|"When someone makes the decision to go negative, it's not because they're winning,it's because they're losing." Feuer's campaign strategist told the LA Times|
Shallman's statement tends to support speculation that the Feuer campaign is in full scale panic mode following internal polling showing that Feuer is in danger of not making the runoff, despite a slew of political endorsements and a special-interest bloated campaign warchest.
Ironically, Feuer is in exactly the same situation that Carmen Trutanich found himself in days before his fate-sealing DA primary disaster. Trutanich had more money than his rivals, most of the same political endorsements, and the same campaign strategist. Yet when the votes were counted, the 'presumptive heir' to the DA's office found himself in third place, out of the running, and politically castrated.
|Feuer, with the same campaign strategy as failed DA wannabe Carmen Trutanich, is likely|
in fear of parroting the famous Trutanich walk of shame after his stunning but well deserved defeat.
Precisely. why Feuer decided to ignore Shallman's advice against 'going negative' is not known, but speculation suggests that there is considerable tension within the Feuer campaign. That tension could be caused by Feuer's frustration at Shallman's lack of availability while he focuses on Wendy Greuel's Mayoral campaign, with Feuer relegated to Shallman's cadre of second-string campaign workers.
Feuer's decision to 'go negative' started with his mailer and has been followed by a radio ad campaign during which Feuer attacks Smith and Trutanich variously with a laundry list of gripes. The radio ad ends with Feuer laughingly describing himself as 'a friend to police,' despite his failure to secure an endorsement from the LAPD's Protective League, who honored rival Greg Smith with their prestigious 'Line of Duty' award. Feuer does boast an endorsement from former LAPD Chief Bratton, who infamously also endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney. That didn't work out too well either.
To compound the irony of Feuer's attack on Greg Smith, Feuer has dredged up a ten year-old series of tax liens recorded against Smith for $200,000 that were fully paid off. The irony? The LA Times reported that Feuer's highly paid campaign strategist John Shallman has in excess of $1.5M in unpaid taxes with multiple liens currently recorded against him. Of course, there is an innocent explanation.
Does anyone detect the stench of despair and desperation wafting from the Feuer camp?