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

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak 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 Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for 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 without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.