Monday, March 25, 2013

Trutanich ramps up 're-election' campaign, ditches 'Porcupine Defense'

Embattled incumbent Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich's 're-election' campaign is going into top-gear as the day of reckoning draws ominously closer.

Faced with an insurmountable 14 point deficit to frontrunner City Attorney candidate Mike Feuer, the spy photo delivered to the Dragnet suggests that Trutanich may field a sea of mobile billboard 'reserves' to lead the 'get out the vote' efforts for what is becoming know around City Hall as 'Downfall Day,' or 'D-Day' as it is colloquially known.

Trutanich Pulls Porcupine Defense 

Faced with the desperate need to get his name in the press, Trutanich has seemingly abandoned his 'Porcupine Defense' in order to gain headlines in the fallout from the Dorner debacle. Trutanich spearheaded an effort to pay-off the two women who were mistakenly shot by LAPD, without making them jump through the hoops he typically employs as a part of his Porcupine Defense.

Trutanich's trial strategy, which apparently hails from schoolyard bully-boy experience, has failed spectacularly costing LA taxpayers a record $32.4M in the last quarter of 2012. That's a mere 'handful' according to Trutanich, but pressure from the City to settle the issue of the bullet-ridden truck seemingly forced Trutanich to change his trial tactics.

So desperate was Trutanich to show how quickly he could cut a check, he actually provided the media with a copy of the check he delivered, just in case he was not believed.

Of course there are many reasons to doubt Trutanich when it comes to delivering checks. It was not too long ago that Trutanich tried to divert a $2M settlement check to his political allay, Sheriff Lee Baca. More recently, Trutanich drew sharp criticism for failing to deliver his personal $100,000 check to the kids at LA's Best After School Program, handing them a mere $10k and a bunch of I.O.U.'s.

Whatever Trutanich's motives were for making sure the media had a copy of the check, some cynics might say the speed at which Trutanich took the helm at handing over the check had more to do with his attempts to curry favor with Latino voters. Indeed, it is not without coincidence that shortly after Trutanich cut the check, Supervisor Gloria Molina issued an endorsement for him.

As D-Day rapidly approaches, it seems there is little that Trutanich won't agree to if there's an endorsement up for grabs.


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