Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Jackie Lacey Endorses Mike Feuer for City Attorney
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey yesterday endorsed former Assemblyman Mike Feuer for city attorney.
The district attorney announced her endorsement at a press conference outside City Hall East, where the City Attorney’s Office is located, and criticized incumbent Carmen Trutanich for a recent campaign mailer she called deceptive.
In remarks that were re-circulated by the Feuer campaign after the conference, Lacey said:
“A recent campaign mailer falsely blamed former Assembly member Feuer for a heinous crime because he supported the Public Safety Realignment Act. Realignment shifted responsibility for some felons from the state to counties. Incumbent Carmen Trutanich paid for this ad. Ironically, he publicly supported realignment when he ran for Los Angeles County District Attorney last year.
Realignment is the biggest challenge facing public safety in 30 years. Managing this change requires a thorough understanding of the law and willingness to work with others in the criminal justice system.
Misrepresenting the facts surrounding the violent sexual assault of a child for political purposes is intellectually dishonest and counterproductive to finding solutions to the challenges brought on by realignment. It is important to me that I have a thoughtful and informed individual with the highest standards of integrity as a criminal justice partner in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. After careful consideration I believe that person is without question Mike Feuer.”
Feuer thanked Lacey for her “willingness to set the record straight about my opponent’s false and malicious attacks” and promised to restore “the highest standards of integrity” if elected.
Lacey ran for district attorney last year with the support of then-incumbent Steve Cooley, a key supporter of Trutanich when he ran for city attorney four years ago. Trutanich, regarded by many as the early favorite in that race, finished third in the primary, in which Lacey was the frontrunner.
Lacey defeated then-Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson in the November runoff.
Feuer, with 44 percent, and Trutanich, with 30 percent, led the field in the primary and will face off next Tuesday. Every published poll of the race has shown Feuer with a lead.
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