OCDA: When I Read This Sentence Just Now, a Chill Went Down My Spine


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What has he done so well to deserve being “DA for life”?

From an OC Political post today on the OCGOP early endorsements:

There were unanimous endorsements for Shari Freidenrich and Tony Rackaukas.  I don’t believe that Shari is challenged and given the circumstances surrounding prior challenges, it’s not likely that TRack will see any challengers until he is blind and walking with a cane and willing to step down, none of which seem to be in his future.

I cannot believe that OC voters might not even be given a chance to cast a protest vote against Tony Rackauckas this year.  It’s not like there aren’t big issues to discuss!  Todd Spitzer, you were supposed to run — where are you?

If anyone reading this has heard any rumors of candidates, please let me know.  The list of reasons not to vote for him is long — but one can’t vote against him if he doesn’t have an appointment.

Just think of the cases he’s lost recently.  I’m not just talking about the Kelly Thomas killing case, where he made a dubious at best decision to grandstand by taking it into his own hands rather that letting one or more of the best of his prosecutors make a go of it, but also losing the appellate case on his ill-advised (to be kind about it) gang injunctions, and more.  Letting the man skate — and then perhaps resign and let the Board of Supervisors install his chosen replacement, subverting the democratic process yet again — without even a murmur of dissent would just be wrong.

That may be “the OC way” — but that doesn’t make it right.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. 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. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)