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. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.