Allan Jackson for District Attorney
The retirement of longtime DA Steve Cooley as the county's top cop set up a multi-way race between a number of veteran Deputy District Attorneys - and controversial Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich (who vowed in 2009 he would not run for the seat).
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Detractors have made clear - including Trutanich's antagonist-in-chief, Deputy District Attorney David Berger, that Carmen Trutanich is a really bad guy. From his broken pledge to not seek higher office to his intimidation of City Council members to alleged reports that he fabricated a story of being attacked by gang members during his years ago service as a Deputy DA, Trutanich has proven himself to probably be one of the most morally unfit politicians in Los Angeles since Mike Hernandez or Richard Alatorre.
|Carmen's Former Employer|
And ironically - Trutanich's legendary bullying of members of the City Council has been effective enough to garner their endorsements as well as that of the Mayor and Governor Jerry Brown. One could surmise these gaggle of cowardly chickens might be afraid to cross Carmen the Clown, or, perhaps, they wish to escalate the Carmen problem to the County and grease the skids for Council Member Paul Krekorian to grab the City Attorney's chair (and by domino fall set up Krekorian's boyish, North Hollywood based charges-de-affaires Damian Carroll to assume the 2nd District Council seat).
Or perhaps - with pending criminal charges against Council Member Richard Alarcon - and the other candidates all promising to beef up the District Attorney's public corruption division (which will need to be once the stuff Zuma Dogg has been saying for years hits the fan, more of the LAUSD's molestation scandals surface and other pending investigations into various local elected officials continue to percolate to the surface), maybe the Mayor and Council figure Trutanich is their guy to make all this go away.
If this is the crowd Carmen - who just a few short years ago was the dreaded opponent of the establishment's dear Jack Weiss - is reduced to hang out with, has he not become damaged goods?
Jackie Lacey is a quarter century long serving member of the DA's office with a track record of prosecuting violent crimes and for establishing innovative programs within the office. Lacey, endorsed by outgoing Cooley, if elected, would be the first woman and the first African-American to serve in the position.
Other candidates in the race include Deputy DAs John Breault and Danette Myers.
While either Lacey or Grace would make fine DAs and far and away are absolutely far better choices to Trutanich, I am supporting Deputy District Attorney Allan Jackson to succeed Cooley.
A military veteran, Jackson brings both a hard boiled anti-gang/anti-crime track record to the position but one who also understands how to fight crime in a technological age. Jackson has served as an advisor to NBC News on programs such as Dateline NBC's Unsolved Case Squad.
When it comes to the District Attorney's race - one thing is solidly clear - Anybody But Carmen. But when it comes to the top choice to stand up for the residents of Los Angeles and victims of violent crime, that choice is Alan Jackson.