Todd Spitzer Prosecutes DA Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder in Titlegate!

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Detective Spitzer
It turns out that even though he's no longer an assistant district attorney, Todd Spitzer still has insatiable prosecutorial instincts, and his current suspect is none other than an old, bitter nemesis from the Orange County district attorney's office: Susan Kang Schroeder.

In an 18-page complaint (including attachments) filed just before lunch today, Spitzer told District Attorney Tony Rackauckas that Schroeder, his media-relations director and chief of staff, improperly "used government resources to orchestrate a campaign" against him in his current race for Orange County supervisor.

The affair, which I'll tentatively call Titlegate though Schroeder labels it "character assassination," began with a Jan. 20 Spitzer campaign staff flub: an email press release for a Third District election forum describing its candidate as "Assistant District Attorney, former Orange County Supervisor [and] small-business owner."

It's hardly a secret in the county's legal/politics/government circles that Spitzer, once Rackauckas' heir apparent, lost his assistant DA post in Oct. 2010, after the DA fired him in a scandal involving cries of disloyalty and counter cries of corruption.

When Spitzer saw the error in the press release, he ordered his staff to issue a new, edited version that was emailed to the community about 50 minutes after the first release. The word "former" was included. "I didn't think it was a big deal," he told me today. "It was a typo."

But Spitzer claims Schroeder and his supervisorial opponent, Deborah Pauly, "sophomorically" conspired to use the title error during a Jan. 23 candidate forum at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange.

At the forum, Pauly produced for the public a letter on OCDA letterhead from Schroeder to Spitzer. Its contents included: "It is outrageous for you to identify yourself as an 'assistant district attorney' in your press release today to become Orange County Supervisor for the Third District. . . . It is misleading, to say the least, to continue identifying yourself as an 'assistant district attorney' and exploiting the title for political gain."

Spitzer tells me he didn't know what Pauly was talking about at the forum because he hadn't received any letter from Schroeder, the DA's closest aide, and the press release typo had been quickly corrected.

Curious, the former assistant DA--a former reserve LAPD cop--investigated and, he says, discovered computer-verified records that Schroeder had opened and read both the first and corrected press releases within one minute of them being delivered.

Almost five hours after the second press release, Pauly somehow knew to file a California Public Records Act request with Schroeder for "any letters or documents that have been mailed or emailed from the OCDA's office to Todd Spitzer within the past week, up to and including today (Friday, Jan. 20)."

Less than four business hours later and just before the Monday candidates' forum, Senior Assistant District Attorney William J. Feccia emailed Pauly PDFs of the Spitzer campaign's uncorrected press release and Schroeder's letter to Spitzer in complaint. He did not include the corrected press release or mention that Schroeder's letter, though dated Jan. 20, had not yet been mailed to Spitzer.

"In her request, Pauly asked Susan for letters mailed to me through Jan. 20 and on Jan. 23 Feccia gave her a letter Schroeder mailed to me on Jan. 24," said a laughing Spitzer.

He showed me and Rackauckas proof that Schroeder's letter was postmarked Jan. 24, one day after it had been given to Pauly.

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Susan Kang Schroeder and Spitzer make no effort to hide their mutual contempt
"She ignored the correction, wrote a libelous letter, tipped off my opponent to the letter, and then intentionally mailed it after it could be used in the first candidate's forum, where, indeed, my opponent produced the letter [that] had not yet been mailed to me until the following day," Spitzer advised Rackauckas in the complaint. "There is simply no other rational and reasonable explanation other than your chief of staff is using government resources to orchestrate a campaign against me and creating political propaganda that she and her husband [Michael Schroeder] and my opponent can then use against me in my campaign."

Susan Schroeder told me that she considers Spitzer's complaint "desperate" and "hysterical" and she isn't backing off her charge that "Todd purposely tried to use his old title."

"His letter is five pages loaded with errors," she said. "It's just more of the same, old Todd and his 'ready, fire, aim' style."

Asked to be specific, Schroeder denied she'd done any political work at the DA's office, said her letter to Spitzer was mailed before the postmark and promises to write a detailed response to "this character assassination."

Despite Spitzer's computer evidence otherwise, she also denied that she saw the corrected press release before writing the letter.

"I didn't see it," Schroeder told me. "I wasn't aware of it and it doesn't matter. He should just slink away."

Mike Schroeder, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, and Rackauckas had publicly backed ex-state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore against Spitzer in the supervisors' race before DeVore took a job in Texas and Pauly, a Villa Park councilwoman, entered the contest. Indeed, Schroeder had reserved the powerful Howard Jarvis pro-taxpayer slate mailer for DeVore's campaign against Spitzer. When DeVore quit the race, the slate mailer refunded Schroeder his money and Spitzer quickly capitalized by reserving it for himself.

The male Schroeder is presently the California political director for Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign.

Spitzer says Susan Schroeder's use of government equipment, resources and time in an alleged effort to score campaign points against him represents "a direct conflict of interest and an absolute appearance of impropriety."

Given Schroeder's rank in the office, he wondered if the DA's office could fairly investigate the matter or whether Rackauckas should refer the case to the California Attorney General's office.

In related news this afternoon, Spitzer's campaign--which has been endorsed by supervisors Pat Bates and Janet Nguyen as well as Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens--alerted reporters that it has nearly $1.1 million in election funds compared to Pauly's $1,247.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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Stevegrasha
Stevegrasha

Is it really possible for Todd Spitzer to have adopted so many multiple personality's to have this lengthy and ongoing dialog with himself. Please, 23 different post's with all the same rhythm, it's like watching a NUN masturbate, it's disgusting... 

Perhaps it's time to list all the things. one by one, that Todd Spitzer has done to further destroy this once great nation.

Orion66
Orion66

It's going to get a lot worse, my money is on Rackaukas retiring 2 years into his next term and appointing Susan Kang Schroeder as the next DA. At that point nobody will be able to stop it. The thought od this should turn the stomach of all the decent people in Orange County and the DA's office. We must not let this happen!

Paul Revere
Paul Revere

So let me see if I've got this right:

Scenario 1:  Kang Schroeder says she read the first press release but not the second despite being copied with both in quick succession.  Then she pens an incredibly petty attack on Spitzer, ignoring the second press release.  Then she laughably accuses Spitzer of a "ready, aim, fire" approach.  And this is her best case scenario in all of this. 

CONSEQUENCE:  She is an incompetent imbecile and she should just slink away.  (She is helpful when she writes her own lines by the way)

Scenario 2:  Kang Schroeder read both press releases, as allegedly confirmed by the electronic records, but decided to pen her incredibly petty attack anyway, more than likely tipped off Spitzer's opponent, then lied about not reading the second press release.  Given the alleged electronic records, this seems to be the most likely chain of events.

CONSEQUENCE:  She should immediately lose her job in the DA's office, an office that must have an appearance of a liar-free zone.

All for a stupid attack in an election that is going to be a complete ass kicking anyway.  What a foolish decision.

stinky oc
stinky oc

How could you not loathe all of the idiots at the OCDA's Office?

Todd, you are a massive douche.

Somethingisfishy
Somethingisfishy

The bigger issue is what's going on at the DA's office anyway? Ties to the ousted Public Guardian, letters mailed "before" the postmark but given to a political campaign ... this may be a he said / she said, but it certainly doesn't pass the smell test.

Snoop
Snoop

"I wasn't aware of it and it doesn't matter."

Huh?? If Spitzer is right, and she did see the retraction before she wrote the letter, then it most certainly DOES matter.

This Kang woman is an embarrassment to the DAs office.

When someone says they don't want to play the "blame game," it's usually because THEY ARE TO BLAME.

ginkobiloba
ginkobiloba

All of the above comments were posted by Spitzer under different alias names.  I mean seriously Todd lets face it.  You are completely off your rocker.  And you bad mouth Pauly?  By the way you should never bad mouth a woman no matter what she says about you.  It makes you look unprofessional and inarticulate.  Unfortunately, you can't take the high road and talk about ideas.  You resort to 9th grade girl style bad mouthing to get you through, which unfortunately is not only unprofessional, but sad in many ways, especially for a grown man.  Ann Landers once said, "People with small minds talk about other people.  People with average minds talk about events. People with great minds talk about ideas."  Sadly Mr. Spitzer you fall under the first part of the quote nearly all of the time, and the second part the rest of the time.  I have voted for you in the past, but I cannot any longer.

Spitzer Campaign
Spitzer Campaign

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Copy of Envelope with OCDA postmark showing letter not sent until January 24th, 2012 when letter was written on January 20th, leaked to opponent (how would Pauly know to ask for a public record the same day it was written?) for use at the first candidate's debate on January 23rd, 2012.

BlamethePostOffice
BlamethePostOffice

Her letter was mailed before the postmark? Ok ... blame the postal workers, they always get the shaft.

Anteater2004
Anteater2004

Susan, you are giving Todd such a big target he doesn't really HAVE to aim. The Schroeders are bringing down the entire county's reputation and they're using OUR tax dollars to do it. Unacceptable! It's clear that Susan is using our tax dollars to engage in a political battle with Todd. Shameful! I hope when Todd gets elected to the Board of Supervisors he helps clean up all of these shenanigans!

Spitzer Campaign
Spitzer Campaign

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From the Spitzer Campaign: check out our campaign's ability to verify who received our emails and that they were opened.  Susan Kang Schroeder opened up both emails, including the correction, and yet ignored the evidence since she was looking for an opportunity to coordinate campaign literature from the OCDA's office.

Orange Crush
Orange Crush

"She denied she did any political work at the DA's office."  That can't possibly be true.  If Spitzer sent the email out earlier in the day and Deb Pauly had a letter from the DA's office to Todd reprimanding him on January 23, how on God's green earth did Deb get that letter so fast? 

And how did Deb know to file a Public Records Request? 

And why did Schroeder include a letter sent January 24 when Deb specifically asked only for documents sent "up to and including January 20"?

Mrs. Schroeder... You got some 'splainin' to do!

RESIGN NOW!
RESIGN NOW!

Kang Schroeder needs to IMMEDIATELY resign, and be FEDERALLY prosecuted for the MULTIPLE obstructions of justice, legal conflicts of interest and civil/criminal RICO crimes committed for too many years. She and her husband and boss are a disgrace to the U.S. justice process and although they escaped accountability for the crimes they conspired to commit, the RICO statute has not expired.   

How many more lives and careers will Rackackas and Mr./Mrs. Kang Schroeder destroy before the FEDS take action?  Spitzer's issues are just the tip of the iceberg as it relates to public corruption crimes committed under the disguise of the OC District Atttorney.  Your time is up.... resign quietly and save the OC from further embarassment.

Ocpolitical
Ocpolitical

another politician using their office for political games ... pauly must be desperate to make deals with the schroeders yet she claims not to be an insider?

Paul Revere
Paul Revere

"ready, fire, aim" approach, that is - funny how her best case scenario leaves her open to her own silly attack.

WONDERFUL OC
WONDERFUL OC

Ginkobiloba.... are you really going to place years of corruption on Todd Spitzer's speaking out public in matters of interest?

* Do you actually believe that Kang Schroeder, TRack and husband Schroeder are not small minded? Please oh please... take of the blinders and disclose how much you are being paid by secret confidantes.

* Back in 1998 and again in 2002, 2006 and 2010, EVERYONE knew what TRack was about.... BUT, money, politics and backroom deals may have saved him thus far.

* Have you ever heard of RICO, which involves 10 years of crimes consisting of many individuals and patterns, who financially, politically, and personally gain for participation in a RICO criminal enterprise?

* Do you understand the seriousness of civil and criminal RICO crimes and the public safety crisis it creates for children, adults, employees and families?

You can blame Spitzer or anyone else who speaks out about corruption in the OCDA's office.... however, you may want to do your own research at www.occourts.org. Check out and compare how the criminal prosecutions for "SOME" are different for "OTHERS".   1. R.J. Hemeneway (2001 gun possession)—(Defense attorney Gary M. Pohlson)

2. Steven Lee Choate (multiple offenses violating laws) (see www.occourts.org)

3. Scott Andrew Christensen (OCSC Criminal Nos. 09CF0222 and 06SF0747(Defense attorney Gary M. Pohlson)

4.  Albert Lee Schildknecht (OCSC Criminal No. 07HF1511), (Defense attorney Gary M. Pohlson)

5. Denis Lyons (OCSC Criminal No. 09HF1289) (Defense attorney Gary M. Pohlson)

6.  Luis Eduardo Ramirez (OCSC Criminal Nos. 06CM01966 AND 08NM00230),(Defense attorney Gary M. Pohlson)

7.  Mathew Macul Fahey (OCSC Criminal Nos. 05SM02201 and 09HF0428). 

8.  Rex L. Brady, (OCSC Criminal Case No. 05HM02724).

9. Michael Karl Sandoval (OCSC Criminal Case No. 02CF1275).

10.  Frank Farsad (OCSC Criminal Case No. 03NF0628).

11.  Carlos Jose Melendez (OCSC Criminal Case No. 05NF1843).

12.  Joseph Merrick Farley (OCSC Criminal Case No. 94HM07981).

13.  Albert Paul Ballog (OCSC Criminal Case No. 05HM06853).

14.  Russell James Thomas (OCSC Criminal Case No. 98NS0893).

 Ginkobiloba.... open your eyes and do your research..... something in the affluent Orange County, California, is very very wrong..... too much STINK that affects the public adversely. 

Need a barf bag
Need a barf bag

DING DONG the witch is dead, the witch is dead, the witch is dead!!!!!  Lies, deceit, obstructions of justice will eventually catch up to those who truly believe they are ABOVE THE LAW!  To Rackauckas and M/M Schroeder:  Save the tax payers money.... RESIGN

Spitzer Campaign
Spitzer Campaign

Spitzer Campaign: the DA has its own mailroom with its own postage machine.

Need a barf bag
Need a barf bag

Great post..,. it is very tragic that the current OC Board of Supervisors do not have the integrity or courage to keep Orange County, California, free of public corruption..... OOPS, almost forgot the Supes continue to participate in potential corruption crimes, pointing the finger at others, with arrogance and above the law mentalities that cause physical upheaval to those who have got on to the conspiracy.  One possible solution:  THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEED TO RESIGN, along with Rackauckas and M/M Kang Schroeder

Interesting
Interesting

It's interesting that she is denying that she ever saw the revised copy, but you have the emails to prove she opened both versions of the email.

ginkobiloba
ginkobiloba

Hi RESIGN NOW.  I mean Todd.  The above post is exactly what will eventually end your career in the eyes of the public.  Your inability to rise above your estrogen overloaded hormones is so sad.  I can't even read your rediculous posts anymore because the are like a 13 year old girl who was once popular, but became hated because she couldn't stop trashing everyone behind their backs to try to become more popular.  Your soul is alone and I am sad for you.

My unsolicited advice is free no one pays me to tell you to stop behaving like a simple little child.  Again the above post - small minded.  Got any ideas for the public?  Please give us one that doesn't include she said this or he said that.

Mpham11
Mpham11

Just because an email was open doesn't mean it was read.  Sometimes scrolling through an email in outlook marks it as "read."

Gratis6
Gratis6

Hi ginkoliloba, I mean SUSAN.

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