Monday, April 27, 2009
The Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that Sheriff Lee Baca has withdrawn his endorsement for Jack Weiss in response to Weiss's latest tv advert.
The Daily News reported that:
Sheriff Lee Baca today withdrew his endorsement of City Councilman Jack Weiss in the May 19 election for city attorney, saying he was upset with the candidate's negative TV commercials.
"I can no longer remain silent about the reckless disregard for the truth that Jack Weiss has brought to this race," Baca said in a statement. "Mr. Weiss' latest television commercial is desperate and an insult to the principles of the American legal system, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
"Obviously, Mr. Weiss does not respect the truth or our justice system that guarantees a fair trial for everyone."
Baca had endorsed both Weiss and opponent Carmen Trutanich in the election.
Weiss campaign manager Ace Smith said Baca has not done much for Weiss since endorsing him but has been very supportive of Trutanich, a former registered Republican who has since re-registered as an independent.
"This is a partisan endorsement," Smith said. "We stand by every word in our commercials."
Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore said the sheriff had warned Weiss that he would pull his support if he saw any hint of a negative campaign.
"The sheriff talked with Mr. Weiss last week to tell him of his concerns," Whitmore said. "Then he saw the commercials of this past weekend and decided to pull his support."