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(Photo Credit" Political Pantloads Blog)
Pressure on City Attorney Carmen Trutanich seems to have produced a Nixon moment as the wheels come off the Trutanich wagon. "I am not a thug!" Trutanich told LA Weekly reporter Gene Maddaus. You can't make this stuff up.
Trutanich gave his Nixonesque quote during what Maddaus described as a Godfather style lunch interview. Apparently the interview did not go well. At one point, Trutanich's Chief Deputy Bill Carter actually interjected with the pity comment "Y'know, Nuch is actually an intellectual." I kid you not, I thought he was a "decline to state."
In addition to Maddaus' scathing account of Trutanich's failing efforts to convince the LA Weekly that he was "Doing the right thing" in threatening to jail political protesters, more pressure on the embattled City Attorney over his "aggressive stance" came from Trutanich's alma mater, USC's Neon Tommy news blog.
Trutanich must have gotten a severe case of indigestion after failing to con Maddus, as according to the LA Times, Trutanich promptly decided to drop all charges against the student protesters. The Political Pantloads Blog has a very insightful piece on Trutanich's failed strategy, in the light of which perhaps this years Websters Dictionary will add the word "Nuched" to their ever-growing lexicon.
During the course of the interview, Trutanich denies reports that his relationship with DA Steve Cooley is over. "He's my buddy," he says. "There's no rift." A comment left on the LA Weekly Blog casts some doubt about that, claiming that Cooley hasn't spoken to his "buddy" Trutanich for over three months. Still, if Trutanich says it, it must be true ...
Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers Interviewed by LA Watts Times
As wannabe DA Trutanich came apart during his LA Weekly interview, DA candidate Danette Meyers gave a confident interview to the Los Angeles Watts Times yesterday. Meyers spoke candidly about her qualifications and plans for the office. It's worth reading and leaves no doubt at all that Meyers is serious about her candidacy.