|Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo picked up the prestigious |
Attorney of the Year award at the SEDBA Awards Dinner
District Attorney Steve Cooley presented Trujillo with SEDBA's award, but not before bringing the house down with a few side-splitting remarks, like "Is there anyone here who is not running for District Attorney?" and in what was, perhaps, a jab at party-crashing Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich (see below) Cooley noted Trujillo has "... the support of the entire South-East of Los Angeles, Trutanich only has San Pedro!"
Humor aside, Cooley genuinely expressed thanks and acknowledgment for Trujillo's career-long dedication to upholding the finest traditions of the DA's Office and setting an example to others. It was definitely Trujillo's night, and to say that the audience were enthusiastic as praise upon praise was heaped upon Trujillo, would be an understatement.
TRUTANICH TRIES TO STEAL THE SHOW
If there was a dark moment to an otherwise joyous evening, it came when Cooley was just about to present Trujillo with his award; to the shock of the audience City Attorney Carmen Trutanich interrupted the proceedings.
|"I love you man!" Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was a surprise visitor at|
the awards dinner, but nevertheless made sure everyone knew he was there, and why.
(Photo credit: TRU is False)
"Wait! Wait! Wait!" screamed Trutanich as he forged his way to the podium and grabbed center stage. Trutanich, who had arrived at the awards dinner late and was not listed as a speaker, had been confined to a table in the far corner of the room as the capacity crowd were already seated. He had been observed craning his neck around the room, perhaps looking for a better seating position.
Suddenly Trutanich was on his feet armed with an fistful of calligraphic scrolls, and was not going to be stopped. In what appeared to many as something of a "Kayne West - Taylor Swift" moment, Trutanich proceeded to give his own impromptu speech recognizing the achievements of not only Mario Trujillo, but the other honorees who had not yet even been introduced.
Judging by reports of the audience's reaction, this was not a welcome interruption, and Trutanich's excuse that he had interrupt because he had leave early to catch a plane to DC, was singularly unimpressive. He could have been flying to Idaho for all anyone seemed to care, "and the sooner the better" was how one of the guests summed up this fiasco.
As Trutanich left the room, perhaps DC bound, perhaps not, few had any doubts as to Trutanich's true motive, and if he had previously enjoyed the support of the South East District Bar Association, those days now appear to be over.
If anyone had any doubts as to whether Trujillo has what it takes to run a viable campaign for District Attorney, Trujillo, former President of the Mexican American Bar Association, delivered an acceptance speech that had the audience eating out of the palms of his hands. In marked contrast to the disgraced City Attorney, Trujillo spoke respectfully, intelligently, and with a gravitas that suggests that Trujillo has what it takes to be a real leader and real contender. Notably, Trujillo had the grace not to even mention Trutanich's side show.
This was, in every sense, Mario Trujillo's night. The momentum he now has will probably never be greater, and many now expect Trujillo to parlay the support that he now undoubtedly has into a robust, thoughtful and effective campaign to be the next District Attorney of Los Angeles County.