Two debates are scheduled to take place next week, and all candidates are expected to attend. Mike Feuer, freshly fueled with his endorsement by soon to be former Mayor Villaraigosa, has recently laid claim the be the 'front-runner,' a precarious position considering that the previous holder of that dubious title got his ass handed to him on a plate. That would be Carmen 'the Clown' Trutanich, who went down in flames a la Hindenberg in the DA primary. Trutanich will likely be on the defensive, facing a barrage of questions about his string of broken promises. The debates will also be the first time voters get to see and hear from Greg Smith, the only outsider in the race with a campaign warchest that spells trouble for both Feuer and Trutanich who likely expected to have the field to themselves. The fourth candidate, Noel Weiss, despite running a grass roots campaign, is nevertheless well regarded and likely to pose challenging questions to the candidates.
The first debate, co-hosted by Temple Israel of Hollywood and Hollywood United Methodist Church, will be moderated by LA Times Editor-at-Large Jim Newton, and focuses on ethics; something that should give Trutanich good reason to dodge the debate on a pretext of family illness, and one that might trouble Feuer too, in the light of his recent endorsement my the Mayor of LA who holds the dubious record of the largest ever ethics violation fine.
Trutanich lags behind in fundraising - as predicted
The LA Weekly reports that raising money seems to be more of a problem for Carmen Trutanich than raising false hopes with bogus push polls. After his disastrous DA campaign, people don't seem too willing to back the former
With only $313,000 cash in the bank, Trutanich lags far behind rivals Greg Smith and Mike Feuer and is unlikely to be able to change that position in the remaining eight weeks before the election. Gone are the days when glitzy campaign videos showed Trutanich surviving an assassination attempt from gang members who surrounded and shot at him in Green Meadows Park. That lie proved very expensive for him, and while he might hope that voters have forgotten the way he mislead and misrepresented himself at every turn, it seems the people who cough up campaign contributions have other plans for their money. Fundraisers, it seems, are not going to be keeping him too busy. How times change...
Villaraigosa endorses Feuer - as predicted
The termed out State Assemblyman's acceptance of an endorsement from the man who holds the record for the largest ever ethics violation fine in Los Angeles history may be seen by some as a sign of either poor judgment or desperation.
For the most part the media have focused more on the fact that Villaraigosa chose not to support incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, a sign that the media still relishes in reporting the slow motion train wreck that is the essence of all things Trutanich. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that 'Villaraigosa snubbed City Attorney Carmen Trutanich on Thursday and endorsed his opponent, Mike Feuer, in the city's March primary election.'
But while the endorsement is a slap in the face to the self-proclaimed 'poll leader,' it was never on the cards that Trutanich would attract any endorsements for his re-election campaign. He burned the credibility of every politician and civic leader who endorsed him in the past, and that appears to be a mistake they won't make again.
With Trutanich lagging behind in fundraising and support, it won't be too much of a surprise to see Greg Smith and Mike Feuer facing each other in the runoff, while Trutanich busies himself with the shredder in the final days of his administration.