Trutanich 'desperate' to restore Cooley friendship to bolster City Attorney re-election campaign
While City Attorney Carmen Trutanich continues to play the blame game over his 'Hindenburg-like' District Attorney campaign, rumors suggest the former wannabe DA is 'reaching out' to District Attorney Steve Cooley with a variety of 'Mea Culpa' entreaties designed to con Cooley into supporting his failing re-election campaign.
Significantly, Trutanich's re-election campaign website still lacks an 'Endorsement' page. Most likely that's because politicians and law enforcement leaders are reluctant to risk their reputations by association with the biggest loser in LA's political history. Few want to be associated with the man labeled a 'Liar' by the LA Times, and who still faces further humiliation over his false claim to have been the victim of an assassination attempt.
Trutanich probably sees a 'reconciliation' with Cooley as central to his political survival; if the man Trutanich accused of 'suspicious political activity' over the loss of his personnel file is willing to forgive and forget, then Trutanich probably thinks that a reconciliation will cause others to support his re-election.
It is understood that several Trutanich emissaries have contacted Cooley proffering a variety of pleas to 'kiss and make up.' All approaches are understood to offer not so subtle variations on the theme Trutanich must believe will appeal to Cooley; 'Carmen is a broken man,' ... 'he didn't just lose an election, he lost a friend,' ... 'It was all Shallman's fault,' ... 'Carmen should have listened to your advice and not his ego.'
As things currently stand, Trutanich's re-election hopes are bleak at best. His hope is that Cooley will forget the depth of his betrayal, accept his sincere apology, and believe that Trutanich's letter imploring Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate Cooley was 'nothing personal, just business.'
Most observers think it unlikely in the extreme that Cooley will forgive and forget. Had Trutanich succeeded in his political ambitions, he probably would have forgotten all about extending an olive branch to Cooley; he would have had his hands full trying to explain to the three people he promised he would appoint as Chief of the Bureau of Investigations, that there is only room for one Chief, 'but you guys are next on the list.' Same thing goes for all the prospective Chief Deputy District Attorneys who drank the Trutanich Koolaide.
Trutanich may have a 'hazy memory' when it suits him, but Cooley's memory is likely razor sharp.