In addition to the advert, Jackson's campaign has a website, TheTRUFacts.com, listing the numerous statements made by Trutanich indicating that he is not a politician and that he will fulfill his sworn campaign promise not to use the City Attorney's Office as a political springboard to higher office, specifically, not to run for District Attorney, all apparently lies in the light of Trutanich's decision to abandon the pledge he made to those who supported him.
As one comment to yesterday's announcement pointed out, it's a "Hell of a way to kick off a campaign to be DA from a guy who says he's not a politician; a lie and an ethics violation."
The lie complained of appears to be the failure of Trutanich to disclose that the email plea from Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca and the website to which Baca's message directs recipients, is in fact an elaborate ruse designed by his campaign to create the impression that Trutanich has been "deluged by leaders in law enforcement," to run for DA.
The reality, however, appears to be quite different.
|The email plea from Sheriff Baca and the accompanying website are designed to create the impression that|
Trutanich is being deluged with requests from law enforcement to run for DA. That's a lie according to some.
Records show that the website, DraftTrutanich4DA.com, was set up by Jim Royer, a lieutenant at Hawthorne Police Department.
Royer told LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus that he was "asked to provide a service [the website] and I did it." But what Royer did not tell Maddaus was who asked him to provide that "service."
Records also show that Royer has served on the board of the California Narcotics Officer's Association, and that Trutanich's chief investigator, Gary Schram, also serves on the board of that association, raising the suspicion that Trutanich is actually behind the request for that "service."
|The connection between Trutanich and the anonymous "coalition of law enforcement officers"|
was not disclosed by Trutanich - a deception at best, a lie according to some.
Not only is the connection between Trutanich and Royer firmly established, but sharp-eyed readers will also note that the RSVP address given on this CNOA event is in fact, Trutanich's event coordinator.
|CNOA members wanting to attend the luncheon |
were directed to call or email Trutanich's event coordinator
Whether or not voters approve of what some might say is a crass attempt by Trutanich to create the illusion that law enforcement, or indeed anyone but his "All about me" ego, wants him to be District Attorney, remains to be seen.
There is no doubt, however, that the alleged deception practiced by Trutanich's campaign on the very day that he announces his candidacy will be used his opponents without limitation, perhaps rightly so.
It has also been pointed out that Sheriff Baca's email and Trutanich's website, DraftTrutanich4DA.com, which Royer claims to be "separate from the Trutanich campaign," does not contain a disclosure statement indicating who has paid for the promotion of a candidate.
That is, perhaps, in violation of campaign ethics laws that require the public to be informed as to who has paid for the particular promotion, whether it's an email, tv or radio advert, website or a billboard. Whether or not Baca, Trutanich and Royer's actions constitute ethical violations will also, doubtless, be heralded by Trutanich's opponents as further proof of Trutanich's unsuitability for the position of District Attorney.
Trutanich took office as City Attorney less than two years ago after a lengthy and lucrative career as a criminal defense attorney. In his 2009 campaign, Sheriff Baca had endorsed Trutanich's then opponent, Jack Weiss. Baca later withdrew that endorsement after allegations of campaign finance misconduct were made public in a call for an investigation. As yet there has been no call for an investigation into Trutanich's alleged deception, however, given the rapid response from the Jackson campaign, Alan Jackson could boost his name recognition by calling for just such an investigation.
All of this must make Sheriff Baca wonder whether it would be prudent to quickly disassociate himself from Trutanich's campaign after this shaky start.
"A helluva a way to kick of a campaign...."