The Rackauckas/Spitzer Feud Takes Another Weird Turn

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (left) and county supervisors' Chairman Todd Spitzer. (Photos by: Nick Gerda/Voice of OC)

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (left) and county supervisors' Chairman Todd Spitzer. (Photos by: Nick Gerda/Voice of OC)

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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is accusing county Supervisor Todd Spitzer of “falsely impersonating” an assistant district attorney — the latest salvo in a yearslong public feud between the two politicians.

During a tightly controlled news conference, for which the media received scant notice, Rackauckas played a recording of a phone call sent to constituents on May 26 to promote Measure A, a measure on next Tuesday’s ballot that would establish a county ethics commission.

In the recording, Spitzer introduces himself as a county supervisor, then makes the statement: “I always play by the rules. As an assistant district attorney, I know that many politicians do not.”

Rackauckas pounced on the phrase “as an assistant district attorney,” pointing out that Spitzer has not been a prosecutor since 2010. “We hope that he does not insult the public’s intelligence by trying to claim this was all a big mistake,” Rackauckas said, reading from a prepared statement.

At one point, Spitzer had been Rackauckas’ hand-picked successor. But in August 2010 their relationship turned sour in a very public way after Spitzer, then a senior deputy district attorney, made a phone call to the Public Guardian’s office.

Spitzer characterized the call as a routine inquiry for an elder abuse case, while then-Public Guardian John Williams said Spitzer attempted to get private information by overstepping his authority, a complaint that resulted in his firing.

Rackauckas, whose fiancee Peggy Buff was working in the Public Guardian’s office, fired Spitzer, saying his inquiry was improper. That set off a feud that has only intensified in the years since.

On Tuesday, Rackauckas called on Spitzer to apologize publicly, promise to stop impersonating members of the District Attorney’s office, and to send another phone call to the same constituents, paid for with his own funds, “correcting the false identification.”

Rackauckas also sent a letter to the County Counsel’s office asking for information about whether any county funds were used to write, record or distribute the phone call.

He also played a clip posted to Youtube of a television interview where Spitzer, commenting on a manhunt for killer Christopher Dorner, said he was “LAPD between 1990 and 2000.” Spitzer was a volunteer reserve officer for the Los Angeles Police Department but was never a full-time officer.

Meanwhile, outside the DA’s Office, Spitzer accused Rackauckas of political hackery, calling him “Terrible Tony” on Twitter.

He showed reporters and television cameras a business card from his time as an assistant district attorney and said it would be clear to “any reasonable person” who received the call that one could not hold both positions – supervisor and assistant district attorney – at once.

“The only person who could misinterpret what I’m saying in this robocall is a paranoid district attorney who has failed to do his job,” Spitzer said. “This hastily called press conference is nothing more than retaliation for a series of events that have occurred over the course of the last week.”

One of those incidents occurred at a May 24 supervisors’ meeting, where Spitzer raised questions about the role of Rackauckas’ chief of staff, Susan Kang Schroeder, in getting donors and equipment for an official event for the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) unit held by the DA’s office in 2014.

As Voice of OC reported last year, Schroeder used the 2013 event to promote the singing career of her then-business partner, Scott Foster. He performed at the event again in 2014.

According to a general summary of donations that Spitzer discussed at the Board of Supervisors May 24 meeting, the 2014 event raised $45,285.72 and spent $12,671.95. $10,000 of the expenditures went to pay, at Schroeder’s request, an invoice for sound and lighting.  The remaining $32,613.77 went to “victim service.”

Schroeder and Spitzer are likely candidates to run against each other for DA in 2018, if Rackauckas doesn’t seek re-election.

Schroeder is a member of Rackauckas’ inner circle and his 2014 re-election campaign manager.

The unidentified donations included one for $25,000 and another for $5,000.

Spitzer questioned whether the donations received for that event should have been reported by Rackauckas as behested payments – a requirement for public officials who solicit donations on behalf of nonprofits.

Although it was an official DA’s office event, fundraising was channeled through a county contractor, the non-profit County Service Programs Inc. A spokeswoman for the non-profit said last week they would not release the names of financial contributors to the official county event.

An official with the FPPC declined to comment on Spitzer’s allegations without further details.

Spitzer also provided reporters with a press release announcing a recent grand jury report criticizing Rackauckas’ office, citing infighting and ineffective leadership. The report claimed that these issues caused poor morale in the Public Administrator’s office, which Rackauckas also heads.

Responding to questions from reporters, Rackauckas denied that the press conference was related to Spitzer’s criticism of his office.

“At this point, I’m not seeking to file any criminal charges. What we need to do is straighten out this misrepresentation and false impersonation,” Rackauckas said. “The message is that Mr. Spitzer is not an assistant district attorney, and he’s not speaking for the DA’s office. And the Orange County District Attorney does not take any official position on Measure A.”

Rackauckas also questioned why the robocall did not disclose the candidate or campaign committee that paid for the call, a disclosure which is required by state law. 

“There are many unanswered questions who wrote the script, were any county staff or equipment used?” Rackauckas said. “Who is he protecting from public disclosure?”

The call was paid for by a campaign committee known as Citizens for an Orange County Ethics Commission, according to campaign finance watchdog Shirley Grindle, who helped draft Measure A and is the committee’s treasurer. Grindle said she was not involved in the production of the call.

Spitzer claims that, aside from reading the script given to him, he was not involved in the production or distribution. He said the script given to him by the committee did not include a financial disclosure for him to read.

“The way these are always done, we get a call-in number and a script, and it’s up to the entity who is recording the call to format it. I did it on behalf of and at the request of the committee,” said Spitzer.

Asked Tuesday whether he is running for District Attorney in 2018, Spitzer said he has not made any final decisions.

Contact Thy Vo at tvo@voiceofoc.org  or follow heron Twitter @thyanhvo.

  • Ed Romero

    Maybe these 2 can stop and find out who is following me and why they are doing that. They recently followed me to my Doctor. If anyone needs to be followed it’s that wife of that former Orange County Sheriff and that corrupt Asst. Chief Probation Officer who had her very own Gang of Drug Dealers that use to make Drug Deliveries right into her Office at the Probation Department while on duty, I remember calling her at the Chief Probation Officer’s house one night, because the Chief Probation Officers neighbors were calling our Records Unit to complain about all the Marijuana fumes floating over to their houses and that was in the City of Anaheim, so I don’t know who’s following me but it has to be someone from the Sheriff Department, the Probation Department or the Anaheim Police Department.

  • Jacki Livingston

    The smartest thing that Tony could do, after reading these comments, is take it seriously and gather the people to him who have been begging him to act on this corruption. He would reinvent himself as a tough DA ready to take on the establishment. Nothing else will save his career or his legacy.

    • Debby Bodkin

      Rackauckas has a duty as an elected government official to take immediate action against public corruption crimes committed in Orange County, CA. If Rackauckas is personally reading these comments, then he might possibly take reports seriously. However, Rackauckas most likely has hired guns to report public comments to him…. and we all know that has failed taxpayers. In addition, Rackauckas is too busy prosecuting Johns and human trafficking crimes to consider public corruption crimes in OC government agencies.

    • OCservant_Leader

      Jacki – was the DA’s girlfriend/now wife running PA/PG at the time you uncovered these horrible crimes?

      • Jacki Livingston

        *fake French accent* But of course, cherie! Who else?

        • OCservant_Leader

          Now it’s starting to make sense. I couldn’t understand why the DA wouldn’t protect the victims, go after the offenders and the bureaucrats who covered it up.

          Looks like it’s (again) the coverup they are protecting.

          This is why nepotism is so dangerous in public service. This is a perfect example. They will protect their “family” at all costs.

          Because of this, you will never find justice for these victims. Ever.

          But, I applaud your efforts, I really do.

          • Jacki Livingston

            Thank you. I think I was ridiculously naive to think that anyone in power would hear or listen. I made the mistake of going through chain of command. If I had it to do over, I would have gone straight to the press, because the events happening? I had, and still have, boxes of internal documents that would have landed some high ranking folks in the slammer.

  • OCservant_Leader

    I agree with you. At the very least the DA is misusing public funds for personal gain.

    What did this charade cost the taxpayers?

    It was probably a media head-fake while the DA let a few convicted murderers out the back door due to corruption.

    • The whole purpose of this charade was to make his (Tony’s) anointed one’s opponent look bad. Instead, he made himself AND his annointed one (her signature is on the PR) look stupid.

  • Cynthia Ward

    So..unless T Rack is filing a criminal complaint, which is the ONLY purpose his office serves, then it APPEARS he is using public resources of DA staff time and media connections to oppose paid political speech, which so far has not been shown to be illegal or the subject of charges filed by the DA. So the question becomes, has the DA violated the law in his pursuit of political speech of his enemies? I would sure love an outside agency to make that determination…

  • Vern Exile Nelson
  • Ed Romero

    I need to complete my comment “If you don’t like how REAL MEN run this Department go work somewhere else”.

  • Ed Romero

    you

  • Jacki Livingston

    The August 2010 phone call from Spitzer to the PG was at the exact same time that I had gone to the District Attorney and met with Ron Frazier and another ADA that was not identified to me, and I spent two hours in his office giving ADA Frazier the details of issues involving a chain of nursing homes in Garden Grove that was attempting to hide their embezzlement of patient funds and a lawsuit against the chain of homes for terrible abuse and deaths of patients, and that these homes had been throwing around Janet Nguyen as their protector, that they were somehow shielded. I reported the incidents to the state, and to the Public Guardian, and finally to ADA Ron Frazier. Shortly after that, I met with senior management at SSA, who instructed me to forget what I knew of the fraud, and I was taken off the caseload, and relieved of a project given to me by an assistant regional manager. I was told by a sympathetic manager to “watch myself”, because I had stumbled into a political hot potato that was a cash cow for some of the BoS. I specifically asked if the DA was involved, and that person said that Raukaukas was clean, but others in PG and DA’s office were not. I have copies of emails, as well as the business card that Ron Frazier gave me. I also have stacks of documents given to another ADA, Brock Zimmons, for the Grand Jury. I am ridiculously amused that now, after all these years, someone is finally talking about the dirty deals. Here is the Readers Digest version, so listen up. The PG was taking real estate of patients on MediCal in nursing homes. The homes were stealing patient trust accounts, and were double and triple billing the state for their care, and then rolling that money into the general funds of the OC GOP warchest, which was laundered by donations to Nguyen and others. I have emails from people who are now top dogs for the county, who were in it up to their necks. You might want to get the full story, guys, and Tony R should have opened the letters that were sent to him regarding this payola and money laundering. Spitzer is up to his neck in it, and TRack is oblivious to it all.

    • Vern Exile Nelson

      weren’t you supposed to be mailing me something?

      • Jacki Livingston

        I have five boxes of documents. I am copying as fast as I can.

      • This should be interesting….

      • John Claxton

        Vern I think it’s time to stir up the pot to get the Supes to take action.

    • John Claxton

      I would like to see what you got. As a former deputy with PAPG I complained that another deputy went right into someone’s home without any authorization (same deputy – now a supervisor who lied and said she had a recording of her conversation with Spitzer when he called the office. Of course they didn’t want to hear anything about it and my 10 year stellar career with the county came to an abrupt end. Though we were successful in getting John Williams fired as PAPG, the corruption continues. So disappointed that Spitzer got a first hand glance at all this corruption, for he himself was fired from the DA’s office after contacting the PAPG’s office. What did he do after getting elected to Sup? Nothing!

      • Jacki Livingston

        Oh, no, John! Not NOTHING…nononono. Todd Spitzer ignored repeated emails and attempts to seek his help. In fact, in my court case, he was number one on my witness list, as I was prepared to go to trial. I WANTED people to see that this nursing home chain was killing, abusing, embezzling and then making “campaign donations” and laundering ill gotten money for the OCGOP. I was waiting to get him under oath, on the stand, to show his negligence and failure of duty. Spitzer used his wife, Jamie, who was presiding judge at WC court in Anaheim. She initially assigned the case to herself, until I squealed bloody murder. Then she assigned it to a judge who was not just a close personal friend of Todd’s, but she was a CLIENT of his, in his private practice, and he worked with her for years to write new legislation for victims. In interviews, this judge said that she owed him everything, that he was her hero. So, think about that. A judge, on my case, where I had to act as my own attorney, where Todd Spitzer and Shawn Nelson were at the top of my list of witnesses to be called for trial? They pushed through a settlement, the terms of which they didn’t live up to. Not only that! They actually put addendums into it that they knew the WC court could never force them to live up to. Oh, and the attorney for the defense (who was absolutely great, to be fair) used to date Todd Spitzer. The boy does get around, huh? You have no idea how deep this goes, or how many people are up to their necks in it. If Spitzer was clean, why did he use his wife and client to keep him off the stand, under oath? If he was clean, why did he send two off duty sheriffs to my home to intimidate me into silence? Spitzer is as dirty as it gets, or else he is dumber than a brick. The state is investigating his breach of ethics, with the manipulation of the court, and I have the letters from the state to prove it.

        • Debby Bodkin

          Todd Spitzer also ignored emails, certified mail and faxes sent to him about illegal and fraudulent judgments, wage garnishments obtained in OC courts….. orchestrated by politically connected criminal RICO participants, aka attorneys. I have to wonder if Spitzer assisted former OC Sheriff Mike Carona in securing his $25,000 workers compensation settlement. It is sad that Todd Spitzer would risk exposing his wife, a Workers Compensation Judge, to a RICO scheme that could destroy both of their careers.

    • the714

      “The PG was taking real estate of patients on MediCal in nursing homes.” That’s a pretty serious charge on its face, since PG cannot simply “take” real estate without being appointed by the court as conservator and then having been given separate court authority to sell real estate. So I ask you for proof of your charge: patient names, dates, addresses of property, etc. If you can’t support that charge with evidence, I suggest that you edit your comment to delete that misleading language.

      • Jacki Livingston

        They have the legal ability to take the homes and property of patients who receive services, particularly long term care, after they die, if there is no surviving spouse in the home. This is basic state law. However, what the PG was doing was pre-emptively taking control of patients as the conservator if there was property that was worthwhile, and if the spouse was not in good health, or if they did not have the language or educational ability to understand the law. We, as caseworkers, were instructed to advise public guardians of cases where we had homeowners that had either no spouse, or that the spouse was lacking understanding. We would contact the PG regarding patients who were being taken advantage of (fiduciary abuse) by caretakers, adult children or, in my case, an unscrupulous chain of nursing homes who were stealing the lump sum patient trust accounts of patients who were on life support or who were incompetent, as the PG should have taken over the property care for these clients. I was told, directly, by an assistant PG, that unless these patients owned actual real estate or large sums of money in stocks, bonds or other assets, they would not intervene to stop the abuse of the client. Her exact words? “There is nothing in it for the County, unless there are assets that revert to us upon the deaths of the patients”. I am not changing a single, solitary word of what I said, because I can not only prove it, but I provided boxes of documents to the DA and the Grand Jury, and they ignored it. I provided it to John Moorlach, Dr. Michael Riley and to the BoS, and they did nothing about it. I provided them documentation of lawsuits against this particularly nasty and unscrupulous nursing home chain, and that patients were not just being robbed of their assets, and taxpayers paying double and triple billing, but that patients were being neglected, abused and killed. They did nothing, oh, except for taking me off the caseload and blackballing me for shining a light on their little cash cow. Tell me, if what I was saying was not true, why was Toddy Spitzer so afraid that he used his wife and client to manipulate the case, and me, to avoid testifying under oath? Why did he send off duty sheriffs to my house to shut me up? Best of all, why is the County violating the terms of the agreement that they forced through, to blackball me? Yeah…I am pretty comfortable with my position, and the five boxes of documents I have to prove it. I doubt if Spitzer can say the same. I was able to get almost a quarter of a million dollars back to my clients. My only regret is that I should have not gone through chain of idiot command. I should have gone straight to the feds. So, no…not backing down off a single word. I can prove it. In fact, Spitzer and his ladies are being investigated by the state for misconduct. Wanna see those documents?

        • the714

          You’re operating under a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Public Guardian does. Where to begin … first, PG can’t take control of property after death; did you mean the Public Administrator instead? Second, PG cannot do anything without being appointed by the court as conservator after a petition, notice to all relatives, counsel being appointed for the person, a public court hearing, etc.; you make it sound like PG operates in secret. Third, I can tell you from extensive personal knowledge that a person’s assets, or lack thereof, is not a factor in whether the PG files for conservatorship, especially when elder abuse is involved; PG has many, many indigent conservatees. Fourth, I highly doubt you are accurately quoting anyone from PG, since the alleged quote is totally incorrect as to their policies. As I said above, yes – by all means – get me documents that relate to your claims about PG. Just PG; I’m not interested in your claims vs. SSA, Supv. Spitzer or the rest.

          • John Claxton

            “Second, PG cannot do anything without being appointed by the court as conservator after a petition, notice to all relatives, counsel being appointed for the person, a public court hearing, etc.; you make it sound like PG operates in secret…..”
            Jim, Jim, Jim, just because you keep saying the PG has no authority until after being appointed by the court. You mean the same judges where there county processes their payroll and pays for a good portion of their benefits so they don’t pay a dime for out of pocket expenses! Glad you cleared that all up.

          • the714

            John, I regret that your bitterness at PG is clouding your otherwise good judgment. I liked you as a DPG and I’m sorry it didn’t work out. But I know you’re far too intelligent to believe that we have judges blindly doing our bidding.

          • Debby Bodkin

            To the714…. like I stated in previous posts, step up and act like an adult. Sign your name like everyone else who is not afraid to speak the truth. How much are you getting to divert focus from the obvious RICO crimes that are continuing in the OC?

          • John Claxton

            I know that he is getting paid by the county while he surf’s the internet – most of the day. Posting from sports to public policy. He’s been warned about it before – so I have been told.

          • Debby Bodkin

            Thanks for the tip.

          • the714

            You were told wrong. And as I’ve said many times: I consider correcting online misstatements about the Public Guardian to be part of my job.

          • Debby Bodkin

            To the714: If you are an attorney employed by County Counsel, one would think you would go directly to the OC District Attorney and get all copies of alleged public corruption crimes committed to date and INVESTIGATE. I am not an attorney; however, I never heard of an attorney who has the responsibility to correct alleged incorrect public online comments about a public government agency responsible for protecting senior citizens.

          • the714

            Ms. Bodkin, if you read above you’ll see my name. And I’m not here to address claims made about the DA or the Supervisors or any other politician or agency. My sole purpose is to call out and correct false claims and misstatements about the Public Guardian.

          • Jacki Livingston

            To be fair, Feb, he is looking at his area of expertise and I understand that. I don’t begrudge his not wanting to be overwhelmed by the whole mess. I respect that.

          • Debby Bodkin

            There is a “big picture” to all public corruption crimes and IMO, one cannot avoid being overwhelmed when the crimes continuing against the public require enforcement action. It is all about “patterns”. Multiple public citizens have made public corruption crime reports to federal and state officials and it appears that the crimes continue, without accountability.

          • Debby Bodkin

            As I posted above, if the714 is an attorney for County Counsel, he has all the resources to obtain copies of yours and others reports to date. This trolling of the http://www.voiceofoc.org website may be a way of gathering information that will NEVER lead to a fair/thorough investigation by County Counsel and the714 knows it.
            If the714 is an attorney employed by Counsel Counsel, then it is time for him/her to utilize the resources and legal malpractice coverage allotted to all County of Orange attorneys. Something smells big time regarding the714’s public comments about “caring” and “setting the record straight”.

          • John Claxton

            I was bitter for several years as you would be if you pissed someone off in the county and they decided your stellar career was over. I have been healed and have moved on. Sorry you have to do damage control because the truth hurts sometimes. And yes that’s exactly what I am saying. Those poor souls don’t stand a chance against the county with unlimited public funds a trough of over 500 attorneys who will do anything

          • Debby Bodkin

            To the714…. “I’m not interested in your claims vs. SSA, Supv. Spitzer or the rest”…. obviously, you are attempting to aid and abet if you are not interested in crimes committed against senior citizens and the taxpayers. Sign your name and step up!

      • Jacki Livingston

        And, further, I am not going to give patient names, a violation of my duty and state law, to someone who doesn’t have the personal integrity or stones to post under their real name. You may not like that I say what I know, but I do speak with my real name, and I have boxes of internal documents, emails, court records and other items that back me up. I have provided those to agency directors, the District Attorney, Grand Jury and BoS. I am not afraid of anyone being irked by my language, because it is not “misleading”. It is the truth, under my own name. Perhaps you should edit your comment to include who you are hiding behind to do their dirty work.

        • the714

          Sorry, I thought it was known to you that “the714” is James Harvey, an attorney for the Public Guardian. But I again ask you to send me, privately if you like, evidence to back up your claim re: the Public Guardian.

          • John Claxton

            Then they will start the “Spin” machine. This is where CoCo gets employees from any and all departments who are about to be fired and the promise to promote you or that you will keep your job if you falsely testify against the plaintif.

          • Jacki Livingston

            BINGO! We’re you there at SSA? LOL. That is what happened to me. People who I respected and trusted lied and abandoned, not just me, but the law, and their duty.

          • John Claxton

            No, it happened to me at the PAPG. When I complained about a coworker who entered a house illegally (I was a real peace officer before I transferred to the PAPG so I know a little something about breaking an entering). They tried to fail me on probation and send me back to the probation dept. That didn’t work. Then they put me out on admin leave for six months before firing me. The arbitrator saw through most of the lies and reinstated me. Then they kept me locked in a conference room for 6 months before I was the only deputy who’s job was ileminated due to the severe budget cuts. Before I was “laid off” they made the mistake of giving me computer access. I found certain patterns that verify some of the accusations you have made about the PAPG. Several days after my lay off, Spitzer was put in contact with me through OCEA. Between him, myself, a few loyal friends, and a good reported from the OCR (Kimberly Edds should have got a Pulitzer) and Vern from the Orangejuice blog (read his article John Williams the worst PAPG Ever), we took John Williams out as PAPG and got the DA’s girlfriend demoted and transferred out.

          • Debby Bodkin

            Only problem is the DA’s girlfriend is now his wife. How convenient!

          • OCservant_Leader

            If he didn’t marry her – he faced a sexual harassment charge and the end of his career.

            By marrying her – he compounded his tax payer payout. $Cha-Ching$

            Well played.

          • John Claxton

            Yes, but the once queen of the PAPG is now reduced to processing educational reimbursements (another scam for county management, so you might as well have someone with no scruples to process them), though she did get a slight salary cut from $110k (not bad for no college education and mostly pool life guarding as previous work experience) to $94k.

          • Debby Bodkin

            If the714 is an attorney for the Public Guardian, then it appears he too may be involved with this criminal RICO enterprise. Please don’t send him anything without getting a response from the feds.

          • the714

            So if someone asks for proof of a conspiracy, the question itself is evidence that he’s also involved in it? Don’t you see how that logic is circular and self-reinforcing? I’d really like to see what Ms. Livingston has, but I doubt I’ll ever get anything; and what she’s saying re: PG makes no sense.

          • Jacki Livingston

            I believe you. I really do.

          • John Claxton

            PAPG was one unit until recently. The SPIN has started again.

          • Jacki Livingston

            See my comment above. Let’s get together. It sounds like we all have pieces of a puzzle.

          • John Claxton

            Vern has my info. He is a bull dog in these situations of public corruption. You scream loud enough to where the right people hear you – change will happen.

          • Debby Bodkin

            If the714 is an officer of the court, an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California, aka James Harvey, the following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

            Bar Number: 145394
            Address: Orange County Counsel
            PO Box 118
            Santa Ana, CA 92702 Phone Number: (714) 834-2626
            Fax Number: (714) 834-2770
            e-mail: james.harvey@coco.ocgov.com
            County: Orange
            Undergraduate School: Univ of California Irvine; Irvine CA
            District: District 4
            Sections: Trusts & Estates
            Law School: Loyola Law School; Los Angeles CA

        • Debby Bodkin

          No one can deny your honest efforts to speak truth and I am still in shock that the feds have not acted on the evidence you have provided.

    • OCservant_Leader

      OC protects the “Brand” at all costs.

      You are describing just one scam.

      There are cottage industries set up in every Agency.

      Even the vending machines contracts are run by the organized crime. They feed you poison and the machine eats every other dollar.

      #corruptOC

      • Jacki Livingston

        Truth. Ever eat off the food trucks at the SSA sites? Repeated cases of food poisoning, and nothing is done.

        • OCservant_Leader

          Food Inspections? Aha! Now you have opened another “can of worms” of OC Corruption.

          Favorable inspection reports are aligned with BOS donations. Any public health outbreaks are under the control of the same unit doing the payola accounting. Yum yum.

    • Debby Bodkin

      Ms. Livingston…. you are an amazing and courageous woman! Speaking from personal experience, please keep yourself, your family and loved ones safe. Poisoning in public restaurants can be devastating not to mention the many other ways OC’s powerful elite can destroy a life. You have obviously exposed one of OC’s criminal RICO schemes and the feds now have enough evidence from you, along with the evidence that many others have sent to them, to take immediate action. Be safe and thank you!

      • Jacki Livingston

        But they won’t, Debby. That is the problem. Something is very wrong. People who are involved were photographed with Eric Holder, for a “ground breaking program” that was quickly abandoned. I think that you, and all of the others who speak out, along with me, we should gather together with our boxes of internal files and documents, and let anyone come who wants some reading material. Maybe what is lacking here is the class action group elements that would stop them from writing us off as disgruntled nutters, and let us compare notes, to make a powerful link, to create real change. Let’s do this! Let’s find a place and time. I will bring my five boxes.

        • Debby Bodkin

          I would be very willing to meet and bring documentation submitted to the FBI and USDOJ to date; however, I have been gathering documentation since 2002 and pay monthly for a storage unit to keep everything safe. After my husband fell violently and mysteriously ill in a public restaurant, which resulted in a fall that caused bleeding in his brain, I am proceeding with much caution and some fear–which I am not proud to admit. At one time I thought living in the United States guaranteed certain civil liberties–how wrong I was.

          Someone very powerful, wealthy and EVIL is protecting elected public officials in the OC from full accountability in a court of law. Without a fearless attorney with resources, we are all SOL and Rackauckas knows it. Any attorney who tackles the public corruption crimes in the OC will soon find his career taking a turn for the worse.
          Let’s do it… just need a week or two to organize the most SERIOUS crimes reported to date. In the meantime, please be safe and cautious.

    • Debby Bodkin

      Rackauckas may have been clean in this one area but I speak from personal experience, Mr. DA needs to hire a brilliant criminal attorney… not one of his buddies that belongs to the OC criminal defense bar.

    • Debby Bodkin

      I would like to know who opens TRack’s mail…..

  • Greg Diamond

    If I could get 27.2% against Racky while spending only $13,000, Spitzer is going to murderize him in two years. (I’m not a Spitzer supporter, except relative to Racky, but this is not a difficult prediction.) I seriously did not expect to see this degree of desperation quite this early. He must already be focus grouping and scared half to death.

    • The serious contenders for DA, when Tony leaves or dies, are Todd and Suzy. I’ll take the self-agrandizing Todd over the corrupt-DA- in-training Suzy any day. He may be anbore but he’s not a criminal.

      • Greg Diamond

        I expect that, looking at that competition and know that their supporters are mutually exclusive groups, some sitting judge might run. (I’d love for it to be Judge Goethals, who has proven that he has the right stuff.)

        I don’t expect that I’d try again — but I *am* aware that if I or another Democrat did so, we could probably keep them both under 50% in June. I’ll bet that I could raise $50K just based on the sheer entertainment value of their race going until November!

        • At our last discussion, I’d even throw you a buck or two…

      • Debby Bodkin

        If the USDOJ and FBI fail to take corrective action over TRack and his Chief of Staff before resignation or retirement time, then the feds should be held fully accountable for every civil rights crime committed against the public.

  • John Claxton

    Gonna have to side with Mr. Spitzer on this. He did identify himself as a Supervisor first. He never said he was currently working for the DA’s office.

  • Debby Bodkin

    This is the most embarrassing and disgusting public incident since TRack took over as OC District Attorney in 1998. Mr. Rackauckas….. please fire whoever is advising you to grandstand about petty issues and while you are at it, maybe you can direct your employees to investigate real life public corruption crimes that are continuing in Orange County courts of law. If you don’t want to prosecute the attorneys that are committing fraud crimes in OC courts, then please RESIGN! The least you can do as a public prosecutor is protect the right to the fair administration of justice in a court of law.

    • Vern Exile Nelson

      Fire an adviser??

      Fire himself!

      • Debby Bodkin

        Rackauckas’ personal snitch commission recommended that he get rid of the Chief of Staff position…. who do you think stirs up the malicious gossip in the OC? Yes, Rackauckas needs to fire himself; however, it looks like he is in too deep to abandon ship just yet. That RICO statute is 10 years and it appears that the potential crimes are continuing without the feds stepping in.

      • John Claxton

        Get him to quit like John Williams did, then when he changes his mind, the BOS can change the locks on his office.

  • Carol

    I don’t trust either one of them.

    • Jacki Livingston

      Smart lady.

    • Debby Bodkin

      Spitzer had me fooled for awhile…. thought he would clean up the filth in the OC, but he caved in to politics. Rackauckas never fooled me from Day One…. Rackauckas’ inaction and failures to report serious crimes committed against children, adults and employees have destroyed too many lives.

      • Carol

        Yep and it seemed in his first stint on the BOS he was a good guy. This second time around he’s totally a Politian.

      • John Claxton

        He did not cave to politics. He is politics. He’s Todd Spitzer aka Spitzer Inc. 24/7/365

  • This just shows that it’s time for Tony to move on….to an old folks home. His senility is beginning to shine through his used-car-salesman aura. If I had received that call, I would have taken it for what it is – another call from a political hack. Spitzer has a lot of faults as a politician but this is grasping at straws.

    • Jacki Livingston

      Spitzer has a lot of faults as a human being, a politician and a citizen. T-Rack may be lazy or incompetent, but Spitzie is actively filthy dirty. Todd Spitzer has the ethics of a pimp.

      • Oooooohhhhh….sounds like you have a bone (or two) to pick with Todd. Tell us more…

        • Debby Bodkin

          I don’t think anyone should be criticized or accused of having a bone to pick when personal experiences and evidence from many individuals support a corrupt DA and an OC Supervisor that have refused to act in accordance with the oath they have taken to protect the public, free of any and all religious, political, personal and financial conflicts of interest.

    • John Claxton

      T-Rack better be careful. He is making all his attorney’s look bad and it’s hurting his attorney’s ability to get appointed to judgeships. Todd should make another call to the PG and have T-Rack declared incompetent and place him placed under the county’s conservator ship. Then they can do what they do with most of OC’s 5150’s – ship them off to Sylmar’s wacky ward. Who’s getting the placement commissions here I wonder.

  • Paul Lucas

    I dont know about you guys but this whole much ado about othing from T Rack really makes himself look like a real petty individual and does nothing to sully Spitzer. In fact I think it does more to tur public opinion towards Todd Spitzer.

  • Paul Lucas

    Geeif oly T Rack would have put this much energy into Papi Pulidos land swap.

  • Philmore

    Perhaps a REAL DA, if reading this (from another County – certainly NOT T-Wreck) could enlighten me as to Legal procedure upon finding such a perceived violation as this ? Is one SUPPOSED to file an FPPC complaint, or initiate an inquiry to find facts and see if one is required? Or is one supposed to immediately run off and stage a Press Conference? My (non-expert) bet is that a REAL DA would do the former, but I wouldn’t expect our phony T-Wreck to know that, or act accordingly.

  • OCservant_Leader

    This is so bizarre–truly a new low in GOP County.
    The secret “news conference” was set up for this nonsense?
    Yes -OC Needs a new DA and not from this corrupt gang.

  • Cynthia Ward

    All the massive corruption Tony looks the other way on and he hyper-focuses on THIS? Are you freaking kidding me? Spitzer misidentifies himself in a robocall and Tony finally wakes up to the fact he is allowed to pursue elected officials? God forbid the guy committed FRAUD like so many of T Rack’s pals are doing, that only gets you an invite to cocktail parties.

    • Jacki Livingston

      Ms. Ward, you and I have had differences, but in all fairness, you are right on the money, and brilliantly succinct in your analysis.

  • RyanCantor

    It’s no wonder our DA is releasing convicts to the street as a result of misconduct.

    He clearly spends way to much time and public money chasing petty personal vendettas.

    Orange County needs a new DA.

    • Jacki Livingston

      Orange County needs to have the feds come in like what happened in the City of Bell, and clean house. Every, single, one of the people elected in power are filthy dirty, up to their necks and profiting from the misery, mistreatment and death of others. They are not just a disgrace to their positions, they are a disgrace to the human race.

      • Debby Bodkin

        I agree; however, it appears that the DA has a snitch strategically working the FBI input division…. what else would explain the delays by the feds.

        • Jacki Livingston

          Feds won’t do anything, because the money isn’t big enough. The DA mystifies me, honestly. He has been offered Spritzer’s head on a silver platter, but he won’t take it. Toddy could face disbarment. My is Tony not leaping? Does he have something to hide?

          • Debby Bodkin

            Your comment reminds me of an interview with Noreen Gosch, the mother of Johnny Gosch who was kidnapped many years ago while he was delivering the Sunday paper. The FBI allegedly stated that Ms. Gosch and her son were not wealthy or influential enough to support an aggressive investigation as to how and why her son was kidnapped. I guess one’s civil rights and the protections of children, adults and employees depend on how much monetary wealth one possesses and/or if there is some type of quid pro quo available–especially here in the affluent Orange County, California.

  • Vern Exile Nelson

    We are governed by pinche CHILDREN.