No comments questioned "the big story" that Steve Cooley has 'cooled it' with Carmen Trutanich and considers him basically unfit for the office of District Attorney.
It was the report that Lacey has the backing of the County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, that must have been greeted with cheers by the rank and file Deputy District Attorneys who are more than disenchanted with the self-destructive antics of the ADDA "Board Majority."
The ADDA "Board Majority" has invested heavily in trying to portray Lacey as a "union buster," a charge that remains to be fully litigated and, from an outsider's perspective, one that will likely be disproved once all the facts are established in a court of law, rather than propagandized from a bully pulpit.
Regardless, the ADDA "Board Majority" clearly see the prospect of "real organized labor" supporting Lacey as terminal to their efforts. It appears that the ADDA "Board Majority" acted swiftly, through their contacts at AFSCME to obtain clarification from the County Federation of Labor.
|A letter from the County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Executive Director|
Maria Elena Durazo states that endorsements have yet to be decided.
(Credit: LA Union Buster)
Readers will recall the controversy surrounding DA candiate Danette Meyers endorsement by LACBA Executive Director Sally Suchil, from which it appears that statements and indeed endorsements by Executive Directors should not be taken as reflective of the decisions of the organizations they serve.
The "Tipoff" has, however, brought the "union busting" claims of the ADDA "Board Majority" more sharply into focus. In the process, it has highlighted the hypocrisy of the ADDA "Board Majority." In one of their more widely known "shots in the foot," last year they endorsed conservative republican John Eastman for Attorney General. Eastman has something of a reputation for being ultra conservative and has probably sued unions - he is hardly a champion of the organized labor movement, and probably more richly deserving of any "union busting" appellation, than someone who simply tried to help a friend.
No doubt the debate will rage on, but it does appear that as people become more aware of the issues, the ADDA "Board Majority" may have to re-think their endorsement policy - one comment suggested that the ADDA "Board Majority" might endorse Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ...
Meanwhile, we're hearing rumors that Steve Cooley's June 2, 2011 City Club fundraiser for Lacey is heavily "oversubscribed" and going to be a crowded event. Trutanich may have to drop the dime to a Fire Marshal and make sure the room capacity isn't exceeded, or perhaps he'll just launch a 'criminal aspects' investigation and threaten to arrest a few guests to keep himself in the headlines.