Praising Lacey as 'a creative thinker, a cautious manager, a proven leader.' the Times said she was 'more interested in evenhanded justice than in the lure of the spotlight,' and was 'the best choice for the job.'
While the Times endorsement must come as disappointment for rival District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson, it was unlikely that the Times were going to change the opinion they held going into the primary.
The LA Times endorsement tops a fast-paced twenty four hours for Lacey, who was visibly delighted by the huge turnout at her 'Blockbuster II' fundraiser Wednedsay night at the home of movie mogul Lawrence Bender.
Bender had previously been recruited by campaign co-chairs Michael Goldstein and Michael Baruch to host what became known as 'Blockbuster,' the April 24, 2012 fundraiser that gave Lacey's campaign a 'quantum leap' boost to carry her through to emerge the leader in the June 5 primary election.
The crowd at Wednesday night's event was easily double that of the April event as leading members of LA's entertainment industry and the political scene gathered to meet Lacey.
Topping the long list of local political leaders supporting Lacey was Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who delivered an impressive and impassioned speech hailing Lacey's experience and vision for the challenges facing the nation's largest prosecutorial agency.
Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, an enthusiastic supporter from the early stages of Lacey's campaign, had little doubt that he had picked a winner in Jackie Lacey.
|Councilmember Dennis Zine and his Chief of Staff, Jimmy Blackman, flank Jackie Lacey|
|Lawyer and entrepreneur Michael Baruch|
|Left to right: Michael Baruch, Michael Goldstein, Lawrence Bender, Mayor Villaraigosa, Jackie Lacey and Davis Factor|
|Lacey's campaign strategist, Parke Skelton, made a rare appearance.|
Skelton, in an interview with the Dragnet, gave his analysis on how Lacey turned her eight point deficit in the polls, ten days before the primary election, into a ten point lead over presumed frontrunner Carmen Trutanich when the votes were counted. 'Six million pieces of mail' was Skelton's cryptic explanation, a reference to Lacey's campaign strategy of using mail rather than television to reach voters.
|Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey wows the crowd|