A week ago today, the sense of community fear that DA wannabe Carmen Trutanich was the frontrunner who would 'win this thing in the primary' was palpable. One week later, many are still in a state of shock at the swift and stunning downfall of the man who shamelessly betrayed their trust and regarded his promises as nothing more than 'campaign gimmicks.'
Perhaps nobody is in a greater state of shock than Trutanich himself.
|Trutanich faces the music at victory party (Credit: Daily Breeze)|
|Trutanich's main supporters, Sheriff Lee Baca, Tom Torlackson, and Councilmember Dennis Zine|
were prominently in attendance at Trutanich's victor party (Credit: Daily Breeze)
It was to be a repeat performance of Trutanich's 2009 shock defeat of then putative incumbent Jack Weiss, only this time Trutanich had out-raised his opponents by 3 to 1, dominated the airwaves with an expensive bombardment of tv ads, and had successfully dodged reporters seeking answers to disturbing questions about his claim to have been surrounded and shot at by gang members during the 1980's.
Trutanich did not, apparently, make an early appearance at his victory party. However, while those in attendance were likely looking forward to being rewarded for their support with perhaps promises of promotions or executive appointments, Trutanich may not have been as confident as he was in 2009.
|Trutanich confidently awaits the results of the 2009 City Attorney Election|
in an executive suite at a Universal Studios hotel before his victory party.
Any hope Trutanich held to 'win this thing in the primary' vanished rapidly as the reality of Trutanich's downfall dawned on the stunned audience.
A week is a long time in politics.