|Six of the District Attorney candidates participated in the first forum held at the |
Japanese American National Museum to a capacity crowd.
adviser John Shallman
LA Weekly reporter Gene Maddaus tracked down Trutanich's campaign adviser John Shallman to see if there was any other reason why Trutanich hid from his critics. Shallman's response, however, unwittingly helped maintain Trutanich's reputation as a liar.
Shallman stated that Trutanich did not participate in the debate because "He wasn't invited." But one of the debate organizers, Halim Dhanidina, said he reached out to the Trutanich campaign to ask if the city attorney wanted to participate, and never got a call back. According to sources, attempts to reach the embattled city attorney included phone calls to his secretary, and Shallman's cellphone.
One observer commented that "it was interesting that Trutanich was now lying about not being invited, instead of lying about not running for DA." Trutanich has, perhaps, set himself up for the unique ballot designation "Liar" by his signed sworn 'pledge to serve.' The pledge stipulates that if Trutanich breaks his promise to serve two terms as City Attorney and not seek higher office, he must pay $100,000 of personal funds to the Best Afterschool Program for Kids and place a full-page ad in every major daily paper with a picture of himself and text stating ‘I AM A LIAR’.
Public disdain for Trutanich's tactics appears to be growing. According to sources, Trutanich was forced to leave a local Republican party meeting when the "booing and jeering" that greeted the former plaintiff's attorney turned career politician "started to get out of hand." Trutanich was said to be both shocked and furious that he was told to leave.
Alan Jackson Campaign - Announcement
|DA candidate Alan Jackson presses|
the flesh after the candidates' forum
Los Angeles, November 4th – Today Mayor of Anaheim Tom Tait declared his enthusiastic support for Alan Jackson’s candidacy for LA County District Attorney. As an adjacent major city to LA County, Mayor Tait understands the importance of electing the best qualified neighboring District Attorney to stop criminals in their tracks with tough and swift prosecutions. Mayor Tait’s endorsement arrives on the heels of numerous other elected officials from across LA County who stand with Jackson. Alan Jackson remains a frontrunner in the race for District Attorney.
"As Mayor of Anaheim, I understand firsthand that crime knows no geographical boundaries or city limit lines. The next DA of LA County will have a clear and direct impact on our ability in surrounding counties to keep our families safe and criminals in jail. I am honored to endorse Alan Jackson for District Attorney. He is without a doubt the best prosecutor to lead the office. Jackson has my full support,” declared Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.
Deputy DA Alan Jackson stated, “I look forward to partnering with Mayor Tait to ensure crime is reduced, our families are safe and public safety remains a top priority across county lines. Thank you to Mayor Tait for his strong support of my candidacy.”
Mario Trujillo Campaign releases video advertisement
|DA candidate Mario Trujillo courts supporters|
after the DA candidate forum
The advertisement makes effective use of video footage from the forum and serves as a reminder to Trutanich that he can kiss goodbye to the support he previously enjoyed from the Latino community now that Trujillo has the support of the Mexican American Bar Association.
The video was released on YouTube yesterday:
DA Candidate Marcus Musante - channeling Charlie Sheen?
Musante, pictured here talking to Met News staff writer Kenneth Ofgang, previously told the LA Weekly that he's "bringing the hot sauce to the party, and they won't let me in the room."
It seems that Musante was allowed into the room, but the 'hot sauce?' Not so much.
Whether Musante is serious about his campaign remains to be seen. His campaign website, www.MarcusForDA.com, went live last week, however, it appears to be something of a 'work in progress' effort and does not yet have the requisite campaign committee ID disclosure statement.