Campaign consultant and former Mayor Sam blogger Mike Trujillo had expected Monday he was going to splash the campaign he was running - the re-election effort of controversial City Councilman Jose Huizar - all over the fishwrap pages and television screens. He did just that. What Mike didn't know was that, not opponent Rudy Martinez, would be the subject of the press-a-palooza.
We all know what Mike did. When calls for more political civility have reached their nadir following the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Trujillo sends out a mass email threatening to put a "political bullet" in Martinez's forehead. All of this over a years old story that Martinez may have possessed the badge of a late LAPD officer during his volunteer work with the department. A story that, much to Trujillo's chagrin, on Monday was buried in the weekend postings of an LA Times blog.
Reaction around the blogs-LA-phere was swift and sure. The blogger formerly known as Mulholland Terrace - one who is not bereft of pithy comments about pasty white guys and Latino hating Republicans - hoped that Trujillo, an American of Hispanic descent, was getting drunk on tequila.
Always fast on the draw in 140 characters or less, Zuma Dogg tweeted out a comparison between Trujillo and the LAUSD police officer who is accused of shooting himself. On the other side of town Walter Moore - who Trujillo made the target of a one man smear campaign in a desperate effort to slime Ron Kaye's Clean Sweep Project - points out that he pretty much anticipated the Trujillo faux pas nearly two months ago. And most likely to the chagrin of his many "fans" our own Red Spot speculated over six months ago that Trujillo would bring nothing but trouble to Huizar's campaign.
One unintended consequence of Le Affaire Trujillo may be a rare window for the public into the machinations of how political consultants like Trujillo work with lazy journos to craft and spin stories for and against candidates. Jill Stewart catches Trujillo with his pants down and blogs it up followed up shortly by the most tortured spin of a retort by the stay-at-home blogger. But it is a Media Bistro analysis that sums up how correct Stewart was to note the "unhealthy symbiotic relationship" between hacks like Trujillo and some of the usual fishwrap subjects.
A few non-Trujillo items happening....
Why does the the LA Film School want to kick out the Hollywood Farmers Market? Perhaps in an instance of life imitating art apparently the school wants to build on the site of the popular market.
South Bay Congresswoman Jane Harman, fresh off a recent re-election where she faced charges her family did business with Iran and then bought Newsweek, is now quitting her job. Already Councilmember Janice Hahn has indicated she plans to run. No word if Hahn plans to use Mike Trujillo once again as her consultant.
Who knew? The awesome Watts Towers might have been built on the site of the Beverly Hilton had artist Simon Rodia not secured the current location.