It turns out that former Liberal OC blogger Joe Hill wasn’t ready to retire from blogging yet. He retired this week amid strange allegations by Liberal OC editors Dan Chmieliewski and Chris Prevatt that someone calling himself “Joe Hill” had actually called the wife of Santa Ana mayoral challenger David Benavides.
I got a call from Joe yesterday – he vehemently denied making the calls to Benavides’ wife and agreed to an interview, which we accomplished today over coffee. Here is Joe’s story:
Art: So Joe are you really ready to quit blogging, over such a silly accusation?
Joe: No, not at all. And by the way the allegation was not that I made the call to Mrs. Benavides but rather that either you or your friend, Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Sean Mill, did.
Art: Do you believe those charges?
Joe: No. If anything I believe that one of your blog commenters might have been involved.
Art: Assuming that an anonymous blog commenter of ours did somehow track down Mrs. Benavides at work, how would that have anything to do with me – or Sean?
Joe: Exactly. It makes no sense and I am sorry that Chris and Dan went there.
Art: No worries. Those guys are a bit obsessed with me and Sean.
Joe: Yes, (chuckles) that they are.
Art: So Joe are you still interested in blogging?
Joe: You bet!
Art: Well, as luck would have it, I could use some help with my OC Politics blog.
Joe: Wow. That would be great. I would love to cover Democratic Party politics for you and also discuss labor issues, if that is OK.
Art: I think you will be a real asset to our blog – with all the credibility you built up while at the Liberal OC blog. Welcome aboard!
Joe: Thanks Art. I noticed by the way that you actually had some nice things to say about Chris when he ran recently for the OC PERS Board.
Art: That’s right Joe. Not sure that he noticed though.
Joe: Well he might not have but I did, and I also appreciated it that you came out against Prop. 32 and you endorsed John Leos, the OCEA’s preferred candidate, for the Anaheim City Council.
Art: Thanks Joe. Who knew I was so open minded?
Joe: LOL! Well, I think most folks appreciate what you do, even if Dan and Chris don’t.
Art: Any hard feelings towards them since they forced you to retire from their blog?
Joe: No sir. My time at the Liberal OC had run its course. I am really looking forward to blogging for you at the OC Politics Blog.
Art: Thanks Joe. I am looking forward to reading your posts!