Thursday, September 13, 2012
Thursday Themes - Trutanich re-election 'unlkely' in face of Medical Marijuana Ballot
As the LA Times reported, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has been forced to postpone implementation of his incongruously-named 'Gentle Ban' on medical marijuana. Trutanich was forced into postponing his plan when medical marijuana advocates delivered a petition for a ballot initiative that would give Los Angelenos the chance to vote to repeal Trutanich's ban. Over 50,000 Los Angelenos signed the petition, more then enough to ensure that the initiative will appear on the ballot in the March 5, 2013 primary election.
Ironically, the vote to repeal Trutanich's ban will appear on the same ballot as Trutanich's re-election bid, guaranteeing that anyone and everyone who votes to repeal Trutanich's ban, will also vote A.B.C. (Anyone But Carmen) when it comes to picking LA's next City Attorney. With so many Los Angelenos likely to vote in favor or repealing Trutanich's ban, it is a given that Trutanich will not be able to garner sufficient votes to make it into a runoff, with Greg Smith and Mike Feuer being the likely finalists.
Trutanich's downfall will make political history by his being the first incumbent City Attorney to be defeated in a re-election bid, and the first elected official in Los Angeles to be be handed two swinging electoral defeats in less than 12 months.