The Cancer in the DPOC – Stage 2

Greg Diamond with his mouth open

Greg Diamond with his mouth open

It’s not often you get to read the political equivalent of a suicide note, but I was astonished to read this comment from serial Democratic candidate and OJ blogger Greg Diamond in a post on the Orange Juice blog from last week.  The comment was left on July 31, and my business trip really didn’t allow me the time to adequately address it until now.

A commenter who uses the name “David Vasquez” has gotten under Mr. Diamond’s skin; the first part of his comment appeared on this blog and the second part in a comment.  There are Democrats in OC who want to work together to elect more Democrats. and there are others who seek to shame, bully and divide members to serve their own ego and selfish best interest.  Mr. Diamond has appointed himself the chief arbiter of what the Party’s priorities should be, who is on the side of good government and who isn’t, and who is corrupt of not based on their previous associations.  I wonder what he’d say if he knew one of his prized potential candidates he openly promotes took some college courses from former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.

In the note below, Mr. Diamond commits political suicide.  I read this and wondered who in our party might actually want anything to do with him moving forward.

There are a significant number of OC Democrats who prefer this blog to Diamond’s bloviations.  Several that I’ve spoken with have not seen the comment we post below.  It’s time they did (some passages underlined by us for emphasis).


“The point of all this is to make other Democrats afraid to openly criticize party activities and especially party corruption, for fear that they will end up being treated like me. Is that what you wanted or expected when you became a politically active Democrat?

(2) The part I left out

Chairman Henry Vandimier is a liar and a cheat. I think that it’s useful for people to know this. Anyone in the party who wants details can ask.

Jose Solorio is a backstabbing and self-serving SOB who pretends to be liberal when it suits him but denies any position of solidarity with Latinos when he thinks that no one is looking, His primary interest is his own glory and success, even at the expense of the party (as he showed with his Committee votes when in the Assembly.) His selfishness and stupidity Hoovering up Party money in the 2014 campaign almost cost Tony Mendoza his Senate Seat in the very Democratic SD-32. I tried to warn people about that WAAAAAY in advance, as soon as the shocking primary results came in, but that was ignored because OC people care about Jose Solorio more than they do a liberal like Mendoza. Should this be some huge secret that cannot be said, like in Stalin’s USSR?

Lou Correa has cast some terrible votes, particularly on issues where he would have to go against his big donating hospitals, medical professionals, cops, and prison guards. These votes materially hurt — and I’d say even cost lives — in his largely poor State Senate district. A good Democrat isn’t supposed to care?

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, I am given to understand, has engaged in practices as Mayor that are either illegal or so unethical that they should call for censure. (That’s part of why the party endorsed against him in 2012 and why he barely avoided it happening again in 2014.) He is protected by his friendship with corrupt DA Tony Rackauckas.

Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman has not only tried to rip off the public with a $25,000 payment for a simple report for Tom Daly (one he should have done when he was on Daly’s staff, hobnobbing at public expense with other public officials) that he first didn’t turn in, then cribbed from Wikipedia, and then (I’ve been told, though I can’t vouch for it) had ghostwritten for him. I’ve covered his actions in Anaheim extensively elsewhere.

Anahiem mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway has done some good things, like her opposition to the GardenWalk Giveaway (joining with the “Take Back Anaheim” movement and her opposition to police violence back when Manual Diaz and Joey Acevedo were killed. After deciding to run for Mayor, though, she has backed away from both positions — and was in fact silent on pretty much all of the main issues facing Anaheim in last November’s election. (She apparently thinks that people don’t know why. Let her go on thinking that.) I argued against the DPOC endorsing her for Mayor because, as anyone who (like me) was paying attention, she clearly WAS NOT TRULY RUNNING COMPETITIVELY for the office. (editor’s note: Diamond is an expert in not truly running competitively, but we disagree with his assessment of Galloway’s campaign and so would Joe Shaw, Galloway’s campaign manager; the Galloway team ran a positive campaign).  As the two candidates contending were one of the best Republicans around, incumbent Mayor Tom Tait, and a corrupt racist and de facto fascist, Lucille Kring, I thought that DPOC should not prevent the many Democrats who admire Tait — and he would have gotten the vast majority of Galloway’s votes — from electing Kring. I told the DPOC that Galloway wasn’t really running to win (as her expense reports later confirmed) and that she was going to finish third. (In that I was wrong: Tait so completely obliterated Kring in the pre-election surveys that her supporters gave up on her, She got only 19.4% to Galloway’s 20.4%, Tait getting 53.4%.) So technically she did finish second, solely because Kring was unexpectedly awful — in part because my home blog (but not this one) righteously and appropriately savaged her.

Santa Ana City Councilmember Vince Sarmiento: nope, Never savaged him. Someone leaked a story about him and I published it, seeking information from the public about the claims, because that was the only real way to get to the bottom of it. I have supported him before and will probably do so again. I am bothered by claims that he doesn’t live in his City, but I think I’m entitled to.

Former Garden Grove mayor Bruce Broadwater: corrupt SOB whom I opposed IN FAVOR OF THE ENDORSED DEMOCRAT, Bao Nguyen. Uh, that’s bad?

Orange Mayor Tita Smith: I can’t think of anything I’ve ever written “savaging” her. I may have criticized her relative conservatism, but she lives in Orange, for God’s sake, so I’d not likely hold it against her. (And I endorsed her.) I can only assume that someone trying to alienate her from me — we’ve never met — by lying. (Welcome to OC Dem politics!)

Former Chairman Frank Barbaro: well, first, what if I did? There’s a rule against that? I’m not going to go after Frank here now, though, because I’ve heard that he’s retreated from politics. People who want into who contributed to his “Victory Fund” while he was supposed to be in charge of fundraising for the DPOC can do so on their own time.

As for Eric Bauman, I don’t recall what I said about him regarding Janice Hahn, but if it was about her vicious, scurrilous, unfair and harmful attack on Debra Bowen for alleged anti-Semitism related to their race for Congress, it was justified to the extent that Bauman had anything to do with it. (If he did, I don’t remember.)

Any bad blood between me and Bauman would probably come first from my opposition to Prop 35 — the “CASE ACT” that blurred the line between sex between teenagers and consensual prostitution, on the one hand, and actual, horrible, forced human sexual trafficking — at the California Democratic Party meeting in 2012. Bauman puffed up like a peacock while proclaiming the party’s anti-prostitution stance — which, I expect, was largely for show.

The second cause of it would be from my strong opposition to Speaker John Perez’s rein of terror within the California Democratic Party, bullying his way to get whatever he wanted without any apparent thought of ethics or fairness. Bauman was Perez’s assistant, his employee in the Speaker’s Office, and his chief enforcer. He never took kindly to criticism of Perez. But that criticism was valid, whatever the consequences.

I know that he had come to hate me because — outside on the deck outside of the karaoke room at the same CDP convention in Los Angeles when Henry Vandermier tried to prevent Julio Perez from becoming Vice Chair of the Labor Caucus — he bellowed that sentiment to his friend, my brother-in-law. He was apparently a bit drunk at the time and hadn’t noticed that I had walked in and was lying on a deck chair in the same patio, angled away so that he couldn’t see me, waiting to drive my brother-in-law home. I was half-dozing off, but the content of that conversation was enough to make me instantly alert (and frozen stiff to ensure that I would not be seen.)

That wouldn’t be so much of a problem, but a few months later when the DPOC Chair — supposedly at the behest of the Building Trades, but I believe that the impetus went in the opposite direction — to remove me from the Vice-Chair position of the party. Henry Vandermier had had two mentors supporting him: Bauman, Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and Jess Durfee, Chair or Executive Director (can’t recall) of the San Diego County Democratic Party. Vandermier stepped away from the meeting that had been called to remove me — but he had installed Bauman as the substitute Chair and Durfee as the Parliamentarian!

This was bullshit — and I said so, noting the comments of his that I had overheard in Los Angeles. Bauman thundered that he had held meeting all over the Southland and NO ONE had ever questioned his integrity or impartiality. (Note: if you ever hear him say that again, it isn’t true even if it was at the time: I did.) This passionate show of umbrage would have sealed the deal against me, except for one thing: I knew that a whole lot of the votes that Henry had been counting on had not paid their dues and were therefore ineligible to vote. The deadline to pay dues — the beginning of the meeting — had already passed.

I forget whether I raised this issue at the right moment or my brother-in-law did the honors, but Vandermier simply opened up the floor and allowed members to pay their dues right then and be counted. That was underhanded, but it wasn’t illegal. However, about a half-dozen of the people didn’t have their money of checkbooks on them — and other people paid their dues so that they could vote. This is what you are specifically told not to do when it comes to political contributions — anyone who has raised money knew about it — and Henry led the way to doing it. I decided not to file an FPPC Complaint about it at the time because I still hoped for some semblance of harmony — and, moreover, my desire not to be blamed for the party’s likely losses in 2014, due largely to incompetent leadership. (They went ahead and blamed me anyway.)

The Chair and/or Parliamentarian ALSO upheld a ruling that it was OK for me not to have been given the charges against me until literally five minutes before I was supposed to defend myself. (If my prime accuser Florice Hoffman comes here and says otherwise, she will have a big surprise, because I still have the voicemails that she said constituted notice, as well as a videotape of the meeting.)

There were other ridiculous violations of fairness as well: while eleven or so accusers came up and presented a well-orchestrated litany of charges against me — NONE of which, as had been settled when Reggie Mundekis had been removed from office during the previous cycle, satisfied the requirements of the Bylaws. They didn’t care. The Chair and Parliamentarian didn’t stop it. Unlike the orchestrated “prosecution,” I had no control over who would rebut the charges against me or what they would say. I got to speak I think twice, maybe three times. Many of the speakers on my behalf were diffident and intimidated. (I mean, OC doesn’t get the Vice-Chair of the California Democratic Party to ride in and preside over a kangaroo court every day!)

It has been 15 months since I was removed and replaced by Vandermier protege Monika Broome, who never makes waves against him in public and prominently buys into what passes for his program. I haven’t written about Bauman’s role in my removal — or much about the event itself — until now. I suppose that I could elaborate if the need arose, but that’s enough for one night.

So, while I don’t remember when I “badmouthed” LA County Chairman Eric Bauman with a disparaging insult to (relating to Janice Hahn), I sure as hell remember why Bauman earned badmouthing from me — even though I’ve held myself back from discussing it for a long time. It made me feel good when Betty Yee beat Bauman’s boss John Perez in the race to make the runoff for Controller. Vandermier, by the way, supported Yee as well — and Bauman loudly laid into him at his betrayal of Perez after all he’d done for him. But by that point, I was gone.

Vandermier’s top lieutenant from OC Young Democrats was the same Johnny Barba that you see mentioned in Vern’s story on support for Poseidon. There are a lot of really good, reform-minded Democrats in OC — now largely coalescing around the Sanders campaign — who have remained remarkably loyal to Vandermier because he comes to their meetings and talks about how how progressive he really is on the inside, ever as he allows the DPOC to become as retrogressive on all but lifestyle issues as any local supposed Democratic Party I’ve seen. Maybe that’s what is meant by “progress.” Anyway, I’m not supposed to say any of this out loud, because dissent is not to be tolerated.

Take this a step further; any dissent against positions held by Diamond or political leaders admired by Diamond or clients of his step-daughter get a free pass.  For example, Brea’s Brett Murdock is a member of what Diamond describes as the “Trickledown” wing of that party — otherwise known as business Democrats who are good at raising money and spending it on campaigns.  Yet Mr. Murdock gets a relatively free pass from Mr. Diamond.  Why?  Did Murdock have something to do with the email list Mr. Diamond used to alert mostly Murdock supporters in Brea of his new and seldom-updated blog?

Lastly, we’ll note this blog is not an official party organ.  Even if a majority of DPOC members prefer the content posted here to Mr. Diamond’s two blogs.  For those who know Superman lore, there’s a Bizarro world out there where down is up, right is wrong, and in  Mr. Diamond’s case, Democrats openly promote conservative Republicans….

Bizarro Diamond…..that gives me an idea.  More later….

  62 comments for “The Cancer in the DPOC – Stage 2

  1. Greg Diamond
    August 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Of course “many [Anaheim] Democrats admire Tait.” He got 53.7% of the vote in a plurality Democratic city, to Galloway’s 20.4%. You think that it was Democrats voting for Kring and Fitzgerald? You know very little about the city — you even deny that it has potholes because they aren’t in your path — so how are you positioned to judge whether that’s true? You aren’t — so you just assert that what you’d like to believe is true is true.

    As for Galloway’s campaign: did you talk to Joe Shaw about the campaign after mid-September? I think that her fundraising and vote totals — in an election where Measures L and M passed! — speak for themselves. (What she’s done since the election does not speak for itself; it will require much description.)

    My prediction is that you’ll get very few factual challenges to what I wrote from people who will use their own names — despite that I have scant power to harm anyone, and what power I have comes only from telling the truth.

    • August 10, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Unless you have a party breakdown by candidate, I suspect most Democrats stayed home while Republicans turned out. It was a very poor turnout year, remember. And that generally favors Republicans.

      Do I talk to Joe Shaw? He was blogging for us until he moved remember? You’re a dolt sometimes. A legend in your own mind

      • August 10, 2015 at 10:21 pm

        I talked to Joe Shaw plenty during the runup to November’s election. And I’m too much of a gentleman to share all the things he told me about LoGal in confidence.

        Except for one thing I can’t resist: To him, one of the most embarrassing moments in the campaign was the Big Deal both Dan C and Lorri made about crazy pastor Stephanie Stieler’s “defection from Team Tait” and embrace of Team LoGal. These follies drove him crazy.

        Awww,,,, you DELETED one of your most hilarious posts of last year? I was just gonna “blog-whore” it for you but it’s gone, great comments and all, living on only in your pal Matt’s partial “cross-post”:

        ” TheLiberalOC has learned that Pastor Stephanie Stieler, who served as a field operations manager for Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait’s re-election effort, has resigned from the Tait team and has joined the campaign for Lorri Galloway for Mayor.

        “Lorri Galloway sent us this statement this morning:

        “ ‘She (Pastor Stieler) has offered her total support, but most of all her prayers for our success. The reason that I share this is not to boast but to share a window into my world and the reality of our campaign’s purpose. For me, politics have never been about power and influence, but it is what I know to be God’s will for my life of service.

        ” ‘Before I ever announced my intention to run for Mayor of Anaheim, amazing people of faith have come to me, not by my asking, but by their own will and they have surrounded me and covered me as powerful prayer warriors. They pray for my family, my home, my business – The Eli Home for Abused Children, and anything that may come under attack because of my calling.

        ” ‘Along with my wonderful prayer warriors, people of all ages, color, nationality and belief, have joined with us in knowing that our great city of Anaheim, after 157 years, is on the cusp of change in many more ways than one. Many people ask me how and why I have the will and energy to take on this battle. The peace in my heart tells me that the battle is already won, and my most important task is to walk humbly with our God.”

        Lorri Galloway”

        Good times!

        • August 12, 2015 at 10:31 pm

          Hey! That’s Pastor Stieler’s ad up at the top right, just noticed! “First Light International.” So you agreed to take down your embarrassingly saliva-drenched post about the mail-order minister, including her dingy, bigoted comments in her broken English, and now she advertises with you, way up top! How sweet, the beginning of a beautiful partnership and we got to see it in its inception.

      • Greg Diamond
        August 11, 2015 at 11:16 am

        Measures L and M passed, with the deft leadership of Eric Altman, then of OCCORD. The Registrar of Voters has party breakdown of turnout, of course; lots of Dems did come out. It took lots of money from Disney’s affiliates — and the mind-boggling betrayal of a viable DPOC-endorsed candidate by Brandman and Correa (although only Brandman actually endorsed) — to keep that from showing up in Dr. Jose Moreno’s vote totals.

        (That fits pretty well with my overall critique, come to think of it. DPOC members, please note.)

        • August 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm

          “The mind-boggling betrayal of a viable DPOC-endorsed candidate…” please apply these words to yourself

          • Greg Diamond
            August 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm

            Not only have, so far as I recall, ever ENDORSED AGAINST a DPOC-endorsed candidate (which is what the CDP considers the bright line; they don’t act on anything short of that), but I have CERTAINLY never praised (as Correa did) or ENDORSED AGAINST (as Brandman did) a DPOC-endorsed candidate in a mailer sent to Democrats the weekend before Election Day.

            So, yeah — I can apply that standard to myself and come out about 100 times cleaner than Brandman can. Not that the current DPOC leadership cares about what the Business Democrats’ corrupt Golden Boy does.

            Keep on throwing me those fastballs.

            • August 11, 2015 at 1:56 pm

              don’t play games with the word “endorsement”

              • Greg Diamond
                August 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm

                “Playing games”?

                If you’re talking about what Brandman did, he was quoted in campaign literature saying to vote for the Republicans, Murray and Kring, against the endorsed Democratic candidate, Dr. Moreno. That’s not ambiguous, it’s clearly over the line.

                Once Galloway was endorsed by the DPOC, I consulted by phone with Gary Shay of the state Democratic party to find out what a State and local delegate could and could not do. I followed his instructions to the letter, never crossing the line. That you are trying to criticize me at the same time that you leave Jordan completely blameless just shows how twisted and goal-directed your logic is.

                • August 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm

                  We criticized Brandman for endorsing Republicans back in November. You continue to carry water for Tait. The fact you had to call to see how far you could stretch the rule says it all

                • August 12, 2015 at 8:42 am

                  Greg — let’s pretend its election day 2016 and you are an Anaheim voter. I’ll say with a high degree of certainty your city ballot would mark a vote for Tait, Vanderbilt and Dr. Jose Moreno. Would I be wrong?

                  Meant to write 2014….doh.

                • Greg Diamond
                  August 12, 2015 at 11:48 pm

                  Absolutely not. Tait won’t be on the ballot in November 2016 and I’d only be voting for one District Councilmember.

                • August 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

                  November 2014; turn back the clock. Am I wrong about who you’d vote for?

                • August 12, 2015 at 11:54 pm

                  … and this clown pretends to know Anaheim well enough to pontificate on it. Go back to Irvine, Dan, your Anaheim connection is still busy licking her wounds.

            • August 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

              swing and a miss — Tait, Pham, Pettibone, Vanderbilt…. I’d actually like to see you swing a bat someday; I might laugh myself to death

              • Greg Diamond
                August 11, 2015 at 5:05 pm

                Sadly, the funniest comeback to “I’d like you to see you swing a bat” would come off as a little violent, so I’m just going to smile and nod.

                I didn’t endorse a single one of those people against unendorsed Democrat. In contrast, the people who endorsed Broadwater did so against Bao — who was the endorsed Democratic candidate.

                Would you like to look up what Democrats supported Broadwater, so that you can criticize them? Yeah, I didn’t think so. You’re just “playing games” with the word “endorsement.”

                • August 12, 2015 at 8:50 am

                  Since we were pro-Bao for mayor (disclosure: I have contributed to his campaign account), Broadwater’s endorsements from other Democrats are no different that those Democrats who support Hillary, Bernie or O’Malley…Democrats supporting Democrats. Bao got that party nod and I believe he has a bright future in OC politics.

                  You swinging a bat as “violent”…no. Spastic, yes. Hysterical; absolutely. Don’t forget to line up your knocking knuckles and squish the bug on the follow though.

                • Greg Diamond
                  August 12, 2015 at 11:51 pm

                  This is one of the weirdest comments that I’ve ever seen in a blog. One of what passes for our host’s “friends” may want to take him aside and have a gentle word with him.

                • August 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm

                  If the concept of knocking knuckles and “squish the bug” elude you, I’m coaching you to have an even swing of your bat counselor. Lining your “knocking knuckles” (the knuckles you knock on doors with) up when you grip the bat helps you to swing evenly. You “squish the bug” with your back foot as you follow though to give your swing more power. The 7 year olds I coached in Little League figured it out pretty quickly. Sorry, it’s a sports thing.

    • August 10, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Damn, Greg, it sounds like you’ve REALLY DONE IT this time. Not like LAST time you really did it, or all the times before that that you really really did it. You are toast brother. Wow.

      • Greg Diamond
        August 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

        Toast? I’m garlic bread with parmesan by now! But I don’t want to brag.

        • August 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm

          you can’t help yourself….

          • Greg Diamond
            August 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

            Just stay away from humor entirely, please.

  2. junior
    August 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Apparently Diamond doesn’t understand that many elected Dems find it necessary to take certain conservative positions in order to be elected in conservative Orange County.

    • August 10, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Joe Dunn was always offended by that suggestion. So is Bao Nguyen.

      These politicians do what they want to do, what they believe in, what they’re most comfortable with.

      • junior
        August 11, 2015 at 6:22 am

        You must believe in fairies, unicorns and leprechauns as well.

        • August 11, 2015 at 10:33 am

          No, I believe in what I see. Dunn (and surprisingly often Sanchez) vote AGAINST special interests like insurance and other predatory big businesses, and get/got soundly re-elected. Solorio, Correa, Daly, Brandman, kiss up to those special interests, pretending they have to, and they also get re-elected.

          These “moderate” Dems don’t have to be corporatist to be elected in Santa Ana and Anaheim, it’s what they’re COMFORTABLE with.

          • Greg Diamond
            August 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

            I just noticed that Loretta didn’t appear in that list. I don’t recall whether I was accused of ever attacking her. I have, but not that often, but in disappointment rather than disdain. She’s a good example of a moderate Democrat that I can and do respect.

            By the way, this was hidden away in a comment on a post that had not seen action for a while after its publication; I didn’t make it a post. But I stand by its contents — and so far there’s no actual argument with them evident (other than the two that I have addressed) — so if our host wants to see them made more prominent like this (as opposed to part of an insider conversation) then that’s OK with me.

          • August 13, 2015 at 3:51 pm

            Actually I just remembered, Chris Prevatt wrote a really good piece a few years ago here, exploding exactly that myth, back when this really WAS (at least partly) The Liberal OC.

      • Greg Diamond
        August 11, 2015 at 10:34 am

        The alternative has rarely been tested in OC. They’d like to keep it that way.

    • Cynthia mae Curran
      August 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Junior OC is not that Conservative. In fact Modoc voted 70 percent for Romney while Orange County at only 53 percent. Go back to Reagan it was 75 percent. Conservatives like yourself are dated they need to be more of the libertarian types not social conservative. In fact Oc Republicans spend a lot and do the tax cut mantra without cutting spending Anaheim is famous for that. Also, many Republicans support the Hotel and Disneyland industry which helps Anahiem be poor. I mention several times that downtown Anaheim to some tech or starts like Irvine. If you want Anaheim to be less Latino and poor then support a different job based than Disneyland and the Hotels. Also, Orange county fell behind Maricopa County Arizona as the largest County for Republicans, why because they have people like you and George Ezell never see the faults with George W Bush since he like Obama kept the interest rates low instead of rising them which could have prevent housing being so high. Reagan at least allow Volker to do that.

  3. junior
    August 11, 2015 at 11:40 am

    The photo caption should read –

    Greg “The Cancer” Diamond with his big mouth open”

    • Greg Diamond
      August 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      If you’re saying that it “should” say that in order to keep within the humor and maturity level of this blog, it’s hard to argue with you.

    August 11, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    This should be required reading for EVERY Democrat before the next meeting. The candidates, central comitee members, leadership and labor should take note.

    I would like to know who specficly is Gregs “wing” of the party? His brother? Bao Ngyuen? Who else and do they share his views and incredible descriptions of candidates and leadership? Do these members also believe the chairman is a “LIAR AND A CHEAT”?

    Or are “given to understand” to use one of Diamonds phrases that Greg Diamond is a narrcicistic broken soul who saw Durkee make some money and so he colesed his ADULT DAUGHTER ( we’re not talking a child here) into campaign finance cor personal gain?

    How about an up and down vote on the “Diamond Description” of the DPOC.

    • Greg Diamond
      August 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Required reading? OK by me. How would that work, exactly?

      I would like to know who the hell YOU are, that you feel comfortable tossing out anonymous defamatory attacks at me and my daughter?

      I do not “have” a wing of the party. To the extent that I “belong” to one, it would be composed of those opposed to the ties with Curt Pringle and Kris Murray in Anaheim and favors environmental and consumer and suppressed persons (based on race and class.) But I wouldn’t ask them to self-identify, because people like our host would allow them to be savaged by anonymous character assassins like you.

      This —

      who saw Durkee make some money and so he colesed his ADULT DAUGHTER ( we’re not talking a child here) into campaign finance cor personal gain

      is hideous. You think that I “coerced” my daughter to emulate Kinde Durkee? And you think that she agreed? That’s defamatory; I ask that this blog either take it down, identify the author, or take responsibility for it instead.

      Your attack on someone being willing to provide professional Treasurer services to Democrats pretty much gives the lie to the notion that you actually are a “Dem Voter” yourself; that sounds like one of Cunningham’s pitches. The firm of which she is now a partner has made it possible for lots of Democrats running small budget campaigns (as well as some larger ones) to compete against those who can afford larger and more expensive firms. You think that THAT is opposed to Democratic Party interests? Suck eggs, you loon.

      • Greg Diamond
        August 11, 2015 at 1:43 pm

        I’m putting this into a separate post so I can be confident that our host does read it. To “Dem Voter”:

        You think that I “coerced” my daughter to emulate Kinde Durkee? And you think that she agreed? That’s defamatory; I ask that this blog either take it down, identify the author, or take responsibility for it instead.

        • August 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm

          No, he didn’t use the word “coerced,” he used “colesed” which means “mingle” or “come together.” You used “coerced”; and Durkee did make money before she ripped off her clients (and is now paying the price for her theft). Additionally, per our terms of service, commenters are responsible for their comments. But I’ve re-read this comment a few times and I don’t share your opinion that Dem Voter says your daughter committed any sort of crime. He is stating an opinion YOU saw Durkee make money (as a campaign treasurer) and influenced your daughter to enter the field. None of that is defamatory. Kindee was a respected campaign treasurer until she was exposed. Do you have any idea how many comments about your wife and step-daughters I purge that are truly defamation? Vile, digusting stuff largely directed towards Filipina women. See, I don’t have to post it and have you ask me to take down stuff about your step-kids they way I had to ask you to take down stuff about my kids. But the comment in question isn’t’s opinion.

          • August 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

            This is BS, this cleaning-up of DEM VOTER’s comment by Dan.

            1. Dem Voter and Dan C are both illiterate, there is no such word as “colesed”. And Dem Voter obviously didn’t mean “Coalesced,” he was striving for a transitive verb suggesting force.

            2. Kinde Durkee is world-renowned for misappropriating Democratic politicians’ money, not for the competent work she may have done earlier in her career. Duh. Even when off the clock, Dan can’t resist polishing the most challenging turds.

              • August 12, 2015 at 11:11 am


                (Reminder to self – I continue these conversations so that OTHERS will see Dan’s mental capacity.)

                OK I clicked on your link; I thought it would at least show that “colesed” (as you and Dem Voter spell it) is some kind of alternative spelling of “coalesce,” but it says no such thing.

                And even if it did, does this make any sense? “…so he coalesced his ADULT DAUGHTER ( we’re not talking a child here) into campaign finance cor [sic] personal gain?”

                Hello? Is there a brain in there? Just give up, champ.

                • Dan Chmielewski
                  August 12, 2015 at 5:22 pm

                  the guy spelled the word wrong; I understood exactly what he said. And Greg’s grandstanding so he can dictate content on other blogs. Not happening here.

                • August 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm

                  So. You understood the sentence “You coalesced your daughter,” even though it was spelled wrong and also doesn’t mean anything to anyone else in the world.

                  You and this anonymous dirtbag must enjoy a true mindmeld of sputtering idiocy. How can the rest of us get far, far away?

                • August 13, 2015 at 9:46 am

                  It was a poorly written sentence, but I could see what he was trying to say and it certainly wasn’t what Greg wanted it to mean

                • August 13, 2015 at 11:18 am

                  This just keeps being funny. WHAT, O sage of illiteracy, did Dem Voter’s sentence mean then? Your first attempt was “[Diamond] ‘mingled or came together’ his adult daughter into emulating Kinde Durkee, or campaign finance cor personal gain?” You’re still going with that, going with it making sense, claiming to “understand” it, and vouching for it not being defamatory?



                • August 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm

                  Hoop Hoop

                • August 13, 2015 at 11:38 am

                  Just so’s everyone knows, Ryan is encouraging me to continue this line of inquiry, because he’s now been banned from here (as well as Matt’s site) but it is making him laugh. And Ryan needs a laugh from time to time.

                • August 13, 2015 at 3:17 pm

                  Ryan needs anger management and therapy; does he work for his dad’s company or something?

                • August 13, 2015 at 3:12 pm

                  Ryan’s not banned. Sorry his comments aren’t making it through. And of course e wants you to continue this line of inquiry. Simply put, I thought the comment was poorly written, wasn’t defamatory and I understood what he was trying to say. Posted. Perhaps Ryan can explain why Greg seldom discloses his step-daughter’s clients when writing positive things about them.

          • Greg Diamond
            August 11, 2015 at 5:28 pm

            Vern beat me to this, but by presuming that he meant “coerced” I was giving him the benefit of the doubt. “Colesed” isn’t a word – although you did make me double-check — and “coalesced” made no sense in context.

            I absolutely did encourage my daughter to become a campaign treasurer while she was in college and looking for part-time work. She has a good heart and good political instincts, and is a good judge of people, but finds the kind of political debate that I have to put up with dreary.

            I told her that there is more than one way to make a difference in politics, and that her using for a good organizational skills to help candidates who otherwise might have to struggle with compliance to Campaign to help good people make a difference without having to get embroiled in debate oneself. regulations was an excellent way to help good people make a difference without getting oneself embroiled in what seemed to her like pointless debate. Among the things that I told her, as I recall, was that any idiot could express an opinion on the Internet -– look at you, for example –- but that not everyone could make sure that a campaign finance report was filled out correctly. I’m more proud of her work — in some cases for candidates I don’t personally favor, by the way — then I can adequately express.

            Only you and your benighted vacuous anonymous commenters could try to turn that into a negative. Would you like to criticize my older daughter, who is in the Naval Reserve, for coming to Irvine and speaking to the City Council on behalf of the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park? (Now THAT did take correction; she had never spoken in public before.)

            Would you like to criticize my youngest daughter for taking a lead in pro-LGBT activities at her high school? Go ahead, why should you stop trying to slam my family now? That seems to be a preferred way for some of the conservative critics allied with you here to try to discredit me.

            And yes, I WOULD like to know how many sexist and racist comments attacking my family you get sent to this blog and delete. I know how many I get, and it’s really not that many — not even from the many people who use fake names, fake IP addresses, and fake email addresses. If you are really getting a flood of them, what do you think we should make of that?

            • August 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm

              For the anon commenter who just left a nasty gram about Mr. Diamond’s stepdaughter who is in the military, be warned. A similar comment bans that IP address. Your comment has been deleted.

            • August 11, 2015 at 10:16 pm

              Greg, the comments I delete are none of your business.

            • August 12, 2015 at 8:45 am

              I have no criticism of your step-daughters. I do have a criticism that you are financially unable to help the one in Choir achieve her full potential. That’s something my daughter never has to worry about.

              • Greg Diamond
                August 12, 2015 at 11:57 pm

                I do have a criticism that you are financially unable to help the one in Choir achieve her full potential. That’s something my daughter never has to worry about.

                And. fellow OC Democrats — there is your OC Democratic Party “ruling class’s” voice on the county’s political blogs. I’d love to see one Democrat, writing under their own name, say that they feel well-represented by that sentiment: that the public service of fighting City Hall is for suckers and people should instead be judged by how much money they make.

                Still wondering why our party is somehow failing to inspire people?

                • August 13, 2015 at 9:44 am

                  I’m not “ruling class” — I put my family first. Everyone should. Some don’t. You don’t. What do your Father’s Day cards read: “Thanks, I think?”

                  It’s not about HOW MUCH money you make; it’s about your PRIORITIES, which evidence shows sure as hell isn’t your family….

    • junior
      August 12, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Speaking of Bao Nguyen – that dude doesn’t stand a chance in hell of being re-elected to GG council, much less to US congress.

  5. junior
    August 11, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Compelled – pressed – coerced …… “encouraged” might be a better choice of words. Can we settle on “encouraged” … ?

    • August 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Maybe Dan and DV meant she’s cute like a KOALA.

      Dan, you wanna get a hold of your anonymous buddy and settle on a verb that exists?

      • August 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm

        I have no idea what Mr. diamond’s stepdaughters look like. Wouldn’t know them if I passed them on the street. I am sure they are fine young women.

  6. Gustavo Arellano
    August 11, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I’m not sure what’s more pathetic ’round here: Dan claiming his blog is read, the Bloviator, or Dan allowing “junior”—an idiot this very blog once exposed as a homophobe—complete leeway to spout his inanities.

  7. August 11, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    What’s pathetic is you writing about baseball and appearing monthly on a radio program of a known batterer. Does your wife know Leykis’s backstory from WRKO? Hell, you comment here and contribute little to the conversation. Should I keep allowing you to post? Keep it clean and don’t libel anyone…a higher standard than the pre-Facebook authentication comments on OC Weekly

    • Gustavo Arellano
      August 12, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Typical Dan: averts, deflects, ignores, babbles about his supposed superior knowledge about baseball, contributes nothing to anything other than his ego. Hey, Dan: how many World Series did the Angels with with Vlad, anyway? Or make any Series appearances, for that matter?

  8. Dan Chmielewski
    August 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    None and none; who had the highest playoff batting average in his last season with the Angels? And how many All-Star appearances did he make after the Angels let him go? What National League team did he play for and what major league team signed his son to a contract? If you had to use Google for any of it, you lose.

    And please keep deflecting arguments about our commenting policy here when OC Weekly’s was a daily case study in libel and defamation. Until you went to Facebook authentication of course

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