Days after Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman betrayed his fellow Democrats and Anaheim’s Latino residents by abandoning the effort to develop City Council districts in his city he has dropped his campaign for the 46th Congressional District, according to the O.C. Register.
Brandman was recently reprimanded by the Democratic Party of Orange County when he joined in a 3-2 November Anaheim City Council vote to put the district with a majority of voting age Latino citizens on the ballot in 2018 instead of 2016.
Brandman was one of several Democrats vying to replace U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who is running for the U.S. Senate and is vacating her House seat.
Brandman had no business running for Congress in the first place. Democratic Party insiders believe that he was only in the race for the 46th as a favor to former State Legislator Lou Correa, in an attempt to split the white vote and undermine former State Senator Joe Dunn’s campaign for the 46th.
This was a tough campaign for Brandman as he was forced out of the closet, finally coming out as gay after another candidate for the 46th, Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen, publicly revealed that he is gay.
Brandman has long been a puppet of former Anaheim Mayor, turned lobbyist, Curt Pringle. But his recent actions have destroyed his popularity in his Democratic Party and coming out as gay won’t help him with Republican voters in Anaheim. He appears to have wrecked his political career, which has largely consisted of being a tool for the Disney Company and other corporate interests in Anaheim’s Resort District.
This is not the first time that Brandman has stepped in it. He accepted a huge check from former O.C. Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly for a consulting report that contained an entire section that was apparently largely copied from the Wikipedia entry on Orange County, according to the Voice of OC, a couple of years ago.
And an investigative report commissioned by the Anaheim Union High School District found evidence that former board trustee Brandman used district resources for personal business — possibly for work on his city council campaign, according to the Voice of OC.
Brandman wrote in a statement that “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” while serving on the council. Of course he failed to mention the districting controversy.
Brandman is finished in politics, in our opinion.
Only one Republican, Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Schott, is considering running for the 46th C.D. She grew up in Santa Ana, which is a big part of the 46th.
The Democrats have a 19-percentage point advantage in the district’s voter registration. But there are still too many Democrats in the race. At this point it is hard to believe that any of them will win outright in the Primary Election.
Progressive voters are split between Nguyen and Dunn so Correa, a moderate, has a good chance if Latino voters bother to vote in the Primary Election. However he will likely have to face off against Scott or one of the other Democrats in the General Election.