checked, Brandman was elected by an entire city–one that’s very diverse (been to Little Arabia like ever?). But heck, I’m sure you can borrow a shotgun from Paul Lucas and grab your brother-in-law and his friend Ryan who thinks Jordan ought to be banned from the DPOC and pile Jordan into Vern’s car and tie him to a tree in Cynthia’s yard and fire away. Take a chill pill please. You’re getting irrational.

          • Greg Diamond
            December 19, 2015 at 5:20 am

            When he’s right he’s right, Jeff: there is NO MIDDLE GROUND between Ian Calderon terminating his position (if Jordan still has it) and you, me, and a couple of others conspiring to kidnap Jordan and execute him. And anyone who thinks that there IS a difference is NOT A SERIOUS THINKER!

            (Note to the DA — this is a joke, you yutz.)

    • December 17, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Well, I threw money into that campaign and Bao’s for that matter and don’t consider either campaign to be laughable. But by all means, tell me how Bao has a realistic shot at CD-46 and for disclosure, since you won’t do it, you have a family member paid by the campaign…..people ought to know your bias here

      • Greg Diamond
        December 19, 2015 at 5:26 am

        (As our host considers his crusade to deprive Orange County of qualified campaign treasurers by beating them up over their family members so that they’ll finally say “to hell with it” and find another job where they don’t get targeted by men with … issues. VICTORY SHALL SOMEDAY BE HIS!)

        Jeff, you may now go ahead and admit that what your niece earns from providing professional compliance services to Bao guides your every move. Because WHY ELSE would you have a positive attitude towards a guy who’s been your friend for many years?

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