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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rumors Grow That Trutanich Will Quit District Attorney Bid

Thus far unconfirmed rumors continue to suggest that Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will withdraw his candidacy to become Los Angeles District Attorney in 2012. Rumors first started appearing at the Mayor Sam political blog, followed by the Los Angeles City News, and the Dragnet.

The wheels are believed to have started coming off the Trutanich wagon last week after
the City Council unanimously voted to "neuter" his office, followed by the Martin Declaration
 The basis for the rumors appears to be recent action by the Los Angeles City Council to "neuter" Trutanich's office by stripping him of control over the handling of legislation and liability defense. Councilmember Jan Perry led the Council in a unanimous vote to study ways that other municipalities obtain quality legal representation when their own City Attorney fails to deliver. The 13-0 unanimous vote was seen by many as a vote of no confidence in Trutanich's ability to run the second largest governmental law office in the County of Los Angeles, and an even bigger condemnation of his suitability for District Attorney.

If the Council's vote of no confidence wasn't bad enough, hot on the heels of their slap in the face to the once popular San Pedro criminal defense attorney turned politician, came the shocking revelations of the Martin Declaration, a legal document filed by a deputy city attorney in which it was admitted that the City Attorney's Office was "unprepared" to handle representation of the City's affairs. Staffing cuts and a lack of resources attributable to Trutanich's management were apparently to blame.

The embarrassing admissions in the Martin Declaration were said to be caused by the diversion of legal resources from the core mission of the City Attorney's Office, to pet projects which apparently lack for nothing. The implication was clear; if the matter is not important to the boss, it gets no attention. It's an implication that will resonate well with the City Council in their bid to curtail the City Attorney from injecting himself into policy making instead of legal representation.

Now at the mid-point of his his failing first term as City Attorney, and clearly weakened by the double whammies of last week, many believe that the withdrawal from the District Attorney race comes too late to salvage a political career that started with so much promise, but evaporated into falsehoods, grandstanding and perhaps an ego that is too big even for Los Angeles.

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19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wishful thinking. Trutanich wants to be DA more than anything else and nothing will stop him. He has little to lose as there is every likelihood that he will not be re-elected as City Attorney - Too many broken promises and failures, as well as really good candidacy of Paul Krekorian.

Anonymous said...

We'll see who's going to drop out this week. The first fundraising reports are due.

Rumors are Trutanich has raised quite a bit of money and has secured the endorsement of many major law enforcement organizations.

Anonymous said...

Rumor is that Nuch raised a ton of cash from his San Pedro base with the help of lobbyist John Ek, but the rest of LA's movers and shakers won't take his calls. Probably why he will bow out as gracefully as he does everything else.

Anonymous said...

Nuch better have alot of cash from San Pedro. Jackie, Alan & Mario are all expected to do well on the fundraising front. Now you can add Ipsen to that list. If agency shop passes, expect the union to funnel cash to his campaign as quickly as they can siphon it out of DDA paychecks.

Anonymous said...

I've seen his report. I guess he filed it yesterday. He received money from Ely Broad, Rick Caruso, Riordan, and many Chiefs of Police.
Quite impressive. And he's not even a candidate yet.

Nothing from John Ek.

Dragnet, can you find out what the others have raised? The silence is deafening.

Anonymous said...

I hope Trutanich has the good sense to drop out. He was not prepared for the life of a politician in which people are watching his every move. No more playing fast and loose with the truth as he did as a defense attorney. Trutanich needs to realize that voters will expect him to honor his word. As a newcomer to the political world Trutanich was able to bamboozle his way into Office by latching himself to Cooley's support base. Now that Trutanich has lost Cooley's support he doesn't stand a chance! What a disappointment this nut turned out to be.

Anonymous said...

Any more info on the Trujillo campaign? I thought he was a promising candidate.

Anonymous said...

Jackie Lacey is likely to drop out soon. She's been telling people that fund raising has been much more difficult than she expected, and she doesn't want to get stuck with a huge debt.

Anonymous said...

Bad news Berger. Nuch isn't pulling out of anything after raising over half a million in his first two months. That's probably more than the rest put together.

Check it out at LAObserved. and start looking for a new job.

Anonymous said...

What is Nuch going to do with the money he raised? Can he use it in a different race e.g. Congress etc.? Is that what he is thinking? I doubt he's going to stop with politics all together but I do think he wants to try a different office.

Anonymous said...

The Alan Jackson for District Attorney campaign is circling the drain with his violation of Marsy's Law. Reducing a possible death penalty case to manslaughter and giving the murderer six years without notifying the victim is a NO NO.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_18541628

Anonymous said...

Nuch is going to need a lot more cash to overcome all the negatives. It is going to be a fun campaign whether it's CA DA or Mayor

Anonymous said...

If Nuch was able to raise that much through his sham "exploratory committee" then it's doubtful he's bowing out. Nuch's ego is too big so he's not going to just quietly take himself out of the race and go away. He is going to have to do some clever PR to combat all the negatives though. He's put his foot in his mouth too many times and offended too many people. He's a blubbering idiot.

Anonymous said...

4:22 I agree with you, unless this sham DA exploratory committee was all another Trutanich sham to start raising money early for another office, not the DA. Seems likely and with redistricting around the corner and seats opening up, a TRU possibility.

Anonymous said...

I think you have it wrong. A couple of those other candidates are planning to drop out.

They haven't raised enough money to run a credible campaign, and Trutanich looks way ahead in fund raising already.

Anonymous said...

once again Berger your info stinks, Trutanich is in to stay he has reported $507,000.00 in 8 weeks. He will be the next D.A. and you will be hunting for another job, once again you'll be fired. You're old office is still available, outside next to the ashtray where you hung out for 8 months and did nothing.i don't think the union will lift a hand to help you either.

Anonymous said...

If Trutanich is really that awful (and he is) then people will not vote for him. We have NEVER had a DA race where mass information played any factor. In the 2000 race internet and blogs were really a non issue. Information is plentiful now and voters are informed. Let's have some faith in the system and hope that the voters will by June 2012 realize who the most qualified candidate is, and it won't be Trutanich. We live in a time with way too much information - I just cannot imagine that LA voters will vote for someone with such a horrible record. It's just statistically not possible.

Anonymous said...

It has already been proven that, in Los Angeles, even the most incompetent and/or corrupt politician can be elected because of the small voter turn out (12%) and the name recognition factor. Right, Antonio?

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