Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman has finally come out of the closet, admitting in a public statement “that he is gay and “found personal happiness” with a man he started a relationship with about six weeks ago,” according to the O.C. Register.
Political observers have wondered about Brandman’s orientation for years given that his bios and Facebook page consistently avoided mention of any romantic entanglements.
We always felt it was dishonest for Brandman, who is a Democrat, to stay closeted given that many of his supporters are staunch Republicans who in many cases supported Prop. 8 – the anti gay marriage ballot measure.
Perhaps Brandman felt pressured to finally come clean now that he is running for the 46th Congressional District, which is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez?
Brandman is not the only gay candidate in that race. Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen also came out a few weeks ago and he too is running for the 46th C.D.
Brandman claims to be the first openly gay City Council member in Anaheim’s 158-year history.
“I’ve found personal happiness in my life, and now is the time to share it with my family and friends,” said Brandman, 35. “It’s an entirely personal decision to make this announcement, based upon the circumstances in my life.”
Also running for the 46th C.D. are former State Senators Lou Correa and Joe Dunn, who are also Democrats.
Correa is the most conservative of the candidates, with close ties to police unions and a staunchly anti-drug platform. Dunn is a former trial lawyer who made his fortune suing big tobacco and has dabbled in lobbying since leaving the State Senate. Nguyen is a labor organizer who is perceived as being more of a maverick than his fellow Democratic candidates. Brandman works for Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, of the corrupt Calderon clan.
The 46th Congressional District includes parts of the Cities of Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Democrats have a wide margin over the Republicans, with a 19 percentage-point advantage.
So far the only Republican to show interest in this contest is Irvine City Councilwoman Lynn Schott, a conservative who grew up in Santa Ana. It is somewhat surprising that State Senator Janet Nguyen has not shown interest in this race but she may be leery as there are not that many Vietnamese voters in the 46th C.D.