According to the LA Weekly, Carmen Trutanich, the Chief Liar of Los Angeles, has again failed to deliver on one of his many promises.
Trutanich's debt to kids of LA's Best arises from his 'Pledge to Serve,' a promise he made when running for City Attorney that he would not run for higher office until he had completed his full first term as City Attorney. Trutanich also promised that if he did break his pledge, the kids would get $100,000 personal check.
Trutanich started his campaign for higher office within months of becoming City Attorney, and he stiffed the kids of the $100,000 almost immediately, saying the $100,000 promise was just a gimmick, a campaign trick. But when Trutanich realized how unpopular cheating kids was, and how damaging it was to his political aspirations, he relented. He said he couldn't afford to write a personal check to cover his debt, but he would nevertheless raise the money by his birthday.
The LA Weekly also noted that despite Trutanich's assurances that he was seeking reelection as City Attorney, he had also failed to announce the formation of a campaign committee this past week, as promised. Speculation is that Trutanich was unable to persuade anyone with any credibility to chair his campaign committee, and that several campaign consultants have told Trutanich that they will not work for him. It seems, increasingly, that people who care about their reputations are avoiding association with Trutanich.