Greg Diamond, Northern Regional Vice President of the Democratic Party of Orange County, has thrown his hat into the ring to challenge Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Diamond announced to DPOC central committee members on Monday that he would be running and on Wednesday announced his campaign at the monthly meeting of Los Amigos-OC. In a post on the Orange Juice blog Diamond writes:
“I will be running against Tony Rackauckas — who hasn’t had a challenger since 2002 — for Orange County District Attorney. I’m prompted to do so in part because apparently not one other attorney in our county of over 3,000,000 Californians is willing to take him on — or, if they are, they’ve waited too long to stave off my campaign. And DA Rackauckas desperately needs an opponent. I deeply want to vote against him myself — but that requires that another name be on the ballot!
Someone needs to make the case for better government. I’m qualified, and I’m humble enough NOT to take on a high-profile murder/manslaughter trial myself when I’m supervising an office full of highly qualified Deputy DAs are available to do it, so it turns out that it will have to be me.”
Diamond ran challenged Senator Bob Huff in 20012 for the 29th Senate seat. As that contest was in a heavily republican leaning district, Diamond was unsuccessful. In that campaign however, Diamond demonstrated his strong democratic and progressive credentials and commitment to fight, regardless the seeming insurmountable odds against success.
In the District Attorney’s race, Diamond will face current District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who was first elected in 1998. Arguably, Diamond faces similar, if not greater, odds against success. But as his announcement makes clear, he isn’t going to hold back any punches.
Despite some policy and political differences between Diamond and LiberalOC co-owner Dan Chmielewski, we wish Greg good luck in his campaign and look forward to the spirited debate we’re sure he’ll bring to the campaign.