First, the East San Fernando Valley Democrat lost the state party endorsement to his main rival for an Assembly seat this year, Raul Bocanegra, on a unanimous vote.
Now there is a website that draws attention to Alarcon's indictment on felony charges stemming from whether he and his wife lied about living in his City Council district. The website features a Monopoly-style game board with "Get out of Jail Free" and other game cards that, when clicked on, spell out "details" of the charges against Alarcon. (He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.)
The website says "insiders speculate" that Alarcon is running so he can raise money to pay for his legal defense. The Alarcon campaign did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.