District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson's campaign to become LA's next District Attorney received a significant boost with the endorsement, Monday, April 2, 2012, of his candidacy by LA's leading legal newspaper, the Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise.
The Met News editorial discusses each of the six candidates in some detail and with varying degrees of praise and critique. Clearly the Met News struggled to decide between the two most qualified candidates; Jackson and his boss, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey, and the decision must have been a hard one. The Met News seemed swayed towards Jackson by his 'keen awareness of how to go about presenting a case to maximize the prospects of victory—while staying within the bounds of strict ethical standards imposed on prosecutors.' Not short of praise for Lacey, however, it was Jackson's dynamism that appears to have tipped the balance in his favor.
As for the bottom of the list, the Met News had no such difficulty; City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's candidacy 'is ethically foreclosed by his ironclad pledge to voters that if elected to his present post, he would not seek higher office.' The Met News said.
The Met News went on to excoriate Trutanich (whom they had previously been endorsed for city attorney) saying he 'has been a huge disappointment to us, to many. He bullies, he alienates, and, time after time, he lies. His ballot designation, being challenged in a writ proceeding instituted by Jackson, is “Los Angeles Chief Prosecutor,” implying that he is the incumbent. “Nuch” is a loud-mouth, denominated by some as “Carmen the Clown.” Though seen as the front- runner, he is the candidate least fit, among the six contestants, to be district attorney of Los Angeles County.'
Jackson was the first of the six candidates to announce his candidacy and can now claim the kudos of being the first to secure an editorial endorsement. The Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News are believed to be in the process of conducting their own editorial board reviews, and the candidates will be anxiously waiting to see which way the balance between Jackson and Lacey tips. As for Trutanich, he is unlikely to receive anything but a cut and paste of what the Met News said.