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A Sixth Elected Prosecutor Withdraws Endorsement As Scandal Engulfs Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer

Posted by Fay Arfa | Feb 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

     Maggie Fleming, Humboldt County District Attorney, told OC Watch that she has “notified DA Spitzer that I am withdrawing my endorsement.” 

     Ms. Fleming is the sixth California District Attorney to rescind an endorsement of Spitzer, and her decision comes on the heels of a recently surfaced video which shows Spitzer meeting with the Iranian American Bar Association and captures Spitzer dropping the N-word three times during his keynote address. Also yesterday, a 29-year-veteran of the Orange County District Attorney's Office alleged in a lawsuit Spitzer assigned a prosecutor to a case “because she was African-American,” and, in a separate incident, told a room full of senior prosecutors, “I need a brown or a black face there” to go with him to a meeting with the NAACP. The California chapter of the NAACP has called for Spitzer's “immediate resignation”

Here are the other five elected prosecutors who have unendorsed Mr. Spitzer:

  • San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, the top prosecutor in California's second most populous county, was the first to rescind her endorsement of Spitzer. Stephan recently left the Republican party, but still holds endorsements from Republican political action committees such as the California Women's Leadership Association (a group that also rescinded its endorsement of Spitzer). 
  • Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, a Republican, also disavowed and retracted his endorsement of Spitzer. 
  • Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election, became the third elected prosecutor to confirm she too had withdrawn her endorsement of Spitzer. 
  • Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe followed over the weekend, rescinding his endorsement
  • Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy told OC Watch that he never endorsed Spitzer in the first place, despite Spitzer listing him as an endorser on his campaign website. 

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Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law – Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law – by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also awarded her a board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. ...


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