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City attorney candidates agree to debate....a lot

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State Assemblyman Mike Feuer challenged incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to ten debates today in the race to be L.A.'s top prosecutor. Trutanich’s response: Why not dozens? After Trutanich upped the ante, Feuer agreed to debate "as many times as possible."

Feuer first issued a statement this morning, challenging Trutanich to ten debates before the March 2013 primary election. 

“It’s an election about the future of public safety, our neighborhoods, our economy and the overall quality of life for every Los Angeles resident," Feuer said. "As such, it’s critical that voters have an opportunity to learn about the candidates’ experience, perspectives on key issues and vision for the office of City Attorney,” he said. 

In response, Trutanich called the proposal “unsatisfactory.”

“I foresee the need for dozens of debates to fully flesh out Trutanich’s lengthy record of achievements and to talk to all the communities in Los Angeles who have been so well served by Trutanich during the last four years,” said the city attorney’s chief strategist, Rick Taylor. “Perhaps ten is enough debates for Feuer. But we’ll need a lot more to tell our story and reach all communities.” 

That’s a turnaround for Trutanich, who earlier this year lost his bid to be the next Los Angeles County district attorney. Part of that defeat was attributed to Trutanich’s aversion to interviews and debates.

Later in the day Feuer issued another statement, saying, "I will debate Mr. Trutanich anytime, anywhere, and as many times as possible." 

Feuer's campaign said that if a debate host were so inclined, he would be willing to include other city attorney candidates in the debates.

Feuer expressed the hope that Trutanich will agree to debates hosted by KPCC, NBC4, and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, all of which have expressed interest. 


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