Brian Nestande

I have been surrounded by and involved in politics my entire life. As long as I can remember, and still to this day, conversations with my family usually start and end with politics (the end being an argument running out of steam or someone simply leaves).

My father ran, and lost, for the California State Assembly when I was 2 years old. He ran a couple more times, and lost, then got a job working for Governor Ronald Reagan. He gave the State Assembly another try in 1974 and won. He was then on the ballot every 2 years until I was in college.

So my brother and I had no choice but to be indoctrinated into politics. Our flavor was moderate Republicanism, handed down from dad’s Minnesota post WWII Roosevelt not such a bad guy type of Rockefeller Republican.

My adulthood and profession was in and around politics. Out of college I worked on the campaign, and then congressional office, of Michael Huffington R-Santa Barbara. In 1994 I moved up and served as Congressman Sonny Bono’s chief of staff and the same for Mary Bono as she succeeded him after his death.

I started a consulting business focussing on governmental/political affairs until I won a seat in the California State Assembly in 2008, serving until 2014. I made a fateful decision to run for Congress in 2014, but at least I was “ in the arena “ as former Congressman Ray LaHood wrote to me with his donation check.

Politics is a noble endeavor, in fact far to few people take the time or interest to study our political society. Having a political take, beyond regurgitating talking points, is either too much work or considered a total waste of time by most.

The purpose of the Political Journeys Podcast is to explore with folks how they adopted a political and social viewpoint. What were the issues that moved them as a child or as a young adult ? Were they influenced by politically aware parents or by certain events, or both ? This exploration will enable us to hear how different political views are developed and acted upon. And how people can disagree and then, hopefully, walk away without thinking “ that guy is a complete f***ing idiot “ like my family gatherings.