We have been receiving tons of email in support of the lawsuit we filed in federal court against Art Pedroza and the Orange Juice Blog.Â My phone won’t stop ringing with calls of support from Democrats and Republicans alike.Â The common theme? “Way to go.” “It’s about time.”Â My business website had twice the number of hits it usually does yesterday alone.Â
While I’m grateful for the support, some readers have emailed serious concerns about Art’s post on OJ last Thursday night.Â While I encouraged them to comment on OJ or on the blog, they won’t.Â I wanted to share this letter from a reader who directed their ire towards Rep. John Campbell, but this could easily apply to any of the candidates who have an ad running on Art’s site.Â
Of course, Art is convinced the lawsuit is about Beth Krom and/or Janet Nguyen (say…does this make Janet a Krommunist?) and Art will say this post proves his theory.Â It’s not.Â The lawsuit isn’t about Beth Krom, Janet Nguyen or any politician in Orange County; it’s about what he did no matter what he says otherwise. But this letter struck me in such a way that I’m compelled to share it. And the writer has granted me permission to do so.
Dear Congressman Campbell,
After reading Martin Wiskolâ€™s column in the Register today, I went online and read a truly disgusting post on the Orange Juice blog that attacks Beth Krom and disparages the memory of her late son Noah. It is possibly the most offensive thing I have ever seen, given that the author, Art Pedroza seems willing to go to any length to deflect attention from his own transgressions. He then goes on to endorse your campaign and indicates he will be giving you free advertising on his site. If you are a party to this, it shows an incredible lack of character. If you are not, I would strongly encourage you to make a public statement condemning the use of such mean-spirited and offensive posts to attack your opponent. As they say, people are judged by the company they keep â€” and silence implies consent.
And Steven Choi reported the in-kind donation of advertising on Art’s site on his last financial report.Â What’s everyone else’s excuse?