Todd Spitzer Pounds DA Tony Rackauckas in KUCI Interview

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Spitzer says he's eyeing evil.
The equation is simple and easily more verifiable than any Albert Einstein formula.

Todd Spitzer plus microphone equals, well, explosive talk.

And KUCI-FM gave Spitzer, the rebellious Orange County Republican recently fired by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, a mic for an hour tonight.

Somebody should check to see if Rackauckas has had a heart attack.

In one of his most aggressive interviews ever--and that's saying something--Spitzer urged Orange County residents and reporters to pay closer attention to the people running the DA's office--Rackauckas and his two biggest advisors, Susan Kang Schroeder and her husband Mike Schroeder--because, he said, they are "immoral."

"Immoral people are running one of the most powerful law enforcement agencies," Spitzer said in his interview with Cameron Jackson on KUCI-FM's "The OC Show."

He added, "We're all in trouble . . . You can't take anything these people say at face value."

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Spitzer: Susan Kang Schroeder, his nemesis, has "no business" thinking she's qualified to be DA.
​Spitzer, a maverick politician, has an extensive job history: school board official, reserve LAPD cop, deputy district attorney, county supervisor and state assemblyman. He'd also been an outspoken opponent of Rackauckas and the Schroeders in 2004 and 2005. But in 2009, he abandoned that stance and joined Rackauckas' office allowing the DA to be his mentor in hopes of taking the top slot by at least 2014. An 18-month arrangement ended in August with Rackauckas firing Spitzer. He blamed his understudy's immaturity. Spitzer says he was lured back into the office so that he would not use his $1 million campaign war chest to challenge Rackauckas in the 2010 election. 

In dueling Oct. 20 press conferences about each other, both men said they cannot tolerate the idea of the other being DA and will face off in the 2014 election.

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Spitzer: "Immoral" people are running the DA's office.
Other notable Spitzer quotes during his Jackson interview:

--"The man [Rackauckas] hasn't kept his word to his ex-wives, the public or me."

--"I'm most upset that I'm not [now] doing the work I love to do."

--"All I care about is making sure the system works."

--"I don't think the media has done as good a job as it needs to do [investigating allegations of Rackauckas/Schroeder corruption]."

--"It's been a rough week but I'm not stressed. I'm blessed," referring to suggestions by the Schroeders that he's mentally unstable.

--"She [Susan Kang Schroeder] has no business being DA," referring to persistent rumors that Rackauckas' chief of staff is eyeing the top slot when her boss retires.

--"I beat the [throat] cancer the same way I'm going to beat Rackauckas and the Schroeders . . . I'm so looking forward to this fight. If I don't do it, no one else will."

Reached for comment after the KUCI show, Susan Schroeder sent a responding text while she and her husband watched the South Pacific musical at the Orange County Performing Arts Center: "We are going back to prosecuting bad guys. Todd needs to get a life."

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly 
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TRUTH. The whole truth and nothing but the truth is what we need to look closely at when considering re-electing Mr. Tony Rackauckas. He has a history of good and not so good (as do we all), but lately I suggest his competency for good judgment is in question. Perhaps for the sake of Mr. Rackauckas we should NOT re-elect him.

There is a time for all good men to step aside and let another attorney that has shown himself capable to take over. I think that time has come. I have a fondness for sports but even I would consider it cruel to put an old horse that was once a grand champion on a race track. I’m not calling Mr. Rackauckas an old hag just that there are better choices to be had (ie. Mr. Greg Diamond).

I submit a possible reason Tony had no opponents in the past is because of the respect his colleagues have for the man (not a bad thing). In sports time demands retirement like that of Michael Jorden to whom many hated to see leave the basketball COURT. I’m sure that can also be true of the OCDA that has held his position for so long. Think about it…even our county supervisors have to leave their seats after a couple of terms. Tony’s had a good long run.

Now about competency and sound judgment. Tony went after violating the constitutional rights of citizens that have been through the grinder of probation and parole from going into parks, beaches and harbors. This was a massive waist of both staff time and money. He could make a better impact by supporting educational measures than punitive ones. Either his knowledge of the law is lacking or the understanding of it’s real purpose and function. Either way as a DA he should know better.

Another example: Why would the DA. take a murder case recently to which he flopped? Although he is an attorney and can do such but as DA isn’t his position more that of a leader and administrator? It would be like having our sheriff standing on the corner giving out parking tickets. Can she do it? Yes, would she be as proficient as her staff that does it every day? Probably not. Again we need a DA that exercises good judgment. TRUTH

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