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California vintner John Jordan wants to shape politics -- on his terms

California vintner John Jordan wants to shape politics -- on his terms

John Jordan got his first taste of politics when he ran for vice president of his fifth-grade class.

He wasn’t the most popular kid in class. He wasn’t even aware of the cliques that favored his rivals. He lost.

“I was two votes short, out of 27,” said Jordan, in an interview at Jordan Winery’s ivy-covered, mustard-colored chateau. “Not that I’m keeping score.”

He lost again in 1998 when he ran for the California Senate.

Despite those failures, his interest in politics never waned, and the lawyer turned vintner wrote increasingly large checks to Republican candidates and causes — including six-figure donations...

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