We've already informed the public how Greg Diamond, the Brea Democrat who parachuted into Orange County from out of state four years ago after a series of failed job performances and a divorce, has run the most laughably inept California state senate campaign in memory.
Six months ago, Diamond promised voters he single-handedly would “significantly” change policy debates in the state and boldly declared, “I'm a 'crashing the gates' Democrat and I think I'm who you want to unleash on” incumbent Republican Bob Huff.
He also stated he'd fight “like hell” against Huff and would “make him miserable with constant attacks.”
The lawyer's oral bluster never materialized into any accomplishment because, we came to discover, Diamond isn't just clueless about how to run a political campaign. He's lazy. On the eve of the election, he has failed to hold a single, meaningful campaign event, and his obnoxious personality and half-baked ideas are so uninspiring that he couldn't even raise one-tenth of his $100,000 fundraising goal.
The result? Embarrassment for Orange County Democrats. A laughing,
untouched Huff will walk to the Nov. 6 electoral finish line while praying he's lucky enough to get Diamond as his 2014 opponent too.
But the obit on Diamond's
pathetic campaign wouldn't be complete without a mention of this
person's horrible lack of character and how he used his
obsession, blogging, to focus not on Huff but on the personal life of a
candidate in another race.
Diamond–who is so good at his solo law
practice run out of his rental home that he made less than $1,999 last
year–couldn't find any time to
campaign against Huff, but he spent hours and hours and hours and hours intensely pondering a two-year-old incident at the Fullerton home of
Republican state Assemblyman Chris Norby.
(Sharon Quirk-Silva is
attempting to defeat Norby. She didn't ask Diamond to insert himself
into her campaign–one that has a good chance of winning. But he
couldn't help himself.)
In late July, the Friends For Fullerton's
Future blog revealed that Diamond had filed a public records request
with Fullerton police to obtain information about an incident between
Norby and his wife. Defensive because normal people were wondering why
he barged onto Quirk-Silva's turf, Diamond responded like an
adolescent. For three months, he threatened to write a blog that exposed Norby for committing
My position to Diamond, who was anxiously hoping to divert me from reporting on his disingenuously embellished tale about being hired by acclaimed law firm Jones Day: If you have the goods, shut up and write another crappy, inane blog post.
Finally on Oct. 10, he psychotically declared that I had “forced” him to viciously attack Norby.
is Diamond's loony rationale: My coverage of his non-existent state
senate campaign wasn't to inform the public about his incompetence, but
rather a “[putrid] message to others not to probe too deeply into the
secrets of OC's political power structure.”
consumed him. He accused me of penning anonymous blog comments about
him. He also asserted that I was working for Norby, a politician I've
covered critically for years. Keep in mind, these claims–like the ones
where he promised to fight “like hell” to defeat Huff–had no basis in
Tilting at his windmill, Diamond then incredibly
declared in his blog that Norby–who was never charged with any
crime–had “forcibly . . . kneed his newly pregnant wife in the
He went on to confidently opine: “Such a reaction, from
a father three months away from turning 61 who might have
understandably been ambivalent, would be likeliest to come quite early
in the pregnancy, before the father had time to get used to and accept
Of course, if true, such violence constitutes horrific conduct, but what conclusive evidence did Diamond have for his claim?
said in the post that in “late 2011 or early this year” he'd had a
conversation with “someone” about “Norby's vulnerabilities in the
He explained, “The source (whom I'll refer
to with the pronoun 'they' to keep things gender neutral) said that they
had spoken to one or more people (the vagueness there is in my memory,
not as I recall in the story), possibly including police, who had spoken
with various neighbors and others with knowledge of the events.”
to summarize the strength of Diamond's evidence: An unnamed person, the
source, “had spoken to one or more people” who themselves “had spoken
with various neighbors and others with knowledge of the events.”
Well, I don't think I've ever heard more convincing proof. Stop the presses! Where the hell is the New York Times?
But it gets worse.
account of Norby's imagined knee-attack spanned several thousand blog post words
and then at the conclusion declared, as if this would save him from disgrace, “I don't know if this is true.”
In a public forum, he accuses Norby of a committing a felony but doesn't know if it's true?
after admitting he knows nothing, he had the gall to claim that his
allegations weren't disgusting political acts but rather done for
Norby's wife and kids.
“For their sake, I wish that I hadn't been
put into the position of my either writing this or else be considered a
liar,” explained Diamond, who then made another sensational
allegation. “I've heard stories that Norby has threatened [his wife]
with deportation and keeping both her and their kids himself if she
caused him any political trouble related to domestic violence or martial
What evidence did he have to make that additional assertion?
“Once again,” Diamond wrote. “I don't know if that's true.”
covering Orange County politics for 17 years, I have encountered
numerous low-life characters, but none as despicable as Diamond, who
hinted at his mentality in May when he addressed a liberal Democrat
Like a punk, he said, “I know how to bring it and make it hurt.”
Tuesday, the voters of California's 29th state senate district will
officially–and oh so appropriately–label him for the history books what he is: a
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.