Yes, it's deja vu all over again, with set to voters reaffirm their verdict on Trutanich for a second time in less than a year - third place a tad behind City Attorney candidates Greg Smith and Mike Feuer who are headed to the May 21 runoff election.
The tsunami of media and voter rejection that swept Trutanich out of the running for District Attorney is every bit as potent now, 9 months later, as it was in June 2012. The same swell of voter rejection looks certain to devastate the former
Little has been seen of Trutanich around City Hall East these past few weeks, according to tips received by the Dragnet. Their despised leader seemingly prefers to hurry in and out of his office at times when he is least likely to have to face his staff, using animated, perhaps pretend 'important' calls on his Blackberry in a ruse to avoid having to make eye contact with those he has betrayed.
The strain of the impending final humiliation of "Carmen 'I am a liar' Trutanich" has taken its toll on the man who once tried to claim he was the 'Chief Los Angeles Criminal Prosecutor' or was it 'Los Angeles Chief Criminal Prosecutor,' or was it LA's answer to Hosni Mubrak? So embarrassed is this ludicrous excuse for a public servant, that he has taken to referring to himself in the third person; 'We've been the most successful City Attorney in Los Angeles,' he says, as if referring to a monarch, deity or better still, a dictator.
Trutanich's final downfall owes as much to his record of abysmal failure and pathological lying, as it does to the efforts of Greg Smith to present himself as a viable and honorable candidate. Smith has campaigned hard and has been rewarded with endorsements from the Daily News, PORAC, Airport Police, and a slew of others who now see Smith as law enforcement's choice for City Attorney. Smith has also engaged the blogoshpere, picking up the endorsement of the Mayor Sam Blog and the 'thumbs up' from CityWatch LA.
The polls have been all over the place. At one time Trutanich hailed a 20 point lead, only to see that lead drop consistently to place him in a statistical tie with Smith last week, continuing his downward spiral. Smith, on the other hand, has steadily and consistently been rising in the polls, and given his unmatched ability to communicate with voters, has continued his upward trend.
The low voter turnout in this election, and the large number of 'undecideds' looks certain to favor Smith and certainly does not help Trutanich. The low voter turnout means that it will be mostly well-informed voters who cast ballots tomorrow, and the well-informed voters are those same voters who rejected Trutanich in June 2012. There is no reason for those voters to change their verdict on Trutanich.
Equally, if Trutanich or Feuer presented wholesome campaigns, there would not be that many undecideds. The undecideds are on the fence, looking for their champion. They don't like Trutanich for obvious reasons, so they'll likely break for Smith in larger numbers than Feuer. Either way, it's over for Trutanich.
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