Poor Jack Weiss wants to be City Attorney so bad he’s blindly done the mayor’s bidding for four years and groveled before developers to raise campaign cash.
Trouble is he wants the job alright, he just doesn’t want the work that goes with it.
It’s clear to everyone in City Hall that Weiss would do whatever the mayor tells him to do if he wins the May 19 runoff against Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich. That alone ought to disqualify him from holding an independent office, let alone the high position of City Attorney where he’s supposed to be the “people’s lawyer” and a protector of the public interest.
Under the guidance of political hatchet man Ace Smith, Weiss’ campaign consists of little more than attacks on Trutanich — who is backed by District Attorney Steve Cooley and Sheriff Lee Baca, numerous law enforcement and community groups, and all the local newspapers — for being a lawyer in private practice after years as a courtroom prosecutor.
Wherever he campaigns, Weiss needs to bring along a paid claque to neutralize the boos and jeers he gets.
Wednesday night’s debate with Trutanich before the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association was typical. The audience wanted to hear what the candidates stood for and what they will do to make the city better as City Attorney but all Weiss could talk about was who Trutanich represented in his private practice.
A friend of mine reported: “I was amazed at the focus of the audience. They were mesmerized. No
one moved. They just sat there soaking in the obvious hatred between
the two and weren’t fooled one bit by any of Weiss’ ploys… Weiss was booed at least four times when he kept
returning to the subject of Nuch’s client list and “association” with
the gun industry. Further, Nuch was the one who wanted the debate to
go where it needed to — to discuss the issues of concern as opposed to
personal attacks. So he took every opportunity to
make certain people knew where he stood and what Jack did.
He was masterful.”
Others said the same thing. It’s similar to what I heard at the LA Neighborhood Council
Coalition debate two weeks ago. I’ll be at next week’s debate sponsored by the LA League of Conservation Voters and see if Weiss can get off of his cheap and dishonest personal attacks on Trutanich and onto the issues.
But don’t take my word for it. Watch the videos made by Pete Vukovich yourself.