MARVELous News! Attorney Murdock Announces Bid for OC District Attorney!

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Ed. Note from Greg: This is welcome news — and not only because it means that I don’t have to run for DA!  Former Brea Mayor Brett Murdock, who has had a reputation for being honest, level-headed, and a sharp and crusading attorney, has announced a run for Orange County District Attorney against corrupt incumbent Tony Rackauckas and his former top aide and longtime antagonist Supervisor Todd Spitzer.

For those of you who, like my wife and I, were binge-watching The Defenders last weekend, Brett Murdock is not to be confused with blind attorney and vigilante Matt Murdock, aka “Daredevil,” although Brett seems to have adopted some of Matt’s stylistic flair in the logo you see above.

Murdock (the real-life one) ran against Ed Royce last cycle, at the instigation of national Democratic leaders.  That term spent on the, um, “suicide squad” — before everyone decided to run for Congress this year now that the Trump Era is upon us — earned him a lot of good will and he’s apparently decide to spend it in a race where many Orange Countians have been dreading voting for either leading candidate.  If Murdock can make the run-off — and his entry into the race all but guarantees that there WILL be one — the ugly and antagonistic Racky-Todd split within the Republican party makes it a serious possibility that he could sweep into office on an anti-Trump tide.

Seriously, and no pun intended just this one time — GOOD SHOW!  The only thing that would make me happier would be if Democrats could find a Luke Cage and a Jessica Jones type to run for Sheriff and Assessor!  (You can keep your “Iron Fist….”  OK, maybe for County Treasurer.)

Brett Murdock for Orange County District Attorney, 2018
Campaign Manager: Megan Best
Tel: (714) 202-6247

 Orange County, CA – August 24, 2017 – Former Mayor of Brea, Brett Murdock, announces his candidacy for Orange County District Attorney, challenging Todd Spitzer and incumbent Tony Rackauckas.
Brett Murdock is running to restore integrity to the office of the District Attorney. He stated, “Orange County has seen a wave of corruption and disgrace in the District Attorney’s office because of Tony Rackauckas’s inability and unwillingness to play by the rules and uphold justice. I am running to restore dignity and trust in the District Attorney’s office.”
Brett Murdock is the former mayor of Brea, former member of the Brea City Council, and owns his own law practice.  Given his experience working with county governance, Brett will bring stable leadership that is missing at the District Attorney’s office. Tony Rackauckas’s rule has prompted an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, and, according to the Los Angeles Times, the District Attorney’s office has been “rocked by an ongoing scandal involving the use of jailhouse snitches and a steady stream of headlines about prosecutorial misconduct and overturned criminal cases.”
As an attorney, Brett regularly fights for victims of injustice and helps organizations that serve those in need. Brett has been a business owner for over 20 years. He will work hard to earn the respect of the over 700 professionals in the District Attorney’s office that work every day in the courtrooms and on the streets to protect our communities.
As District Attorney, Brett Murdock will bring a smart, tough, and victim oriented approach to crime and corruption. “It’s time for a change. We must dispense with the political infighting and favoritism that infects the District Attorney’s office and focus on the justice and fairness our county deserves.”
Brett Murdock was born in Anaheim and recently finished three years as an adjunct professor of American Government at Cal State Fullerton. He currently lives in Brea with his wife and two children.
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Brett Murdock

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Brett Murdock for Orange County District Attorney · 324 S Brea Blvd, Brea, CA 92821, United States

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.)