Los Angeles City Attorney candidate Mike Feuer rounded out a week that saw his campaign win the first round of post primary fundraising by securing the 'highly coveted endorsement' of his former rival in the primary election, public safety attorney Greg Smith.
Smith garnered 17.54% of voters in the primary election, a solid block of voters who will be decisive in the fast approaching May 21 runoff election. With Feuer already leading the polls, many of Smith's supporters may have already decided to support Feuer, but Smith's endorsement puts the issue beyond doubt.
Significantly, Smith cited the incumbent's lack of focus on the 'right priorities' and his lack of judgment dealing with 'victims of discrimination' in Los Angeles. 'After personally speaking with Mike after the primary I saw first hand the stark differences between the two candidates and I developed tremendous respect for Mike Feuer's intelligence, integrity, command of the issues and vision for the office. The stakes are too high for me to continue to sit on the sidelines. I'm very confident Mike Feuer has the legal and leadership skills to make a great City Attorney.' Smith said in a media release issued by the Feuer campaign.
'I really appreciate this endorsement from public safety attorney Greg Smith,' said Feuer. 'Greg ran a strong campaign and he contributed a lot to the discourse in the primary election. His support underscores the growing consensus among Angelenos across our city that it’s time for new leadership in the City Attorney’s office. I’m delighted to have Greg's support and look forward to working with him in the days ahead.' he said.
Smith's endorsement must come as something of a blow to lowly second place finisher Carmen Trutanich, who had subjected Smith to his 'Family Guy' ploy to try to secure Smith's support.
Trutanich lags behind Feuer in first fundraising round.
In another blow to the fast fading reelection hopes of failed incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, the City Ethics Commission released details of his fundraising in the 30 day period following the primary election; Figures show Trutanich raised only $203,600 in donations, well short of the $308,000 raised by Mike Feuer's campaign. With matching funds, Feuer has over $650,000 available for his campaign.
Feuer released his figures by way of a media release a day before the filing deadline, a sign that he was confident that he had outpaced his rival. Trutanich, however, declined to say anything other than the figures would be filed by the close of business on Thursday. As we close for press, no statement appears on the Trutanich campaign website, perhaps a sign that they agree that there is little to brag about - these are hard figures that even Trutanich cannot fudge.
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We will begin a series of articles probing the mess facing Feuer on July 1, 2013. That's the date he has to deal with what has been left behind by the failed incumbent. Morale in the office is at an all time low, and the reasons go beyond the obvious. As usual, the Dragnet welcomes information concerning 'inappropriate relationships' in the office, which is understood to be of concern to many.