In fact, it is operated by Orange Juice Blog publisher Art Pedroza operating under the alias of “El Democrata.” Don’t be fooled, this blog has about as much to do with supporting democratic candidates as the OCGOP website does. If you get a request to be a Facebook Friend of El Democrata, just say no! The DPOC has received so many questions about the site they have issued the following alert to their email list.
Alert: OC Democrat Blog — Not Ours.
There is a new web-blog out: OC Democrat Blog that is not written by nor approved by the Democratic Party of Orange County. It appears to be carefully crafted to look like DPOC’s other sites but it contains campaign information for a Democratic candidates not endorsed by the DPOC.
I wonder how long it will take the folks over at OC Weekly to call out Art Pedroza for his multiple personality disorder. Pedroza posts as Admin, Zorro, El Democrata, and his own name on his Orange Juice, New Santa Ana, and OC Democrat blogs. They did such a good job several years ago exposing Republican bloggerÂ Matt Cunningham for doing the same thing.
The new blog has the same format as some of Pedroza’s other web properties and there’s a reference to us being ligitious bloggers which was another tip off.Â The writing style and language choices in the posts also seem to reflect Pedroza’s work.Â But what solidified this for us was a simple test.Â A friend of this blog wrote a comment, one of the first on the new OC Democrats blog, expressing praise for Congressional candidate Beth Krom and then referenced the “terrible things” written about Krom on the OJ blog.Â The poster ended with a request that the new blog do a feature on the two Democratic incumbents running against Art Pedroza for SAUSD and called Pedroza a parasite.Â Nothing negative was written about any Democratic candidate but the response was edited so only the sentence “Thanks for saying nice things about Beth” showed up.
Typical blog comment policy is you approve comments, typos and all, or you delete them for violating terms of service.Â There is no in-between and editing a comment is at the very least, unethical.Â Commenters at OJ have seen several comments edited or deleted period if Pedroza doesn’t like the comment (Art equates criticism of him with libel).Â
We invite you to try this yourself.Â Go to the OC Democrat blog and post a positive comment about Art’s competition for SAUSD while criticizing him for his personal financial mismanagement and see if your comment shows up.Â We find it fascinating that Art can rip candidates he doesn’t like on the OJ blog while drafting a positive statement about the same candidate on OC Democrat the same day.Â Talk about bi-polar blogging!