Ipsen's campaign website, www.SteveIpsen.com, went live just in advance of Ipsen's launch on Saturday May 21, 2011 with an event at a 90 acre winery called "A Day in Agua Dulce," which apparently coincided with Ipsen's 50th birthday.
As expected, Ipsen focuses on his union activities and his support for victims' rights. Ipsen, an early adopter of the power of the internet, used Craigslist to freely publicize his launch event, underlining our earlier prediction that Ipsen's would be a "grass roots" campaign.
|A Craigslist posting advertised Ipsen's campaign kick-off event.|
Politically, Ipsen is considered by many to be a right-wing republican given his views on illegal immigration urging for the repeal of LAPD's Special Order 40 and support for Jamiel's Law that would give the police more rights in the interrogation, detention and ultimately deportation of illegal aliens.
It was, therefore, rather surprising that Ipsen's Craigslist campaign kick-off event announcement, states that "Steve Ipsen is a registered Democrat and has been a criminal prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office for 25 years."
Although the Craigslist ad does not contain the required disclosure statement indicating that the advert comes from Ipsen's campaign, it certainly appears that it is a campaign communication, and it would be reasonable to conclude that Ipsen's political affiliation is correct.
That, perhaps, makes it all the more surprising that Ipsen's official campaign website's "About Steve" information does not include any mention of Ipsen's political affiliation.
Ipsen's candidacy now brings the total number of candidates for District Attorney to seven, with Alan Jackson and Carmen Trutanich apparently being the only republicans. Should Trutanich shift party allegiance to the democrat party as rumored, this could leave Jackson in the enviable position of being the only republican in the race, a position that could assure him a place in the inevitable run-off election, given that the democrat vote will be so heavily divided by the other six candidates.
Observers believe that the District Attorney campaign could be one of the most interesting political campaigns in recent history, however, the ability of the candidates to make themselves known outside the close knit legal community will be heavily dependent on their ability to raise substantial funds for their campaigns.
It is rumored that Mario Trujillo will lead in terms of fundraising when the campaigns report their initial results, with Alan Jackson in close contention, and Jackie Lacey expected to close the gap now that Steve Cooley has given her his endorsement and will be hosting a fundraiser for her at the City Club on June 2, 2011.
There still remains some doubt whether the election will be on February 25 together with the Presidential primary, or June 5, 2012. Our sources indicate that the DA election will be June 5, a date that will make party affiliation less relevant to this non-partisan race.