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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Trujillo Confirms Candidacy for District Attorney 2012


Saying that the time had come for Los Angeles to have a Latino District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo announced his candidacy to a capacity crowd at the Mexican American Bar Association's 51st Annual Installation and Gala at LA Live's JW Marriott ballroom.

Trujillo's announcement was widely expected, and Trujillo chose the ideal place to make it; the applause from the 500+ audience was resounding. In a short, to the point speech Trujillo said of his undertaking not to run if Steve Cooley sought a record fourth term, that "based on private conversations," he believed that Cooley would likely retire. Trujillo explained that he did not want to wait for Cooley to formally announce his retirement, because someone else "who may not work with us, who may not give us the access..." might jump into the race - perhaps a thinly veiled reference to Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich who appears to have alienated a large part of the Latino legal community with his self-aggrandizing buffoonery at last week's SEDBA dinner.

In what was an uncharacteristically wise move, Trutanich did not make an appearance at the MABA dinner, however two other candidates were in attendance, and were well received; Assistant District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace were doing the rounds and pressing the flesh. Both allowed Trujillo to bask in the glory of his moment with his community, and were doubtless taking notes on when and how they will launch their campaigns.

Trujillo gave a glimpse of the likely timbre of his campaign when he said "... every day I see the impact of a prosecutor and what he or she can have on the life of a defendant. We must do the right thing, we're not going to get any more money in this budget, and warehousing young men and women is not what we're about." He also praised Cooley for what he done to temper California's Third Strikes law, suggesting that Trujillo's campaign will change the focus from what we do with career criminals, to the steps we need to take to prevent the creation of career criminals. It's a tall order, but Trujillo stressed that his's 14 years at the DA's Office, and 6 years as a public school teacher, makes him a qualified candidate to bring change to the criminal justice system.

The LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus published an account of Trujillo's announcement with Maddaus noting that Trujillo might not be the first Latino DA, "Gil Garcetti, who is of Mexican and Italian heritage, would seem to have a good claim to that title." Maddaus said.

Trujillo's announcement means that 4 of the 10 candidates that we identified have now stepped up to the plate; Jackie Lacey, Alan Jackson, Danette Meyers and Mario Trujillo. Trutanich's statements that he's waiting to see what Cooley does, are inconsistent with reports of his private statements as well as his securing the services of a campaign consultant.   

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Trujillo sounds a bit soft on crime. I prefer Trutanich's lock 'em up first and ask questions later style.

Anonymous said...

500+ is a bit of underestimate. It was easily over 700 and most of the leadership of the Latino Legal Community was there in force. Impressive support for Trujillo.

Anonymous said...

10:06PM you won't like Trutanich's style if you one of the ones who gets locked up. Carmen the Clown threatens to lock up people all the time, usually with no evidence. That's why he was so keen on getting his deputy city attorneys to sit as judges in secret Kangaroo courts to fine homeowners $2,000 for petty bullshit code violations - like not getting a permit for a replacement water heater. Think carefully before you allow this nut case to trample our rights so he can become the next McCarthy. He's a f'ing asshole.

Anonymous said...

I thought Mario's speech was awesome. Motivating, invigorating and positive.

Anonymous said...

Cool. Now all he has to do is raise a few million dollars, and he has a chance.

Although Alan Jackson has a huge head start on him.

Anonymous said...

zzzzzzzzzzz. He'll probably get as many votes as Berger did in the City Attorney's race.

Anonymous said...

Trujillo will raise millions - that was a very powerful group he pitched on Saturday night, and they didn't seem bothered when he told them he's going to be asking them for money. They know what it takes to win in Los Angeles politics, and Trujillo has their support. Jackson got a good start, no question, but expect Trujillo to do really well.

Anonymous said...

"and they didn't seem bothered when he told them he's going to be asking them for money."

Wait til it comes time for them to write a check.

Anonymous said...

Trujillo will raise a ton of money in his first fundraiser, there's so much support for him in the community. Latinos raised millions for Obama and will see Mario as essential to continue the need to establish their voice in local politics. The Spanish speaking media will give him so much coverage, so he'll not just have money for mailers and ads, but he'll also have voters who will turn out and vote. He's easily going to win a place in the primary, the interesting question is who will be the challenger?

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that Trutanich didn't dare to show up. If you hadn't publicized his "self-aggrandizing buffoonery" he would have got a pass and been there glad-handing his way around the room. Thank you, whoever you really are (like we don't know), for standing up to Trutanich and his creepy tactics. Message to Trutanich, we've figured out who you really are, and what you're really all about. Time to quit politics and open that boutique law firm/City lobbying 'consultancy' before you lose even more credibility.

Anonymous said...

What is it with all of these Cooley lovers saying they will bow out. Have they no guts. Are they all that afraid of Cooley? Does anyone stand up to their corrupt boss or are they all kissing the ring and waiting for their bowl of mush in Cooley's institution. I mean really. Danette is the only one not sucking up to Cooley. The rest are all place holders and will bow down to their abuser. Gag. It just shows that all of them want a political career and are playing politics rather then what it takes to get something done about this cess poll of LA crime.

Anonymous said...

Danette Myers will kick butt.

Go Danette!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Trujillo appears to be on the right track, but he still needs time to grow. Mr. Trutanich would be my choice for DA. He has proven that he will do what is best for City and hopefully for the County

Anonymous said...

Trutanich would be a nightmare at the DA's office, just like he is at the city. Since he took over as City Attorney he has made a fool of himself so many times, and that's ok - he earned it. But his buffoonery reflects on those who have to work there, and who will continue to work there long after Trutanich has opened his boutique lobbying firm. The DA has a lot of power and has to be someone who exercises a little restraint before arresting people. Trutanich, with his stupid actions over AEG and Jan Perry, has proved that he cannot be trusted with the kind of power the DA has, and his pathetic attempt to get a misdemeanor grand jury shows that he will abuse power if he's given it. By the time Trutanich is thrown out of office, there probably won't be much left of the city attorney's office - he's done a great job of getting their budget cut more than anywhere else with his self-promoting buffoonery. No wonder they call him Carmen the Clown.

Anonymous said...

11:08 PM - "Latinos raised millions for Obama and will see Mario as essential to continue the need to establish their voice in local politics."

Just like Antonio Villaradouchebag
Richard AlarCON
Tony CardenASS
Jose Weezar
Jon Perez
Feelupie Fuentiz
Mike TURDjillo
Ear-ache Garshady

Anonymous said...

Trujillo is a laughing joke in the courtroom. Even the public defender mocks him and his jaw drops with nothing to say.

He's playing the latino card, but he's got a thing for "promoting" white deputy da's in black nylons too.