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Where Have All the OC Democrats Gone?

Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 3, 2016

Have the Democrats surrendered huge swaths of Orange County to the Republicans?  Are Orange County Democrats in such poor shape that they can’t afford to pay $1,001.13 filing fees?

With eight days left in candidate filing, it appears the Democrats have abandoned the 37th Senate District, the 68th Assembly District, and the 73rd Assembly District. The Democrats also appear to be on the verge of failing to have someone make the top two to get to November in the 45th Congressional District and 48th Congressional District.  There are also only 35 Democrats running for 42 directly-elected spots on their Central Committee.  There are 82 Republicans running for 42 directly-elected spots on the Republican Central Committee.  Let’s also not forget each party’s top vote-getter for Congress, Senate, and Assembly get ex officio spots for their respective Central Committee.

Democrats have bragged of closing the registration gap with Republicans, even overtaking Republican registration in five cities: Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, La Habra, and as reported in the Orange County Register last month: Irvine.

Closing the registration gap or having a plurality in a city is all well and good, except the hilarious thing is the 143,487 Democrats in the 37th Senate District, the 67,657 Democrats in the 68th Assembly District, and the 68,202 Democrats in the 73rd Assembly District will have to vote for a Republican.

Perhaps, the Democrats just can’t afford to pay the $1,001.13 filing fee for candidates for the State Legislature.

In 2015, the Democratic Party of Orange County raised $66,193 in 2015 while the Republican Party of Orange County raised $248,989.  The Democratic Foundation of Orange County raised $26,635 while the (Republican) Lincoln Club of Orange County raised $208,171 ($160,977 in its state PAC and $47,194 in its issues PAC).

In the 45th Congressional District, Congresswoman Mimi Walters faces a challenge from Mission Viejo Councilman Greg Raths, yet there are two Democrats running who will presumably split the vote and fail to make the top two.  In the 48th Congressional District, Dana Rohrabacher faces a challenge from Colin Melott, yet there are two Democrats running who will presumably split the vote and fail to make the top two.  In the 37th Senate District, Senator John Moorlach faces a challenge from Assemblyman Don Wagner, with no Democrats running.  In the 68th Assembly District, there are five Republicans and no Democrats running.

Some might argue the lack of Democrats in the legislative races and exactly two Democrats in the Congressional races is a malevolent scheme to get Republican vs. Republican races in November.  Well, that’s hard to believe when there are only 35 Democrats are running for 42 directly-elected spots on their Central Committee.  Orange County Democrats are simply so disorganized that they have no candidates in huge swaths of Orange County and are in grave danger of failing to make the top two in more swaths of Orange County.

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Jordan Brandman Tries to Be All Things to All People

Posted by Lassie on November 2, 2012

A Republican friend in Anaheim and a Democrat friend in Anaheim gave me the mailers they received backing Jordan Brandman for Anaheim City Council.

One says, “Republicans Endorse Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Jordan Brandman for Anaheim City Council” on it.  The other says, “The Only Democrat Endorsed by the Democratic Party of Orange County” on it.

Brandman Mailer to Democrats - Front Side Brandman Mailer to Republicans - Front Side
Brandman Mailer to Democrats - Front Side Brandman Mailer to Democrats - Back Side

The Democrat mailer brags about endorsements from the Democratic Party of Orange County, the Anaheim Firefighters Association, the Democratic Foundation of Orange County, the Orange County Labor Federation and the Anaheim Police Officers Association.

The Republican mailer brags about endorsements from the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce PAC, Anaheim Neighborhood Association, the Orange County Business Council, the Orange County Taxpayers Association PAC and Support Our Anaheim Resort PAC.

The Republican mailer has a big quote from Brandman saying, “I am a fiscal conservative who has fought for the taxpayers and job creation.”  The Democrat mailer calls Brandman, “The Choice of Democrats and Labor…”  Yet the Orange County Employees Association and the Republican Party of Orange County have both funded hit pieces attacking Brandman.

Jordan Brandman tries to be all things too all people, but there’s one thing we know for sure: he supports the $158,000,000 giveaway of taxpayer dollars to a big corporation, something that both labor unions and Republicans oppose.

Here’s a video of Brandman giving effusive praise to the $158,000,000 GardenWalk scheme at an Anaheim City Council meeting (video courtesy of the Save Anaheim blog):

Both friends said they received their mailers on Monday, October 22.  I should visit my Anaheim friends more often to get their mail in a more timely fashion.

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