Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Brian Quintana To Enter California Senate Contest
Hollywood producer Brian Quintana who challenged United States Senator Barbara Boxer in the June 8, 2010 Democratic primary is preparing to run for California's 28th Senate District. The Co-Producer of Superman: Man of Steel received 338,442 votes from fiscally conservative Democrats, Latinos and younger voters. Quintana’s base, name ID and appeal to crossover voters could make him a formidable candidate. Further, he campaigned heavily for Lt. Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom , Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect Tom Torlakson, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, and may have some chits to call in.
Quintana received more votes statewide and in Los Angeles County than Ted Lieu for Attorney General in the June primary. Quintana received more votes than Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa did in any of his elections, and received 118,948 more votes than (two-time) California Attorney General candidate Rocky Delgadillo which could make him California's rising star in the Latino community which accounts for 34.9% of the district's population. Further, he tied Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Chuck DeVore in Los Angeles County, proving his appeal to conservative white voters who adamantly opposed Barbara Boxer.
"I have met with local elected officials, the business community and neighborhood leaders throughout the district. I am leaning toward a run, and will make a formal announcement after conferring with family over the Christmas Holiday," stated Quintana who grew up in the South Bay. "I spent week-ends growing up there which means I spent week-ends along the coast from Redondo Beach to Venice. Each year I would stray farther and farther, and hope dad wouldn't notice." Quintana notes that, "Several immediate family members lost their jobs in the aerospace industry so I was personally affected. I have spent the last fifteen years working in the entertainment industry and with various sports franchises. As a State Senator, I will continue to lure those high paying jobs to the South Bay region."
The 28th Senate District includes the following communities: Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lennox, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles (Cheviot Hills, Harbor City, Mar Vista, Palms, Playa del Rey, Rancho Park, San Pedro, Sawtelle, Terminal Island, Venice, West Los Angeles, Wilmington), Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, and Torrance. The Governor has two weeks after the new legislative term begins to call a special election.
Quintana first ran to represent Hollywood in the State Assembly in 1992. His supporters have included entertainment mogul Barry Diller, Studio chief Sherry Lansing, producer Steve Tisch, actress Anjelica Huston, and Hollywood billionaire David Geffen. In January 2009 USA Today mentioned him as a prospective candidate to succeed Congressman Xavier Becerra who at the time was considering the post of President Barack Obama's Commerce Secretary. Quintana, an aide while in college to current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, clearly intends to continue his political involvement for decades to come.
The Governor has scheduled the special election for February 15, 2011.
For more information please visit www.bqforsenate.com or call 323-850-1040.