Humor, hacking — or hacked off? OC politics gets even weirder


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So I’m looking at Sharon Quirk-Silva’s campaign’s Facebook page last night. I want to get some ideas for my own page, snag some design tips without asking for them, that sort of thing. (I’ve already tried wearing the red suit — and it makes me look like Santa Claus.  No thanks!)  And something captures my eye, pictured here on the left …

Apparent endorsement of Sharon Quirk-Silva by Martha Norby

OK — is this thing real? The account looks real. But still — is it real?  It can’t be real — can it?

“This can’t be real,” I think to myself.  So I click on the name, check out the account, and — judging by the friends she has, seven of which we share, it looks like a real account.  That or some very straight-laced people have been taken in by a pretty elaborate prank.  (I’m not showing the friends, but the section on the right comes from the person’s page.  I’m not naming her or her husband so as to thwart search engines.)

Could be a joke, could be that someone hacked into her account, could be that they were “at odds” — I don’t know.  Help me out here, folks — I thought that I was ready for Orange County politics, but it looks like it may be even weirder than I thought.  I’m betting that it’s not real, though, because I think “para” should be “por,” right?

By the way, if this was a hack into her account — not funny, miscreants, so cut it out.  (And if it was a joke, also not funny — or at least I don’t get it.)

(For the record, if my wife ever announces an endorsement of my opponent on her Facebook page, it will have been a hack — though possibly by a relative.)


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.