Jackson surprise leader in post election fundraising
Carmen Trutanich being dogged by campaign debts, the LA Times also reported that District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson had 'raised $383,000 in cash between May 20 and June 30 compared to just $70,875 for Lacey, who many political experts consider the favorite in the November run-off to become the county's top prosecutor. Lacey had $41,000 on hand by the end of the reporting period but listed more than $22,000 in debts. Jackson had $307,000 left in cash and listed debts of nearly $40,000.' the LA Times said.
Ironically, Trutanich, the man who raised the most amount of money in the primary election, not only lost the election, but is now looking at a pile of debts that will likely require his personal check. As Doug McIntyre told his KABC morning audience on Friday, 'Good luck with that.' he said referring to Trutanich's chances of raising money from donors to clear his debts 'When you've got the big 'L' for 'LOSER,' the scarlet 'L' tagged on you, it's real hard to get anyone to write fresh checks.' he said.
Trutanich told the LA Times that he will announce his campaign committee staff this week, which coincidentally happens to be National Clown Week. No kidding. Seriously. You can't make this stuff up.
City Attorney Candidate Greg Smith in the news
The Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise gave City Attorney candidate Greg Smith front page coverage with their report on the popular Police Rights Attorney's candidacy.
Smith, who will likely mount strongest challenge to Carmen Trutanich's 'plan B' retention of his City Attorney position, also received a good account of his candidacy from Joseph Mailander (the blogger formerly known as Mulholland Terrace). Mailander, writing at CityWatchLA, is no fan of Trutanich. Indeed as we prepare to celebrate National Clown Week, it is worth remembering that it was Mailander who first dubbed the San Pedro ambulance chaser turned career politician 'Carmen the Clown,' and who found himself threatened with a defamation lawsuit by one of the Clowns' henchmen.
Smith's campaign website, www.GregSmith2013.com, is near completion, and he has also established a FaceBook page for his campaign.
LA COPS hosts first DA candidates forum for finalists
Lacey and Jackson
Mark your calendars, Tuesday night August 7, 2012, the Los Angeles County Organization of Police and Sheriffs (LACOPS) will host the first candidate forum for Jackie Lacey, Chief Deputy District Attorney, and Alan Jackson, Gang Homicide Prosecutor. The two remaining candidates in the race for Los Angeles District Attorney will go head to head in the first debate held for the November runoff.
Warren Olney, Host of Which Way L.A. and To The Point on KCRW Radio will moderate the forum.
The public is invited, and will be allowed to ask questions of the candidates at the end of the debate.
This will also be the first debate in which the former frontrunner Carmen Trutanich actually wanted to participate. However, he will only be able to attend as a spectator, not a participant. The former ambulance chaser turned career politician's office is a short limo ride from the location, so he could make an appearance. Any guesses as to what his question for Lacey and Jackson might be? How about; "Why is it that you guys beat me so badly that I not only lost, but also have a pile of bills to pay off?"
Seriously, we doubt that Trutanich will actually show up, but he has been known to party-crash events with an armful of calligraphic scrolls. On the other hand he may be too busy putting the finishing touches to his reelection campaign committee, taking care of his mother, or writing his acceptance speech for the Clown of the Year award.
See you at the debate!