According to the Metropolitan News Enterprise, Steve Cooley has told his friends and supporters that he will not seek a fourth term as LA's District Attorney. Although few were surprised that Cooley has decided to retire, his endorsement of Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey surprised nobody.
Lacey's recent promotion to the number two job at the DA's Office was widely regarded as an implicit endorsement by Cooley. He made that endorsement explicit describing Lacey as "the most qualified leader to run the nation's largest local prosecutorial office," adding that he has "complete faith in Jackie’s skilled leadership and commitment to the office’s mission." Cooley is hosting a fundraiser for Lacey on June 9 at the City Club, an event that will test how willing Cooley's traditionally republican supporters are willing to support a democrat.
The Met News reported the comments of most of the candidates, none of whom expressed either surprise or any plans to change their strategies. Curiously, Carmen Trutanich declined to comment, perhaps he was too busy continuing his equally curious motivational strategy of berating his employees.
As the LA Dragnet predicted in January, Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen will also run for District Attorney, according to his remarks to the Met News. Judging by the recent posts on Ipsen's website/blog, www.Ipsen4DA.com, Ipsen has spent a great deal of his time forging alliances with organized labor groups, perhaps a indication of where he believes he will gain the most support for his campaign.
Trutanich is expected to imminently declare his candidacy formally, now that Cooley has announced his retirement, bringing the field of candidates to 7 out of the 10 that the LA Dragnet identified in January. Of the remaining 3, Cooley is out, Assemblyman Mike Feuer is likely gunning for Trutanich's City Attorney seat, and Rocky Delgadillo is apparently enjoying life in private practice and will stay out of the race, given that Mario Trujillo appears to be squeezing every available campaign donation from the territory Rocky once regarded as his own.
With seven candidates now in contention to be LA County's "Top Cop," this promises to be a very interesting campaign.
All campaigns will be reporting their initial fundraising on June 30, slightly under a year away from the primary election on June 5, 2012. Mario Trujillo is rumored to top the list of campaign fundraising, with Alan Jackson in second place. Cooley's City Club event for Jackie Lacey expected to bring in big bucks, so that situation could change.