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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cooley Endorses Lacey - Announces Retirement

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.

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10 comments:

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Windscale said...

2:22PM Your comments are welcome, but try to walk on the other side of defamation. There are ways of saying things without saying things...

Anonymous said...

Trutanich is going to pull out. He's had the c**p scared out of him when he looked at poll numbers - Trujillo & Jackson way ahead and that's before Cooley endorsed Lacey.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for Jakie's testimony in federal court. She should raise her left hand or cross her fingers!

Anonymous said...

Didn't Cooley also declare victory in the AG race? Not sure I can trust what he says.

Anonymous said...

Was Cooley drunk when he made this endorsement? Can somebody check?

Anonymous said...

What polling?! Nobody even knows Mario or Alan. Who did they poll? And no, Carmen is not pulling out. He may not win, but he's not pulling out. Carmen is the last guy to be scared, he's too darn egotistical. Once the anti labor activities of Mario Trujillo and Jackie Lacey come out they will be out. Plus Alan's inexperience and Republican background give him no chance in LA.

Anonymous said...

2:34pm should also not that Ipsen has had some misadventures on the witness stand too. You can learn more about the stinging rebuke he was given by the California Supreme Court (In re Sakarias & Waidla, 35 Cal.4th 140 – death sentenced obtained by prosecutorial misconduct) and his infamous "Sex Offender Testimony" (Met News 3-23-2010).

Anonymous said...

Alan Jackson is the only candidate who can crush Jackie Lacey. Have you heard his remarks on how unfit he thinks she is? He knows what he's talking about, and thoughtful people should take heed.

This slight be Cooley will not be forgotten.

Go Alan!

Today Antonovich, tomorrow Tom McClintock.

Anonymous said...

I hope Carmen "Douch" Trutanich stays in the race for DA. His thuggish mentality will be his downfall. Even Cooley thinks he's unfit for the job of DA and should try to hang on to his failing city attorney position.

With Douch in this race, the other candidates will have a fat juicy steak to fry endlessly over all the mess ups and errors of judgment he has made. Anyone but Douch, even a loony like Ipsen!