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Friday, February 10, 2012

LA Times 'Trutanich is a liar'

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced his candidacy for Los Angeles District Attorney with a whimper; an email sent to the press was doubtless designed to insulate Trutanich from awkward and inconvenient questions about his lies about police endorsements.

Of course, a bigger lie is his candidacy itself. The Los Angeles Times wasted no time in blasting the former ambulance chaser slip and fall lawyer turned career politician, calling him what he admits to being, a liar.


That Trutanich sought to dodge the press on the launch of his campaign took many by surprise. When Trutanich ran for City Attorney he launched his campaign at the entrance to the City Attorney's Office flanked by law enforcement supporters. But there was no similar public display of police support for Trutanich this time. A sign, perhaps, of what the EndorsementGate scandal has cost the Trutanich campaign.

Instead an meek email and a link to a website that bears a striking resemblance to the phony 'Draft Trutanich for DA' website that was shown to be orchestrated by Trutanich's campaign, belying the myth that Trutanich was urged by anyone or anything other than his oversized ego to run.

Trutanich's willingness to renege on his 2009 campaign 'Pledge to Serve' in the pursuit of a more powerful political position formed the basis of the initial round of criticism leveled against the man who has become known as Carmen the Clown. The Jackson campaign released a design for the full page advertisements that Trutanich promised to place in national newspapers as a consequence of reneging on his sworn promise not to run for District Attorney.



Interestingly, the Jackson campaign made use of the same campaign photo that Trutanich tried and failed to sue Jackson over.

Few things are certain in politics, but Trutanich's gamble on the voters of Los Angeles having short memories for broken promises seems doomed to failure if the initial media reaction to his campaign is any measure of what lies in store for this liar.

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your comments about Truranic on KABC this morning were inflammatory

Anonymous said...

Trying to get Alan Jackson sued and the menacing comments posted on this board are an example of the Mafia like management we can expect if Trutanich wins the DA's. Unfortunately his ability to cut deals seems to outpace any protections his employees have. We'll be lucky if his tactics are only as mean as treatment of the City Attorney employee. But it will probably be worse.

Speak out now or accept the consequences.

Anonymous said...

Jackson is in a panick. His candidacy is over and will likely get so few votes he will be embarassed. Nuch is going to absorb them all.

Anonymous said...

12:59 PM Jackson is in panic? Does not look that way to me. Of course, considering you cannot even spell panic, I guess you must be one of Nuch's campaign volunteers who messed up his ADDA questionnaire. Good luck with the campaign.

Anonymous said...

At one time Rick Perry was destined to be the next president, the he got his head handed to him in the debates. Same is true for Gingrich, he just doesn't want to admit its over. Nuch needs to debate. If his story survives scrutiny, he's for real. But until he debates is there anything other than the money distinguishing his campaign?

Anonymous said...

Nuch won't debate. He did horribly against Weiss at LALCV, he gets his words all mixed up and makes weird analogies. My guess is Shallman won't let him open his mouth .

Anonymous said...

Alan Jackson is having a terrific week after all the positive press that he's received and the negative press that Trutanich has been slammed with. Nuch must be scared to death at the thought of debating Jackson; anyone who's seen Jackson in court knows he would absolutely destroy Nuch.

Anonymous said...

Looks like nobody's buying what Nuch is selling after every newspaper and blog in LA is calling him a liar. Heard he had to re-schedule a big kick-off fundraiser tonight.

Anonymous said...

I have it on good authority that Nuch raised a hundred thousand yesterday on line. A deal is in the works for Jackie to drop out and back Nuch. You read it here first.

Anonymous said...

Jackson is now officially done. The voters of LA County could not care less about who won the music producer trial (the second time)...all they will see is a Porsche-driving guy who is DYING to become a politician and---wait for it---is running as a Republican. Great idea. How'd Steve Cooley do in LA County against Harris? Trounced. Done.

Trutanich has credibility issues, but like it or not, he's now the odds-on favorite. Lots of money, running from the C.A. position. Still, I agree with Dragnet- it looks like the media is going to be rough on him, and that's gonna hurt in a media market like LA. Regardless, he sucks all the air out of the room that Jackson used to be in, and Jackson knows it. His only shot was if Tru stayed on the sidelines.

So now what? This is like a football game, where Trutanich has opened a hole in the defensive line, and there's daylight to the endzone. Who could get through? My prediction- Mario or Lacey. Raise money and keep your powder dry for another month, and then come out swinging. The race is theirs to be had.

Anonymous said...

Karma's a bitch Nuch, you're gonna to have even more in common with Jack Weiss than you do now. On election night you're gonna have to sneak out the back door of your victory party just like he did, wishing for a hole to open up in the sidewalk and swallow you up. Voters don't like being used and they don't like being lied to. Adios a*hole.

Anonymous said...

Trutanich has no constituency. Republicans hate him with a pasion, and democrats won't vote for him over Lacey, Trujillo or Meyers.

Anonymous said...

Ha. Democrats will never support Lacey. Not with that staunch Repulican Steev Kooley behind her.

Anonymous said...

Bunch of democrats voted for Cooley, three times. The AG race was not representative with a whore like Whitman against lovable Moonbeam. Things will be very different this time, if Cooley ran again, he would win easy. His choice of Lacey will be a big deal.

Anonymous said...

@3:43pm - what dispensary do you belong to? That's some good sh*t you're smoking.

Anonymous said...

Kamala Harris beating Cooley as badly as she did in LA County lays it to rest. This is a Democratic Party County. Period.

For years Trutanich has been fixture in the LA Republican Party. Unfortunately for him, you can't make the internet go away.

During the same time, candidates like Lacey have been Democrats who have done their share of putting in work.

Now Trutanich declares himself a Democrat, just in time for some in the party to start openly complaining about the post 2010 "carpetbaggers."

Enter the ADDA to the rescue, with the "nudge to the Nuch." The ADDA has allowed Nuch to claim Democratic street cred (as a labor guy) that he was never entitled to (if you check his history and record with his own employees).

Marc Debbaudt said...

The ADDA didn't "nudge" Trutanich. Again, an invitattion to be interviewed by individuals who have worked on behalf of labor for a long time doesn't mean anything and doesn't mean they will endorse Trutanich. Even had the ADDA endorsed him and encouraged labor to endorse him, which the ADDA did NOT, it doesn't mean labor would have endorsed Trutanichjust because the ADDA did. Also, if he has truly offended labor in terms of the City Attorneys' Union, there's little liklihood he will get labor's endorsement. So, stop it. You're being silly. You just want to attack the ADDA and you're stetching your credulity.

My take on the press affecting Trutanich viability is simple. The Times' circulation is way down. People who read the Tmes don't tend to read politics, but read sports or entertainment or something else. The Times' endorsement is worth perhaps a 100,000 votes or a little more. So, name recognition and money and political mailers which you buy your way on to and purport to be party affiliated or law enforcement affiliated, etcetera, will carry some weight. But if the Labor political machinery and the Democratic party get behind a candidate and use their man power in this Democratic county, they might give a candidate a big advantage that you won't know about until the get out the vote machinery goes into operation. The money may win it or the machinery behind a candidate might tip the balance. No one here is talking about the runoff being between Lacey and Jackson, or Jackson against Trujillo, etcetera. It's all about Trutanich against someone else. Why? Because he has the money, and the question about who woud be the best DA isn't even being debated.

The big question is who can get it into the runoffs against Trutanich? Does Jackson with his trial fame and some Republican backing do it? Does Meyers who may score the Democrats backing do it? Does Lacey who has some of Cooley's backing do it? Does Trujillo who may get the Latino in a 65% Latino demographic do it? Does Grace because everyone likes him do i? Does Ipsen who has the victims rights groups and some labor do it? Ideally, every DDA running for DA should pool all their money together to defeat Trutanich if he is that bad.

Of course, whoever makes it to a runoff against Trutanich has a shot at raising more money. But the problem is not about who would be the best DA or who is best for the DDAs, it is who is the most likely to win and the most viable. It simply is not about the principle of who is the best. And cynically, I think the money does buys the vote.