As you might read multiple posts on the Orange Juice Blog from Greg Diamond, know he was removed from the California Democratic Party as a delegate for rules violations during a hearing yesterday. I’m not going to get into tons of detail as Mr. Diamond has suggested he will file a defamation suit against his enemies except to say defamation is a two way street and he is a public figure and no one has done more to damage his own reputation as he has.
I’ll ask Diamond to post the video he shot of state party chair Rusty Hicks calling for his removal and why. But Diamond won’t because he’s a coward.
When it was my turn to speak, I simply read his blog post from the day before election day encouraging people not to vote for Jordan Brandman who has the DPOC’s endorsement for Anaheim District 2. I read Diamond’s words. You can’t defame someone by reading what they wrote. My complaint against him was his own acknowledged invitation to “a trial in the dock” that he predicted a year ago. He lost. He lost his temper with me at one point, yelling to the room “You don’t get to speak Dan.”
And that’s when he truly lost. And not just the board, but himself.
Rusty Hicks, CDP chair, cited “a pattern of behavior” from Diamond in recommending his removal. Diamond shot video — I challenge him to publish it for all to see and judge. Please do.
Mr. Diamond has serious anger management issues. As I’m a PR consultant to companies across the country and around the world, I’d suggest Mr. Diamond not show up to defend his political future in dirty jeans, sandals without socks and an untucked short sleeves shirt to defend himself. I’d tell him to trim his beard that makes him look like an overweight cast member of “Duck Dynasty.” I’d certainly suggest he get those spots on his bald head checked out by a doctor. And I fear for the safety of his wife and step-daughters over his belligerent angry shouting. I asked him on the way out if his wife flinches when she yells at her like he did to me.
Diamond has been removed as a delegate to the CDP. It was a unanimous decision of the Party’s e-Board. he can whine all he’d like to but he’s gone.
Diamond remains a registered Democrat and a blogger. If he wishes to file a defamation suit against me and others who joined with me to remove him — which includes two regional party directors — I will marshall all manner of legal challenges against him as well.
I’d hate to take food of the table of his family who provides him every financial support since he doesn’t work for money. But I would. And if I win, I will. Because he needs a better lawyer than he is. And the truth is always a defense in a defamation suit.