Trutanich won't have liked listening to Shallman's reasoning, but the points made by the seasoned political strategist are likely to have included the following:
- You lost LA County by 78% to a pair of relatively unknown political novices.
- You raised 3 times more money but you came third.
- You had endorsements from the Governor and the Sheriff, how could you lose?
- You cannot possibly raise enough money for the City Attorney race because you are a loser.
- Who will want to donate to your doomed campaign?
- Go back to chasing ambulances while you still can.
Trutanich and his senior staffers are said to be very upset at Shallman for mis-handling the many 'hiccups' and 'missteps' Trutanich suffered since his DA campaign was officially launched. They also questioned the wisdom of Shallman's media clampdown in the last weeks of the campaign. They believe Trutanich could and should have talked his way out of the Green Meadows Park Assassination-Gate scandal, as well as directly responded to claims that he was a 'serial liar,' and 'an extremely good con man.' Trutanich believes Shallman did a horrible job of standing in for him on FOX 11 News, and should have stayed in the background and allowed Trutanich defend himself.
While it is certainly true that Shallman looked and sounded like a whining, weaselly liar, his was basically a mission impossible. There was not much that Shallman could say or do to overcome the negatives caused by Trutanich who not only lies serially, but in attempting to explain away one lie, creates a second, even larger lie.
What is interesting, based on the report in the LA Weekly, is that it was Shallman who dumped Trutanich, rather than Trutanich who dumped Shallman. Clearly Shallman believes Feuer has a better chance at challenging Greg Smith in the race for City Attorney than Trutanich. Shallman's dumping of Trutanich also leaves the former wannabe DA now scrambling around looking for a campaign strategist.
Trutanich may find getting a new campaign strategist a lot harder after losing the DA race; few campaign strategists will want to take on Trutanich at all given the likelihood that he will lose again, and those who are willing to risk their reputations will likely only do so if they are very, very well paid.
A highly paid campaign strategist may be something Trutanich can no longer afford. He raised $1.8M for his DA campaign, and now has to go dialing those same donors for more dollars, saying 'Hey, thanks for the $1,500 you gave me to become DA, how about giving me another $1,000 to see if I can hang on to the job I said I didn't want?' That could be the real reason why Shallman was so willing to dump Trutanich - he knows that Trutanich probably cannot raise the kind of money Shallman needs.
All of this leaves Trutanich as very much the lame duck City Attorney. Any power or influence he used to have has been diminished by his failed bid to become DA. He is a laughing stock around City Hall, and must be wondering how everything could have gone so horribly wrong for him.