The writers include Chris Emami, Chris Nguyen, Craig Alexander, David Yang, Erik Brown, the “Heartbreak Kid,” Jim Palmer, Jon Dumitru, Keith Rodenhuis, Ken Williams, “Lassie,” Mark Bucher, Matt Harper, “Mr. Friendly,” “Republican Willie Brown,” Robert Hammond, Scott Voigts, Steve Sarkis, Thomas Gordon, Tim Surridge, Tony Beall, and Walt Myers III.
Many of these bloggers are members of the OC GOP Central Committee and the California Republican Assembly. Some of them are elected or appointed officials. Others are also running for the State Legislature (Harper and Hammond).
This new blog appears to be affiliated with “Custom Campaigns,” a political campaign consulting company run by Emami and Nguyen. The contact email for the OC Political blog is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can’t blame these guys for jumping off of the Red County blog. The only regular contributors to Red County’s Orange County blog are U.S. Rep. Ed Royce – who is not looking good as he endorsed the RINO Fullerton Council Members who are now facing a recall; and Cynthia Ward. The Red County’s OC blog is essentially a very dead blog.
The new OC Political blog is linking to these blogs:
- Brian Calle’s Blog
- Capitol Alert
- Flash Report
- Fullertons Future
- OC Politics Blog
- Orange Juice Blog
- Orange Punch
- The Liberal OC
- Total Buzz Blog
- Voice Of OC
Note that they are NOT linking to the Red County blog. Interesting. That blog has really fallen apart since its founder, Chip Hanlon, and his money management firm, were indicted for alleged fraud last year.
I gave Emami his start in blogging back in 2007, at the Orange Juice blog. He later moved on to Red County and now apparently he is one of those working on this new OC Political blog. According to their website, the founders of the new blog are Chris Emami, Chris Nguyen, and Erik Brown. Hanlon bought the old OC Blog from Matt Cunningham – who is now a member of the Voice of OC’s Community Editorial Board.
They aren’t fully operation yet, but they do have this to say about their new endeavor, “This blog was created because of a void that existed in Orange County for a right-of-center blog that provided a consistent look into what was going on in the local political scene. However, local politics being the focal point does not mean that state, national, and even some international posts won’t be a part of this endeavor.”
I would imagine this new blog will do a good job of presenting inside OC GOP baseball, and it will surely be a better read than the boring and fading Red County. Good luck guys!