Apparently neither Trutanich nor his allegedly unpaid campaign consultant John Shallman are returning calls from reporters including the LA Times' Jack Leonard and the LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus. Both are seeking to see question Trutanich as to various aspects of his candidacy, questions that the 60 year-old self-admitted 'LIAR' is anxious to avoid.
Trutanich has good reason to hide from reporters; media coverage of his lies about police endorsements caused him to cancel his plans for a media event campaign launch. It is understood that certain claims made by Trutanich during an interview with KPCC's AirTalk host Larry Mantle could also be shown to be implausible if not false, hence Trutanich's duck and cover antics.
Trujillo garners endorsement of Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
Full report here.
Lacey endorsed by both sides
Drilling down through District Attorney candidate Jackie Lacey's website reveals an intriguing paradox; she is endorsed by both the former Public Defender Mike Judge and DA Steve Cooley.
Jackson to speak at GOP Convention
The Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise reports that District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson will speak at the California Republican Party’s upcoming convention.
A GOP spokesperson said Jackson will speak at the convention’s Feb. 25 banquet, along with former Minnesota governor and national Mitt Romney campaign co-chair Tim Pawlenty, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus, and 24-year-old Placentia Mayor Jeremy Yamaguchi. The event is being held at the Hyatt San Francisco.
As the only declared Republican in the race, Jackson's speech looks certain to solidify support for his campaign.
ADDA comes under pressure to pull Trutanich recommendation
I am a little surprised by some information I received today. After reading this blog site on a regular basis, you all convinced me that Trutanich was anti-labor and that there was little liklihood that he would get the labor endorsement. Well, I am informed that today COPE, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's Committee On Political Endorsements, met and heard from the candidates for DA, Mario Trujillo, Steve Ipsen, Danette Meyers, Bobby Grace and TRUTANICH. The LA County Fed is the union of unions. Not present, I am told, we're Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson' though I am not certain of that. I am told that every candidate was given ten minutes, except Trutanich, who was given a half an hour. Why Trutanich was given more time was not explained to the candidates who, at least one, felt short changed. For what it is worth, I am told that Trutanich has the endorsement of some unions and was invited by them to speak, so you can blame ADDA all you want, but his presence there was inevitable. Also Trujillo, who did not received an invitation to speak from the ADDA, was there, too, because of his other labor endorsements. In any event, I am told that after this meeting COPE has decided to recommend to the LA County Fed to endorse Trutanich. So, final approval or ultimate endorsement has not been cast in stone yet. However, today Trutanich moved closer to that reality.
The LA County Fed meets on 2/27/12 at which time it will affirm or reject COPE's, their committee's, recommendation. Given what most anonymous posters on this website appear to feel about Trutanich, I thought it was important to share this information because it is not too late to affect the LA County Fed's decision. There is 11 days to take some action if you so desire.
One opinion communicated to me is that the ADDA Board's failure to endorse, or to choose to wait to endorse, after conducting interviews, was a mistake. Why hold interviews and then NOT endorse? I agree with this opinion. We are a union. We should endorse someone.
Two things are still possible. One involves the ADDA and the other involves AFSCME.
DDAs who feel there should be an endorsement must inform the ADDA President that the Board should/must endorse and must do so immediately, that is, before 2/27/12 in order to attempt to influence the LA County Fed's decision. The ADDA Board is meeting at AFSCME (Union and Shatto) on Tuesday 2/21/12. This item can be agendized if you demand it.
The opposite is also possible. If the will of the DDAs is to NOT endorse Trutanich, then a negative repudiation of Trutanich by the ADDA may be a corollary way to affect the LA County Fed's decision. I don't understand why we are a union yet don't act like one and are afraid to endorse or condemn.
As to AFSCME, AFSCME has yet to endorse in the DA's race. I believe they are waiting on the ADDA, since the ADDA is the affiliate of AFSCME most affected by the DA race. So, a powerful union voice has not yet attempted to influence COPE or the LA County Federation of Labor. I could be wrong on that, because I have no direct insight into what AFSCME is doing, but I believe it is true that AFSCME is awaiting the ADDA and has taken no action yet.
If the anti-Trutanich sentiment is real then you all need to try to influence the ADDA Board immediately to take action against Trutanich, or to support one of our own DDA candidates, as well as insist that the ADDA do what is possible to influence AFSCME.
February 16, 2012 5:43 PM
Who knows who might turn up at the ADDA's monthly meeting at AFSCME's Shatto Street headquarters on Tuesday night to urge the ADDA to pull their recommendation of Trutanich?