California NAACP Calls For Spitzer’s “Immediate Resignation"
Earlier today, Rick Callender, President of the California State Conference of the NAACP, told OC Watch that the organization is calling for the “immediate resignation” of Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, the latest shockwave in a still worsening racist statement scandal.
Spitzer recently allegedly opined out of nowhere in the middle of a meeting over whether the office should seek to execute a Black man that “he knows many black people who get themselves out of their bad circumstances and bad situations by only dating ‘white women.’” He also said that while in college, he “knew for sure that this black student did so on purpose to get himself out of these bad circumstances and situations.”
Callendar told OC Watch that Spitzer’s behavior “disqualifies him from being an elected official at any level.” He also said that the statements reeked of “Jim Crow views” and reflected “disgusting and atrociously racist beliefs” that “no member of modern civilized society would support or even condone.”
Earlier in the week, Orange County Democratic Party Chairwoman Ada Briceño similarly called for Spitzer’s resignation, saying: “Racism must stop. Spitzer must resign. This is one of many examples why Spitzer is unfit to serve in our halls of justice.”
These calls for Spitzer's resignation arrive on top of something of a Friday massacre for Spitzer’s endorsement tally, with the elected prosecutors of three major California counties rescinding their endorsement of Todd Spitzer:
San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, the top prosecutor in California’s second most populous county, told OC Watch yesterday that she had withdrawn her endorsement. Stephan recently left the Republican party, but still holds endorsements from Republican political action committees such as the California Women’s Leadership Association.
Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, a Republican, disavowed Spitzer. “The news of the comments and actions of Mr. Spitzer was shocking, disappointing and in the end inexcusable… I must retract my endorsement of Mr. Spitzer in his re-election campaign,” Hestrin told OC Watch through his campaign manager.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election, is the third elected prosecutor to confirm to OC Watch that she has withdrawn her endorsement of Spitzer. She declined to make any further statement.