‘Tony Tips’ Balances Out ‘Todd Tips’ — and With Better Basis


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I’ve noticed that we didn’t get around to posting an Open Thread last weekend and I suspect that we’re going to need one, and this is it.  Its topic is prompted by a seriously weird website that I discovered (while searching for something else) has been constructed by Tony Rackauckas, who seems to give “cluelessness” a new meaning.  Here’s what it looks like:

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SERIOUSLY?  Harassment of people (other than yelling at subordinates, which Todd shouldn’t do) is not something I’m aware of Todd Spitzer being accused of.  Arresting people committing criminal assault (which is what I presume the Wahoo thing was technically about)?  Yeah, at least that once.  Going after the DA’s mistress when she was involved in corruption inf the Public Guardian’s office?  Well, that may have seemed like bullying to her boyfriend (now-husband) the DA, but it’s actually not: it’s appropriately fighting corruption — which might explain why Racky isn’t familiar with it.  But bullying campaign contributions out of people?  That always struck me as more like Rackacukas’s thing than Spitzer’s.  Racky, after all, can call on most of the other Supervisors, most of the Republican establishment, and most of the judges in the county, to have his back.  Who’s in a better position to twist arms here?  (And my understanding from tips is that yes, it DOES happen.

In case it’s not visible enough, I sent a tip to the Rackauckas campaign reporting that Todd Spitzer turned me into a newt.  (All together now: “I got better.”)  Hopefully it will help steer their message.  Here’s what you get after you submit your tip, highlighted because it’s very hard to read otherwise:

Now I’m not saying that anyone should abuse this golden opportunity, but … it IS anonymous and confidential!

Anyway, through the magic of Photoshop, I’m able to offer you the chance to send your “TONY TIPS” directly to me!  Have a look!

In fact, it’s not paid for nor authorized by ANY candidate or committee, and because it’s editorial content (website parody) and not a regulated ad, we don’t even have to say that!

This is your 2½ Weeks Left Before Pre-election Weekend Open Thread.  Use it responsibly along the usual standards until a new one comes along.


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.)