|Trutanich is reported to owe $154,000 in unpaid bills from his failed DA campaign. |
$19,000 of that debt is believed to refer to his failed attempt to call himself 'Los Angeles Chief Criminal Prosecutor'
Trutanich told the LA Times that he expects the issues surrounding his campaign debt will be resolved. 'On a going forward basis, I don't think it'll be a problem,' he said. But his principal opponent in his hastily cobbled together scramble to hang on to the City Attorney job that previously wasn't good enough for him, disagrees. City Attorney candidate Greg Smith, who coincidentally announced his campaign team on the same day as Trutanich's debts became public, says that Trutanich 'will run into difficulties' raising money for his reelection. 'The period [of time] is getting shorter and shorter and paying off that kind of debt is going to be a concern,' Smith told the LA Times.
Smith has a point. After loosing the DA race so humiliatingly, it is going to be very hard for Trutanich to CONvince anyone that he is a viable candidate for anything. His own campaign strategist John Shallman publicly advised Trutanich not to seek reelection but instead to 'finish strong' and seek to help civic foundations to 'rehabilitate his name,' recognizing that he is utterly finished in politics.
The reality is that before Trutanich can raise a dime towards the fast approaching City Attorney election, he needs to raise at least $154,000 to cover the DA campaign debts that are known, as well as a further $100,000 that he promised to pay to LA's Best After School Enrichment Program for underprivileged kids for reneging on his 2009 'Pledge to Serve.' 'It's a case of throwing good money after bad,' opined one former supporter who, like so many, will not support Trutanich again.
Despite the very real obstacles facing Trutanich, he nevertheless told the Times that he would be announcing the formation of his campaign committee next week. He might as well have also said 'the check's in the mail.'
UPDATED: Trutanich says debt from DA race is down to $112,000
telling the LA Times that he had paid off his campaign debts except the $112,000 he owes John Shallman. Trutanich, still reeling from the lambasting he took in the press from his multi-'misstep' DA campaign, is clearly a little prickly about the accuracy of reports concerning him. It is understood that Trutanich's spokeman contacted the Time requesting the correction within hours seeing Tweets about being dogged with debt.
Of course, Trutanich failed to advise how quickly he would be paying off the $100,000 still owed to LA's Best After School Enrichment Program. Perhaps he thought people had forgotten?
They haven't. They won't.