Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
Orange County supervisor candidate Todd Spitzer--who apparently returns the phone calls of reporters who'll toss him softballs--got more evidence today that he won't easily sail to victory.
The folks at the Friends for Fullerton's Future (FFF) blog slammed Spitzer for his past service on the board of supervisors, and it wasn't pretty.
Spitzer hails himself as a good government activist but, as the FFF blog notes, during his prior stint as a supervisor he voted for two of the most controversial measures in modern county history:
1. Allowing certain government workers to retire at the age of 50 and collect 90 percent of their top salary for the rest of their lives.
2. Allowing Sheriff Mike Carona to drop all professional law enforcement hiring standards to name as his powerful assistant sheriffs Don Haidl, a shady businessman, and George Jaramillo, another dubious character.
(Surely, I don't need to remind you that Carona, Haidl and Jaramillo are all now convicted felons, right?)
"[Spitzer] assures us he has the experience we need in a county supervisor," FFF writes. "Guess Spitzer figures nobody's been paying attention. He is wrong."
At the moment, it looks like Spitzer's fellow Republican opponent in the race will be Chuck DeVore, the former state assemblyman who ran an unsuccessful campaign to win the Republican nomination to run against U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in the last election.
Read the FFF blog post on Spitzer HERE
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly