Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich made it official yesterday that he’s running for L.A. County District Attorney. Sheriff Lee Baca's name appears on a website devoted to drafting Trutanich to succeed current D.A. Steve Cooley, who is stepping down after three terms.
Although Cooley endorsed Trutanich for the City Attorney position in 2009, he’s backing one of his top deputies, Jackie Lacey, to succeed him. Even before Trutanich made his candidacy official, he was getting criticized for reneging on a promise during his last campaign not to seek higher office. Trutanich thinks of himself more as “The Dude” than a politician.
Why did he go back on his promise not to finish out his term as City Attorney? What does he want to do as District Attorney? Can he be trusted to enforce environmental laws, given that he represented environmental polluters when he was in private practice? Larry talk with Trutanich about his agenda.
Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles City Attorney; candidate for Los Angeles County District Attorney