The Downfall of Carmen Trutanich video - 'Very telling'
Former DA wannabe Carmen Trutanich blithely blamed talk radio and 'the media' for his humiliating downfall as he fled his 'victory' party on election night. Other reports, however, indicate that Trutanich privately blames his (former) senior political consultant, John Shallman, for his downfall.
'my ambassador of Quan' features heavily in 'The Downfall of Carmen Trutanich - The Final Days,' a satirical parody of Trutanich's final days of his DA campaign.
Shallman, is seems, bears the blame for betraying Trutanich by suggesting the use of the 'sick mother' excuse to protect Trutanich from the onslaught of media questions challenging the veracity of his story about an 'assassination attempt' in Green Meadows Park.
Trutanich had been besieged by the media regarding the Green Meadows Park assassination attempt story and his false claims of 'suspicious political activity' by the DA's office in hiding his personnel file. It seems that it was Shallman's idea to force Trutanich into a media blackout by suspending the 'media portion' of his campaign based on having to spend time at his ailing mother's bedside.
If Shallman succeeded in anything it was in preventing Trutanich from making a bigger fool of himself in the final week of the campaign. For a while it seemed like Shallman's strategy was working. The media stopped asking questions about Trutanich's lies. However, the release of a YouTube video called 'The Lies of Carmen Trutanich' appeared to re-ignite concerns about Trutanich's fitness for office, and led to FOX 11 News challenging Trutanich to break his media blackout and explain his actions. Trutanich remained in hiding, but Shallman appeared on FOX 11 News instead.
By all accounts Shallman did a lousy job of trying to defend the indefensible with Shallman appearing to be 'weaselly' when faced with FOX 11 New Anchorman Jeff Michael's probing questions. Clearly neither Shallman nor Trutanich can have been pleased by the interview, and that's likely when they realized that the DA campaign was over.
Whether Trutanich's downfall was caused by Trutanich's own false 'assassination attempt' story, or by Shallman's weaselly responses, it was likely the cause of much heated debate and dissension in the last days of Trutanich's DA campaign. 'The Downfall of Carmen Trutanich - The Final Days' video portrays this dissension in the form of an embattled Trutanich flying into an apoplectic rage at being told that Shallman has appeared on FOX 11 on his behalf. Trutanich apparently thought that the media blackout applied to Shallman as much as it did to him, and sees himself betrayed by Shallman, especially when told that Shallman 'sucked' and told 'three stupid lies.'
Trutanich also blames Shallman for not doing anything about the many disastrous comments made by talk show hosts and political correspondents. 'Where was Shallman when my reputation was getting jail raped?' Trutanich asks rhetorically, perhaps referring to John and Ken calling him a 'lying boob,' Doug McIntyre calling him 'Truth Challenged,' as well as Gene Maddaus' iconic 'Carmen the Barbarian' LA Weekly front cover.
Trutanich's rage is also directed at LA Times reporter Jack Leonard, who Trutanich refers to as 'that Limey bastard,' for writing three hit pieces against him. Returning to Shallman, Trutanich appears to question the wisdom of appearing on FOX 11 News, noting that he (Trutanich) had been 'ambushed' when he was interviewed by FOX News Anchorman Jeff Michael. Trutanich apparently was assured by Shallman that the FOX 11 interview would be a 'softball,' but Trutanich notes that 'Jeff Michael ripped me a new asshole that day.'
While 'The Downfall of Carmen Trutanich - The Final Days' is clearly one of many similar parodies of political downfalls, it may appear to some that the degree of blame-shifting, rage and paranoia displayed in the Hitler rant scene from 2004 classic 'Downfall' is particularly fitting to the Trutanich regime. It may also explain why his long-time supporter, John Franklin, has decided to call it quits.
Trutanich 'press deputy' to retire
LA Observed reports that Los Angeles City Attorney's Office Public Information Officer John Franklin has become the first of Carmen the Clown Trutanich's executive staff to bail following the one time wannabe DA's spectacular downfall on June 5.
Franklin, a former LA Sheriff's Dept. Commander, is pictured above wearing a blue shirt and an expression that perhaps explains why he has chosen to part company with the Clown. Franklin, as Trutanich's P.I.O., must have told his boss on numerous occasions that his pathetic lies were not cutting the mustard with the press, and that his DA campaign would be his downfall.
Trutanich, of course, would not listen to Franklin, nor anyone else in his doomed administration. Franklin's departure is significant not only because he was one of Trutanich's original executive appointments, but also because Franklin helped maintain the relationship between Trutanich and Sheriff Lee Baca. Franklin's departure now adds fuel to the fire of speculation that Sheriff Baca will not endorse Trutanich in his bid to be re-elected as City Attorney.
Baca's support for Trutanich dates back to the 2009 City Attorney campaign, and Baca was more recently used by Trutanich to front the faux 'Draft Trutanich for DA' movement, designed to give Trutanich an easy out from his 'Pledge to Serve.' Unfortunately, in Baca's zeal to help Trutanich he allowed himself to be filmed in uniform giving Trutanich a political endorsement. That violated state law, and Baca was forced into making the embarrassing admission that he had broken the law to help Trutanich. Strangely, while Baca was man enough say 'mea culpa,' his endorsee, the tough-guy super-crime-fighter Trtuanich made no comment, and merely edited out the illegal endorsement.
Baca cannot have been pleased to have found himself breaking the law for someone who is supposed to know the law, and then being given no support whatsoever. It is understood that Baca was looking for a way of cooling the relationship with Trutanich, and that had Trutanich managed to make it into the run-off, Baca would likely have withdrawn his endorsement based in part on the screw-up regarding the uniform, but perhaps more saliently on the questions arising from Trutanich's lies about the Green Meadows Park assassination attempt.
Given the drubbing Trutanich received at the polls, his split with so many former supporters, allegations of serial untruthfulness, and his senior political strategist now working for opponent Mike Feuer, most expect Baca to decline to endorse Trutanich for City Attorney.