Tony Rackauckas Is a Robo Cop

[Moxley Confidential] DA's election-eve robocall for Irvine Democrat Larry Agran angers Orange County Republicans

"Why would the DA help craft a campaign message against Agran, and then do a robocall for Agran?" a prominent OC Republican asked me.

GOP activists arrived at an answer: Rackauckas and Agran have a mutual buddy, Republican political consultant Arnold Forde.

Accurate or not, it is now conventional wisdom in GOP circles that Agran made his most Machiavellian move to insure Rackauckas would never seriously dig into Irvine shenanigans by hiring Forde when his political machine took control of the federally abandoned, multibillion-dollar El Toro base.

It's true that any competent investigation of Agran would surely probe the activities of Forde, who grabbed more than half a decade of a $120,000-per-month, no-bid contract that included no meaningful daily, weekly, monthly or annual benchmarks.

Rackauckas and Forde have been pals for 30 years.

Susan Kang Schroeder, the DA's chief of staff, said any belief that Rackauckas was involved in a pro-Agran plot is unfounded speculation. She also said that while the DA provided a quote for the mailer, he never physically saw the piece until after it was distributed to voters.

But Choi, the man who finally topped Agran, isn't happy about what he sees as a betrayal. On election night, he also confronted Rackauckas about the robocalls. It wasn't pretty.

In what was the next Irvine mayor's first act of leadership, he suggested this to the DA: "Why don't you go party with the Democrats?"

Rackauckas is a man who despises catfights. He'd rather be fishing. Perhaps he now regrets getting involved with Agran. Maybe he doesn't.

A question remains: Is there anyone in law enforcement—even a Democrat—who is brave enough to hold accountable Agran's shady political machine that unnecessarily drained more than $200 million in taxpayer funds from city coffers?

California Attorney General Kamala Harris? Hello?

Portions of this column first appeared in a Nov. 8 Navel Gazing post.


This column appeared in print as "Robo Cop: DA Tony Rackauckas' election-eve robocall for Democrat Larry Agran angers Orange County Republicans."

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_Damon
_Damon

The more I read these editorials describing how Agran is the most corrupt politician in OC history, the more I realize that Moxley simply hates the guy for some undiscovered reason.

 

Politicians go down for violating ethics rules fairly often. Maybe the reason Kamala Harris or any other AG has never gone after him is that there's no evidence.

vernon.delights
vernon.delights

I am a staunch Republican. But I was really enjoying how Larry Agran and his pals were depleting the Great Pork treasury and getting very little done. I also like how there is so little open space around El Toro, but lots and lots of traffic inducing development. Larry Agran sold the gullible voters a bill of goods for his so called Great Park.  Very few jobs have been created by this brilliant reuse of El Toro other than no bid contracts for friends of Larry like Forde and Mullrich. Even with a new "Republican" majority. The damage is done and there is no recovery of 1/4 $ billion down the toilet. You voted for this Great Pork.  Live with the consequences of your poor choices. You believed all the pretty pictures and glossy brochures. But if you ride high enough in the orange balloon, you just might see some unicorns in Larryland.

HenryGattis
HenryGattis

Chmilewinski doesn't know whether to piss, shit or cum. Better call Larry and ask......SOON.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @_Damon You are a liar and that is probably why you hide behind a fake name. Larry Agran is a pathetic political figure who chose corruption over honesty. That is his shameful legacy. Whine all you want. The voters of Irvine seemed to have agreed with me.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

 @_Damon

 Damon, ask yourself the question, "With all the allegations and misappropriations of hundreds of millions of dollars, no bid contracts and a million dollars in contributions poured into Agran's money laundering campaign fund, why has there never been an investigation?"  Moxley hit the nail on the head with the District Attorney and his friendship with Forde & Moolrich, Agran's political consultants.  For the same reason the District Attorney refused to investigate the Obstruction of Justice allegation of Larry Agran a few years ago, when a package of facts and documents were presented to his Special Investigation Unit.  Don't know why the United States Attorney hasn't moved to do an investigation on Agran over the years, but it wasn't for a lack of us trying to get it done.  You get evidence by doing an investigation and trust me when I suggest that there is plenty to investigate in Irvine.  Can't speak for why Moxley doesn't like Agran, but for myself, it is because "No man should be above the law." 

_Damon
_Damon

 @rscottmoxley WOW. I didn't expect such an inflammatory response from a real journalist.

I'm not sure what you think I'm lying about, but, you can't deny that you dislike Agran. You've regularly accuse him of things like being the "conniving boss of a tainted machine," for decades, floating theories of nefarious plots, and yet no evidence has ever been uncovered and no charges brought.

 

Many other politicians have been brought down for corruption during Agran's career, yet you maintain the laser focus on him. It seems illogical to believe somebody who has never had an office higher than mayor could have so much clout that despite all his supposed crimes, he can hide the evidence or suppress an investigation against him.

 

As a lawyer friend of mine put it, "when politicians are corrupt, they are usually obviously corrupt."

 

P.S: My real name is Damon, and I live in Santa Ana, thankyouverymuch.

 
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