Carlos Bustamante: The Great Brown Flop

Disgraced Santa Ana councilman is the latest OC GOP Latino golden boy gone pendejo

Alas, it wasn't to be. Despite the crude remark against Hutchens, Bustamante won a 2008 re-election campaign and participated through 2010 in GOP politics, hosting a fund-raiser for former state Senator Van Tran's futile race against Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. But by then, Bustamante was ready to follow his Great Brown Hope destiny. Already, rumors of sexual impropriety swirled around him, ones Republicans always conveniently ignored (after Bustamante's arrest, former Santa Ana councilman Tom Lutz would tell The Orange County Register, "This is all very shocking to me. In saying that, of course I knew him as [a] flirt with the girls but thought that was just show and that's where it ended"). Bustamante survived two county internal investigations in 2011 into allegations he was a pervert before finally resigning—although not his Santa Ana council seat. Throughout this year, Bustamante nevertheless showed up around town, trying his best to appear chipper but no longer the arrogant cabrón with a once-bright future.

It's a pathetic path that most closely mirrors not Vasquez's career, but that of another OC GOP Great Brown Hope: George Jaramillo, the former assistant sheriff to disgraced Mike Carona. Jaramillo also had a rags-to-riches story his supporters trotted out whenever possible. As with Bustamante, Jaramillo had no real experience other than his ethnicity (he was Bolivian). And Jaramillo was also a known pig with rumors of sexual impropriety swirling around him. It remains to be seen if Bustamante will follow Jaramillo's path to jail.

Bustamante, looking pretty
Bustamante, looking pretty
Jaramillo’s booking photo
Jaramillo’s booking photo

This story appeared in print as "The Great Brown Flop: Disgraced Santa Ana councilman Carlos Bustamante is the latest OC GOP Latino golden boy gone pendejo."

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Albert Gomez
Albert Gomez

Your ignorant if you immediately believe what the Police Report anymore. Look at the past few years in OC law enforcement corruption! I mean we have Westminster PD officer arrested for kidnapping/rape/robbery - OCSD Corona, Fullerton Officers arrest, La Palma Lieutenant arrested for boot legging DVD'S, OCSD Deputy killing unarmed marine in front of his two kids, and on and on. The days of simply trusting and believing what Law Enforcement reports are a thing of the past.

Daniel Heredia
Daniel Heredia

Carlos was never a great brown hope or, a politician. He is and will always be a "perro" unless he's castrated. Most men of all colors in power regardless of party line have the problem that they think they are God's gift to women. Carlos & those caught in sex scandals just didn't know when to stop.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

What a joke to even consider Carlos Bustamante as the next great whatever. The pendejo has enough charisma to gloss over his intellectual defficiencies but that is exactly what the GOP wants: a token negro, chino, or wab that can be claimed as their own that they can lamely try to sell to the rest of dumbed down white, negro, chino, and wab Amerikkka. Hey, Carlitos, I guess you didn't get your way this time, huh? Seriously vato, did you think you were God's gift to women by preying on your female subordinates? Did you miss the required Sexual Harassment training, pendejo? Did you enjoy claiming your sorry ass 'hometown' hero status just because you went to the Air Force? I remember your sorry ass ROTC days in high school- HA!. Did you enjoy your celebrity for attending hometown Mater Fucken Dei? While there, did you learn your predatory ways from Father Michael 'Sundusky' Harris? Did you and your lame ass twin brother roll ever up in his Rolls Royce along 4th Street to try and impress and pick up on vieja wabs? What a bunch of fucken comic morons you and your pendejo carnal must be. If you employed a Mexi maid in your Floral Park refuge, did you ever poke the poor soul ala Arnold? How many times did you claim traditional family values, pinche pendejo? How many times did you brag about your shennanigans with your good ol' boy hypocrite buddies? Is there a sex video out there catching you in the act? Will you be selling it? Will you be finding religion in the near future otra vez? Will I see your hand passing your phone number from one bathroom stall to the next the next time I am taking a mean ass frijole dump at the Tres Estrellas bus depot? Have you called up Gaddie Vasquez yet to inquire on an avail Peace Corp post in, say, Buttfuck, Egypt? Are you gonna be allowed to hang that Marco Rubio picture above your head when you go to the pinta? Will you be playing Soap On A Rope while in the pinta? While inside, will you be claiming the Eme, the Aryan Brotherhood, or the Mandingo Warriors? Either way, they always have a field day with a vato with your rap sheet. Vato, how much is this gonna co$t you? Dude, for a fraction of that amount you and I could have borrowed Al's ranfla, driven south to the Coahuila, and had a field day taking advantage of defenseless viejas just the way you like. Afterwards we could have celebrated by dining at trendy and expensive Mision 19 and spending as much SanTana taxpayer money as possible. Man, you could have passed it off as another expense just like when you tried to do with that so-called educational seminar you attended, te acuerdas? Anyway, we all like to kick a person when they are down. In this case, I am just doing it to you figuratively. But, vato, don't some of those viejas that you gropped, banged, or harassed have Mexi husbands or cholo boyfriends? And you know how we Mexis take to a Sancho, que no? I mean, if it was my vieja you harassed, all I can say is keep me away from my tequila bottle and the Tijuas-purchased velvet painting depicting Bruce Lee in action away from so that I would not have unholy thoughts about you. My advice: take the first T-Rex offer and get your nalgas into the pinta ASAP. By claiming celebrity status, you will be better secured inside the can rather than in your Floral Park adobe. For protection at home, I guess you could always hire some paisas from the Edinger Street Homey Depot to help you dig up a moat. Vato, Im just having fun here (hahahaha....en espanol: jajaja). Let's have a beer one of these fine days. I will let you reminisce.

Olancha395
Olancha395

Gustavo, this is an excellent article. Find a person with some charisma, wind him up and point him where to go and along the way make sure they get a high paying job - never mind whether they are qualified or not - and bingo - they have so far self destructed. Good 20 year history of failed attempts.

Michael Nuño
Michael Nuño

This loser gives us a bad name but when you think of it it's just politics

Luie Carrion
Luie Carrion

Democrats aren't perfect either by any means but man do Republicans have them beat by a long shot. It's always republicans doing the craziest ish behind closed doors and they suck at it because they always get caught. They talk all that ish and suggest how everyone else should live and so many of them have the biggest tails to be stepped on.

Streets
Streets

Bustamante is a Scum-Bags, Scum-Bag not only did he f- up his own life but of his victims and his boss Jess Carbajal.......This story is not over, Hey Gus why don't you look into the story of Jess Carbajal a little more....I think you will find he was a sacrificial lamb, so that the CEO could save his skin.

Susan Enstad Morris
Susan Enstad Morris

So easy for ignorant people to blame this sleaze ball's political stance and not the fact that he's just a sleaze ball. Democrats are just as bad. " the devil made me do it" don't cut it anymore people.

Peyton Farquhar
Peyton Farquhar

Bustamante is the Hispanic version of George Bush the younger.

Sean Henschel
Sean Henschel

@Enisco...stay off the crack and use those same analytical skills to judge the current adminstration with an open and honest mind..look beyond the bias racist crap.

Maricruz Barajas-Aguilera
Maricruz Barajas-Aguilera

so sad this idiot gives us bad name...chingao! its bad enough the struggle we have and now this idiot embarrassing the raza like this...geez!

Eric Enciso
Eric Enciso

All i took away from the article is that the GOP wanted to fake out a group of voters. They wanted it so bad that they wasted tequilla on a white woman and groomed a mexican horn dog with limited intellegence for office. Sounds like a transparant and honest political party. ...well it's not like the GOP has a history of these schenanigans «-----(sarcastic tone)

Sean Henschel
Sean Henschel

TJ Weekly turns on their own...if they don't join the Liberal tax thieves of the mandated party..bring in more illegal alien voters and corrupt us some more.

Sean Henschel
Sean Henschel

@Tovar...that attitude is exactly why America is in decay.

Sean Henschel
Sean Henschel

don't blame the party..blame the pendejo person...yeah Carlos. Biased fuckin libs...lets' blame the race or the person for actions....

New slang for locals
New slang for locals

Bust a mante = to make an illegal, crude move on women. I was careful, I didn't bust a mante on that girl at work.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

what a pendejo. he threw his career and his life away for some pussy. seriously, keep that shit in your pants, carlos. btw, como siempre i love reading your articles, gustavo.

C337cmdr
C337cmdr

HEY, As he follows Ex-Sheriff Carona's path to jail, will he receive pension and retirement funds, health insurance for him and his family, among other benefits that he "earned" while in office like Carona and others?

CincoSeisDos
CincoSeisDos

Bustamante is a creep. Always was, and always will be. I worked at a pub downtown last summer, the guys there went so far as to get a picture with Carlos, have him SIGN it, then hang it above "his" booth. Everytime that man walked in he expected to sit in HIS spot, with HIS entourage and be treated like royalty. He was rude, demanding, and other girls would try to avoid walking by his table because we knew there'd be comments and stares. Did anyone do anything about it? Nope. I guess mingling with Santa Ana's best and brightest was more important.

Mario
Mario

With the exception of the endorsement that Carlos gave or the money he received from the Lincoln Club would anybody be able to guess that Carlos was a Republican. Was he an active member in the Republican party activities, circles, or speaking arrangements other than registered Republican? He didn't seem like he was the Great Brown Hope champion of the GOP, like Vasquez, Rubio, who else??? From what I read years ago the Lincoln Club is not similar in many stances as the OC GOP. They are pretty much wealthy business people who understand the need for immigration. Carlos didn't seem to vote differently from his democrat colleagues, didn't get caught up in the wedge issues that drove Republican votes, immigration,affirmative action, etc. He didn't come across as an ideologue or one of those party line obstructionist supporters. Nevertheless, he allegedly did many very inappropriate and stupid things at his worksite and will pay dearly(As he should) As for Jaramillo, he was never considered a great brown hope. He pissed of many officers at the way he was promoted at the GGPD, including many Sheriffs who didn't think he earned the under-sheriff title. I have never heard him every speak, always in the Corona days following him one step behind. Interesting though that many latinos actually supported electing Corona/Jaramillo over Walters and then over Hunt. Sure, it might have been one of those the best of the worst choices though.

Chingy
Chingy

Good analysis of racial politricks. But you have to admit the repukes have no monopoly on pendejismo. Just look at Mayor Tony Villar. Multiple failures at the bar exam, banging hawt TV anchors, and he'd probably still get la vota raza to be re-elected.

sputnik
sputnik

Great mud-slinging, salud. [tongue in cheek] - it ultimately all comes down to your character and not the color of your skin or ethnicity [to quote some one far more eloquent]

Todd Sputnik, Jr.
Todd Sputnik, Jr.

Actually, it doesn't really come down to the "color or your skin or ethnicity," rather it is your right-wing party affiliation and proclivity to wear DEPENDS Adult undergarments (available at Costco).

 
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