Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan came under attack for his recent endorsement of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich when he appeared on the Peter Tilden radio show on KABC 790AM on Tuesday night. Citing Trutanich's abandonment of his 'Pledge to Serve' and his pay to play misrepresentation of YouTube views of his DA campaign video, a caller stumped the former Mayor of Los Angeles with the burning question "How can you want to associate yourself with someone who is willing to lie to the voters of Los Angeles?"
Riordan, former Republican candidate for Governor (2002) and the 39th Mayor of Los Angeles (1993–2001), seemed stunned to learn of Trutanich's recent record of deception and tried to turn criticism of Trutanich into a joke "You've been speaking to Trutanich's mother, is that it?" But when faced with Trutanich's 31% drop in gang prosecutions, abandonment of the successful Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, and outrageous 'grandstanding' claims for credit in law enforcement actions that have little or no connection to him, the the joke fell flat and the former Mayor seemed lost for words.
It was clearly an uncomfortable few moments for Mayor Riordan who, like many Los Angelenos, have so far only heard Trutanich's campaign rhetoric. Both Mayor Riordan and host Peter Tilden were, perhaps, taken aback by the way that Trutanich's talking point excuses failed to work - Trutanich has claimed that he is not bound by his promises because District Attorney Steve Cooley decided not to run. However, when Trutanich made his promises, countless times, he never once said that his promise was conditional in any way. Riordan's response, in essence was "Well he's a politician just like me," but that seemed unconvincing and quite contrary to Trutanich's well-worn mantra "I'm a prosecutor, not a politician."
The more Los Angelenos learn about Trutanich, the more it seems that his only achievement, as the caller said, ".. is that has used the City Attorney's office as a political springboard to the DA's Office where he is not wanted, he is unqualified, and he is unfit."
Tilden promised to make air time available to all the candidates in the run up to the June 5, primary election, and if tonight's show is anything to go by, Tilden will give callers as well as the candidates a fair chance to make their points.
Unfortunately, we were unable to capture the final few moments of the call, however, it should shortly be available for podcast and download from this link to the KABC website.