|Once joined at the hip, the dynamic duo of Cooley & Trutanich is said to be over.|
Cooley had campaigned heavily to help Trutanich win the 2009 City Attorney election and considered Trutanich a good candidate for City Hall. However, when Cooley ran for Attorney General in the November 2010 mid terms, Cooley did not consider Trutanich as a possible replacement.
Trutanich had publicly promised not to run for District Attorney until at least the completion of his first term (2013), and perhaps the only way that Trutanich could possibly have been released from that promise would be if Cooley had won the AG race, and then be asked, either by Cooley or the Board of Supervisors, to fill the role of DA on an interim basis for the balance of Cooley's term.
That became a moot point when Cooley conceded the AG race after narrowly losing to Kamala Harris. However, Trutanich's ambition to become "The DA" and thus avoid the growing backlash of discontentment with his imperious leadership of the City Attorney's Office, has not been diminished.
Trutanich must have felt slighted when Cooley told the press that he believed Trutanich still had a job to finish at the City Attorney's Office, and could not run. Cooley also mentioned Assistant District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson as "well qualified" for the job, implying that Trutanich was unfit to handle the responsibility of managing over 1,000 attorneys, 2,000 support staff, and 260 investigators. Many would agree with Cooley.
It is understood that Jackson has retained John Thomas as campaign manager, however the rumor mill has it that when Lacey sought the services of John Shallman, who has long worked on campaigns for Cooley and more recently at Cooley's request for Trutanich's City Attorney bid, Shallman indicated that he was committed to Trutanich.
|Campaign manager John Shallman is said to be already committed to |
Carmen Trutanich's campaign to run for District Attorney in 2012.