Jim Newton's op-ed piece in the LA Times calls Trutanich "a bit odd," noting that "...He loves to talk — and rambles around an answer, distracting himself so often that it can take him 10 minutes to return to his original point," and that "... his eyes dampen a bit when he shares such thoughts as "All I want to do is to do my job.""
Few who know Trutanich would disagree, but perhaps worse for Trutanich are the observations of a commenter "Truth and Justice for All" who suggests that Trutanich's rambling, distraction and crocodile tears are all part of the art of manipulation mastered by Trutanich. More at the TRU is False blog where they're also calling Trutanich the new McCarthy.
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Carmen Trutanich is said to be over. (credit: Political Pantloads)
TRU is False is also calling Trutanich a coward for hiding behind his Chief Deputy to deliver a threat to City Council not to cut his budget or he will stop prosecuting crimes. It seems that Trutanich has started to make it more difficult for LAPD to present cases to the City Attorney's Office for prosecution, according to a report from KFI's Eric Leonard.
Trutanich's viability as a candidate for District Attorney must be spiraling downward as Cooley, formerly his chief fundraiser, abandons him, and as more and more of his supporters seem to be doing the same thing. All of which must be very encouraging to DA hopefuls Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson, both of whom are busy gathering support with the blessing of Cooley.
Oh, one last thing, thanks to Scott Johnson in CD14 at the Mayor Sam Blog for appreciating the Dragnet's coverage of the District Attorney candidates.