EXCERPT FROM: Cooley Cools It With Trutanich – It’s Official, Trutanich “Not Up To The Job!” Posted on May 23, 2011
Although the Dragnet first reported the breakdown in the close relationship between LA District Attorney Steve Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, it took a little time for the mainstream media to confirm the rumor.
Rick Orlov at the Los Angeles Daily News reports that “Cooley became disenchanted with Trutanich shortly after he was sworn in.”
“”It was becoming clear, across the board, that (Cooley) did not believe Trutanich was up to the job,” said a Cooley political adviser.”
Orlov’s confirmation of the bust-up of the former bffs was also picked up by Kevin Roderick at LA Observed.
Both sources report that the bust-up occurred shortly after Trutanich was sworn into office. Readers will recall that Trutanich swiftly set about defining his administration as one of sound-bites and grandstanding, with Trutanich’s ill-fated accusation of “criminal aspects” to Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG’s) handling of the Michael Jackson Memorial. This was equally swiftly followed up with Trutanich’s alleged threats to arrest Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry and a number of City employees over the granting of billboard permits at AEG’s new downtown movie complex.
Sources close to Trutanich said that they were “shocked” that within 3 days of taking office, Trutanich seemed to care little for a ‘head-to-toe” evaluation of the way the City Attorney’s Office could be improved, and was “obsessed” with taking on AEG over the Jackson Memorial with “little or no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing.”
Such internal disapproval surely found its way to Cooley, who probably also felt that Trutanich had become intoxicated with hogging the headlines instead of doing the job he was elected to do. Cooley is believed to have likened Trutanich’s antics to exceed even those of his “press release a day” predecessor Rocky Delgadillo.
The straw that probably broke the camel’s back is believed to have occurred in November 2010, when Cooley learned of Trutanich’s intention to run for District Attorney in violation of a sworn campaign pledge not to use the City Attorney’s Office as a springboard for higher office.
Apparently, Trutanich did not have the courage to reveal his intentions to Cooley, and Cooley only learned of Trutanich’s treachery when a longtime political aide informed Cooley that he had been hired to work on the Trutanich DA campaign.
Although Orlov reports that “Both sides say, for the record, there is no major rift between the two,” sources inform us on background that the pair “hardly speak” except when forced to appear at public events where both have been scheduled to appear.READ MORE (continue)- See Original Post on L.A. Dragnet Blog