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Diamond's threatened exposé didn't appear on Monday, July 30, nor has it been seen in the more than two months since. In the process of interviewing him for this story, Diamond sought to divert me into probing Norby. When I didn't take the bait, he sent me this note: "Right now, I'd be satisfied with an ironclad pledge from Norby that if his wife leaves him and asserts that he committed domestic violence against her within a year of the election, he'd immediately resign the seat. Does that seem fair? If he did that, I'd happily drop the issue between now and the election."
The obsession with Norby prompted me to question Diamond about how much work he's putting into his own campaign. In May, he promised his supporters he'd raise more than $100,000, yet with the race in its final days, he hasn't managed to collect $25,000—or far less. He refuses to reveal the exact amount, saying, "I wonder why this information is of interest."
(Huff reported cash on hand of almost $400,000 as of June 30.)
Candidates also usually share schedule details to demonstrate their commitment to win. Not Diamond, whose "events" page at his campaign website has been empty for months. "How much I've campaigned per day and what events I've orchestrated that aren't already public record are closely guarded secrets," he said.
Realizing our interviews weren't going well, Diamond demanded we reverse roles. He sent a list of questions and threatened to write a blog post about me in the aftermath of this article. He was incredulous when I didn't recoil in fear. To underscore his power, he proclaimed, "I'm now among the most-read political bloggers in OC."
This column appeared in print as "The World's Most Worthless Diamond: Greg Diamond prefers digging into another man's marriage rather than focusing on his California senate race."