Trailing badly in cash and in the polls, Furutani campaign sends out phony press release

GARDENA, CA— Following the dissemination of a phony press release by the Warren Furutani campaign, today former State Assemblyman Steve Bradford’s campaign for State Senate District 35 responded to set the record straight.

Dave Jacobson, a campaign consultant working for Bradford’s Senate run, stated:

“Warren Furutani’s bizarre strategy to cite stale polling results back from early 2015 is the equivalent of Jeb Bush putting out a press release today claiming that he’s the frontrunner in Iowa— it’s just not reality. It’s clear Furutani is willing to do or say anything to mislead voters.

“The facts are indisputable: Bradford has over $514,000 in cash compared to Furutani’s paltry $200k and owns a double digit lead over Furutani in a poll released just weeks ago. Bradford also secured a significant 63% of the district’s Democratic Party delegate vote at the pre-convention caucus. The facts don’t lie– it’s Bradford with the real momentum in this race.”

Today’s release comes after a banner week for Bradford on the campaign trail. Last week he received an endorsement from the all-powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council, the Los Angeles County Young Democrats, and he amassed the lion’s share of votes among the California Democratic Party’s SD-35 caucusing grassroots delegates, with 51 out of a total 81 possible votes, bringing his total vote of support to 63% of ballots cast– a clear majority.

Additionally, today’s announcement follows news from last week that Bradford has maintained his fundraising juggernaut standing in the race, having raked-in close to $900,000 to date for his campaign. As of the December 31st report, Bradford had raised an eye-popping $866,304 for his run.

Moreover, all of this comes on the heels of breaking news of a new poll which put Bradford up by double-digits over his closest competitor.

The poll, conducted January 7-12, with a sample size of 500 surveyed, put Bradford up 10-points ahead of his closest competitor. Before any messaging, Bradford starts the race with a 10-point advantage:

After hearing about all candidates’ positive profiles, Bradford’s lead expands by a substantial margin:

Also, according to the poll, Bradford’s endorsements from leaders and groups such as Congresswoman Janice Hahn, incumbent State Senator Isadore Hall, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, State Senate President Kevin de León, State Assemblyman George Nakano (Ret.), and the California Small Business Association all carry tremendous sway with voters. All of which, could have a major impact on the race when serving as validators for Bradford.

To view the full poll memo, click here.

Significantly, in addition to today’s news, former Assemblyman Bradford has lined up enormous support from throughout the 35th Senate District and across California, including from the following leaders and organizations:

Public Safety Organizations

  • California Police Chief’s Association
  • Bell Police Officer’s Association
  • El Segundo Police Officers’ Association
  • Gardena Police Officer’s Association
  • Inglewood Police Officer’s Association
  • Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers’ Association
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California

Organizations Representing Working People

  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • California Nurses Association
  • Communications’ Workers of America (CWA) Southern California Council
  • IBEW Local 11
  • IBEW Local 18
  • International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 5
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District Lodge 947
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (I.U.O.E.) Local 501
  • National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 24
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 105
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16
  • United Association (UA) Pipefitters Local 250
  • United Association (UA) Plumbers Local 78
  • United Union of Roofers and Waterpoofers and Allied Workers Local 36
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42

Business Organizations

  • Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA)
  • California Black Chamber of Commerce
  • California Small Business Association (CSBA)
  • Southwest Los Angeles Association of REALTORS

Federal Elected Leaders

  • Janice Hahn, U.S. House of Representatives*
  • Karen Bass, U.S. House of Representatives*
  • Diane Watson, U.S. House of Representatives (ret.)
  • Tony Cardenas, U.S. House of Representatives*
  • Judy Chu, U.S. House of Representatives*

State Elected Leaders

  • Gavin Newsom, CA Lieutenant Governor*
  • Alex Padilla, CA Secretary of State*
  • Tom Torlakson, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction*
  • Jerome Horton, CA Board of Equalization*
  • Fiona Ma, CA Board of Equalization*
  • Kevin de León, California Senate President ProTempore*
  • Darrell Steinberg, Immediate Past California Senate President Pro Tempore
  • Isadore Hall, California State Senate*
  • Ricardo Lara, California State Senate*
  • Holly Mitchell, California State Senate*
  • Ben Hueso, California State Senate*
  • Marty Block, California State Senate*
  • Jerry Hill, California State Senate*
  • Ben Allen, California State Senate*
  • Cathleen Galgiani, California State Senate*
  • Jim Beall, California State Senate*
  • Bob Wieckowski, California State Senate*
  • Carol Liu, California State Senate*
  • Bill Monning, California State Senate*
  • Fran Pavely, California State Senate*
  • Richard Roth, California State Senate*
  • Anthony Rendon, California Assembly Speaker*
  • Toni Atkins, Speaker Emeritus, CA Assembly (ret.)
  • John A. Pérez, Speaker Emeritus, CA Assembly (ret.)
  • Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, Los Angeles (ret.) & Speaker, CA Assembly (ret.)
  • Robert Hertzberg, California Senate* and Speaker, California State Assembly (ret.)
  • Reggie Jones-Sawyer, California State Assembly*, Chair, California Legislative Black Caucus
  • Bonnie Lowenthal, California State Assembly*
  • Henry Perea, California State Assembly*
  • George Nakano, California State Assembly (ret.)
  • Lorena Gonzalez, California State Assembly*
  • Richard Bloom, California State Assembly*
  • Ken Cooley, California State Assembly*
  • Freddie Rodriguez, California State Assembly*
  • Tony Thurmond, California State Assembly*
  • Jose Medina, California State Assembly*
  • Kevin McCarty, California State Assembly*
  • Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, California State Assembly*
  • Jimmy Gomez, California State Assembly*
  • Shirley Weber, California State Assembly*
  • Cheryl Brown, California State Assembly*
  • Roger Hernández, California State Assembly*
  • Matt Dababneh, California State Assembly*
  • Luis Alejo, California State Assembly*
  • Rudy Salas, California State Assembly*
  • Miguel Santiago, California State Assembly*
  • Jim Cooper, California State Assembly*
  • Jim Frazier, California State Assembly*
  • Susan Eggman, California State Assembly*
  • Susan Bonilla, California State Assembly*
  • Adam Gray, California State Assembly*
  • Richard Gordon, California State Assembly*
  • Nora Campos, California State Assembly*
  • Chris Holden, California State Assembly*
  • Mike Gatto, California State Assembly*
  • Adrin Nazarian, California State Assembly*
  • Eduardo Garcia, California State Assembly*
  • Cristina Garcia, California State Assembly*
  • Tom Daly, California State Assembly*
  • Jerry Felando, California State Assembly (ret.)

Local Elected Leaders

  • Albert Robles, Mayor, City of Carson*
  • Jawane Hilton, Councilmember, City of Carson*
  • Lula Davis-Holmes, Councilmember, City of Carson*
  • Hugo Rojas, President, Centinela Valley Union High School District*
  • Micah Ali, Compton School Board Vice President*
  • Janna Zurita, Councilmember, City of Compton*
  • Emma Sharif, Councilmember, City of Compton*
  • Yvonne Arceneaux, Councilmember, City of Compton*
  • Delores Zurita, Councilmember, City of Compton (ret.)
  • Satra Zurita, Vice President, Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees*
  • Margie Garrett, Clerk, Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees*
  • Deborah LaBlanc, Compton Community College Trustee*
  • Leslie Irving, Compton Community College Trustee*
  • Brenda Postelle, Commissioner, City of Compton*
  • Terry Terruchi, Mayor-Pro Tem, City of Gardena*
  • J. Ingrid Tsukiyama, Treasurer, City of Gardena*
  • Dr. Mark E. Henderson, Councilmember, City of Gardena*
  • Rachel Johnson, Councilmember, City of Gardena*
  • Dan Medina, Councilmember, City of Gardena*
  • Alex Vargas, Mayor-Elect, City of Hawthorne*
  • Nilo Michelin, Councilmember, City of Hawthorne*
  • Angie Reyes English, Councilmember, City of Hawthorne*
  • Alex Monteiro, Vice-President, Hawthorne School District
  • Eugene Krank, Board Member, Hawthorne School District
  • James Butts, Mayor, City of Inglewood*
  • George Dotson, Councilmember, City of Inglewood*
  • Alex Padilla, Councilmember, City of Inglewood*
  • Eloy Morales Jr., Councilmember, City of Inglewood*
  • Ralph Franklin, Councilmember, City of Inglewood*
  • Yvonne Horton, City Clerk, City of Inglewood*
  • Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza, Board of Education Member, Inglewood Unified School District*
  • Robert Pullen-Miles, Mayor, City of Lawndale*
  • Larry Rudolph, Councilmember, City of Lawndale*
  • Dan Reid, Councilmember, City of Lawndale*
  • Bonnie J. Coronado, President, Lawndale Elementary School District Board of Education*
  • Shirley Rudolph, Lawndale Elementary School District Board of Education Board Member *
  • Bob Foster, Mayor, Long Beach (ret.)
  • Dee Andrews, Councilmember, City of Long Beach*
  • Al Austin, Councilmember, City of Long Beach*
  • Steven Neal, Councilmember, City of Long Beach (ret.)
  • Val Lerch, Councilmember, City of Long Beach (ret.)
  • Felton Williams, Long Beach Unified School District Board President*
  • Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney*
  • Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor*
  • Yvonne Burke, Los Angeles County Supervisor (Ret.)* 
  • Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles County Assessor*
  • Richard Riordan, Mayor, City of Los Angeles (ret.)
  • Herb Wesson, Council President, City of Los Angeles*
  • Curren Price, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Mike Bonin, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Mitchell Englander, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Mitch O’Farrell, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Jose Huizar, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Gil Cedillo, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Paul Krekorian, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Felipe Fuentes, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Bob Blumenfield, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Paul Koretz, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles*
  • Bill Rosendahl, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles (ret.)
  • Jan Perry, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles (ret.)
  • Ron Galperin, Controller, City of Los Angeles*
  • Mike Feuer, City Attorney, City of Los Angeles*
  • Carmen Trutanich, City Attorney, City of Los Angeles (ret.)
  • Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Board President*
  • Dr. George McKenna, LAUSD Board Member*
  • Sydney Kamlager, Los Angeles Community College District, Board Member*
  • Eduardo De La Riva, Mayor, City of Maywood
  • Veronica Guardado, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Maywood
  • Oscar Magaña, Councilmember, City of Maywood
  • Pat Furey, Mayor, City of Torrance*
  • George Nakano, Councilmember, Torrance (ret.)
  • Cliff Numark, Councilmember, Torrance (ret.)
  • Larry Forester, Mayor, Signal Hill

Civil Rights Advocates

  • Alice Huffman, President, CA NAACP*
  • Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray
  • ‘Sweet’ Alice Harris

Democratic Community Leaders & Organizations

  • Los Angeles County Young Democrats
  • New Frontier Democratic Club
  • Stonewall Young Democrats
  • Inglewood United Democratic Club 
  • Stakeholders Coalition for Better Government
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)
  • California Women 4 Women
  • Alex Rooker, Vice Chair, California Democratic Party
  • Eric Bauman, Chairman, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Channing Hawkins, Director, California Democratic Party Region 14*
  • Jimmie Woods Gray, Past Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party *
  • Darren Parker, Chair, California Democratic Party African American Caucus*
  • Darryn Harris, President, Black Los Angeles Young Democrats*
  • Ingrid Hutt, Past President, New Frontier Democratic Club*
  • Heather Hutt, Treasurer, California Democratic Party African American Caucus*
  • Armond Aghakhanian, Founder & Past President, Southern California Armenian Democrats*
  • Jason Levin, Vice President, Los Angeles County Young Democrats*
  • Ari Ruiz, Past President, Stonewall Young Democrats*


  • David Nahai, Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative & Board Member of the California League of Conservation Voters and Heal the Bay*
  • Ed Begley Jr., Environmentalist, Actor, Director and Community Activist

Steve Bradford has represented portions of the 35th Senate district for eighteen years – first as a member of the Gardena City Council and then as a member of the California State Assembly.

To view Bradford’s full list of endorsements, click here

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only.