This from the Feuer campaign:
For Immediate Release
April 19, 2013
Contact: Dave Jacobson
FEUER CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHTS
TRUTANICH LIES, HYPOCRISY AND
OPPORTUNISM ON REALIGNMENT
LOS ANGELES, CA-- Saying, "Trutanich is so desperate he'll say or do anything to hang on to his job," Mike Feuer's City Attorney campaign today exposed incumbent Carmen Trutanich's disingenuous and cynical opportunism on the issue of prison realignment.
During his failed bid for L.A. County District Attorney, Trutanich sought the endorsement of Gov. Jerry Brown--who proposed the realignment plan. At the time, Trutanich was a vocal and outspoken proponent of realignment.
Trutanich's support for realignment has been widely documented by numerous media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News and LA Weekly. For example, "Carmen Trutanich was for Prison Realignment Before He Was Against It," (LA Weekly-November 15, 2012); "Carmen Trutanich: Realignment is an Opportunity," (LA Daily News-May 14, 2012). Trutanich was even videotaped by the Los Angeles Times stating that realignment is a, “shift of rehabilitation down to the county level, which is more appropriate…My goal… is to become a partner…to implement AB 109 in the spirit in which it was imposed…we cannot start crying, the sky is falling.”
Now that he's grasping for any issue to boost his sinking re-election effort, however, Trutanich has abandoned the position he held just months before. In desperation he's even resorted to wildly mischaracterizing the plan he had supported, falsely stating, for example, that under realignment tens of thousands of prisoners were released early from state prison. But Feuer has called him on it, noting how cynical it is for the City's top lawyer to so mislead the public.
"It’s abundantly clear that residents have had enough of Trutanich's lies and failures," said Dave Jacobson, Feuer campaign spokesperson. "Whether it’s realignment or any other issue, residents want a City Attorney who's honest and stands by his convictions. Unfortunately, these are qualities that Carmen Trutanich does not possess and it's why we need a change of leadership in the City Attorney’s office. Mike Feuer will bring the change which Los Angeles so desperately needs.”
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As the race for LA's next City Attorney enters the final four weeks, Trutanich must have hoped his deception over his support for AB109 would fly under the radar, rather than attract the attention of the media. This is the kind of media attention Trutanich likely fears will derail his reelection bid.
During his failed DA campaign, Trutanich was plagued by media coverage of the many 'truth challenged' statements he made. In his defeat statement, he blamed his defeat on a "major league onslaught" by the media that highlighted his demagoguery over issues like:
- the City Controller's right to audit,
- violation of his 'Pledge to Serve,'
- false claims to non-existent police association endorsements,
- failure to pay his debt to LA's Best After School Program,
- attempted use of a 'false and misleading' ballot designation,'
- false claims of 'being surrounded and shot at by gangmembers,'
- bought and paid for YouTube views for his DA campaign,
- Sheriff Baca's illegal in-uniform endorsement,' and,
- his absurd accusation of 'suspicious political activity' by DA Steve Cooley regarding the loss of his DA personnel file.
The media, however, likely detects the scent of a scandal over Trutanich's AB109 hypocrisy, as well as the all too coincidental endorsement by Gov. Jerry Brown the day after Trutanich unleashed his manifesto supporting AB109. Whether we will see another major league onslaught remains to be seen. It could that the media have already written off the threat of Trutanich's reelection and decided that he has sufficiently sealed his fate by his own actions, without the need for further assistance. Editors have probably reviewed final drafts of their 'End of the Trutanich regime' op-eds, and are ready to go to print at around 9PM on May 21.