With just over 7 weeks to go until the primary election, of the six candidates on the ballot, four made news this week, one for reasons he would rather forget but will not be allowed to.
TRUTANICH SLAMMED BY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE
There is probably no greater disgrace that a candidate for District Attorney can suffer than to be lambasted by a Superior Court Judge for trying to mislead voters. Surely the essence of what a candidate for the leader of the largest prosecutorial agency in the nation must have is to come to the table with a clean and stainless character?
While Trutanich has previously been rightly or wrongly condemned for what might charitably be called 'missteps' or 'mistakes' in his campaign, each and every one of those have had more than an element of deceit and deception about them. The failure to honor his pledge to serve, the non-existent police agency endorsements, the illegal Sheriff Baca endorsement, the manipulation of YouTube figures, and the use of LAPD vehicles and officers in the production of his campaign video. All might be condemned in the press and the court of public opinion.
However, none of those disturbing events rises to the level where a court of law speaks unequivocally to flawed character of Carmen Trutanich; a man who will try and try again to be deceitful to achieve his personal goals. Yet that is what happened in Department 86 of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse when Judge Kalin gave his ruling; Trutanich's attempt to call himself 'Los Angeles Chief Prosecutor' intentionally sought to mislead voters.
As humiliating a defeat it was for Triutanich, who had bragged and boasted that 'he looked forward to receiving Alan Jackson's attorneys fees check, it's Trutanich who had to swallow his words. It is an appalling and disgusting example to set for those he aspires to lead, and while some, like Mario Trujillo, seem to think that Trutanich sets the right example by trying to lie, cheat and mislead his way into office, it will take more much more money than Trutanich can ever raise to overcome the growing public revulsion at his 'vision' for law enforcement in Los Angeles.
MEYERS LOCKS UP LA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY ENDORSEMENT
Danette Meyers' campaign looked like it had stalled based on her lack of fundraising. Rather than dialing for dollars it seems she had a put her efforts into winning the LACDP endorsement, and it paid off. She now has to turn that endorsement into cash so that she can afford to let LA County's 4.3M voters that she has that endorsement.
LACEY SURGES AHEAD IN FUNDRAISING
Jackie Lacey answered her critics this week with the announcement that she has raised more money than any of the candidates in the last reporting period. Her previously low key campaign has moved forward with the release of a number of campaign video and key endorsements, and the tenor of her weekly campaign statements now suggests that Lacey has solidified her place among the front-runners.
JACKSON TRIUMPHS IN COURT AND ON FOX NEWS
Alan Jackson further strengthened his claim to be the opponent Trutanich fears the most. Jackson's successful lawsuit bloodied the City Prosecutor's ballot designation dreams and reinforced the rapidly growing public perception of Trutanich as someone who is 'truth challenged,' as Doug McIntyre said, or a 'lying boob,' to quote John and Ken. Trutanich's response, claiming this drubbing as a 'victory,' it only served to further underscore his willingness to mislead and will haunt him for the rest of his career.
Jackson capitalized on his victory by delivering a text-book interview on FOX 11 News and in doing so, created a direct comparison for voters to see the difference between a candidate who has to run from his record, and one who has a record of seeking truth and justice.