Jordan Brandman Quits Congressional Race

Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman listens to a speaker during a council meeting.

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Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman listens to a speaker during a council meeting.

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Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman announced yesterday that he is quitting his campaign for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Loretta Sanchez.

In a statement published by The Liberal OC and Anaheim Blog, two political blogs friendly with Brandman and other members of the Disneyland-backed Anaheim council majority, Brandman said he’s dropping out of the race to focus more on his work as a councilman.

“I have decided that there are still a great many things I would like to help accomplish for the residents of Anaheim,” the statement reads. “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.”

Brandman’s decision to leave the race comes after a particularly rough few weeks for him politically. The only Democrat on Anaheim’s council, he’s been accused by many of joining a Republican council majority in continuing to disenfranchise the city’s Latino residents just as they were about to be empowered by a new electoral system.

As the council transitions from at-large council elections to by-district elections, Brandman joined councilwomen Kris Murray and Lucille Kring in a vote to exclude the only majority Latino district from electing a representative in 2016, opting instead to have the district wait until 2018 for a representative.

The move enraged Latino activists, who argued that it undermined the spirit of a legal settlement between the city and three Latinos who sued the city. They argued the city’s at-large elections prevented Latinos from electing candidates of their choice and thus violated the state’s Voting Rights Act.

Brandman and other members of the council majority said the move was necessary to allow a district on the city’s west end that hasn’t had representation in many years to have a representative sooner rather than later.

But after intense pressure levied on Brandman, with his own local party’s central committee condemning the vote and calling on him to change it, he came up with a fix that only triggered more outrage. He proposed scrapping the approved districts map, known as “The People’s Map” because of its broad community support, and led the council majority in restarting the hearing process to choose a new map.

Over 300 protesters showed up at the council meeting this week in response to the decision. After Brandman and the council majority refused to overturn their vote, protesters shouted down the meeting and forced the mayor to adjourn it early.

With Brandman out of the race, the race whittles down to three candidates, including Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen, and former state senators Lou Correa and Joe Dunn.

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  • RyanCantor

    So, is Mr. Brandman going to refund the $95,000+ he’s received in campaign contributions?

    That’s a lot of money. I’d sure want mine back.

    • LFOldTimer

      Fat chance. The way the modern powers have designed our political system a politician can flat-out lie to you while he or she’s running for office – thereby fraudulently soliciting both your vote and your money. And after being elected and the lie is exposed – you, as an individual – really have no recourse other than to wait for the next electeion to vote him or her out of office. And make no doubt about it – when a politician promises you something with a solicitation for consideration in return it is a contract. (Ever heard of the “Contract with America” before?). In a business environment if someone promised you something and you provided consideration in return for that promise – and the party failed to deliver or rendered the exact opposite of what was promised – you could recover damages through the courts. Not in politics. Open lies are open season. You could just imagine what our business environment would resemble if a person could lie in a contract and the other party had no recourse. ha. It would end up in shambles. Well, is it any surprise that our political system is a failure? As long as you tolerate it you’ll get more of it too! 🙂

  • Paul Beckman

    “The only Democrat on Anaheim’s council, he’s been accused by many of joining a Republican council majority” – this statement is an obvious error as Brandman regularly breaks the 2 to 2 Republican Council member deadlock by voting with Murray and Kring. Therefore he is the one that allows their ridiculous proposals to be approved.

  • Paul Lucas

    “I have decided that there are still a great many things I would like to help accomplish for the residents of Anaheim,” the statement reads. “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.”
    That’s going to be difficult to do since the Disneyland gate tax dollars fiasco. Thank God the angels stadium issue was taken away from you before it went south.

  • David Zenger

    “I have decided that there are still a great many things I would like to
    help accomplish for the residents of Anaheim,” the statement reads.

    Translation: the bank vault is not yet empty and there remains loose cash that needs to be shoveled into the pockets of billionaires and their lobbyist.

    • LFOldTimer

      Amazing. I posted a comment with that exact Brandman quote and also used a “Translation:” format and then proceeded to give my comment. It got vacuumed into moderation land for no good reason (no vulgarities, obscenities, vitriol, etc…). Then you posted a comment using the same format style a few hours later. Incredible. Have you ever been accused of being telepathic? 🙂

  • Paul Lucas

    “In a statement published by The Liberal OC and Anaheim Blog, two political blogs friendly with Brandman and other members of the Disneyland-backed Anaheim council majority,:”

    And therein lies the problem. Or at least a good p[art of the problem.

    • David Zenger

      It’s a fun fact that one blog pretends to be liberal and the other conservative – and yet they are of one mind: crony capitalism good!

      • Paul Lucas

        Its a fact but its not fun. Or funny. But its also why OJB has been gaining such readership. Everyone knows those two digital skid marks are both poseurs. These two clowns have holiday parties together. Trade gifts and accolades. Its gross.

        • David Zenger

          Well, it’s funny to me. People actually fall for the BS.

          But I say in politics look for the cash nexus as your primum mobile and you will hardly ever go wrong.

      • LFOldTimer

        Both the dems and the pubs are owned by big money. At the local, state and federal levels. Heck, most of the dems voted for TARP – I believe when the dems had both the house and senate majorities. ha. The dems leaders were getting sweetheart home mortgage deals from the Too Big To Fail banksters. ha. And not one of them went to prison. Who do you think Tim Geithner and Hanky Panky Paulson are working for these days? Do your research. ha. They call it a ‘revolving door’. There are very few innocent players in American politics anymore. In fact, if you don’t have the propensity to ‘play the game’ you’re not even given a pass to enter the race by the party rulers. The only way around it is if you’re so filthy rich (like The Donald) that you don’t have to dive for dollars. ha. Otherwise, if you think you’re honest, have good ideas and would like to actually represent the best interests of the people, don’t waste your time or money. Don’t bother. You’ll accomplish more posting on comment boards. 🙂