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Shaquille O’Neal endorses Carmen Trutanich for D.A.

Carmen Trutanich

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has thrown his support behind Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich in the race to become the county's next district attorney.

Trutanich's campaign said the former Lakers player's message will be played in phone calls to voters starting today. The script echoes O'Neal's endorsement of Trutanich in the 2009 election for city attorney.

In the 35 second robocall, O'Neal, who has worked as a reserve law enforcement officer, urges voters to support Trutanich, saying the city attorney "wants to prevent crime by providing more after-school, job-training and apprenticeship programs."

"Trust me," O'Neal says. "I don’t get involved in politics very often. But, as a father and police officer, when it comes to our kids, I’m going to get involved."

Trutanich is one of six candidates running for district attorney in the June 5 election. The other candidates include L.A. County Deputy Dist. Atty. John L. Breault III; Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Grace; Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson; Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey; and Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers.

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-- Jack Leonard

Photo: Carmen Trutanich. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

 
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