ORANGE, CA -Today, District Attorney Todd Spitzer deleted an inflammatory social media post after widespread public condemnation. His original post shared a single photo of a caucasian child victim in the horrific Uvalde mass shooting with the hashtag, #speakupforuvalde. Uvalde is predominently Hispanic and the majority of the Robb Elementary mass shooting victims were non-white. Spitzer deleted the post three hours later following public outcry. In recent hours, Spitzer has reposted the original graphic alongside images of three Latino victims in the horrific massacre.
“After he carried the NRA’s water for 25 years, seeing him invoke photos of these victims makes me sick to my stomach,” said former Marine Judge Advocate Pete Hardin. “He’s asking people to speak up for Uvalde while he actively courts the gun lobby and spends his career voting against laws to get dangerous weapons off our streets. Mass shootings continue and gun violence in Orange County has reached levels not seen since the 1990s. This man knows no shame.”
An archived copy of Spitzer’s deleted tweet can be found here. An image of Spitzer’s deleted tweet can be found below:
An overview of Spitzer’s abysmal record on gun safety laws is provided below. Highlights include Spitzer voting against a bill criminalizing assault rifles and against a bill to prevent children from accessing firearms and ammunition. Spitzer has received an “A+” rating from the NRA and is a member of the organization. Spitzer has accepted financial contributions from the NRA on multiple occasions. In 2018, Bloomberg wrote that the “NRA”s only listed contributions in any local elections went to Todd Spitzer.”
  • Spitzer Voted Against SB59, Bill Supported By California State Sheriffs Association That Criminalized Failing to Report Stolen Guns.
  • Spitzer Voted Against and Helped Defeat AB352, An NRA­-Opposed Bill That Would Have ‘Provide[d] An Outstanding Tool For Law Enforcement’ By Microstamping Serial Numbers on Ammunition.
  • Spitzer Voted Against SB1171, Police Officer­ Backed Bill That Prohibited Carrying Loaded Guns on Public Streets.
  • Spitzer Voted Against AB2235, Police Officer Backed Bill Requiring ‘Owner­ Authorized’ Biometric System On Guns.
  • Spitzer Voted Against SB1171, Bill ‘Strengthening The Ban On Carrying Loaded Firearms In Public’ Supported by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • Spitzer Voted Against SB480, Which Would Expand the Definition of ‘Unsafe Handgun.’
  • Spitzer Voted Against SB238, Which Would Authorize Law Enforcement to Report Illegally ­Used Firearms in Their Custody, Tighten Restrictions on Assault Weapons.
  • Spitzer Voted Against AB50, Which Would Criminalize Assault With a .50 BMG Rifle
  • Spitzer Voted in Favor of AB336 to Remove the Five ­Year Expiration of a Handgun Safety Certificate.
  • Spitzer Voted Against SB1140, Which Would Prevent Children From Accessing Firearms.
  • Spitzer Voted Against SB824, Which Would Require Agents Who Handle, Sell, or Deliver Firearms to Present Eligibility Certificate to Dealer.
  • Spitzer Voted Against AB944, Which ‘Requires Firearms Dealers To Post Certain Warnings About The Dangers Of Firearms In The Home.’
  • Spitzer Voted Against AB2728, Which Allows Law Enforcement to ‘Conduct Compliance Inspections Of Licensed Firearms Dealers.’
  • Spitzer Voted Against AB362, NRA-Opposed Bill Requiring Handgun Ammunition Vendors To Register.
  • Spitzer Voted Against AB2948, NRA­-Opposed Bill Banning Gun Sales at ‘Cow Palace,’ Location Used for Gun Shows in High­Violence Area.
  • Spitzer Voted in Favor of AB201, Which Would Exempt ‘Honorably Discharged’ Members of the Military From Handgun Safety Permit Requirements.
  • Spitzer Voted Against S.1152, Which Would Tighten Regulations on the Sale of Ammunition to Minors.
  • Spitzer Voted Against AB2714, Which Would Require Purchaser of Handgun Ammunition to Prove Identity and Age Before Delivery Can Be Made.
  • Spitzer Voted Against AB2696, Bill Requiring Department of Justice to Use National Instant Criminal Background Check System and Mental Health Reports.
Citations can be found by clicking here and navigating to pages 117 – 122.

Current Orange County District Attorney Republican Todd Spitzer’s tenure has been defined by scandal. Most recently, Spitzer made racist remarks when discussing whether or not to seek the death penalty against a Black man. Four women in Spitzer’s office have filed claims asserting Spitzer promoted an employee and close friend despite having been made aware of the sexual harassment complaints against him. Spitzer later allowed the employee, who was the best man at his wedding, to retire with top flight benefits. Spitzer also attempted to drop sexual assault charges against high-profile defendants, leading a judge to remove him from the case. Survivors of the sexual assault survivors were “dragged through the mud” and “grossly mistreated” by Spitzer for two and a half years, leading two of them to abandon their case.

Spitzer has been involved in an evidence booking scandal, a jailhouse informant scandal, and has defamed a victim of OC’s deadliest mass shooting as retaliation for peaceful protest. Spitzer has also defended a DNA collection program known informally as “Spit and Acquit” that coerces defendants to give up their DNA to law enforcement, a practice the ACLU has called “unconstitutional.”

Pete Hardin is a former Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, Deputy District Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney, and one of Southern California’s leading litigators running for Orange County District Attorney. Pete entered public service when, in 2005, he earned his commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. A combat veteran, Pete served in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Pete is a member of the Democratic Party.

Orange County’s rapidly changing electorate has led Democrats to now outnumber Republicans in Orange County holding a 4.1% voter registration advantage.