It is understood that the ADDA Board decided that four candidates would advance to a second level of interviews where the controlling AFSCME union will make the determination of which candidate will obtain the benefit of the ADDA/AFSCME endorsement.
The top four candidates advancing to the AFSCME interviews are Steve Ipsen, Bobby Grace, Danette Meyers and Carmen Trutanich. Although it is no surprise that Ipsen, Grace and Meyers received the ADDA's thumbs up, the choice of Trutanich has many puzzled.
Trutanich appears to be an unlikely choice for the ADDA. The former
Trutanich is not only viewed by many as 'unfit' to serve as District Attorney, but he is hardly a 'pro-labor guy.' His union busting activities were brought to light during the City Attorney campaign - the painters union hounded Trutanich with a 16 foot tall inflatable rat to protest they way they claimed Trutanich (then in private practice) busted their union on behalf of clients.
The only possible explanation for the ADDA's inclusion of Trutanich would appear to be that the ADDA could not find it in themselves to support Alan Jackson, Jackie Lacey or Mario Trujillo because they have, at various times, enjoyed the support of DA Steve Cooley. However, if anyone has benefited from Cooley's support it is Trutanich who owes his position at City Hall to Cooley's endorsement. Perhaps if Marcus Musante hadn't dropped out, he would be holding the fourth place card instead of Trutanich?