Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas held a press conference inside where he accused Supervisor Todd Spitzer of impersonating an OCDA assistant district attorney. Rackauckas said Spitzer failed to identify himself as a ‘former’ assistant district attorney in an automated call supporting Measure A that went out to voters last week. (Jeff Gritchen / Staff Photographer)
By Sean Emery / Staff Writer
May 31, 2016 – Updated 11:03 p.m.
SANTA ANA – A dispute over a robocall urging voters to support a local ethics commission had Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and an Orange County supervisor on Tuesday accusing each other of wrongdoing.
The insults continued a yearslong feud between the two.
In dueling news conferences at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in Santa Ana, the two elected officials debated the wording of a recorded phone message in support of Measure A that was dispatched to voters last week.
“Hello, this is County Supervisor Todd Spitzer,” the message begins. “I have always played by the rules. As an assistant district attorney, I know that many politicians do not.”
Rackauckas accused Spitzer of “false impersonation of an assistant district attorney,” because the supervisor hasn’t worked for the District Attorney’s Office since 2010.
On Tuesday, the district attorney called on Spitzer to formally apologize, to promise not to identify himself as an assistant district attorney again, and to make an “apology call” to those voters who received the first message.
“No one, especially Mr. Spitzer, a career politician since 1992, would make that mistake,” Rackauckas said. “It’s a false representation, and he should clear it up.”
Spitzer, in an impromptu news conference, denied any wrongdoing, saying it was “unequivocally” clear from the first sentence of the call that he was representing himself as a county supervisor.
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