an anti-Trutanich tsunami of negative media coverage accompanying the anticipated public announcement of Trutanich's abandonment of his 'Pledge to Serve' now appears to be fully validated. As the 'EndorsementGate' scandal gains more media momentum, it promises to gut the Trutanich campaign of its attraction to many Los Angeles powerbrokers.
The fact that NBC, a national media outlet, decided to cover Trutanich's latest lie is precisely what Trutanich likely fears more than anything else. He probably hoped that the media would give him a pass because he has yet to publicly confess that he is running for DA. But just as Trutanich was wrong about his ability to strong-arm endorsements from the Airport Police, the School Police and the so-called National Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, he was wrong about the media.
Among the lame excuses from Trutanich, who was said to resemble a perspiring President Nixon during the Watergate era, was the notion that Trutanich had signed a the ADDA's questionnaire without first reading it and noticing that it contained glaring errors. Mistakes, Trutanich said, that were the fault of a volunteer campaign worker who has now been fired. No mention was made of Trutanich's mistake at not spotting the errors.
But in trying to explain the unnamed campaign volunteer's error as simply the result of using the list of Trutanich's 2009 endorsements, Trutanich was unable to explain why the names of two of his most prominent 2009 endorsers were missing from his 2012 faux list; Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and the influential LAPD Officers' union the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
Trutanich's lies likely to lead to retraction of endorsements
Nobody likes being lied to, and the fact that Trutanich's lie is now national public record will likely increase pressure on law enforcement groups to withdraw their endorsements. Nobody, especially law enforcement groups, would want to be publicly or even privately associated with a proven liar. Credibility is everything in law enforcement and while Trutanich seems to think his abandonment of his 'Pledge to Serve' can be explained away by 'grossly changed circumstances,' his falsehoods about police endorsements 'has no innocent explanation,' to paraphrase America's most notorious conman, Bernard Madoff.
Sheriff Lee Baca famously withdrew his endorsement of Trutanich's 2009 opponent, Los Angeles Councilmember Jack Weiss, after a campaign scandal put Baca in an embarrassing position. Baca is believed to be currently slated as the Master of Ceremonies at Trutanich's public launch of his campaign this week, however, the Sheriff has thus far declined to formally endorse Trutanich. The 'EndorsementGate' scandal may give Baca pause before he threatens his own credibility by deeper association with Trutanich.
Other law enforcement groups who have thus far been non-committal about embracing Truanich's candidacy and are said to be outraged at violations of endorsement protocols arising from the Long Beach Police Officer's Association's shady endorsement of Trutnanich. The LBPOA has still not announced the endorsement on their website, a sign that Trutanich's 'fix' is not as solid as he thought it would be. The weakness in the Trutanich campaign caused by the 'EndorsementGate' scandal will likely see police endorsements being withheld until after the June primary election, and may see some of Trutanich's endorsements actually being withdrawn.
ADDA under pressure to withdraw Trutanich endorsement
As previously reported, the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys gave City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's candidacy the 'thumbs up' by recommending him along with District Attorney candidates Steve Ipsen, Bobby Grace and Danette Meyers for further consideration in their complex endorsement process. The fact that the ADDA now has unimpeachable proof that Trutanich submitted a false document to them in seeking their approval now threatens the credibility of the ADDA. If they fail to withdraw their recommendation, they will be seen as tacitly approving of Trutanich's deception.
The ADDA recently achieved 'Agency Shop' status, whereby all Deputy District Attorneys are now fee-paying members of the ADDA and entitled to a voice in decisions taken on their behalf. ADDA President Hyatt Seligman and Leslie Simon (AFSCME Council 36 Organizing Director) have both been contacted by a member seeking the immediate withdrawal of the Trutanich recommendation in the light of the 'EndorsementGate' scandal. The ADDA would appear to have little option but to withdraw the recommendation pending further investigation.