|City Attorney candidate Greg Smith clearly enjoyed having the opportunity to|
inform voters of his candidacy, while Mike Feuer appears intrigued by Smith's rising stock.
Trutanich's record losses has been blamed on the failure of his 'Porcupine Defense,' an inane strategy that has resulted in a string of high dollar value losses in cases that could, and should have been either prevented by risk management, or settled for sums far less than the jury verdict. Such is the level of concern at Trutanich's mismanagement of his civil litigation cases, that one of moderator Robert Kovacik's four questions challenged the candidates to state whether they favored defending the city from lawsuits at all costs, or would prefer to settle cases. All candidates but Trutanich said that they believed the answer was a combined approach, settle the cases that need to be settled while defending others. Trutanich's answer was to claim to have 'saved' $250M in 'favorable verdicts' in 134 cases out of 147. The problem, of course, is that Trutanich's 'savings' are illusory; there is no $250M stash of cash that Trutanich can point to, however, there is a $37.4M hole in the budget that Trutanich is responsible for.
|NBC4 News anchor Robert Kovacik moderated the second City Attorney debate|
|At the end of the debate, the limelight was noticeably on Smith and Feuer who seem to be leading the debates.|
If the trend in the debates continues, Smith will become the man to watch. He has surpassed Trutanich in fundraising, and as his ability to deliver a message that clearly resonates increases, He will likely surpass Trutanich in the polls. Feuer, despite accusations of fundraising improprieties and a new allegation from Trutanich that he violated ethics rules at a Neighborhood Council meeting, looks unperturbed. Trutanich, who only has incumbency in his favor, but insufficient funds to reach voters, is widely thought of as likely to repeat his monumental failure in the DA primary.
With no candidate even close to obtaining the necessary 50% plus one vote to win the election in the primary, a Smith-Feuer runoff seems likely.