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'It is an honor to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Association of Deputy District Attorneys who stand on the front lines to protect our communities. Our campaign is supported by hard working men and women from Deputy District Attorneys to law enforcement members, all tirelessly working to keep our neighborhoods safe. I look forward to continue serving as their advocate and voice in Congress.'
Posted by Pep Streebek
Jackson previews negative DA campaign ad
District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson released 'Protect,' the tv ad Jackson intends to air in the three weeks remaining before the November 6, 2012 election to decide LA's next District Attorney.
Jackson devotes half of his thirty second ad to a series of attacks on his rival, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey. At the fifteen second mark Jackson acknowledges that 'Jackie Lacey is a nice person,' a statement with which anyone who knows Lacey would wholeheartedly agree. However, thereafter, Jackson makes a series of statements about Lacey that range from 'misleading' to 'flat out lies' according to sources.
Jackson attacks Lacey for not having 'tried a case in thirteen years,' but fails to explain why that should factor in voters' decision making. He then describes Lacey as 'a political appointee,' doubtless a reference to Lacey's promotion to the number two position in the DA's office. But what Jackson fails to say is that he too received the same Friday afternoon phone call from DA Steve Cooley as Lacey did when he was promoted. Indeed every Deputy District Attorney gets a call from the DA when they are promoted, are they all 'political appointees?'
Finally, Jackson says Lacey 'was dishonest under oath to protect her boss.' It's a statement that is stunningly disingenuous. That Lacey corrected her prior deposition testimony concerning a dispute with a former employee is not disputed. However, the LA Times reported that 'this is not a case of dishonesty but one of inattention.' They added that 'We continue to believe she's the best candidate for the job,' making Jackson's accusation a distortion of the truth and utterly baseless.
And therein lies the rub. To see Lacey credited with such high accolades must be deeply frustrating for Jackson who ran an effective campaign in the primary to protect the integrity of the office from the vile, dishonest and lie-laden campaign of failed DA wannabe City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. But for Jackson to now adopt the same tactics of half-truths and deception is surely a sign of desperation.
Notwithstanding everything that Jackson throws at Jackie Lacey, her campaign continues gain support from all across the board; from law enforcement to organized labor, from republicans to democrats. She has received the LA Times endorsement in which they credited her with having 'prosecuted everything from quality-of-life misdemeanors to murder, rising over the years to her current job as chief deputy district attorney in Steve Cooley's administration,' concluding that 'The next D.A. must be a creative thinker, a cautious manager, a proven leader. Lacey fits the bill.'
Whether the Lacey campaign chooses to respond to Jackson's ad or ignore it, remains to be seen. Thus far, Lacey's campaign has been a positive and effective one, and she may well decide to follow the course she has taken from the beginning; a dignified campaign worthy of one who seeks to lead the nation's largest prosecutorial agency. It's a strategy that has paid off and will play out over the next three weeks when LA voters make their decision.