The public spat between City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and his former campaign consultant John Shallman continues to shed new light on the reasons for Trutanich's Hindenburg-like campaign failure.
The Mayor Sam blog leaked the Shallman 'Exit' memo first, but it was soon followed up by Gene Maddaus at the LA Weekly who was able to not only publish the entire 'Exit' memo, but also obtained this comment from Shallman:
"I apologize to the City of Los Angeles for Carmen Trutanich. I feel like Dr. Frankenstein who, in his attempt to do good, created a monster and unleashed it on an unsuspecting populace, a monster who has morphed into the Kim Jong-Il of L.A. politics.
This monster uses the law as a weapon--not a tool. He cracks down on peaceful protesters and street artists. He bullies and threatens cancer patients seeking relief from medical marijuana--rather than using that energy to go after violent gang members as he promised me and the citizens of Los Angeles.
The fact is, Trutanich believes normal societal rules do not apply to him. He's dangerous, delusional and must be stopped. I helped create this mess and now it's my responsibility to clean it up. The memo was my first attempt at doing so, but obviously it won't be my last."
Shallman's nine-page 'Exit' memo was written six days after Trutanich's humiliating defeat, and while Shallman takes responsibility for advising Trutanich to refrain from debates, attempting to use a false and misleading ballot designation, and 'massage' the YouTube views for 'True Stories,' Shallman takes no responsibility for Trutanich's horribly disrespectful habit of consistently being late and distracted when meeting with constituents.
The 'Exit' memo can be viewed and downloaded here:
Shallman Trutanich Memo
Perhaps what is missing from the memo is any reference to any advice Shallman did, or did not give Trutanich regarding the 'Pledge to Serve.' Clearly Trutanich was not bothered about breaking his word; he has done that repeatedly before and during his tenure as City Attorney. But did Shallman ever tell Trutanich that it would be better to temper his ambitions and just try to concentrate on honoring his pledge, rather than try to weasel out of it?
Also strangely absent is any reference to AssassinationGate; the devastatingly terminal revelation that Trutanich had lied about being the victim of an assassination attempt at Green Meadows Park. The LA Weekly also publishes polling data showing that Trutanich was, indeed, the frontrunner by a considerable margin 10 days before the election. That is around the time that the general public became aware of the AssassinationGate scandal. Shallman makes no comment about Trutanich's responsibility for that lie, and whether it or the failure to honor his Pledge to Serve caused Trutanich's downfall.
One thing that Shallman does say in his memo is that Trutanich's chances of re-election are virtually zero. Shallman predicts that the very same credibility issues that dogged Trutanich's failed DA campaign, will continue to dog any re-election hopes the former ambulance chaser might have. Few would disagree.