I Can’t Stand That No One’s Running Against Tony Rackauckas — So I’ll Do It


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[I just made an announcement on Facebook, so while I'd planned to spend a few hours today polishing my campaign announcement, I'll just go ahead and reproduce that statement here.  More posts, detailing my qualifications, my plans, and why I think that Tony Rackauckas needs to be replaced, will be forthcoming in the days and weeks ahead.  For now -- here it goes.  You'll pardon me, I hope, but anonymous comments on this post will be trashed.  Anyone who wants to challenge me in comments under their own name -- don't worry, unlike some people it's not like I can retaliate against you -- is welcome to do so.  -- GAD]

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Greg Diamond, not all THAT many years ago.

I just made my announcement this morning to Los Amigos and have now been interviewed by Martin Wisckol of the Orange County Register, so the cat is apparently out of the bag: I will be running against Tony Rackauckas — who hasn’t had a challenger since 2002 — for Orange County District Attorney. I’m prompted to do so in part because apparently not one other attorney in our county of over 3,000,000 Californians is willing to take him on — or, if they are, they’ve waited too long to stave off my campaign. And DA Rackauckas desperately needs an opponent. I deeply want to vote against him myself — but that requires that another name be on the ballot!

Someone needs to make the case for better government. I’m qualified, and I’m humble enough NOT to take on a high-profile murder/manslaughter trial myself when I’m supervising an office full of highly qualified Deputy DAs are available to do it, so it turns out that it will have to be me.

Fair notice to all of my wealthy attorney (and in some cases academic or other) friends: I’m going to be hitting you up for donations this week and next. By March 7, I’ll need $30,000 in hand if I am to file a ballot statement in the Voter Guide, in which I’ll make a pitch for a smart and principled and scientifically validated approach to prosecution and punishment. I would be honored to give you the chance to live through me vicariously for the next few months, so look for my e-mails and reply quicky. (As I just made this decision last Friday, a website and a PayPal link are … let’s say “still under development.”) Until then, I’m not soliciting donations wholesale — though, if you just can’t wait to donate, you’re welcome to contact me first!

You are welcome to share this post as widely as you wish. Win or lose, I’ll make an aggressive case against corruption — that alone will help to shake things up in OC. I’m eager to begin. I hope that you’re eager to join me.


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.