When will folks learn not to mess with the OC Weekly’s top investigative reporter, R. Scott Moxley? Uber-liberal Orange Juice blogger Greg Diamond did just that, a few months ago and I knew it was going to catch up to him eventually and now it has. Moxley has written a blistering expose of Diamond, who is running for the 29th State Senate seat that is currently held by Republican Senate Leader Bob Huff. Here are a few excerpts from Moxley’s article, enjoy:
It’s not that Occupiers knowingly and willfully gave us Diamond. The mysterious, 50-plus-year-old, former low-level Manhattan corporate lawyer dreamed of abandoning American society in disgust for imagined Third World pleasures, but instead quietly parachuted into the bustling metropolis of Brea in 2006 (or 2007; he has given conflicting dates) after a divorce and a series of employment failures. He worked on the campaigns of two ultimately trounced Democratic candidates, and then was named Jerry Brown’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign “co-coordinator” for Orange County, a position on par in importance with being named Mitt Romney’s Castro co-coordinator in San Francisco.
Diamond, who had been looking for a cause to give his life meaning, joined the Occupy ranks in 2011. The anti-establishment protests energized him. Not everybody can afford to protest 24 hours per day, but the attorney (who has taken piecemeal work from a firm that is the Kinko’s of the legal community) had no daily job responsibilities.
For months, Diamond protested, but he also held a secret goal: to become a player in local politics. He kept a precise log of the amount of time—allegedly 3,773 hours—he volunteered. Though it was forbidden for anyone in Occupy to grab leadership titles, he named himself “Primary Civic Liaison” and often nestled himself between reporters seeking quotes and other protesters.
Last spring, from his Brea rental, Diamond—whose solo law practice made him less than $1,999 in 2011—announced his campaign for a $100,000-per-year seat in the California state senate, representing the 29th District. He isn’t running for himself, of course. He claimed, “I’m doing it because tying my political fate closely to Occupy and fighting like hell is the best way I can think of to advance the Occupy critique.”
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