Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs, who two months ago passed up a good chance of becoming city attorney so he could concentrate on a loftier goal, endorsed Controller James K. Hahn for the job on Monday.
Wachs, a Republican, endorsed Hahn in the nonpartisan city attorney contest, contending that Hahn, a Democrat and a former deputy city attorney, is "the only major candidate who has prosecuted and effectively prosecuted criminal cases in the city of Los Angeles."
The councilman, an attorney by profession, also attacked Hahn's principal opponents, Westside attorney Lisa Specht and redevelopment attorney Murray Kane. He predicted that each well-financed candidate will "spend in excess of $1 million pretending that they have the qualifications . . . but the fact is the experience is not there."
"One of the reasons I decided not to run is because I know that I was not a prosecutor," Wachs said, adding that Hahn, in addition to his experience as a deputy city attorney, has run a major city department.