NEW WEBSITE SHOWS TODD SPITZER IS OVERRUN BY HIS SCANDALS AND FAILING TO KEEP ORANGE COUNTY SAFE

NEW WEBSITE SHOWS TODD SPITZER OVERRUN BY HIS SCANDALS AND FAILING TO KEEP ORANGE COUNTY SAFE

Website highlights Spitzer’s record of skyrocketing crime, racism, promoting and protecting abusers, retaliating against female victims, sabotaging sexual assault cases and criminal misconduct.

ORANGE, CA – Today, Todd-Spitzer.com went live providing the public with an opportunity to learn about the disturbing tenure of Orange County’s top prosecutor.

“From enabling rampant sexual harassment and making overtly racist comments that have undermined the prosecution of dangerous offenders, to pay-to-play political corruption and criminal misconduct, Todd Spitzer has made a mockery of his oath of office and failed to protect and serve the people of Orange County,” said former Marine Corps Judge Advocate Pete Hardin. “Since Spitzer took office, crime and homelessness have skyrocketed. Evidently, Todd Spitzer has been too busy committing crimes to fight crime, and Orange County residents are paying the price.”

The website was created in an effort to catalog the ever-growing sea of scandals facing the beleaguered District Attorney.

“When we’re out in the community talking to voters we often hear concerns and absolute shock from members of the public who don’t know the extent of the scandals facing this DA,” said Hardin’s Campaign Manager, Izak Epstein. “These are real issues that have undermined his ability to be effective for this community. We created this website in an effort to educate the public about just how bad things have gotten at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. It’s simply unsustainable.”

                                                                                                         ###

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.