Saturday, February 23, 2013

Penultimate pre-election week ponderings

Greg Smith gets last word at Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Candidates' Debate

Los Angeles City Attorney candidate Greg Smith shows why incumbent Carmen Trutanich
cannot win re-election as City Attorney - he's a liar. (Credit:

Los Angeles City Attorney candidates Greg Smith and Noel Weiss were excluded from the November City Attorney Candidates' forum hosted by the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association. That gave incumbent Carmen Trutanich and former Assemblyman Mike Feuer an unfair exclusive opportunity to present their candidacies. The excuses given for the exclusion of Smith and Weiss varied. At first it was suggested that SOHA had excluded Smith and Weiss because they had not raised as much money as Feuer and Trutanich. When it was pointed out that Smith had raised more money than Trutanich, the excuse changed to Feuer and Trutanich being the only 'viable' candidates. Whatever the excuse, the bottom line was that it stank of bias, prejudice and and unfairness, and everybody knew it.

Proving that he is, indeed, a zealous advocate for those unfairly discriminated against, Smith persisted in arguing his case and succeeded in forcing SOHA to hold a second City Attorney candidates' forum; this time it was for Smith and Weiss, and Feuer and Trutanich were 'disinvited.'

Greg Smith and Noel Weiss were well received by the audience during the final
SOHA debate before the March 5, 2013 primary election.
Getting the last word in a debate can be game changing, and Smith took full advantage of his opportunity to impress the crowd with his record as a champion for the underdog as well as his criticisms of Trutanich and Feuer.

After the debate Smith and Weiss were approached by several members of the audience who said they were voting for them. They were disgusted with the way they had been excluded from the November debate.

The debate is fully reported at the

Trutanich cries 'foul' over Feuer's attack

According to a report in the LA Times, Carmen Trutanich believes rival City Attorney candidate Mike Feuer is a 'hypocrite' and a 'career politician' looking for the next job.

Please take a moment to review the many statements made by Trutanich about his promises not to use the City Attorney's office as a political springboard to the DA's office, and ask yourself, who is the 'hypocrite' and a 'career politician' looking for the next job?

As a footnote, take a look at the comments posted in response to the LA Times report, particularly those of Trutanich's campaign spokesman, John Schwada. According to Schwada, Trutanich broke his promises to LA voters because of 'bad political advice.' So, Trutanich would have you believe that he did not make the decision to break his word, and that someone else is responsible for his poor choices. If ever there were better proof of just how unfit this ambulance chaser slip and fall lawyer turned career politician is for public office, surely this is it?


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