|Radar Online.com had the news of Jackie Lacey's promotion to Chief Deputy District Attorney|
at 8:05AM - well before the midday announcement from District Attorney Steve Cooley
While Maddaus has a point about being ready to hit the ground running, his choice of ballot designation, "Chief Deputy," may not be the strongest Lacey can now legitimately use; how about "Chief Criminal Prosecutor?"
Lacey's choice of ballot designation will probably be the result of some skilled and careful consideration from whoever is managing her campaign. Lacey has yet to publicly disclose the identity of her choice for campaign manager, but whoever it is obviously had the savvy and connections to give Radar Online the exclusive.
Ballot designations are critical as perhaps as many as 10% of voters are guided by ballot designation alone. It is for this reason that misleading ballot designations are often the subject medial criticism as well as litigation. During District Attorney Steve Cooley's primary election campaign, he successfully challenged misleading ballot designations by his opponents.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who will most likely now have to formally announce his candidacy for District Attorney so as not to lose out on fundraising, is no stranger to using misleading ballot designations - during his campaign for City Attorney, he called himself an "Environmental Attorney." His chief opponent did not challenge that designation, a mistake he probably still regrets as Trutanich's true occupation at that time, "Criminal Defense Attorney," likely would not have appealed to voters.
Indeed, when Deputy City Attorney Tom Griego ran for election as Superior Court Judge for Office #117, Trutanich transferred Griego to the Criminal Division of the City Attorney's Office for the sole reason that Griego could then use the ballot designation "Criminal Prosecutor" in his failed bid to become a Judge.
Trutanich apparently saw nothing wrong with what many believe to be the use of deceptive practices in electioneering, either for himself or for Griego, a strategy he may well believe to be summed up as "nothing personal, it's just business."
The mind boggles at Trutanich's choice of ballot designation for his campaign to become District Attorney in 2012. A few come to mind, but perhaps we'll let you comment as you think fit. Please keep it clean.