Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich drew a mixed bag of comments, mostly unfavorable and probably unfair.
We also note that the rumor mill suggests that Assistant District Attorney Jackie Lacey will formally announce her candidacy today, Tuesday, January 4, 2011.
So here are Part II's Trio:
Mario Trujillo, Deputy District Attorney
|Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo|
Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo is a widely liked and respected career prosecutor who was recently installed as president of the influential Mexican American Bar Association (MABA). He also serves on the board for the Latino Prosecutors Foundation of Los Angeles County and on the board for the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Trujillo was a formidable trial attorney in the DA's Office Hardcore Gang Division where he was responsible for prosecuting the most serious of crimes and gang-related murders. He also served as a Special Assistant and is currently in charge of an Area Office.
Like Meyers, Trujillo's website www.MarioTrujilloForDA.com is currently only a placeholder, however, it has been around for longer than Meyers'. However, if Trujillo is really serious about his aspirations to be LA's "Top Cop," expect a more formal announcement imminently, and hopefully a more dynamic website.
Veteran campaign strategist Ace Smith has been rumored as a potential campaign manager, but Smith probably comes at a high price having recently masterminded Kamala Harris's successful AG campaign.
Mike Feuer, California Assemblyman
|Michael Feuer is currently California|
Assemblyman for the 42nd Assembly District
If the rumor mill is correct, Assemblyman Michael Feuer is seriously contemplating a run for District Attorney as he will be termed out as Assemblyman for California's 42nd Assembly District in 2012.
Feuer is a former City Councilmember who came very close to beating Rocky Delgadillo in the 2001 race for City Attorney. Feuer is a Westside Democrat who enjoys substantial support from the well healed West Los Angeles community.
Feuer does not appear to have an active campaign website, but is also rumored to be vying for the services of Ace Smith to manage a campaign.
Feuer is the first candidate mentioned here who is an "outsider," meaning that he has absolutely no prosecutorial experience whatsoever. However, his standing as a respected Democrat and his ability to garner substantial financial support from the Westside community makes him a very viable candidate.
Steve Ipsen, Deputy District Attorney
|Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen|
Steve Ipsen is a Deputy District Attorney who previously ran unsuccessfully against Steve Cooley for District Attorney in 2008. A Republican, Ipsen has been an outspoken supporter of more stringent enforcement of anti illegal alien laws, and a sharp critic of Special Order 40 - the Los Angeles Police Department protocol that some say provides Sanctuary City status to illegal immigrants. Ipsen has been a strong victims rights advocate and was instrumental in obtaining serious financial support from Broadcom Billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III to run a campaign to defeat Proposition 66, a measure that would have effectively destroyed California's Third Strikes law.
Ipsen is widely rumored to be mounting a campaign to run for District Attorney in 2012, and will likely run on a platform focusing on his anti illegal alien and victims rights positions. Ipsen is believed to be "getting his ducks in a row" for a 'tough on crime' campaign and will likely garner considerable support from Henry Nicholas as a result of Ipsen's personal support for Nicholas while under Federal investigation for alleged securities fraud and drugs violations. All charges against Nicholas were dropped and Ipsen was amongst those on the courthouse steps to publicly congratulate Nicholas at the end of his ordeal. Although campaign finance laws limit the amount of money Nicholas can directly contribute to a Ipsen's campaign, his ability to reach out the victims rights network as well as financing a PAC, could result in substantial support for Ipsen.
Expect an announcement from Ipsen early in 2011, probably in the form of a "grass roots" campaign through the victims rights network, before a more polished and well funded campaign later in the year.
Part III Preview
Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles City Attorney
Always a controversial figure for "doing the right thing," but is he too 'right' to be LA's DA?
Rocky Delgadillo, former Los Angeles City Attorney
His unhappy tenure at the City Attorney's Office seems a distant memory now, but he poled well in the 2010 Democratic Primary, is all forgiven and forgotten?
Steve Cooley, District Attorney of Los Angeles County
The Three Term incumbent missed AG by less than 1%, but in a non-partisan election LA could re-elect him by a landslide!
Keep the comments clean, but keep them coming. The 2012 Primary is set for February 25, 2012, and these people need your input to form their campaigns.