BACA TO BACK OFF TRUTANICH?
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca should consider withdrawing his support for City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's phony DA campaign.
Baca has not yet endorsed the San Pedro plaintiff's attorney turned career politician, but had allowed his name to be used in connection with emails sent out to likely supporters.
As most of those supporters are understood to have been sourced through the California Narcotics Officers Association, Baca must have felt that there was basically no "down side" to supporting Trutanich whose "scorched earth"' policies on Medical Marijuana forged strong links with CNOA.
But what Sheriff Baca could not have foreseen was the extent to which a close association with Trutanich would harm his generally favorable reputation. The recent LA Times expose regarding the City Attorney's attempted misappropriation of a $2M check has implicated Baca in a torrid "pay to play" scandal which promises to continue to rankle and must have shocked Baca.
Baca was quick to distance himself from the man he currently supports for Los Angeles' next District Attorney, declining to make any comment on the scandal, other than that he was unaware of attempted misappropriation.
This is now the second time that Baca has been dragged into the mud because of Trutanich's crass antics. Previously Baca was forced to defend Trutanich's grandstanding claim of "busting the notorious 38th Street Gang," when in fact the only connection that the City Attorney had with that federal law enforcement action was his tenuous membership of a multi-agency task force.
Although it is understood that warnings were given to back-off making exaggerated claims regarding the activities of serious crime-fighters, those warnings appear to have fallen on deaf ears. As recently as last Friday, the king of grandstanding claimed, in a sports talk radio interview, to be prosecuting the perpetrators of the Bryan Stowe Dodgers Stadium beating. That prosecution is, of course, being handled by the District Attorney's Office.
It is uncertain whether Baca will wait for the next TRU-scandal before he formally withdraws his support. It perhaps is ironic that in Trutanich's 2009 campaign to become City Attorney, Baca withdrew his support for Jack Weiss after a fundraising scandal. City Ethics rules prohibit city employees from engaging in campaign fundraising activities and if some of the recent comments posted on the Dragnet are true, Baca would be wise to withdraw his support before the next TRU-scandal breaks.