September 2nd, 2010, 4:23 pm · posted by Kimberly Edds, Staff Writer

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced he will run for re-election in 2014, his chief of staff confirmed Thursday.

“He will be running for DA in 2014,” said Rackauckas’ chief of staff, Susan Kang Schroeder. Rackauckas declined through his spokeswoman to be interviewed.

The declaration of his 2014 candidacy, made even before he has been sworn in for his next term as district attorney, is a complete reversal for Rackauckas. The 67-year-old Rackauckas ran unopposed in June, and after the election he said publicly that it would be his last term in office.

Rackauckas had also said he would likely back Assistant District Attorney Todd Spitzer, who he brought back into the office 18 months ago. But on Friday, Spitzer was fired by his one-time mentor over what has been called “inappropriate contact” with the county’s Public Administrator/Guardian’s Office.

Spitzer – a former state assemblyman and county supervisor – now claims his firing was a political move by Rackauckas and his chief of staff, Schroeder.

The district attorney’s office is barred from discussing details of Spitzer’s career at the office or his termination because of a confidentiality law, Schroeder said. Once Spitzer agrees to waive confidentiality, the office will be more than happy to speak out, she said.

Spitzer opened up his personnel file to the Register Wednesday without waiving his confidentiality agreement with the DA’s office. The certified copy of his file did not contain any notice of the incident with the Public Administrator/ Guardian or anything other than his most recent hire paperwork.

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