Jose “Joe” Moreno

It looks as if the City Hall watchers had it right: James Vanderbilt has finally pulled his nomination papers to run for Anaheim City Council. If he returns them by 5:00 p.m. Friday with enough valid signatures, the inaugural member of the Tait Slate will be qualified for the ballot.

The most interesting candidate news of the day is Jose Moreno pulling papers for Anaheim City Council. Not Jose F. Moreno, newly-minted Democrat and left-wing college professor who sued Anaheim seeking to impose by-district elections without a vote of the citizenry. I speak of Jose “Joe” Moreno, who was Democrat Tom Daly’s Republican opponent in the 69th Assembly District in 2012 (interestingly, Vanderbilt, a Republican, endorsed Daly over Jose “Joe” Moreno).

I don’t really know Joe Moreno personally, other than that he is a conservative Republican, active volunteer, a nice guy and family man with six children. He filed a declaration of candidacy on July 16 to run for Anaheim Union High School District in Trustee Area 2, but has apparently changed his mind.

His candidacy clearly hurts Jose F. Moreno’s putative council bid. It’s never helpful when another candidate for the same office has the same name. I’ll bet dollars-to-donuts Joe Moreno will be getting phone calls trying to talk him out of running for council race — perhaps from (among others) C GOP Central Committee activist Tim Whitacre, who is now reported to have been hired by the Tait campaign but who was instrumental in Joe Moreno running for Assembly in 2012.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.