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Monday, December 12, 2011

Breaking News - Alan Jackson to announce endorsement by Gov. Pete Wilson


Reliable sources have confirmed that District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson has secured the endorsement of former California Governor Pete Wilson for his campaign to become LA's next District Attorney. An official announcement is expected from the Jackson campaign shortly.

Governor Wilson's endorsement is believed to be a major boost to Jackson's campaign and will solidify support for Jackson as the only Republican candidate in the race. The former governor recently served as District Attorney Steve Cooley's campaign chair and Jackson already has Cooley's former finance chair, Chuck Bakaly, on his finance team. The Wilson's endorsement is bound to boost Jackson's fundraising activities in the New Year.

The Wilson endorsement is said to be 'devastating' to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's campaign. The former Republican turned 'decline to state' was likely counting on securing high level Republican support to overcome the negativity resulting from his failure to honor his 'Pledge to Serve.' Reports indicate that Trutanich was recently booed and jeered at a Republican Club meeting and had to be told to leave.

Jackson's campaign website's endorsement page had yet to publish Gov. Wilson's endorsement, however, we understand this will be done shortly.

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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course Pete Wilson, a Republican, is going to endorse Alan Jackson, a Republican. He's certainly not endorsing the Democrat candidates! But this now brands Alan as the ultimate Republican, which is a really bad thing in an overwhelmingly Democratic Los Angeles. Not a smart move.

Anonymous said...

@6:25PM Actually, I think this is a really smart move by Jackson. As you rightly say, he is now THE Republican candidate, against 5 Democrats. That means most all Republicans will vote for Jackson, while the Democrat vote will be split between 5 candidates. Do the math. Jackson is assured a place in the run off because he will have the single largest block of voters, and it's the best of the rest who will face him in the general election.

Remember, the June primary be huge for Republicans who will be voting for a presidential challenger to Obama, who is so hated by Republicans that a high Republican turnout is guaranteed. On the other hand, Democrats don't have much to vote about in June, it's all about November for them. So while Jackson enjoys a high turnout of motivated voters in June, the Democrat turnout will be low. It is technically feasible that Jackson could secure 50% plus one of the vote in the primary, and settle the matter there and then, simply because Democrats stayed home.

Yup, this endorsement is HUGE for Jackson. Very smart, very smart indeed.

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Anonymous said...

Nuch's campaign adviser told me that Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to endorse him.

Anonymous said...

Pete Wilson did wonders for Cooley's AG race and Meg Whitman. He brings over a lot of latinos.

Anonymous said...

7:22pm, you MIGHT be right. But keep in mind, this is just a primary, and many analysts agree that even if this is a messy presidential primary season for Republicans (most agree it is), a nominee will likely be in place by May. The "messiness" is the real problem, Republicans can't seem to get excited about ANY of their candidates, it's being called a serious "enthusiasm gap". Even recent TEA Party rallies now gather more reporters than participants.

So what will you have by June? A Republican party with a nominee who is an uncomfortable fit appealing to a whole lot of disaffected voters.

Take a look at what you have so far. No matter how many of his opponents self-destruct, Romney is a "momentum-free" candidate. Then there's Gingrich. Michael Savage has become so convinced that Gingrich is a phoney who can't win, Savage has offered him 1 million dollars to withdraw from the race.

In the words of the great sage Bill Joel, "you may be right, I may be crazy." But I wouldn't count those chickens before they hatch!

Anonymous said...

Good point 9:52PM, there certainly will be division amongst the republicans as to whether it's Romney or Gingrich to challenge Obama (good luck with that), but the worrying point that I think 7:22pm makes, is that there will be shit load of republicans going to the polls, and while they will be divided as to the choice of presidential candidate, there is nothing to divide them on the DA race. Jackson gets their votes regardless.

I agree, Jackson shouldn't count his chickens before they hatch, but at the same time, Lacey, Trujillo, Meyers, Grace and Ipsen seriously divide the opposition. Ipsen is out of money and will likely be on the ballot just to be a pain in the ass, Meyers and Grace are going to fold and join Lacey, but that still leaves Lacey, Trujillo and Ipsen splitting the democrats. It is more than likely that Jackson will end up with the highest percentage of votes, hell, he could win! OMG!!!

Oh yeah, let's not forget the decline to state asshole Trutanich. Do you mind telling me who the hell will vote for him? If he takes votes from anyone it will be the democrats, given the way he was tossed out of the SFV republican party meeting. I heard it was really ugly. If it is true that he has Schwarzenegger's endorsement, that will really ensure he and Ipsen will be fighting for last place.

Anonymous said...

The Republican nominee will be chosen by June and (barring Reagan rising from the dead) it won't be anyone who unites them.

Anonymous said...

@7:22PM - that's the same logic Republicans had last year. Things didn't quite work out. Lately Republicans have a way of shooting themselves in the foot, and in L.A County, fuhgetaboutit.

Anonymous said...

It's hypocritical of Alan Jackson to constantly bash Trutanich for not keeping his campaign promise of not seeking a higher office, yet tout Pete Wilson's endorsement when Pete Wilson made the SAME campaign promise to Californians yet decided to run (unsuccessfully)for higher office, i.e. President in 1996. Shame shame

Anonymous said...

This is a big deal. Great scoop Dragnet.

Anonymous said...

Please stop saying Trutanich was chased out of the SFV Republican Club mtg last month. Nothing could be further from the truth. I was there. He was graciously accepted, and received a standing ovation at the end of his talk. The group appreciates all the good work he is doing in office. If you don’t believe me, ask our President Gary Aminoff.

To keep perpetuating this lie just makes Republicans seem like rude animals, which we’re not, and really makes me question the honesty of this blog.

Anonymous said...

Dragnet - the comment at 5:56pm is a lie. It was probably written by that fat bald guy that hangs out with Trutanich and say he is the campaign manager, even though everyone knows that Shallman is running the campaign. I won't use his name, but everyone knows who he is. Trutanich was not 'chased out of the Republican Club meeting, he was booed and jeered and for everyone's safety, he was told to leave, which he did. Nobody likes being made a fool of, but most everyone who supported Trutanich now feels he has made fools of them, and he is going to be shocked when the votes are counted - he will know exactly what Jack Weiss felt like when he LA TImes took that photo of him sneaking our of Canters Deli when lost the election. You can fool some of the people some of the time, Trutanich, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. You are finished in LA politics.

Anonymous said...

As David Axelrod said "The higher a monkey climbs up on a pole, the more you can see his butt."

Anonymous said...

9:50PM LOL - are you making a connection to Trutanich's old campaign office now being a pole dancing school?

Anonymous said...

Congrats Dragnet on scooping this story. The Met News published an article on this today, and it goes a lot further in analyzing the disappointment Nuch Trutanich must be feeling at being passed over for consideration by Pete Wilson:

metnews.com/articles/2011/wils121411.htm

Anonymous said...

Another big blow for Trutanich on endorsements is likely to come from Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti, who ls also running for Mayor. Eric's father, Gil Garcett is the former DA of LA, and has already endorsed Danette Meyers. The rumor is that Eric will also endorse Danette and blast Trutanich for screwing up as City Attorney.

A good idea would be a mailer with both Garcetti's photos using a joint statement "The job of District Attorney is too important to be entrusted to a [fill in the blank]" A photo of Trutanich could also appear on the mailer, perhaps the one where he is seen screaming at a cancer survivor during a recent Town Hall style meeting.

All of this is just a rumor.

Anonymous said...

12:11 - Trutanich does not CARE about Pete Wilson, and neither do any voters.