“An entire section of a government draft report prepared by Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman while he was campaigning for his council seat last year appears to largely have been copied from the Wikipedia entry on Orange County, a Voice of OC review of the report has found,” according to the Voice of OC.
This really is the last straw. Brandman charged the O.C. Clerk-Recorder over $24K for a report that he apparently copied off of Wikipedia. And this money allowed him to quit his job at the Clerk-Recorder’s office, last year, so he could campaign full time for the Anaheim City Council. In essence it was a gift of public money to Brandman.
At this point this mess is so embarrassing that Brandman really ought to give back the money and publicly apologize for ripping off the taxpayers. And one has to wonder if it might also be time for him to resign from the Anaheim City Council.
Unfortunately we are stuck with Brandman and with the guy who apparently concocted this scheme – former Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly, who is now representing the 69th Assembly District.
As this disaster continues to unravel, it might also begin to hurt those who endorsed Brandman and Daly last year, such as Jose Solorio, who is now a candidate for the 34th State Senate District. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez also has some explaining to do as she personally campaigned for Brandman.
I supported John Leos and Duane Roberts last year, for the Anaheim City Council. I wish they had won, particularly since the other winner, Lucille Kring, has already back-stabbed Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, who supported her campaign. Kring joined the rest of the Anaheim Council in denying funding for Tait’s assistant.