There is a special election in LA today to fill the seat vacated by Congresswoman Jane Harman in February. Democrat Los Angeles City Councilmember Janice Hahn is the widely tipped favorite to win what has been a bitter campaign against outsider Republican Craig Huey.
Is it simply going to be Democrat versus Republican, or will the Tea Party movement against political insiders regain momentum to unseat Hahn? The polls close at 8pm and results will be available on line from the Secretary of State's website.
Those closely watching this race include City Attorney Carmen Trutanich who endorsed Hahn. Trutanich, a life-long Republican, changed his party allegiance and ran as a "decline to state" for his City Attorney position. He has been rumored to be switching to Democrat for his DA campaign.
Trutanich's interest in helping Hahn in leaving Los Angeles is certainly not based on Hahn's prior support for Trutanich as she declined to endorse him. But politics being what it is, and Trutanich being the politician that he says he isn't, it isn't too hard to see why Trutanich wants Hahn elected. First, it probably gets him Hahn's support for his awful ACE Program. Second, it's widely rumored that Trutanich wants his son Nick to run for Hahn's old position.
If indeed Trutanich is lining up his son for a run for City Council, it would certainly make sense of Trutanich's statement on the Kevin James Show, that his son had just returned from Iraq, injured.
Of course, anyone listening to Trutanich's statement would assume that his son, Nick, was injured in the line of duty in the military. It seems, however, that Nick was in Iraq, but not in the military, and the injury appears to be a sports injury.
Whether Nick will nevertheless run as an injured war veteran remains to be seen. Hopefully he does not share his father's strained relationship with the truth.
Hahn's victory party is being held at the Ports O' Call in San Pedro tonight. Trutanich and his formerly injured son are likely to be in attendance, along with famed City Hall lobbyist John Ek who recently hosted a fundraiser for Trutanich's phony DA Campaign.
The Dragnet predicts Hahn will win this election by a slender margin.