Orange Juice blogger Vern Nelson put up a fawning post about CD-46 Congressional candidate Joe Dunn on Tuesday; the post was up for about five hours and yanked, only to re-appear about 36 hours later. Nelson removed the post at the request of the Dunn campaign in order to correct a few factual errors.
Correcting a few factual errors take a couple of minutes. Not 36 hours. Why so long?
Nelson says he asked the candidate to correct these mistakes. The question of why was a post missing for a day and a half for a few factual errors is one thing; letting the campaign edit the post to protect the image of said candidate is quite another.
“They said there were a few inaccuracies and theyre (sic) gonna (sic) get back today with corrections,” Nelson wrote in a text.
I posed questions to Carina Franck-Patone, who heads up Dunn’s campaign, as I was texting Nelson. I didn’t hear back from her, but Nelson let me know she was texting him about my queries. I wrote to Nelson: “You are allowing the campaign to edit your post. You’re a whore Vern. Would you extend the same privilege to Correa, Brandman, Bao? Whore.”
Nelson then posted the campaign edited story: “There. I dare you to find the corrections. Those two are sticklers for historical precision though.”
I’m quite sure unflattering statements were removed. I’m not sure Nelson understands the concept of “off the record” and he has no filter.
I asked Nelson once more, if Lou Correa, Jordan Brandman or Bao Nguyen would be extended the same courtesy of editing a post about them on the Orange Juice blog and Nelson offered this: “If I made some factual errors in a piece about Lou or Jordan, I would welcome them or their people or anybody correcting them. And if you were honest, you’d quote me on that. But you won’t.”
Franck-Patone finally did respond to a query: “I understand that there were historical and factual errors/statements. Hopefully there will be a posting with accurate information.”
I wrote: “You let a drunk do an interview and expected accuracy. Now you’re editing a post.”
She replied, “Yes, we expect accuracy in facts presented and statements.”
That’s great news. Then I’ll ask the Dunn campaign — and her here publicly — again to release the data on the additional $120,000 in donations that they report came in after the 9/30/2015 filing deadline and issued a press release to cite a clear fundraising advantage. A claim uncritically challenged by Nelson. When Dunn and I met earlier this month, I asked him about it and he won’t release the details until after the end of December filing deadline. I told him it was unethical for his campaign to release that sort of news and that’s why only friendly blogs are reporting this fundraising advantage (the Voice of OC’s press release page will allow this claim on their site as they carry news releases verbatim).
So here’s what we have so far. Joe Dunn is a nice guy. He’s smart. He hasn’t held office in almost 10 years. Most voters don’t remember anything about Enron or Dunn’s role in “bringing down” Enron (California Lawyer Magazine is the original source of the story). For the record, the person who brought down Enron was Sherron Watkins, the former vice president of the company and the whistleblower who exposed the corporation in 2001. Steven Greenhut even made fun of Dunn’s claims in a 2006 Register opinion piece. Dunn certainly played a part, but there are journalists, law enforcement professionals, and prosecutors who all claim a piece of the “Bringing Down Enron” pie. And Dunn’s campaign people will have blog posts about him pulled and “inaccuracies corrected” while issuing news claiming a fundraising advantage while refusing to provide proof. Is it too much to ask for some transparency from the campaign…a little…proof?
And Dunn announced his first endorsement today. To the surprise of no one, the Orange County Employees Association has backed Dunn for Congress. Here’s the release:
Orange County’s Largest Public Service Workers Union Backs Joe Dunn for Congress
Santa Ana, Calif. – The Orange County Employee Association (OCEA) has endorsed Joe Dunn for California’s 46th Congressional District, announced the Joe Dunn for Congress campaign.
OCEA is the largest union representing Orange County’s public service workers and is one of the most active political organizations in the region. OCEA members are the public health workers, social workers, mental health care providers, court workers, support staff, and more who are key to keeping Orange County neighborhoods safe.
“As Congress increasingly fails to deliver for Orange County’s middle class, we need someone with experience who puts workers first and won’t back down,” said OCEA General Manager Jennifer Muir. “Joe Dunn is that leader, and we need him in Congress fighting for us. Joe has continually been a champion for our communities and has the strongest record of breaking through partisan roadblocks to help working families succeed.”
Joe’s dogged pursuit of justice for our communities across a spectrum of fiscal, legal, educational, and health care reforms makes him the best candidate to break through Washington’s bureaucracy and fight to expand the middle class in Orange County.
Joe Dunn has more than thirty years of experience holding big corporations and government bureaucracies accountable to Orange County’s middle-class families. Joe empowered communities through the legal system to stop polluters and fought drug companies. He investigated Enron and other unethical energy companies manipulating prices. He took on oil companies ripping off consumers at the gas pump. He also stood up to gun manufacturers.
Joe fought to secure millions of dollars from tobacco companies to be used for local health care services and community clinics. While heading the California Medical Association, Joe worked with physicians to help broaden access to affordable health care for Californians.
During the latest fundraising quarter, Joe took the lead among all candidates for the most contributions received and now has more than $250,000 cash on hand. He is also the only candidate with a voting record that has consistently ranked higher than all other CD 46 candidates with California’s most recognized environmental, women’s choice, equality, consumer protection, and labor groups.
We bolded that line because its not a verified fact; accuracy being important to the Dunn campaign and all.