Let's just go ahead and get this out there.
Despite my below "pandering" request, and the calls from several Assistant District Attorneys pleading for Jim not to endorse anyone, he issued a statement stating that he would be voting for Pat Lykos. And, of course, our beloved literary Lykos Bodyguard, Alan Bernstein, has already gleefully written about it on his blog. I find it amusing that Leitner tried to qualify it by saying it wasn't an "endorsement" because he wasn't "telling anybody else how to vote". Um, was that your idea of "splitting the baby", Jim?
I'll be very honest with you. There are a lot of folks at the D.A.'s Office that are stunned that Jim is endorsing, um, I mean "voting" for her. He had told numerous people that he wouldn't endorse her if he didn't make the runoff. Remember, the postings from Clint Greenwood, I mean, BubbaJoeSixPack on Mark's blog? Clint was Jim's treasurer.
I guess in his reasoning, he kept his word.
In the big scheme of things, although there are a lot of disappointed prosecutors who believed what Jim had told them, it really isn't all that surprising. Kelly Siegler had actually called this one all along, even though some prosecutors didn't want to believe it.
Leitner and Lykos go way back. He endorsed her over Rosenthal when he didn't make the runoff in 2000. He is apparently one of the few lawyers who wasn't treated like dog crap by Pat when she was on the bench in the 180th back in the olden days. They are personal friends.
However, I can't help but recall something that I heard that Jim Leitner said when the first candidate "debate" was held at the Spaghetti Warehouse in January:
He said that the District Attorney's Office needed a trial lawyer to lead the younger Assistant District Attorneys, because it was important that they have someone who had done the job and they could respect.
Pat Lykos can call herself a "litigator" until the cows come home, but she's never tried a case, so is thus, no "trial lawyer".
And Jim had it right when he indicated there wouldn't be respect for a non-trial lawyer.
It's too bad that he's contradicting himself now.