If you can believe anything about Trutanich, it's surely that you cannot believe anything he says. Just like the vain arrogant Emperor who was the subject of Hans Christian Andersen's fable 'The Emperor's New Clothes' was bolstered by his tailors' imaginary new clothes, so too has Trutanich been given a some see-through feel-good self-aggrandizement by Rick Taylor, 'Chief Reelection Strategist,' to the soon to be forgotten 'Chief Criminal Prosecutor.'
If the email blast was supposed to do more than make a very worried man feel less so, it failed. No media source picked up the remarkable news. Perhaps they crunched the numbers before crunching the press release into a ball, and found two things highly unlikely. First, of course, is the idea that 42% of voters will vote for the man they so soundly rejected six months ago. It is laughable, bordering on pathetic, and wholly unrealistic.
Second, the feel-good poll asserts that only 23% of so called 'likely voters' polled by the campaign are undecided. That stretches credulity to the point where any expert would say the poll is a farce and should have been saved for April Fool's Day. At this point, none of the campaigns have engaged in any advertising, and there has been little or no press coverage of the City Attorney election. For the most part, 'likely voters' are likely largely undecided.
Other polls conducted more seriously suggest that while Trutanich has undeniably got a name recognition lead, his name is recognized for all the wrong reasons. Los Angelenos may have short memories, but not that short that they have forgotten all the reasons why they rejected him six months ago. Add the fact that rival candidates are going to devote substantial portions of their campaign warchests to remind voters why they should vote A.B.C., and it looks increasingly likely that the self-proclaimed front runner will be in third place after the March primary, again.