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Campaign aide fired by Huizar is also terminated from representing school board member Vladovic

February 7, 2011 |  6:13 pm

A campaign consultant fired over the weekend for promising in writing to put a “political bullet” in the forehead of Los Angeles City Council candidate Rudy Martinez also lost his gig working for a school board member Monday.

Michael Trujillo was removed from the reelection campaign of Councilman Jose Huizar on Sunday after his boss learned that he had sent the offending e-mail about Martinez, Huizar’s opponent in the March 8 election. In that e-mail, Trujillo promised to “unleash the dogs of Satan” on Martinez and predicted he would soon be a “dead rat.”

A day later, school board member Richard Vladovic followed suit. “The Dr. Vladovic campaign terminated consultant Michael Trujillo’s employment this morning,” wrote Vladovic campaign manager Eric Hogensen. “Our entire campaign wants to stay focused on issues involving children.”

The e-mail came a month after the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, which prompted advocacy groups to demand less violent imagery in campaign rhetoric. Trujillo has said that his e-mail was “tongue in cheek” and had no relationship to violent acts.

Vladovic is running for reelection on the seven-member school board. He represents a district that takes in the southern portion of Los Angeles. Trujillo’s latest termination appeared earlier Monday in the Daily Breeze.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

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