UPDATED: Sunday, May 13, 2012 5:30AM
LA Times endorses Jackie Lacey for District Attorney
Daily News says 'ABC' Anyone But Carmen
District Attorney candidates Alan Jackson and Bobby Grace were reviewed by the LA Times earlier this week, and the Times wrapped up their reviews of the remaining three starting Friday morning with Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Lacey's review, headlined 'D.A. candidate Jackie Lacey looks to move up,' highlights Lacey's experience as a senior manager in the DA's Office who was recently promoted to the number two position of Chief Deputy carrying DA Steve Cooley's endorsement as his first choice for successor. 'Lacey looks and acts like the adult in the room' the Times said, noting that like Cooley, 'she has a low-key personality' and 'exhibits a certain gravitas.'
High praise indeed from the Times and judging by the length and depth of their review of Lacey, they've set up a all the justification they need for endorsing her candidacy tomorrow, as has been widely rumored.
Friday afternoon saw the Times review Danette Meyers, headlined 'D.A.'s race: Danette Meyers wants the job.' The piece highlighted the frustrations faced by a candidate in a county wide election where, in the absence of a significant campaign warchest, it is hard to get the message out to voters. But if Meyers lacks the warchests of Lacey, Jackson or Trutanich, she has scored well with partisan endorsements and social media.
Overall the Times gave Meyers as good a review as she could have hopped for, and while observers say the she will turn those endorsements into party-line votes, her lack of funding could harm her chances among the uniformed voters.
On Saturday morning the Times finished its review of the candidates with 'What's the deal with D.A. candidate Carmen Trutanich?' Although the answer to that question is a simple one; Trutanich is a liar who will say anything to be elected and follow through with nothing, the Times spent a considerable amount of ink dissecting his campaign and character.
The editorial board were less than impressed with Trutanich's 'Blueprint for Justice,' noting that it contained numerous errors such as 'establishing a Public Integrity Division' in the DA's Office when there has been one since 2000 when DA Steve Cooley established it. But while Trutanich apparently thinks voters are too stupid to check facts like that, the Times was not.
The devil is in the details with a slippery customer like Trutanich and the Times picked up on the fact that he plans to use his version of PID for 'ongoing investigations in protection of potential abuses committed by public employees.' Significantly, there is no mention of prosecution. A typo perhaps? A mere detail that slipped the attention of the man the Times called a 'goofy but dangerous loose cannon, power-hungry crazy man.'? Apparently not.
Trutanich's brief tenure as City Attorney has seen him use the 'McCarthy Method' on numerous occasions - using the media to make threats and launch investigations, but with no follow through prosecution. The fact that Trutanich states he will use his PID for the 'protection of potential abuses,' is a clear sign that Trutanich still favors the McCarthy Method. It is not hard to imagine weekly headlines about Grand Jury investigations into 'potential abuses' from a Trutanich administration as part of his plan to bunny hop to the Attorney General's Office at the earliest opportunity.
Overall the Times gave Trutanich a respectfully deprecating review. He will not be rushing to the newsstand tomorrow to find out which of the candidates has secured the Times endorsement. It won't be him. If he ever was a contender for the Times seal of approval, his recent antics sealed that fate. Thursday's LA Times exclusive exposed Trutanich lying about being a victim of crime. It was just the latest of a number of disturbing truths about a man who is unfit for the office of District Attorney. That's the deal with Trutanich.